Behind The Scenes
The Making of the 24/7 Respect Video
The new video is an educational tool for students to learn how to prevent, report and address bias-based conduct and sexual misconduct in or outside of school. The video includes three scenarios related to bias-based conduct, and one related to sexual misconduct. Educators will pause to break down each scenario with their students and help them understand specific steps to take to respond to these types of behavior.
Student actors from Boston Arts Academy, Boston College High School, and Dartmouth College spent the weekend developing their technical and on-camera skills. They received on-set coaching and support from Emerson College student Chantal Encalada and were directed by Sabrina Avilés of Cabin 3 Media.
The script was written by the Boston Student Advisory Council, Cabin 3 Media, and the BPS Office of Equity.
The second annual 24/7 Respect program will be implemented in the Boston Public Schools during the week of March 9 to 13, 2020. School districts across the country will pilot 24/7 Respect in their districts throughout the spring.
Meet the Cast!
Ashley Alexandre (Armani) was one of the first freshman to be included on the Boston Arts Academy’s (BAA) main stage show Ruined as a member of the lighting crew and head of wardrobe. She also served as the assistant stage manager for BAA’s astounding musical Memphis during her sophomore year. In addition, she portrayed Trayvon Martin in BAA’s first lower house main stage show, Facing Our Truth. She hopes to continue acting after high school and also expand her technical theatre experience.
Luigi Bianchi (John) is an upcoming actor from Boston Arts Academy (BAA) with high expectations for his life. He is a determined actor who sets ambitious goals for himself. Luigi was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Italy. He was drawn to acting at age eight when he took part in his first show, Romeo and Juliet. Luigi is trilingual (Spanish, Italian and English), and is always looking for new opportunities to improve upon his abilities and broaden his skill set.
Veronica Cavalcanti (Host) is so excited to be apart of this project for Boston Public Schools. Previously, Veronica played Fanny Price in Newton Theatre Company's production of Mansfield Park. Her other roles have included the role of Sandy in Grease, and the role of Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar. She is currently enrolled in Dartmouth College and hopes to pursue a double major in Theatre and English.
James Delaney (David) is a sophomore at Boston College High School, and he is thrilled to be a part of this production. In his free time, he enjoys participating in theatre productions at his school and has been in two productions: Jesus Christ Superstar and Catch Me If You Can. James also enjoys writing plays in his spare time.
Anya Edwards (Host) is a junior theatre major at Boston Arts Academy (BAA). She is very excited to be a part of this project. At BAA, Anya has appeared in A Doll’s House as Nora and Memphis. She has also appeared in Great Expectations as Young Estella at Bennington College. She has appeared professionally in Dark Room at Bridge Repertory Theatre and a staged reading of Every Tongue Confess with The Front Porch Arts Collective. Her film credits include The Alphabetical Adventures of Zelda Zingaro and The Haven Project.
Johanna Tu Estrada (Extra) is a sophomore at Boston Arts Academy. She is focusing on theatre and is figuring out her next steps for the future.
Genesis Hernandez (Clarisol) is a senior at Boston Arts Academy. She is involved with other forms of art, such as drawing and painting. Her love for theater and acting started at a young age and has only grown over time. For Genesis, art has always been a part of her life, and she has become the person she is because of it. In the future, she hopes to continue acting while continuing her passion for visual art.
Yannai Mercado (Justina) is a junior theater major at Boston Arts Academy. She hopes to pursue theater in the future. She is very excited about working in the world of theater and exploring new opportunities.
Jesseric Mercedes (Maria) is a junior theatre arts student at Boston Arts Academy.
Aliyah Moraes (Marcela) is a sophomore at Boston Arts Academy. This is her first film production. In the future, she plans to focus on musical theatre, as her passion is singing.
Liat Rimoni (Dalia) is a junior theater major at Boston Arts Academy (BAA). She has loved the performing arts from a very young age. She has always known that she wants to pursue her passion for theatre and acting. She confirmed her passion during her freshman year while working on the lighting crew for BAA’s production of Dancing in the Streets. Her sophomore year, she participated in her first main stage show, Facing Our Truth (Rebecca/Raheem). Other productions include Annie Jr., Honk Jr. (Billy), and The Little Mermaid at Riverside Theatreworks in Hyde Park, MA, and Hairspray at the Brimmer and May School. Liat has also participated in classes at Wheelock Family Theater and Boston Children’s Theater. Most recently, she was the Assistant Director for A Doll's House at BAA. Just last summer, Liat continued her acting training at the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute. In addition to participating in this film, she will play Medea in BAA’s upcoming production.
Jedidia Santana (Julian) is a junior theatre major at Boston Arts Academy. Jedidia recently transferred from a vocal major to a theatre major, and is excited to further develop his acting skills.
Juan Sepulveda (Host) is a senior theatre major at Boston Arts Academy. Juan is a gay Latino man who is proud of his identity and hopes to establish a platform to help change the world. He has always had a love for performance and acting, and is motivated by the impact storytelling has on society. Juan is a creative and insightful person with experience in acting, directing, playwriting, dance, singing, film, and technical theatre. Juan has written and acts in his own plays, including IDream and The Restaurant. Juan has also acted in shows including Ruined, Fabulation, Waiting for Lefty, Memphis, All American Boys, Facing our Truth, and A Doll’s House.
Jada Saint Louis (Host) is a junior theatre major at Boston Arts Academy (BAA). She is so thankful for her part in this project. At BAA, Jada has appeared in Facing Our Truth as Ayanna, Blue, and Doc. She has appeared in Love's Labour's Lost through the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, a staged reading of 36 Days with the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and Proclamation, a devised piece at the American Repertory Theatre. She’s also been featured in a Boston University film, The Beez and the Chickadees.
Adriana Toruno (Extra) is Nicaraguan. Her interest in theatre began when she acted in her first play in the 6th grade. This helped to inform her decision to focus on theatre with the hope of a career performing on stage or television. Her dream is to become a professional actor, and she is very thankful to attend Boston Arts Academy. She has acted in Antigone, The Crucible, Facing Our Truth, West Side Story, Mamma Mia!, Seussical, and Into the Woods.
Keishona Weekes (Extra) is a 17-year-old theatre major at Boston Arts Academy. Her love for theatre first started in the 6th grade when she joined the drama club. Since then she has participated in Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde, Once on This Island, Facing Our Truth, and The Doll’s House. In the future, she plans to pursue both music and theatre professionally.
Artemis Wheelock-Wood (Mia) is currently a student at Boston Arts Academy. Artemis has acted in the following plays: Proclamation 7: Freedom Acts, Once on This Island, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, West Side Story, I Dream, Akeelah, and the Bee, Into the Woods, Brundibar & But the Giraffe, The Wizard of Oz, Memphis, Oliver!, Beauty and the Beast, Charlotte’s Web, and The Taste of Sunrise.
Carolyn J. Meadows Márquez (Administrator) joined the Boston Arts Academy leadership team in 2018. She received her Bachelor of Social Sciences in Labor Studies from the University of Puerto Rico, and her Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Boston University. She is currently pursuing a Certificate in Facilities Management from Boston University. She has used her combined passion for social justice issues, education and travel to lead professional development for teachers and families across school districts in Massachusetts.