Who We Are
Selina Morales, Director
Selina tends PFP's mission and vision, develops innovative programming, and manages day-to-day operations.
Contact: smorales [at] folkloreproject.org
Toni Shapiro-Phim, Director of Programs
Toni oversees PFP’s public programs, including exhibitions, performances, humanities forums and other collaborative endeavors with community partners.
Contact: toni [at] folkloreproject.org
Linda Deafenbaugh, Education Specialist
Linda came to PFP in 2014 to coordinate folk arts education programs and research.
Contact: linda [at] folkloreproject.org
Rinzin Lhamo, Program Assistant
Rinzin Lhamo, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying the biological basis of behavior and South Asian Studies, has been a work-study student at the Philadelphia Folklore Project since 2015.
Debora Kodish was the founder of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, and it’s Director from 1987 through June 2014. Some of her publications on activist approaches to public interest folklore work can be found here, including "Cultivating Folk Arts and Social Change" (Journal of American Folklore, 2013), "Imagining Public Folklore" (Companion to Folklore, 2012), and "Envisioning Folklore Activism" (Journal of American Folklore, 2011). She can be reached at email@example.com
2015 Board Members
- Rechelle McJett Beatty
- Carole Boughter
- Sharon Friedler
- Saundra Gilliard
- Dr. Fariha Khan
- Jeannine Osayande
- Linda Richardson
- Alix Webb
- Javitta Brockington, African American step
- Gbahtuo Comgbaye, Liberian storytelling
- Greg Corbin, Spoken word
- Kenneth Mui, Chinese hung gar kung fu and lion dance
- Riasinta Hite, Indonesian dance
- Jun Dai, Beijing Opera
- Than Nhan Ngo, Vietnamese dan tranh
- Losang Samten, Tibetan sand mandala
- Edward Smallwood and Ama Schley, West African and Afro-Caribbean dance
- Hua Hua Zhang, Chinese puppetry