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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

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Katherine Sheamansmith

  Katherine Sheamansmith has been teaching music, writing, and study skills for nearly eight years to date. She received her bachelor's in vocal performance from Fort Lewis College and achieved certification from the College Reading and Learning Association at the second level for tutoring.

     She has been delighted to sing with many local groups in the various places she's lived, as well as larger ensembles such as Quintessence, in addition to her work as a teacher.

     In her free time she enjoys crafting, exploring local areas, and writing. She also loves to meet new people and learn as much as she can about the beautiful variety of subjects the world has to offer.


     Katherine strongly believes in the power of expression and communication, both for the growth of the individual and the enrichment of the larger community. She is thrilled at the opportunity to work with Roshni and the amazing community they serve.


Lida Barakzai

Lida was born and raised in Afghanistan. She studied Political Science in hope of becoming a Diplomat someday. That dream was squashed under the Taliban regime and she had to flee with her family to Europe and then eventually to the US.

Lida is passionate about helping her community, especially women and youth. Thus joining Roshni, she says is perfect as she has firsthand seen the way we are making a difference.




Alex is a dynamic Movement Artist, innovative coach, and passionate educator residing in Boulder. With a journey rooted in dance since 2005 and an academic background as a Mechanical Engineering, he weaves the rhythm of dance with the logic of engineering.


As a dancer, Alex has ignited stages and classrooms across the globe with his exhilarating performances and masterclasses. His unique movement style seamlessly fuses elements of Breaking, Martial Arts, Tricking, Parkour, Animal Flow, and Infinite Play, embodying an eclectic and electrifying blend of grace and power. His mission? To guide individuals through uncharted terrains of movement and problem-solving, sparking an active life, fresh thinking, and boundless creativity.

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Sweeta Afrooz

Sweeta Afrooz was born and raised in Afghanistan and arrived seven years ago in the US as a refugee. 

Sweeta loves sewing and is delighted to be one of the head instructors for the 'Sew and Sing' program after being an assistant for the first cycle. 

Sweeta loves exploring new things and is ever enthusiastic to meet people from different countries and try out new things. 

When not sewing or teaching, Sweeta likes spending time with her children and baking. 


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Aleah Barney

An aspiring actress, Aleah Barney is thrilled and grateful for this opportunity to work with Roshni. Currently, she is a co-instructor for the New American Stories as well as filling in diverse roles for the Sew and Sing program. 

Aleah introduces herself as a singer/songwriter. Her accomplishments include eight years in the TMTA Piano Ensemble, five years as her Church Organist, and completion of two classes at DCPA. 

When not creatively engaged, Aleah enjoys cooking, gaming, and rollerblading. She has worked with children for many years and is delighted to be now involved in helping them with new stories of their own. 

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Jenny Footle

Jenny Footle received a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a focus on human rights and a minor in Dance in 2013, from Knox College, and holds certifications in Group Fitness, personal training, trauma-informed care.

She has been teaching various kinds of dance and fitness since 2008, she is a survivor leader and has been working with survivors of exploitation and the organizations that support them for over a decade, including 10 years in Denver.

Jenny is a both a wellness coach and wellness coordinator for the Sew and Sing program.



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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Bisnu Khatri

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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