Two Oakland artists take on a massive mural in the city's downtown, only to find themselves at the center of the debate over gentrification and cultural resiliency.
Born in Chicago IL Mr Reese has been involved in the arts for most of his life. He has acted, produced, directed, been a technician, and or stage managed for nearly 150 theatrical presentations. His bachelor degree is from Columbia College Chicago with a dual major of theater and film production, with subsequent graduate work in Media Studies. Moving to the Bay Area in the mid 80's Mr Reese completed the directing program at the Drama Studio London Berkeley and went on to work in various capacities, for some of the Bay Area's best known theaters including; American Conservatory Theater, Lorraine Hansberry Theater, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and Oakland Ensemble Theater. At the beginning of the 90's Mr. Reese accepted the position of production manager with the University of Delaware's Professional Theater Training Program. Mr Reese also was theater reviewer for BigShout Magazine, a Delaware Valley arts monthly. Returning to California at the end of the 20th century, he has acted as an artistic consultant with several writers and directors, as well as stage managed numerous events for both the City of Oakland and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. His technological work includes the City of Oakland, Gallagher and Lindsey Real Estate, Oakland Museum of California, Cinnamongirls Inc, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center. He has also worked in the area of facilities management for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and the Malonga Casquelord Center for the Arts. Mr Reese also recently accepted a position with the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity, an environmental non-profit organization, as a communications and IT specialist. Mr Reese also enjoys playing guitar, often with renowned Bay Area artist Tony Oliver.