Founders and Key Contributors
John Fraire, Ph. D.
Executive Producer (2008-2014)
John Fraire founded Performance As Education/Las Memorias in 2008. At the time Dr. Fraire was the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment at Washington State University. He currently serves as the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Portland (OR) State University. Dr. Fraire is also a published playwright, former executive director of the New Latino Visions Theatre Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and served as Washington State Arts Commissioner from 2008-2014. Throughout his academic career, and at other institutions, Dr. Fraire has used theatre and performance as an outreach and retention tool throughout his career in higher education.
Fraire’s first play, “Who Will Dance With Pancho Villa?” was co-authored with his brother Gabriel and produced by the Castillo Theatre in New York in 1994. Since then the two brothers have written and produced several plays, screenplays, and other theatrical performances.
Prior to Portland State University and WSU, Dr. Fraire served as the associate vice president for enrollment management at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, dean of admissions at Western Michigan University, director of admissions at Brooklyn College/City University of New York, and director of admissions at Pace University in New York City. He began his career as an admissions officer at Harvard, where he helped establish the university’s successful minority recruitment programs.
Fraire earned a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s in education from Harvard, a master’s in history from Western Michigan, and earned his doctorate at the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His academic focus is in Midwest Chicano History. His article “Mexicans Playing Baseball in Indiana Harbor, Indiana, 1925-1942,” was recently published by the Indiana Magazine of History.
For the past ten years, Fraire has worked as a trainer for the Gate Millennium Scholarship Program, where he helps supervise the evaluation of applications from Latino students/actors to the scholarship program.
Ana Maria Correa
Artistic Director (2008-2014)
AnaMaria has been part of Las Memorias since its inception. In collaboration with Dr. John Fraire, conceptualizing the design, vision and values of the program. AnaMaria has worked in multi-disciplinary arts experiences as artist, educator and administrator. She is doing her life’s work -- to ensure that people who engage in the arts have a meaningful connection that transforms their lives. She is currently a doctoral student in Urban Education at the Graduate Center at City University of New York (CUNY). She has earned degrees in Education and Literature from Hunter College and an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. Currently she is the Director of the School of Dance and Community Education Engagement programs at Ballet Hispanico.
Bob and Karen Felton
Founders and Key Contributors
Principal and significant initial funding for Performance As Education comes from Robert and Karen Felton. Along with the program’s project director, John Fraire, Robert and Karen initially conceived and founded the program in 2008. No strangers to community activities and funding, Robert and Karen over the years have served on numerous boards, including the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the L.A. Children’s Museum, the Red Cross, and Rebuild L.A. Robert was given the Medici Award by the Greater Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce for his “contributions to the cultural resources” of the community. Robert is also the director emeritus of McKinsey & Company, Inc. Since retiring from McKinsey in 2005, he has joined four private company boards and has invested in ten small companies. Last year he served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Washington State University Foundation. Both he and Karen remain very active with Performance As Education and continue to provide key funding and direction for the program.
Other Key Contributors
Edmund and Beatriz Schweitzer
In 1982, Ed founded Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) to develop and manufacture digital protective relays and related products and services. Today, SEL is an employee-owned company. Ed is recognized as a pioneer in digital protection, and holds the grade of Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a title bestowed on less than 1/6 percent of IEEE members. Edmund and Beatriz enjoy being part of their community’s cultural events. They are grateful for the opportunity to be committed to many wonderful organizations throughout the area they call home.