Mikaela Berry (they/them) is a playwright, committed educator, empathetic creator, and deep thinker focused on creating spaces in which marginalized voices can be heard and encouraged. They have taught storytelling and theatrical expression to young women inmates at Riker’s Island in addition to facilitating workshops and conversations about the necessity of self-love and reflection, with an emphasis on uplifting and honoring the voices of Black queer women. They are deeply invested in fostering community and freedom through love and expression, with a focus on systems involved youth. Thier writing energetically charges audiences but ultimately leaves them in a state of community, contemplation, and healing. They are a graduate of Fordham University’s Theatre Program.