Since bursting into the collective American consciousness with his groundbreaking portrayal as Unique Adams on the Fox musical series Glee, Alex has gone on to enjoy spectacular success in television, musical theater, and pop music. A Broadway Dreams faculty member since 2016, Alex dedicates himself to helping other LGBTQ youth and regularly performs at benefit concerts, including The Trevor Project, the Human Rights Campaign, and Jack Antonoff's Ally Coalition. He was given a special recognition award at the 2015 GLAAD Media Awards.
Alex currently stars as Mo, a genderfluid DJ on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and played Asaka in the Broadway revival of Once on This Island, the cast recording for which garnered a Grammy nomination. His debut EP, “Power,” was released in 2016 on Atlantic Records, and he has since gone on to release several recordings, available on all major music-streaming platforms.
Alice Farquhar has worked with Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), the world’s leading luxury group, serving in the Wines and Spirits division for the past 12 years. Formerly working with Veuve Clicquot Champagne in marketing and brand management, Alice now spearheads the Global Education & Training team for Belvedere Vodka. Born in London to an Australian mother and English father, Alice served as Head Girl of her secondary school, Heathfield, graduated from Nottingham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History & American Studies. Currently she lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband, Max, their French bulldog, Jolene, and their two rescue cats, Daphne and Mary. Her personal passions include travel, African wildlife conservation and photography, campaigning for Pancreatic Cancer awareness, after losing her father to the disease, and enjoying the best of performing arts. She is proud to sit on the board of the Nashville Zoo since 2021 an opportunity to further her commitment to wildlife and conservation.
Ivan Williams is a film, tv, and theatre producer with a passion for the arts, social impact, science and technology. As a media and entertainment entrepreneur, he supports the use of state of the art technology to develop and present live and filmed entertainment and art work that engages audiences in new creative ways. All of which is built upon a 35 year career as a chemical engineer and senior business leader with ARCO, BP and Worley Parsons.
After transitioning to Hollywood, Ivan became a partner and executive with a leading story development company called Scenario Entertainment. He was also involved with launching several media technology companies while he helped produce multiple entertainment projects. These projects included films like BIG STONE GAP that starred Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg, and Patrick Wilson, the Geena Davis executive produced documentary about gender misrepresentation in Hollywood called THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING, the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Art and Music Festival documentary CREATING WOODSTOCK, and the Broadway musical FIRST DATE that starred Zachary Levi and Krysta Rodriquez.
As for the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Ivan is on the UCI Foundation Board of Trustees, Honors College Executive Roundtable, Chairman of the UCI Advisory Board of the International Brain Initiative, the Leadership Committee of the Claire Trevor Society, Co-Chairman of the Cybersecurity Policy & Research Institute Executive Advisory Board, and member of the Dean’s Arts Board of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Additionally, he has been named a community member of the Graduate Division’s Dean’s Leadership Council, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts Embodied Media Research Group, the School of Humanities Dean’s Leadership Council, and the Advisory Board of the Black Thriving Initiative. Ivan even occasionally steps into the classroom, as an adjunct professor, to give lectures on arts management, creativity, entrepreneurship, and filmmaking.
Outside UCI, Ivan sits on the advisory boards of several organizations, including the Apples and Oranges Arts theater development program, L.A. Region Broadway Dreams theater training program, a video sharing media startup called Rebis, and an A.I. powered script packaging and distribution tech company called ScriptHop.
In addition to the board positions, Ivan has been active in national and state level advocacy efforts. This includes being named a “Distinguished Member” of The Creative Coalition non-partisan organization of writers, actors, producers, directors, agents, designers and lawyers from the entertainment world. A group that is focused on addressing both entertainment and art related issues, as well as general social issues. Efforts include educating leaders in the arts community on issues of public importance, specifically in the areas of First Amendment rights, arts advocacy and public education. One of Ivan’s key successes on this front, included his instrumental role in securing $34 million from the State of Oregon legislature to fund a new Oregon State University arts and education complex.
In support of the coronavirus pandemic, Ivan has served on a committee of a grass roots group of former senior White House officials, cabinet secretaries, governors, medical experts, sports executives, and media leaders who were focused on making sure all Americans receive clear and consistent communications about COVID-19. The National Organizing Coalition of Virus Information Distribution-NOCOVID (https://nocovid. us) helped improve public awareness of COVID-19 by initiating and creating public service announcements with celebrities, sport figures, academics, and even Dr. Anthony Fauci that eventually reached over 10-million people.
Due to major press coverage of NOCOVID’s activities, Ivan was named an advisory board member of the C19 Coalition (https://c19coalition.org). The C19 Coalition brings crucial partners together to help build an efficient, unified supply chain for PPE and lifesaving medical devices. State governments, corporations, manufacturers, non-profits, and individuals can connect through C19 to share and request resources and information.
In the area of climate change, Ivan is the co-founder of two not-for-profits that leverage the power of art and computing technology to illuminate ecological issues. One is called Eco ArtLab and the other is Eco DesignLab. Eco ArtLab creates artistic performances and exhibitions that enhance ecological awareness, through new forms of expression enabled by emerging media technologies, at the same time providing a creative hub for artists concerned with environmentalism and climate justice. Whereas Eco DesignLab is a platform where designers create open source software and hardware systems to enhance ecological awareness through artistic projects. These initiative will provide opportunities for creators to learn new tools, while engaging with new forms of expression enabled by emerging media technologies.
Ivan is a veteran U.S. Navy Reserve intelligence officer and a member of the preeminent Producers Guild of America, Sundance Institute, and Film Independent organizations. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from Oregon State University, and was a Dean’s M.B.A. Scholar at UCI’s Paul Merage School of Business.
Margaret is a Personal Stylist for J.Hilburn Menswear. She and her husband Tim have lived in the Rochester area for 22 years and are supporters of many local non-profit organizations. In 2021 Margaret and Tim along with their sons founded The Margaret and Tim Busch Family Foundation. The foundation provides financial support to various organizations focused on education, the arts, and lifting up those in need.
Margaret has a love for theatre and received her BA in Theatre Arts from William Paterson University. After graduation she preformed in local professional and community theatre in Buffalo, NY. Recently she has re-engaged in the theatre world as a co-producer in The Taste of Things to Come in Chicago and as an investor on broadway in M.Butterfly and Company. Other investment projects include Moulin Rouge Australia and off-broadway Shake and Bake, Loves Labor Lost and The Other Josh Cohen.
Margaret’s volunteer and community involvement includes leadership roles in the Rochester Garden Club as the chair of their annual Geranium Sale, raising money to fund local beautification and education projects. She also served as chair person for the Gilda’s Club of Rochester Gala. Margaret has been a board trustee with Geva Theatre Center since 2019 and has served three times as the chairperson for their annual fundraiser Geva Curtain Call.
Nanci Lewis is a real estate professional at Higgins Group, a Christie's International Affiliate and is part of the Vanderblue Team, which has more than 20 years of experience in the industry. She also owns a Connecticut-based retail business, earning more than 20 awards for service and quality. Prior to real estate and opening her own business, Ms. Lewis held positions with United Technologies, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Sprague Technologies in their finance and corporate planning departments. She then managed a portfolio of corporate training programs for American Management Association. She resides in Connecticut where, she fundraises for several local organizations and cancer charities, including the Hope Funds and the Sarcoma Foundation of America. She studied Economics at Boston College and went to graduate school at Rollins College.