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PechaKucha, Japanese for “chit chat,” is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total) keeping presentation concise, fast-paced, and powerful. The Charleston Music Hall is proud to be the official venue and producer of PechaKucha Charleston along with Charleston Arts Festival. The Music Hall, with help from our collaborators and artist liaison Terry Fox, hopes to focus on developing a strong, interesting, and diverse presenter line up from an array of different artistic, creative, and entrepreneurial disciplines and encourage collaboration, communication, and support in Charleston’s creative community. Come be inspired by 8 of Charleston's hard working creatives.

David Mandel

David Mandel is an actor, photographer, multimedia publishing professional, and painter.

His photography has been featured in Charleston Art Mag, The Post & Courier, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper, Mount Pleasant Magazine, American Theatre, and The Carolinian, among others.

In 2004, David met PURE Theatre cofounders Sharon Graci and Rodney Lee Rogers in a parking lot somewhere in North Carolina, and the next week he and R.W. Smith were in rehearsal for PURE's Season 2 production of Jesus Hopped the “A” Train. Other credits with PURE spanning Season 2 to Season 16 include two productions of True West, Straight White Men, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Citizen: An American Lyric, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, Glengarry Glen Ross, Outside Mullingar, Russian Transport, Penelope, Clybourne Park, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Time Stands Still, Race, AWOL, Low Country Boil, Killer Joe, The Last Five Years, Thom Pain (based on nothing), This Is How It Goes, A Number, American Buffalo, The Seafarer, and, as director, Annapurna and Grace. David is also PURE’s associate artistic director, photographer, and graphic designer.

For as many years as he has been with PURE Theatre, David has been makin’ history at America’s largest publisher of regional and local history books, Arcadia Publishing, where he is the director of production.

As web director and photographer for 12pt Creative, the branding and design firm on Shem Creek, he helps Chad Klimaszewski manage a diverse roster of local, regional, and national clients from branding to launch.

David grew up in Charleston, graduated from Drew University with a theatre arts major and English and writing minors, and lived in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2004.

He is not the producer of Seinfeld and Veep. That’s one of the other David Mandels.

Nayda and Erik Hutson

Erik and Nayda Hutson are both New York-educated Miami natives who are at least a little bit Cuban (the former half, the latter fully so) and first met in what would later prove to be a very on-brand way: at a sleazy nightclub.

Both Erik and Nayda grew up in a particularly exciting time in Miami: the mid-to-late ‘90s saw the city rapidly grow from a Latin-American expat enclave to the increasingly cosmopolitan crossroad of arts and culture it is today. Nightlife, in particular, was always an extension of the city’s burgeoning role in the global creative landscape and like many suburban Miami kids, Erik and Nayda were early devotees to the scene. Both decamped to New York City after high school; Erik to study art at Cooper Union, Nayda to study English Literature and its discontents at Columbia University. While Nayda was writing papers on the Lacanian dialectic, Erik was working as a studio assistant to the contemporary artist Tom Sachs. They most likely unwittingly crossed paths in line at the Barneys Warehouse Sale or for the bathroom at Amanda Lepore’s birthday party before eventually meeting in that fateful Miami nightclub post-college.

Flash forward thirteen years, and it’s not all that surprising that after somewhat circuitous career paths, they now own and operate the Faculty Lounge, a former key club turned neighborhood cocktail bar/site of many a raucous DJ-fueled dance party. The duo’s latest venture, a wood-fired pizza place and natural wine bar they named Renzo as a nod to Erik’s favorite architect, sits catty-corner to the Faculty Lounge and is their first foray into the world of full-service restaurants.

As a licensed architect, woodworker, and firm believer in doing everything himself, Erik’s diverse skill set readily lends itself to small restaurant ownership. Nayda’s deep knowledge of food, beverage, and pop culture, along with her own do-it-yourself tendencies, rounds out the duo’s modern take on mom-and-pop restaurant management. Both are keen proponents of an intensely personal style of hospitality and believe in building spaces for themselves and their immediate community first and foremost.

Hunter Park

Hunter Park is She Returns From War:

The Cosmic Queen and Swamp Witch supreme of Charleston. It’s easy to see her wearing many hats, by day as a fierce but friendly fish monger at Carrigg’s Seafood and by night as the socialite known to grace the stage with other local acts just as much as her own. Known for being the cover girl of numerous local publications, the release of her latest album Mirrored Moon Dance Hall earned her many accolades and achieved the number one slot in Free Times for the second time.

Recently the witch went west, opening on tour for hometown heroes, Band of Horses. Returning home and straight to work on a third album, it is safe to say she’s a hard worker determined to keep Charleston on the musical map. She looks at Charleston’s creative community as its core, saying “The passion of the people is what makes Charleston magical every day” and we couldn’t agree more.

Hunter has put a spell on us, and we are so happy she is ours.

Haydn Haring

Self-described tragic soubrette, aesthetic maximalist, and comedienne, Haydn Haring first arrived in the Holy City in 2011 after graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. Since then, she has performed in 30 full-length productions with 11 different companies all over Charleston.

