Creating Place Content Development Team

Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt (Creating Place Curation & Project Management, Article Development) is Alternate ROOTS’ Manager of Communications Strategies where she develops strategies and content that lift up the work of ROOTS and its members. Nicole holds an MFA in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin. For more on her artistic work: Photo: Jonathan Banks


free feral (Podcast Editing, Scoring, Soundscaping) is a musician and podcaster who dabbles in film. In her “home studio” in New Orleans, she scores podcasts and film, writes songs, and tells stories. She also contributed to the Last Call podcast, and is currently collaborating with FosterBear Films.


Jason Foster (Film Development) was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He’s the co-founder of FosterBear Films and their work has been featured in the New York Times, Okayplayer and has screened at the New Orleans Film Festival and Alternate ROOTS. He’s currently employed with a New Orleans non-profit, Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, as their Production Coordinator.


Bonnie Gabel (Podcast Development, Interviewing & Editing) is a queer director, media-maker, and community organizer interested in storytelling as a survival mechanism, and the intersection of grassroots activism and performance. They are Co-Director of LAST CALL where they create multi-platform performances that document and interpret neglected queer history.


Joseph Thomas (Technology Coordination) is Alternate ROOTS’ Manager of Communications Technology. Joseph is in the midst of a home renovation project in Atlanta’s Westside, where he is an active member of Neighborhood Planning Unit “K.” He holds a BFA from CalArts, and has presented his performing and visual artwork in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Newark, Fort Lauderdale, and Atlanta.


Special Thanks To:

Alternate ROOTS staff who provided additional support to this project:

Michelle Ramos, Executive Director
Ashley Walden Davis, Managing Director
Nicole Gurgel-Seefeldt, Manager of Communications Strategy
Joseph Thomas, Manager of Communications Technology
Paige Heurtin, Operations Manager
Kerry Lee, Operations Associate
Wendy Shenefelt, Programs Manager

Digital book designed by Talamieka Brice of Brice Media, LLC.
Carlton Turner, Alternate ROOTS’ former Executive Director, who provided guidance for this project.
Keryl McCord, for writing the NEA Our Town grant when she was Alternate ROOTS’ Operations Director.
Kerry Lee, for proofreading the Creating Place project across all platforms.
Hannah Pepper-Cunningham, for transcribing all podcast interviews.

Funding for Creating Place comes from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town Program.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.