The “V-Team” is V-Day Raleigh’s leadership team. Find out more about each of the members of the 2018 V-Team below! The V-Team can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex Matsuo – V-Day Raleigh Founder, Co-Director
Alex Matsuo holds an MA in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University. V-Day and “The Vagina Monologues” has always held a special place in her heart. Looking for a way for art and activism to create a space for healing, she founded V-Day Raleigh in December 2016. When she is not working on V-Day related events, she works as a full-time writer and ESL teacher. Alex is also a published author and a podcaster. You can find more information about Alex at alexmatsuo.com and she can also be found on Facebook and Twitter!
Julya M. Mirro, Co-Director
With an extensive background in theatre, Julya has worked as a professor, manager, director, and designer for several theatre organizations. Working with her partner Steven R Bond, one of the incarcerated playwrights she met volunteering in KY, ARClitE was founded in late 2015 on the principles of providing creative outlets and solutions to societal struggles from education to opportunity. Currently, Julya produces and directs shows, teaches, and works under ARClitE’s umbrella, growing the company through collaboration with various groups to devise and implement projects that serve to educate and empower a variety of populations, including classes and productions at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. This is her second time involved with The Vagina Monologues and she is excited to partner with V-Day Raleigh and her friend, artist Eric McRay.
Pimpila Violette, Stage Manager
Pimpila Violette is an actor in the Triangle both on and off stage. During the day she works as a Standardized Patient, training future and ongoing medical students and professionals. Some of her theatre credits include: Titus Andronicus, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Decision Height. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012, Pimpila was bitten by the activism bug and was thrilled to join V-Day Raleigh in helping to end violence against women and girls. In her spare time, Pimpila is a gamer, singer, ukulele enthusiast, and party princess (with Premier Children’s Parties).
Loni Lyn Price, Producer
Loni Lyn Price has had her foot firmly in the arts since she was 4 years old. Finding strength and growth through theatre and music she has become a strong proponent and activist of cultural change through artistic expression. One of Loni’s most passionate causes is domestic violence, and the unconscious bias of such, that is prevalent within our culture. Since joining the V-Day Raleigh team in 2016 Loni has been overwhelmed with gratitude for the V-Day organization, the discussions it is bringing up in our community, the support V-Day Raleigh has been able to provide, and the wonderful friends she has made on this journey. Outside of V-Day and theatre Loni wrangles her two children (7 and 13 years old) while working as a Professional Life Coach helping others become who they truly know they are supposed to be and their very best self.
Ashley Rebecca Jones, Social Media Coordinator
Ashley Jones is a Raleigh-based actress, volunteer, and marketing professional. She holds a B.S. in Communications and a B.A. in Theatre from Western Carolina University, and has experience in the areas of marketing, broadcast journalism, and administration. Ashley current works as a Senior Social Media Specialist at a Raleigh marketing agency. In her spare time, she enjoys performing in local community theatre productions. She is thrilled to be returning as V-Day Raleigh’s Social Media Coordinator, a role that allows her to combine her passions of theatre, social media, and helping raise awareness and funds for a good cause.
Margaret Murphy, Fundraising Chair
Margaret lives in Raleigh and works for Wake County as a Budget & Management Analyst. She graduated with her Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017. Prior to graduate school, Margaret worked at a nonprofit doing development and marketing. Since moving to Raleigh in August, Margaret has been looking for opportunities to become more involved in her community. She is serving as V-Day Raleigh’s Fundraising Chair to help raise awareness about the reality of violence against women and girls, support the work of InterAct, and empower herself and others. Her other passions include true crime, hip hop, french fries, consignment shopping, and college basketball.