Our Staff


michaelMichael Dowling,  Artistic Director   
mdowling@mwproductions.org                                           Michael is known as one of the Commonwealth’s most innovative and courageous artists who produces visually stunning, ambitious public works of art that serve and inspire communities on many levels. His work stems from his heartfelt desire to beautify and make life better for all.  Michael holds a BFA and MFA from Boston University, where he studied with Philip Guston and James Weeks.

Selection Greg (2)Gregory Liakos, Interim Executive Director  gliakos@mwproductions.org                                        Gregory Liakos brings to Medicine Wheel more than two decades of experience supporting artists, cultural institutions, and education. As Director of Communications and External Affairs for the Mass Cultural Council, he served as senior leader for New England’s leading public arts funder. He crafted and led communications campaigns that substantially expanded the influence and impact of the agency and its work, doubling annual state cultural funding with a groundbreaking Power of Culture brand. Liakos led communications and advocacy for the Mass Cultural Facilities Fund, a national model capital program for nonprofit cultural institutions, and worked closely with MASSCreative and the Massachusetts Legislature to ensure arts and culture had a place in key state policy initiatives. He co-authored the agency’s first plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He also served on the Board of Mass Humanities. In 2019 the Mass Artists Leaders Coalition awarded him a “Champion of Artists” Award for his advocacy. Earlier he led public relations for the expansion and transformation of the Peabody Essex Museum, which completed a complex, $125 million project that generated strong support from a range of audiences, redefining PEM for a global, 21st-century public. A strong civic and public education advocate, Mr. Liakos is also a member of the Wakefield School Committee, and serves on the Board of Arts/Learning, an arts education advocacy network.

Krause copy 2Susan Krause, Director of Development skrause@mwproductions.org                                      Susan  is a passionate advocate of the arts.  For over thirty years she has taught painting or literature and writing in settings as varied as Lehman College in the Bronx, The Boston Public Library, Pine Street Inn, The Boston Home and Medicine Wheel.

Her belief in the transformative power of the arts informs her approach to not only teaching, but to life.  “Art transports us to untapped worlds.  The practice of art changes lives,” says Krause.  “I have experienced the joy of total immersion in creating; I have seen how people in tremendous pain, against all odds, enter a place that takes them away from their physical reality. “

AmandaAmanda Shea Artist in Residence                             ashea@mwproductions.org                                          Amanda Shea is an International multidisciplinary artist residing in Boston, Massachusetts. Shea has performed spoken word poetry at numerous venues throughout Boston and globally (including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), the Peace Institute (D.C.), National Press Club (D.C.), and the Institute of Contemporary Art). She achieved status as an International Artist when she performed virtually in Africa for ArtGlo based in Malawi; as well as the Jos Literary and Arts Festival in Nigeria.

Amanda has been published in several articles such as The Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston Magazine, Boston Hassle and appeared on local news station NBC Boston. Shea sat down with Pebbles on HOT96.9 Boston for the “Voices” segment. Most recently, Shea was  internationally published in Times Group, a news outlet based in Malawi.
She served as an official host for the 2018 and 2019 Boston Art & Music Soul Festival as well as the 2019 Arts Equity Summit. Shea is a radio host on LFOD Radio, which has been nominated for two Boston Music Awards.
Amanda is a full time educator who facilitates youth workshops for spoken word poetry, visual arts, and public speaking throughout a plethora of schools and non profit organizations in Boston.
Amanda will be embarking on her third tour, to Africa, in 2021 with two other Boston poets. The “Awake” tour seeks to explore the role of art as both a revolutionary and spiritual tool for social justice and human spiritual awakening. Shea is a teaching artist with non-profit organizations Missionsafe and Medicine Wheel Productions.
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1012111_591541910876679_1132852793_nRichie Dinsmore, Director of Advocacy and Public Art rdinsmore@mwproductions.org                                          Richie started working at MWP because of court-mandated community service hours. After showing his leadership skills and initiative, Richard moved his way up to serve in a full-time, administrative capacity. All of the youth employees look up to him as a peer role model. He has also been nominated for numerous awards for his youth advocacy work in the City of Boston

Screen Shot 2020-11-24 at 2.48.10 PMShardezya Clarke, Daniel Morrison Fellow                               My name is Shardezya Clarke but my good friends and family call me star, my nickname of course. I grew up in the city of Boston, Ma and growing up in the city you have to find your purpose in your life and at Medicine Wheel I’m constantly reminded of my purpose. I graduated from the highschool Community Academy Of Science and Health and got the opportunity to be the first person in my family to go off to college. Currently, I attend Framingham State University with a Criminology major and an English minor and I plan on becoming either a social worker or an advocate at a mental health facility. Throughout, My years in highschool I was a part of the student government board and also attended a lot of community service with the Build On organization. I have always been the student that teachers counted on regarding my leadership in the classroom and my achievement within each of my assignments. Now that I’m in college I carry on those same qualities and I continue to spread my positivity and peace within the university. I would love to mention, I’m a creator and rising author who just finished my first book and with that I would like to share that I will be creating a new book every year. At Medicine Wheel, I’m able to have a voice in this organization and with our power team I’m able to bring my voice into the center of the change boston needs. I’m able to create new ideas that will continue to help the organization have a variety of new opportunities for not only youth but also underground artists of all kinds. As long as I have my team’s love and support I will be able to accomplish my biggest dreams and goals on making a change within artists and injustice I encounter. With every variety of ideas Micheal continues to back me up on each one and he has been a huge aspect in my growth within myself and at Medicine Wheel.

RyanRyan Mahoney, Cinematographer

Ryan is a 34 year old cinematographer originally from Hampden, MA. Ryan’s passion for production started at the young age of 13 when his father bought him his first camera and computer to film himself and his friends skating. His unquenchable thirst for video production eventually became his career. Ryan’s formal production education started when he attended STCC in 2005 where he honed his television studio production and post production skills. After completing his degree at STCC Ryan was accepted to the B.F.A film production program in 2008 at Emerson college. During his time there he focused his efforts on directing, producing and writing. Through his hard work he was awarded various grants such as the FotoKem student filmmaker grant to produce his B.F.A in 2011. After college Ryan’s artistic endeavours switched to commercial and documentary video production. He has produced
content for clients such as the YMCA, Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Federation for Children with Special Needs, and Facing History and Ourselves to name a few. Ryan’s vision as a cinematographer is simple – “To capture people’s stories
in an impactful and compelling way to drive change.”

image0Deborah Kamy Hull Teaching Artist dkhull@mwproductions.org                                                      I am an abstract painter. I paint non-objectively on a variety of flat surfaces including paper and distressed drop cloths that were part of my husband’s house painting business. My vocabulary is basic geometric shapes – squares, circles, triangles, and diamonds. I cut stencils from wood, cardboard, and paper and apply the paint in patterns and layers. The conversation is about repetition, movement, and paths of color. In some paintings there is sewing – a piecing together of fragments, a patching of a rip, or an additional shape. I work small, medium, and large.

Rob Cutler, Staff Humanitarian

Rob considers advocacy to be his life’s work.  He regularly goes to the State House to advocate for those unable to speak for themselves.  Since 2005, his important work has included mentoring youth who face challenges in their daily lives, meeting with them two-three times per week at MWP.  Based on his own experiences and challenges, Rob is a model to these young people who accept him as one who understands pain, abuse and suffering; thus, he is able to provide the youth with support, insight, and inspiration.

 

 

 

 


TEACHING ARTISTS:

Medicine Wheel hires numerous artists thoughtout the year to worked in our acclaimed youth programs