Joe Quintero, Co-Founder
Actor/Writer/Teaching Artist

Joe began his artistic career as an actor, performing on stage in New York City, various regional theatres across the county, and in several European tours, including Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Fringe First Award). He has also appeared on film – Shaft, Exiles in NY (AFI festival), The Absolution of Anthony (Sundance festival); TV – Numbers, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, The Eddie Matos Story; and is a member of the LAByrinth Theatre Company in New York City.

One of Joe’s first acting jobs was working with Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, where he performed in plays that were written by young writers. From experiences like these, he was inspired to work as a Teaching Artist.

In the beginning, working in this setting was a way for him to share the gifts that he learned as an actor. The risk-taking, courage, concentration and imagination the students exercised in writing their plays ultimately encouraged him to pick up his own pencil and write. Since then, Joe has written a series of short stories that he adapted and performed on stage in New York City as well as in Los Angeles.

The language of theatre is a universal language. It reflects our humanity. It bridges people from far away and unites them, regardless of age, race, religion or economic background. In doing so, we get to learn from each other, as well as get to learn more about ourselves.
Adam Kalesperis, Co-Founder
/Teaching Artist

Born and raised in the Chicago area, Adam discovered his love for film and acting at a young age. He appeared in his first professional play at only eight years old, going on to perform in school and community theater before moving to Hollywood. There, Adam earned his Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of California in Los Angeles, where he studied acting and playwriting. Also a musician, he wrote and directed the rock musical Return to Shilo, which he first produced in Hollywood while attending UCLA.

Adam is best known for his intense portrayal of a frightened guard in The Dark Knight, the blockbuster sequel to Batman Begins, where he performed opposite Christian Bale.
Other credits include television shows ER and Women’s Murder Club, several independent films, and over 30 theatrical productions. Some of his favorite roles to portray on stage have been Melchior in Spring Awakening, John Proctor in The Crucible, Nick Fender in the Off-Broadway hit Awesome 80s Prom, and Idiot in the US Premiere of Tracks.

As a Teaching Artist and Arts Administrator, Adam has worked extensively in southern California empowering underserved youth and strengthening communities through theater. He has traveled to prisons, behavioral treatment centers, and low-income areas to teach people of various backgrounds to collaboratively write and perform their own original plays. With B.R.I.D.G.E, he continues this work on an international scale to help bridge communities worldwide.