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WONDERLAND, a podcast where we explore the connections between pop culture, human nature and social change
WONDERLAND is a “master class” in culture change. Podcast hosts Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke apply their experience and perspective from careers spent at the intersection of social justice, entertainment and media to uncover the truth about the stories we’re telling as a country, on TV, in movies and throughout pop culture mediums. Each episode of WONDERLAND brings together a nationally-recognized social change leader and an acclaimed pop culture innovator for a rare meeting of the minds. Together, they leap ‘down the rabbit hole’ of curiosity and ideas for intimate conversations that reveal game-changing insights and generate fresh new thinking with the power to create real change in the world.
WONDERLAND is made possible with support from the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Unbound Philanthropy and the Pop Culture Collaborative.
Meet the team
Hosts & Executive Producers, Bridgit Antoinette Evans and Tracy Van Slyke
Producer, Nancy Vitale
Editorial Producer, Destry Sibley
Sound Engineers, Duff Harris and Alex Thompson
Audio Technicians, Corrinne Smith, Kyle Maurisak, and Doug Lins
Curriculum Designer, Diana Lee
Website Designer, Deanna Zandt
Recorded at The Awareness Group Studios and Harvestworks in New York City
Bridgit Antoinette Evans
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & HOST
Bridgit Antoinette Evans is widely recognized as one of the foremost thought leaders in the culture change strategy field. Bridgit is currently the Executive Director of the Pop Culture Collaborative. A professional artist and strategist, she has dedicated her career to the relentless investigation of the potential of artists to drive cultural change in society. Fifteen years of work at the intersection of pop culture storytelling and social change has evolved into a vision for a new, hybrid culture change field in which creative and social justice leaders work together to create and popularize stories that shape the narratives, values, beliefs and behaviors that define American culture.
In 2016, Bridgit was a Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellow, piloting Culture Changes Us, a coordinated learning system designed to accelerate the social justice sectors’ understanding and use of culture change strategy. For Unbound Philanthropy and Ford Foundation, she has led multi-year culture change research and strategy design projects aimed at unearthing breakthrough narrative and engagement strategies for the immigrant rights and gender justice movements.
In 2008, Bridgit founded Fuel | We Power Change, a culture change strategy studio in New York City, as the home for her collaborations with leading social change innovators. Through this work she designed long-term culture change strategies for social movements that used transportive story experiences, often in the pop culture realm, to shift the thoughts and feelings of mass audiences. Strategy design commissions include the NYCLU/ACLU Policing Project, Make It Work campaign, National Domestic Workers Alliance’s #BeTheHelp strategy featuring Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Cicely Tyson, Amy Poehler and other artists; Breakthrough’s #ImHere for Immigrant Women strategy; GEMS’ Girls Are Not for Sale strategy featuring Beyonce, Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Sinead O’Connor, Mary J Blige and more; and Save Darfur’s “Live for Darfur” campaign chaired by Don Cheadle and Djimon Hounsou. She often points to her roots as a professional Off Broadway actor and devised theater producer as the source of her deep passion for culture change strategy. She received her MFA from Columbia University and BA from Stanford University.
Tracy Van Slyke
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & HOST
Through her work at the intersection of media production, cultural strategy, and movement building for the last 17 years, Tracy has worked with a cross-sector of content producers, social justice organizers and philanthropic leaders to help them develop the profound storytelling and experiences that can catalyze mass audiences for social change. Tracy is currently the Strategy Director at the Pop Culture Collaborative.
Previously, she was the director of the Culture Lab, which through rapid prototyping methodology, built programs and products to help social justice leaders quickly adopt and advance their ability to use pop culture strategies and storytelling to create a just and equitable world. Its signature Cultural Pulse program focuses on helping organizers and advocates hook into the energy of popular culture: to learn from audiences and fans, work with artists and pop content, and experiment with smart, timely community engagement and organizing strategies.
As a fellow at the Opportunity Agenda, she authored the groundbreaking 2014 report “Spoiler Alert: How Progressives Will Break Through With Pop Culture.” Before founding the Culture Lab, she was the co-director of the New Bottom Line, a national alignment of economic justice grassroots organizations; director of The Media Consortium, a network of the leading independent media outlets in the country working to increase their collective impact; publisher of In These Times, a national award winning political magazine. She is the co-author of the book Beyond The Echo Chamber (New Press, 2010) and her writing has appeared in Huffington Post, Politico, Medium and more. She has been on the boards of National People’s Action and served as president for Free Speech TV and Women, Action and the Media.
Nancy has been developing, producing and writing for more than a decade in film, television, theatre, and now, podcasting. She believes that great work comes from lively collaboration, respect for the multiplicity of voices in the room, and having baked goods handy.
Nancy is the Co-Founder and Director of Creative Development for Eyes Up Here Productions, a creative production company that specializes in strategic storytelling. She also serves as Creative Producer for Pop Culture Collaborative. She was previously a Creative Producer for Fuel Change, a culture change consultancy; worked in Script Development at TV Land, Emerging Pictures, and Columbia SoA Film; co-founded and served as Producing Artistic Director of Noor Theatre, producing Food and Fadwa (New York Theatre Workshop, 2012), The Myth Project (2013, 2014), and the Highlight Reading Series.
As a writer, she is developing a new TV series, and is writing on Medium. Past dramatic writing includes the commission and production of Tips to Avoid Rap(e) (NYU Steinhardt, 2015), Coal, the Musical (Little Globe, Santa Fe), Running with Sharks “Pilot,” adapted from her 2013 short film.
She earned her M.F.A. in Theatre from Columbia University, School of the Arts, and a B.A. in English from Oakland University in Rochester, MI.
DESTRY MARIA SIBLEY
Destry Maria Sibley is a freelance writer, media producer, and educator. Her writing career began at age five, with a protest letter to Milton Bradley about the lack of female characters in board games. She has been telling stories about social justice ever since.
Previously, Destry worked as a community organizer in the North End of Springfield, Massachusetts, where she co-founded a neighborhood action group called Voces de la Comunidad/Voices of the Community.
Currently, Destry is a 2017-2018 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storyteller in Mexico, where she writes a column for National Geographic Voices. In Mexico, she is collecting the oral histories of refugees who fled the Spanish Civil War. She is developing these histories into a bilingual podcast series and multimedia website dedicated to sharing the refugee experience of exile and asylum across national boundaries.
Destry has a Masters from the CUNY Graduate Center in Digital Media and Narrative Nonfiction, and a BA from Amherst College.