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JOYCE LAO (Director of Special Events) is a New York based performer and Music Director. She has a degree in Psychology (pre-med), Special Education, Ma in Music and attended Stella Adler School of Acting. She is also taking her Ma in Arts Administration at Baruch College part time. She has produced, acted and written a number of short films that have been screened in the film festival circuit. She is also the co-creator/producer of a new webseries endorsed by Youtube entitled, “These Three Girls”. Her Directorial debut, “Hecuba” won Runner – up as Best Ensemble and she also won Runner-up for Best Director at the Ancient Drama Festival 2012. She also won Best Performance of an Ensemble for the musical “Alien Adventure- The Adventure” written by Jon Freda for her performance as Capt. Duda  at the Midtown International Theater Festival Awards in 2014. Her last original work, “Behind the Wall-An Autism Performance Piece” with Andy Miyamotto at the NYC Fringe Festival 2015 was well received and is in the process of development to be shown on tour. As an artist and performer, she is geared towards original work, she also has the passion to help and promote other talents – most especially multi-talented people of color and of Asian descent. This passion turned into a vision and she therefore founded The Ally Artists Group ( . For more information, visit her website at

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