Classified Performer Spotlight: Ashland Viscosi

Ashland Viscosi is the founder of Creatives Meet Business and its annual three-day professional development extravaganza, CMBXP, that provides artists, creatives, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small business owners with the know-how they need to be in business. She also edits, hosts, and produces the Creatives Meet Business Podcast, available anywhere you listen to podcasts, which showcases short bursts of insight from industry experts. She teaches on networking at General Assembly and corporate trainings and consults on event production, fundraising, and goal planning. She loves long chats over cheese plates and bourbon (or pinot noir, depending on the situation!).

Tonight, Ashland will tell a tale of clandestine discovery and changing identity in her piece, What I Always Wanted Wasn’t What I Always Wanted.


Classified Performer Spotlight: Minerva Rivera

Minerva Rivera has been an educator for the past ten years and has taught any grade level you can imagine ranging from kindergarten to high school seniors. She has taught most subjects including History, English, Science, Theatre and Art. But not math. Never math. When she’s not teaching Minerva is an actress and director in the Austin theatre scene and thrives best when she’s onstage. She is delighted to appear as herself in tonight’s performance of Testify.

Tomorrow night, Minerva will tell her story of barriers in the classroom in her piece, A Veces No Se Puede.


Classified Performer Spotlight: Chris Mack

Chris Mack is an engineer who moved to Austin in 1990 and couldn’t figure out how to leave. He teaches part time at the University of Texas and every now and then starts up a software company. He’s married to a story teller, and this avocation appears to be contagious. He is not exactly a YouTube celebrity, but his channel LithoGuru has over a million views, where his resemblance to Count Dooku has been commented upon more than once.

Tomorrow night, Chris will share (what he can) of his tale of leaving the NSA in his piece, Bureaucracy.