Noah Bragg is the coordinator and a co-facilitator of community programs at Maine Inside Out. He joined MIO as a volunteer in 2016 and then as an Americorps VISTA member in 2017. Previously, Noah worked as a business strategy consultant, research assistant in Latin American history, and youth tennis coach. He holds a B.A. in English & Theater and Latin American Studies from Bowdoin College and is a proud alumni of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He is a practitioner of nonviolent communication, theater of the oppressed, physical theatre, and ensemble creation.
Margot Fine is a co-founder and director of operations at Maine Inside Out. Prior to her time at MIO she served as a clinician at McGeachey Hall, Sebago Educational Alliance, as a crisis worker at Opportunity Alliance, as the the Director of LearningWorks’ Alternative to Detention program, and youth advocacy case worker at Preble Street Teen Center. Margot brings a strong anti-racist movement building orientation to all of her work. She a trained and licensed as clinical social worker, with her practice rooted in radical social change strategies for structural transformation and community justice. Margot holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Bates College and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine.
Joseph Jackson is a Youth and Community Liaison at Maine Inside Out. He is also the coordinator of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, a group that engages in direct advocacy with the Maine Department of Corrections on behalf of prisoners and their families. Mr. Jackson was convicted in 1995 of manslaughter and sentenced to the Maine Department of Corrections where he served nineteen years. As a prisoner, Mr. Jackson completed Literacy Volunteer Training, PEER Education, Work Ready Alternatives to Violence, One, Two, and Three. He is a founder of the Maine State Prison chapter of the NAACP and has served on its executive committee in several capacities from 2003-2012. While incarcerated, Mr. Jackson earned his Associate and Bachelor’s degrees with summa cum laude honors from the University of Southern Maine in Augusta. Later that year, he was selected as a member of Who's Who among students in colleges and universities in 2012. Mr. Jackson became the first prisoner in Maine to be selected to University of Southern Maine’s graduate program at StoneCoast while still a prisoner. Mr. Jackson represented the University of Southern Maine in Augusta’s 50 years 50 portraits for their 50 year anniversary in 2015. Mr. Jackson earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Maine and was one of four commencement speakers for his class. Joseph Jackson has published poetry in the on-line news journal Village Soup, in 2003 & 2004. His poetry is featured in Portland and Bangor’s NAACP Martin Luther King breakfast catalogs from 2005-2012. Mr. Jackson's poem Brighter Days was published in the UMA Scholar in 2012. His poetry was featured in Bangor Daily News in 2014. In January 2016, Mr. Jackson released his master’s thesis Black In Maine to the world. You can find the digital copy at https://usm.maine.edu/library.
Chiara Liberatore is a co-founder and director of programs at Maine Inside Out. Prior to her time at MIO she has worked in numerous settings using original theater as a tool for social change. She started as a volunteer for the Prison Creative Arts Project at the University of Michigan, co facilitating ongoing theater workshops in various adult prisons in Michigan. She continued on as program staff at Music Theater Workshop (now Story Catcher's Theater) in Chicago working both with incarcerated youth inside the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center and with youth in neighborhoods greatly impacted by the Prison Industrial Complex. Chiara is committed to practicing the values and pedagogy learned through her deep study of the work of Paolo Friere and Augusto Boal Boal and Theater of the Oppressed technique. Chiara holds a B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from The University of Michigan and a completed internship at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory in New York City.
Stacy Perez is a Youth and Community Liaison and Co-facilitator in community programs with Maine Inside Out. Stacy joined Maine Inside Out in 2016 as a support for her oldest son Donkell and the youth in her community. Stacy soon became known as “Mom” by many of the Maine Inside Out participants and youth that were impacted by her motherly like presence, support, guidance and work within her community.
Born in Puerto Rico, raised in the midwest, raising her own children in North Carolina, and now her grandchildren in Maine, Stacy brings understanding, compassion, life long experience, support and guidance to the youth surrounding her. Stacy has been a strong presence in whatever community she lives, showing up for young people in her community who are navigating the system and meeting the unmet needs of youth and families as a mentor, advocate and organizer for the last two decades.
Stacy has worked with parents navigating family reunification through Child Protective Services volunteering as an advocate in Parent Partner Programing in Maine. She also has experience as a community support worker providing access to housing resources, schooling, food and clothing assistance, dental care, and job opportunities for seasonal farm workers. Stacy has worked as a group facilitator and a support worker for displaced families of domestic violence in North Carolina and Maine.
Stacy enjoys choreographed dancing with her kids, singing to her grandchildren, theatre, art, cooking, skating, and spending time with her friends and family.
Tessy Seward is a co-founder and director of development and finance at Maine Inside Out. She has been writing, directing and performing in Maine for fifteen years, and has a long history developing and facilitating theater workshops with youth. Her work includes therapeutic theater workshops for resettled teens in Baton Rouge after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Portland-based projects at Learning Works, the Preble Street Teen Center and Portland High School, and Maine Inside Out workshops at Maine Department of Corrections’ Women’s Reentry Center and Long Creek Youth Development Center. Tessy studied with Theater of the Oppressed founder Augusto Boal at the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory in New York City. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Southern Maine, with training in group facilitation, expressive arts therapy, multi-cultural counseling, non-violent communication, and crisis intervention, and a B.A. in English from Williams College.