Dhatri Abeyaratne had the idea to start Share the Spotlight while a junior in high school in order to share an experience that changed her life; playing in bands and performing the music she loves. Dhatri started teaching herself guitar at 15 years old and had the chance to get on stage for the first time less that a year later with the music program School of Rock NYC. As a member of the prestigious School of Rock All-Stars, Dhatri toured the U.S., playing at venues and festivals such as the Gathering of the Vibes, The Knitting Factory and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Dhatri is currently a junior at Brown University, focusing her studies on the intersections of development and healthcare. She has studied and conducted research abroad in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Haiti, with a focus on the complexities of health care and humanitarian efforts in developing countries. She is a scientific thinker at heart, currently assisting in research at Brown on the evolution of the genomic mutation rate. Dhatri’s long-term goal is to become a pediatrician and devote her career to working for health equity in underserved communities. She is dedicated to empowering children and young adults to reach their potential, on stage and in life.
Darren Musatto is a lifelong musician. He has toured and performed with members of the Misfits, Queens of the Stone Age, Crash Test Dummies and more. Coming out of the Punk scene of suburban Chicago, the pursuit of music led him West. He first landed in Tucson, AZ where he mixed live, in-studio performances for broadcast at KXCI radio. He then moved on to San Francisco where he studied Audio Engineering at the California Recording Institute. Here he excelled and was hired by the Institute to work as an instructor. The early aughts found Darren in NYC where he met Claude Coleman Jr. of Indie Rock stalwarts WEEN. Coleman hired him to teach at the newly opened NYC branch of School of Rock. Darren eventually took on the position of Music Director at SORNYC, which he held for over ten years. He currently lives in Philadelphia where he continues to perform and owns and operates the Keystone Soundworks Recording Studio with his wife Ashley.
Ashley is a musician and an advocate of equitable urban growth, with a particular interest in access to the arts. She is a bass player, producer and songwriter and has performed with members of Television and Sun Ra Arkestra. Ashley spent over two decades performing in bands in New York City while also working in architecture, design and project management. She is the co-owner of Keystone Soundworks recording studio with her husband Darren. Ashley promotes the arts in her historic Philadelphia neighborhood and serves as a board member of the Tacony Community Development Corporation. She holds a B.F.A in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Ashley is thrilled to help provide access to the performing arts for urban youth.
Jack Firneno is a Philadelphia-based writer and musician with experience in community news reporting and self-directed learning for teens. As a musician he has played and recorded with dozens of Philadelphia-area bands and has shared the stage with members of Rusted Root and The Hooters. He also teaches drum lessons to students of all ages. In 2016, Jack won a statewide journalism award for his feature article on James Brown and Parliament-Funkadelic saxophonist Maceo Parker. He has also interviewed Todd Rundgren, along with members of Ween, the Billy Joel band, Circa Survive, Jethro Tull, Kings of Leon and countless others. A graduate of the Temple University School of Communications, Jack also volunteered and apprenticed at The Learning Cooperative locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He believes in using music as a way for teens to express themselves, form communities, and further their personal goals in and outside of the arts.
Dayan is a finance professional whose 25-year career has spanned a variety of roles within investment banking, corporate strategy and government. As a strong advocate of equal opportunity access to education and the arts in particular, Dayan is pleased to contribute his extensive experience in strategic planning, corporate development and financial management to help Share the Spotlight achieve its goals. He has been a member of Share the Spotlight’s board since its inception and leads the organization’s fundraising efforts and finance functions. Dayan holds a B.A. in Economics from Allegheny College and an M.B.A from the Anderson School at UCLA.
Fen Yee is committed to social equity, especially through personally empowering children and youths. She is the founder of Cook Play Live, a non-profit organization that enables children and youths to eat more healthily through cooking and nutrition programs. Prior to Cook Play Live, Fen Yee spent over a decade as an investment banker advising clients on mergers and acquisitions. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and is currently working towards a Master in Public Health from CUNY School of Public Health. Fen Yee is excited to help Share the Spotlight improve urban youths’ participation in performing arts.