THE CREW

Meet the Team

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Julie Foster Straw

Executive Director

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Emily Kuester

Director of Workforce Development

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Jessie Sparrow

Operations Director

Reeyana Sehgeh

Producer

Ebony Blanding

Partnerships & Engagement Specialist

Laila Harrison

Associate Producer

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ABOUT US 

RE:IMAGINE the Creative Industry

RE:IMAGINE was launched in 2014 by Atlanta native Susanna Spiccia. Her vision was to bring together youth from different backgrounds and provide them with an opportunity to learn from each other through the art of storytelling. Over time, the organization’s vision, programs, and impact have expanded to include a commitment to developing the real-world skill sets of those we serve to prepare them for careers in the entertainment and media industries

Since its founding, RE:IMAGINE has reached more than 5,000 youth across the Atlanta community and created more than 100 digital assets including music videos, public service announcements, documentaries, songs, and podcasts. We have served students from more than 45 schools and provided relevant industry training to more than 500 high school audio-visual teachers.

Our Mission

We exist to equip the next generation of representative storytellers

Our Vision

We envision a safe, inclusive, and equitable workforce in the film and digital media industry

Our Goal

We aim to connect youth to paid opportunities in the film and creative media industry.

Our Values

Authenticity // Responsibility // Community

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Our Story

Our Programs

Our workforce development pipeline is strategically crafted to empower emerging creatives with the essential skills needed to flourish in Georgia’s rapidly evolving digital economy. Through a series of training incubators and on-set experiences expertly guided by industry professionals, our program effectively bridges the divide between theoretical knowledge and hands-on practical application.

The pipeline comprises three significant components: Career Exposure, Training, and Job Placement, all within the film and creative media industries. Its core features encompass career exposure workshops tailored for middle and high school students, providing insights into career pathways spanning film, content creation, and esports.

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eXPOSURE 

Career Exposure Workshops

Under our exposure initiative, RE:IMAGINE provides local school districts and community-based organizations with free interactive workshops for middle school or high school students. We also host two large College & Career Summits for youth to learn about different career pathways after high school. 

tRAINING 

No Comment Film Fellowship

Our documentary filmmaking summer intensive helps students (ages 16-19) learn to write, produce, and pitch their films; leaving the program feeling confident in their craft and with film samples for college entry or jobs.

pLACEMENT 

EMERGE Apprenticeship

Through the EMERGE program, participants actively construct their professional portfolios, receiving valuable guidance from experienced mentors and actively collaborating with fellow team members while gaining practical, client-focused work experience.