Alyssa Sileo's Thespian identity comes first and foremost in anything she carries out. As a proud attendee of the School of Performing Arts at Gloucester County Institute of Technology (her second home), Public Relations Officer of Thespian Troupe 5480, and self-proclaimed Spotify-playlist-queen, Alyssa strives for a future career in playwriting, performance, and theatre advocacy. She is the leader of the international arts-activism initiative The Laramie Project Project, which aims to dedicate performances/staged readings of the acclaimed play in honor of current hate crime victims. Phase 1 of the project united 49 Laramies in 2017 in honor of the 49 Pulse victims, and development of Phase 2 is underway. Alyssa is humbled to serve as the 2017 Spirit of Matthew Award winner and believes there is an advocacy platform tucked into every piece of the theatre catalogue. These projects are just too often lost in the bustle of ticket sales and press releases.