Gwen Gordon is an Emmy award winning creative director who began a life of play designing and building Muppets for Sesame Street. She left the “Street” to join an Apple research group at the MIT Media Lab where she built furry computer playstations for children. Gwen has been an artist-in-residence in settings ranging from Xerox PARC to San Quentin Prison and is a pioneer in the field of adult transformative play, publishing and teaching widely on the subject. She has applied her insights to the design of programs for companies including IDEO and PepsiCO, groups ranging from life coaches to TSA security officers, and for popular films including “What the Bleep Do We Know?!,” “The Story of Stuff,” “THRIVE,” and “SPLIT.” For more information go HERE or you can Email Gwen Here. She’d love to hear from you!
Josh Rosen is a multi-Emmy-winning writer/producer/director specializing in documentary programming. Josh began his film career in the early 1990s working on legendary German film director Werner Herzog’s award winning “Little Dieter Needs to Fly,” “Wings of Hope,” and “My Best Fiend: Klaus Kinski.” He spent the next ten years writing, producing and directing a string of international documentaries and series for The Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, The Learning Channel, The Science Channel, The History Channel, RDF International, Granada International, and Beyond Entertainment – all of which currently air worldwide. He most recently completed writing, producing and directing “Quantum Leap” for WGBH/NOVA’s ground-breaking physics and cosmology mini-series “Fabric of the Cosmos.” He was nominated for a 2012 national Emmy for his work on that series. He lives and works in San Francisco.
Sarah Kass has been writing, producing, and directing both long and short form documentaries and non-fiction series television for nearly 20 years. She has created many specials for PBS, The History Channel, and the Discovery Channel networks. Her wide-ranging subject matter includes history, art and culture, natural history, science and the environment, technology, and health. Sarah recently completed work as a series writer on North America, a landmark, 7-hour Discovery Channel natural history series. climate change, the African slave trade, and Mark Twain’s travels in the Holy Land. She is currently writing multiple, short documentary films on human rights issues for the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Sarah also works with independent filmmakers as a scriptwriter and story consultant.
Founder and president of Open Eye Pictures, Andy Abrahams Wilson is a multi-award winning, Emmy-nominated producer and director of creative non-fiction films. His most recent production, UNDER OUR SKIN, is the recipient of seven best documentary awards at international film festivals and was an Academy Award semifinalist for Best Documentary Feature. Andy’s films have been shown on HBO, PBS, CBC, the Showtime Networks, and in theaters and film festivals worldwide. A recipient of a Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship in Dance/Media, he has produced several award-winning films on dance or dancers, and is the two-time Grand Prize recipient at the Dance on Camera Film Festival. He has been recognized by the Northern California Marin Arts Council as Outstanding Artist, and by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with honors for Outstanding Documentary Achievement.
For nearly five decades Jay Beckwith has dedicated himself to promoting play. Trained an artist, his earliest works were play sculptures and he is the first living artist to have a one-man exhibition at the San Francisco DeYoung Museum of Art – Build Your Own Playground. Jay also has a background in early childhood development and is one of the main creators of the modern playground. His designs have been the core of the Gymboree Play and Music program. He has always maintained an active interest in technology and employed the most cutting edge materials and systems in his work. He has written several books, many articles, maintains a blog, and is a featured columnist for Playground Magazine.