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Roshni, meaning Light in several languages,
aspires to work with those at the margins. 

Share stories with them, more importantly help them tell their own.

Roshni is a 501(c)3 non-profit that strives to harness the power of the Performing Arts tp promote Empathy and Inclusvity

Our Motivation


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.

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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.

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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. 

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

Founder/Artistic Director

Deepali Lindblom

Deepali combines the best of dance and drama in a unique performing art of storytelling. Her artistic journey began in India, in dance, street theatre, and puppetry.
In Sweden, it became a vocation. In Canada, it became a profession. And here, it’s become a Purpose. 

Deepali blends in the charisma of the East, the precision of the West, and the best of in-between.

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Jeszenee Turner

Jeszenee Turner's passion is Theatre and dance. She graduated from East High School and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of New Jersey. 

Jeszenee started as an intern with Roshni in spring of 2021 and soon became an assistant instructor for our youth program, while also participating as an integral member of the women's group, I ARISE. 


Currently remote, Jeszenee continues to participate in our youth and women's group and every spring and summer will be assisting in our summer camp and theatre production. 

Jesznenne is also the outreach coordinator for the New American Arts Festival

Team Roshni


Emily Newton

Emily Newton discovered the joy of acting after many school show nights playing a dead sheep in Aesop's Fables. 

She has since performed in many different productions including ACT II, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, the Renaissance Festivals, Iron Springs Chateau, Albuquerque Little Theatre, THEATREdART, the Dinner Detective, and TheatreWorks. 


She has an associate's degree in theatre from Pikes Peak State College.

Emily is excited to work with Roshni for the New American Stories and share her love of creativity with the participants. 


Abraham Elahmadi

Abraham Elahmadi is a freshman at the BFA

program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. 

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.

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Zachary Boin

Zachary has been working as an actor and playwright in the Denver area for the past 12 years. Zachary’s first production associated with Roshni was Aly & The Genie , which he is extremely excited to be a part of!! He is also part of the Roshni Ensemble and currently touring with the 'Monkey Mind', beside being an instructor for New American Stories.

Among his favorite productions as a playwright was his play The Hovel, which was produced by Grand Design Inc. and staged at the Aurora Fox Arts Center. Among his favorite productions as an actor were his performances in An American Night’s Dream, a Midsummer parody; Mean Gays, a parody of Mean Girls where he played Reggie George, and The Music Man. 

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Madeleine 'Ratt' Walsh

I am a nonbinary artist. 5 years ago, I was in a car accident that resulted in a coma and receiving a traumatic brain injury. Once I woke up I was very confused about where I was and had to go on a long journey of discovery. Something that helped me immensely with this healing journey is theatre! Two years after the injury a friend, from the Brain Injury Alliance, invited me to audition for the local theatre group Phamaly, where I got a part and have been involved in theatre ever since.  I'm in constant exploration of the world around me, my injury, and myself. During this time, I also took a 200-hour course on teaching English as a Foreign Language to help me figure out how to put my thoughts into words and communicate more effectively. I love telling stories, hearing stories, helping create stories, and playing in stories. Through working with Roshni, I'd love to help others be empowered and figure out how the world fits them, not how they fit into the world. 

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Jezsenee Turner

Jeszenee loves theatre and dance. She graduated from East High School and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of New Jersey. 

Jeszenee started as an intern with Roshni in the spring of 2021 and soon became an assistant instructor for their youth program, while also participating in I ARISE. 


Jeszenne also starred as an ensemble for Aly & the Genie theatre production and diverse dance performances. Jeszenee continues to virtually participate in programs.

Jesznenne is also the outreach coordinator for the New American Arts Festival


Fabian Vasquez

Fabian Vazquez graduated from MSU Denver with his BA in theatre in 2017 and now works for Boulder County Housing and Human Services while performing in local theatre shows in the evenings and weekends.

With Roshni, Fabian started with 'Aly & The Genie' in July, followed by 'The Monkey Mind', 'Murder at the Museum' and his own debut as a playwright/director with ' Fronteras Inexistente' for the New American Stories.

He continues with the first two production and is now part of the New American Stories, where he will assist youth with writing, acting and creating performance art. 

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.

Roshni Board

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Alice Moy


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Felicia O'Connell


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Hicham Munir

Board member

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Jenny Barzegar


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Deborah Clendenning

Board member

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If you have much, give of your pocket,
if you have little,  give of your heart.

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