David Bernstein (Director of Photography and Videography). David Bernstein is a noted photographer whose work is exhibited around the country in galleries and museums—including one-man shows in Pamplona, Spain; New York World’s Fair, and more—and is in permanent museum collections. His photographs also appear in newspapers and magazines nationwide. He earned a BPA degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, and a BA from University of Alaska and the New School in New York, and went on to teach photography for many years. He began his study of Aesthetic Realism with its founder Eli Siegel in 1962, and continues his studies with Ellen Reiss, the Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education. He is a founding member of the Aesthetic Realism Photographers. His writings on the oneness of opposites in photography and in life are published in newspapers, professional journals, and in books, including Aesthetic Realism: We Have Been There (Definition Press). His  essays on photography in relation to Native Americans, Bronzeville in Chicago, the African Burial Ground, and more, appear in Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism (Orange Angle Press). As director of photography and videography for the nonprofit Alliance of Ethics & Art he has videotaped hundreds of interviews for “The Force of Ethics in Civil Rights” oral history project and educational performance events.

Mary Fagan (Production Associate). Mary Fagan has a BA from Radcliffe College and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. She enrolled in a program in anthropology and education there after working as a teacher with children aged 6-12 in NYC elementary schools. In Samaná, DR, rural people of African American descent helped her in a study of social organization and religion that she is still learning about through the principle stated by Eli Siegel: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” Ms. Fagan began her study of the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel in 1980, including anthropology with Arnold Perey, Ph.D., Columbia. Her interest in language learning and literacy intensified during her fieldwork, and she has taught ESL for a year in a Bronx elementary school, worked as part of an adult literacy team for the Queens Public Library, and completed a post-masters certificate in Bilingual Education at Queens College, CUNY. Her passion for photography began in Samaná, and her work as an artist now includes printmaking and painting, encouraged by her study in the visual arts classes taught by Nancy Starrels, Chaim Koppelman, Dorothy Koppelman and Marcia Rackow of the Aesthetic Realism Faculty. She has published letters on the value of Aesthetic Realism in Long Island newspapers. Ms. Fagan is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, and she most recently worked as part of a team supporting computer users at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She provides web and computer support to AEA.

Glenn Mariano (Performer - Rev. DeLaine). Glenn Mariano discovered his love of acting on his native island of Guam. He moved stateside to attend college, where he earned a BA with a major in Theatre Arts from Seattle University. He currently works as a paralegal at a New York City law firm and has a 100-ton Coast Guard Master’s License and pilots a 19th century sailing schooner in New York Harbor. He says, “I am proud to be part of this important presentation. Playing Reverend DeLaine, a man of great faith and strength, has been an honor and I am grateful for the direction of Anne Fielding. Understanding that my purpose as an actor is to see and present the depths of another person, a character, has made me a deeper person. There is nothing more important than learning from Aesthetic Realism how to see people aesthetically, as being both the same and different from ourselves, and learning that contempt is the beginning cause of injustice.”

Allan Michael (Speaker and Performer - William Ragin). Allan Michael is a photographer, an Aesthetic Realism Associate, and one of the first African American maritime captains in the New York harbor. His photographs have appeared in Essence magazine and in gallery exhibitions in New York, including the Terrain Gallery in SoHo and BWAC in Brooklyn, and in Martha’s Vineyard. His photographs also appeared in "Art against Apartheid," the traveling exhibition at major progressive colleges and universities. He is a contributor to Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism. Mr. Michael studies in the class “Acting, Life, and the Opposites,” taught by Anne Fielding, the director of the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company. He made his acting debut in 2009 as William Ragin in the presentation of The People of Clarendon County and the Answer to Racism at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jersey City, NJ, and repeated this role at the event took in the Congressional Auditorium in Washington, DC.