Roshni, meaning Light in several languages, aspires to work with those at the margins. Tell them stories, but more importantly tell their stories.

OUR VISION

To use Art to promote Inclusion and Empathy.

To share stories with those at the margins but more importantly help them tell their own stories.

WHAT WE DO

We use Art to Uplift, Heal, and Inspire. Through our programs and events, we work to create bridges between minority cultural groups and the mainstream. 

OUR COMMUNITY

We work with diverse cultural groups, namely refugees/immigrants, people with disabilities, seniors, and the homeless.

Deepali Lindblom
FOUNDER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

In India, I didn't dance.

In Sweden, I realized that I would like to dance.

In Canada, I became a successful professional dancer

But it was in the US, I realized the power of dance.

When I held my newborn and wondered what kind of world he would grow up in.

-Deepali 

TEAM ROSHNI

Anthony Le

Anthony Le is mostly known as “Le Chopz '' born and raised in Aurora grew up studying hip hop art-from “Breaking”.  His mother was born in Vietnam when her father, an American was stationed there during the war. 

Anthony has performed on the 16th Street Mall as well as at the Buell Theatre. Since 2018, Anthony has been a part of Roshni’s Artistic team, when he first performed for a Yo-Yo Ma event produced by Roshni. 

He is the teaching Artist for New American Stories and is also a member of the Roshni Dance Ensemble. 

Ryan Makepeace

Ryan is an Actor with an MFA in Theatre from Naropa University. He is also a Filmmaker and Writer. His works include a vignette documentary of two Syrian refugee Brothers seeking Asylum in Europe called HOME موطن and a Music Video for a rap song called Best Friend/Hol Me Down.  

He is also a Rapper/Singer set to release his first single titled ‘Let You Go’ .

An Athlete — mountain runner, climber and World Explorer, Ryan has lived, volunteered and worked in several countries including Argentina,  Denmark, Greece, Egypt and teaching Theatre at the Maru a Pula School Botswana. 

Jenny Newbry

Jenny Newbry holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Florida Atlantic University and is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework ®.  She grew up in Colorado and fell in love with acting when she was 4 yrs old while playing Chicken Little at South Suburban Recreation Center there. 

 

Cinnamon and Cigarettes, is her debut one-woman show based on real-life experiences. She has also written and performed 'Growing Up Great', about her awakening within the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement, which debuted at Roshni's inaugural New American Arts Festival in September 2021.  She continues to create and be a part of Roshni's Dance and Empathy Project.  

Abraham Elahmadi

Abraham Elahmadi is a senior at East Highschool.

He has been acting and modeling out of Denver for over 4 years, including roles in The Diary of Anne Frank and Pippin.

 

He has acted in numerous short films with members of the Colorado Film School and done professional work for Sesame Street, Macy's, and The 3rd Way Center.

ROSHNI BOARD

Beth Morse,
President
 Elom Ayeboua
Alice Moy,
Vice President
Felicia O'Connell, Secretary
Deborah Clendenning
Jenny Barzegar,
Treasurer
Rory JS
ART PROMOTES EMPATHY

Dance, besides promoting health and wellbeing, is a delightful medium to come together. It is specifically effective when people come diverse and cultural backgrounds.

 

Given time, it provides the right stimulus and setting for a better understanding of self and others in the

group. It fosters confidence and encourages dialogue. An opportunity to learn, share information, and

show, that in spite of our differences, we are inextricably connected.

 
OUR MOTIVATION

Ubuntu!

 

Once an anthropologist proposed a game to the children of an African tribe. He placed a basket of sweets near a tree and made the children stand 100 meters away.

 

He told the children to race to the basket and the winner would get all the sweets. At the word, 'go', all the children held hands and ran towards the tree together. There, they divided the sweets equally and gladly gobbled them up.

 

When the anthropologist asked why they divided up the prize, they replied, Ubuntu! ​How can one be happy with all the sweets, when the others have none?

 

Ubuntu according to wikipedia means, 'humanity towards others' or ' the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. 

Indeed, I Am because We Are.