Favorite shows include Marie Antoinette at PURE Theatre, The Robber Bridegroom and Boston Marriage at Threshold Repertory Theatre, Boeing Boeing at Charleston Stage Company and No Exit with South of Broadway Theatre Company. Last year Haydn joined the Core Ensemble of The Village Repertory Company in residence at Woolfe Street Playhouse where she has performed in The Liar, The Other Place, Happy In the Poorhouse, Macbeth, Cyrano and later in the spring will perform in that company’s East Coast Premiere of Hollywood by Joe DiPietro.

In May, 2019, Haydn will receive her BA in Theatre with a concentration in Performance, a BA in History, as well as a minor in Italian Studies from the College of Charleston. At the College, she has performed in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, ENRON, and her bucket list role of the Witch in Into the Woods.

In her free time, Haydn works at both Cynthia Rowley and Candy Shop Vintage in Downtown Charleston and memorizes Shakespeare for fun. She can be found on any given day of the week at the end of the bar at The Belmont, wearing nothing but black, and Italian perfume.

Haydn will be moving back to New York this coming August to further pursue her career in entertainment.

Adam Parker

Adam Parker earned a couple of degrees in music then spent a decade in the business world before going back to school to snag his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He taught journalism as an adjunct professor at the College of Charleston and soon landed a job at The Post and Courier. At the newspaper, he has worked as a copy editor, metro editor, general assignment reporter, restaurant critic and religion reporter, arts writer and more. A long-time student of the civil rights movement and race in America, he has written extensively about the African-American experience. His first book, “Outside Agitator: The Civil Rights Struggle of Cleveland Sellers Jr.,” was released in late 2018 by Hub City Press. Will there be another? Who knows…

Brandon Brooks

Brandon Brooks is originally from New Jersey, but a native of Greenville, SC. He began his music career at an early age and went on to study at the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. From there he attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and finished his studies at the College of Charleston. While gigging in the Charleston scene, Brooks realized that there was a huge disconnect in communication about the booking process between musicians and venues.

So, he and his team created Jyve. Jyve is a mobile app that streamlines the entire booking process between musicians and local music venues while giving fans a platform to see live music around them. Since their launch in 2017, Jyve has grown to include over 3,500 local musicians, bands and DJs.

The app is currently used by over 20% of Charleston’s restaurants and bars and is currently expanding to Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Upstate SC and Atlanta. Recently, Brooks and the team were invited to exhibit at two international tech conferences, Collision (New Orleans), where they placed in the top 3 startups, and WebSummit (Lisbon, Portugal). Download the app today and see live music!

Jesse Blom

Jesse Blom came to Charleston with his wife Eileen, son Moses (age 7), and daughter Miriam (age 4) less than one year ago, to serve the Green Heart Project as its Executive Director.

Originally from Wisconsin, Jesse’s life journey has been guided by his interests in culture and the natural world, leading him to travel extensively. He has built a career over the past 12 years around the intersection of urban agriculture, education, and community, based in the cities of Milwaukee, Chicago, Baltimore, and now Charleston.

As the Executive Director of the Green Heart Project, Jesse is excited to lead the organization into its next phase of growth, centered around a new urban farm in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula.

Ben Cash

Ben Cash is a recovering musician, father, entrepreneur, and founding partner in Reason One (formerly BlueKey), a digital agency based in Charleston, Toronto, and Dublin. He moved to Charleston in 2009 and finally gained local cred after the third obligatory Bill Murray encounter.

Unfortunately, half a doctorate in trombone and a tour with BB King did not translate to Trombone Shorty status, so like so many other failed musicians, he started a digital agency. Through years of wearing way too many hats and a few entrepreneurial diversions, he's come out the other side with a few lessons learned.

When he’s not plotting the next project, he can be found riding bikes with his stepson Luke or shamefully instagramming his twin baby girls with his better half Maria.

Emcees: Femi Oyediran

Femi is the co-owner of Graft Wine Shop. Working under the tutelage of Sommelier Rick Rubel of Charleston Place Hotel, he made the rare achievement of passing the first three levels of the Court of Master Sommeliers within two years, including gaining the Walter Clore Scholarship for achieving the highest score on his Certified Sommelier exam. He is one of a handful of Advanced Sommeliers in South Carolina, is also a two-time national finalist for the Chaine des Rotisseurs 'Best Young Sommelier' in America competition, and the winner of the 2017 & 2019 Top Somm Blind Tasting Competition of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. He was featured as one of Zagat's Charleston 30 Under 30 in the food and beverage industry, listed as one of Tasting Table's 'Next Big Things in American Wine', Wine Enthusiasts 2018 40 Under 40, and Food & Wine Magazine's 2019 Sommeliers of the Year.

and Miles White

Miles is the co-owner of Graft Wine Shop. Born in Charleston, Miles started his hospitality career under his mother, caterer Callie White and sister, Carrie Morey of Callie's Hot Little Biscuit. He attended Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, while also attending hotel school at Cesar Ritz Hotel School in Brig, Switzerland. He received his sommelier certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers after graduating in the top of his class in the wine and beverage program at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa Valley. Afterwards, he was hired as a harvest intern at Antica Terra, a cult winery in the Willamette Valley. After 3 years of traveling and winemaking in Oregon and Australia, he returned to Charleston to work at lauded FIG Restaurant and to open Graft.

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