Executive Director, Creative Activist Program
Joey Borgogna’s interest in Creative Activism began while growing up in San Diego and being exposed to the harsh contrast of societies between the US and Mexico. He spent part of his youth performing street theatre in Mexico and Kenya, directing theatre in Australia, and learning about entertainment and mainstream media in London and graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in Communications and Theatre.
In 2002, his on-going interest in story-telling lead him to Creative Visions Foundation where he volunteered in the development offices and produced a powerful stage play in Los Angeles about homeless youth while creating community outreach campaigns alongside at-risk youth organizations like, StandUp for Kids and LA Youth Network. Later, in conjunction with Dokument Films he traveled to DR Congo to document Children Mending Hearts‘ first youth arts exchange program, and a compelling educational TV pilot about the conservation of whale sharks in Baja California.
Joey has also toured the US as a docent with the Dan Eldon Traveling Exhibition while teaching creative activist workshops to high school and college age students, and produced affiliate film festivals and seminars about journalists in war zones.
As director of the Creative Activist Program, Joey now manages and mentors 50 + national and international arts/media projects and productions that are empowering others, telling compelling stories, and creating impact on a global scale. He recently returned from East Africa to document Kenyan-based educational projects We the Change in Mathare Slum and Cura Orphange outside Nairobi, and co-produced a documentary about youth in Uganda with One Hand Clapping Pictures.
He is currently a student of empathy at the Imagined Life Studio with Diana Castle and a Donate Life Ambassador for One Legacy, a non-profit organ and tissue recovery organization serving the greater Los Angeles area.