The Young Shakespeareans
ALISON KORMAN Artistic Director / Founder
Alison is an entrepreneur and classically trained actor who, after working in Mexico and Senegal, returned to New York City's Metropolitan Opera and 92nd Street Y before founding her own arts management company, Korman+Company. During 25 years procuring and producing $5 million annually in still photography, she simultaneously performed off-Broadway and in various theatrical venues abroad. Living in Los Angeles since 1997, she has served as an Account Director for the Taproot Foundation, performed for hundreds of schoolchildren with the LA Assistance League’s Nine O’Clock Players, and began teaching Shakespeare to Title 1 elementary school children in South Los Angeles in 2009. She conceived the idea for The Young Shakespeareans Program in 2010, officially founded the organization in 2017, and has developed its curriculum in the conviction that unleashing the awareness and potential of Title 1 public school children transforms their lives while serving the broader community. Alison continues to perform in theatre, film and television. She received her degree in Special Education and Foreign Language from Washington University in St. Louis.
of John Adams Middle School
CEO & Founder of Symbia Global Group, Dana synthesizes over twenty years of facilitating capital investment to solve environmental and social problems by developing transformative funding partnerships between individuals, grant-making foundations, and corporations with 501c3 nonprofits and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).
Operating within the full scope of development (gift planning and legacy bequests, corporate and foundation giving, individual private investors, major and principle individual giving, workplace and capital campaigns), She specializes in relationships that support at the six-, seven- and eight-figure level. Her career spans from serving as a Financial Consultant at Smith Barney, through fundraising and leading teams for CARE USA, End Oil/Communities for Clean Ports, American Red Cross, UNCF-The College Fund (formerly, United Negro College Fund), Trust for Public Land, and Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.
In 2019, Dana founded the Symbia Global Group (symbiaglobal.com) to leverage venture philanthropy as catalytic capital to scale ecological and social impact ventures that have disruptive solutions to the most intractable problems faced by humanity and the planet. She is thrilled to have joined The Young Shakespeareans in the fall of 2022 to strategically build organizational capacity and sustainability.