Organizing Team

The Carnival de Resistance Organizers work year round to make the project happen. 

  • Jay Beck

is a percussionist, vocalist, drum-maker, and educator who has been performing, teaching, touring and recording professionally for many years. He has performed with numerous groups including Madison Greene, Woodspeak, Miranda Stone, The Factorye, Phillybloco, Croatan West African Drum and Dance ensemble and Psalters. He is the founder of Croatan Studio in Philadelphia which seeks to aid resistance movements and develop reconciliation through studying the artforms and spirituality of oppressed nomadic and indigenous people groups. He has been the stage manager for the last three P.A.P.A. Festivals (People Against Poverty and Apathy) and one of the core organizers of the “Gathering Around the Unhewn Stone”—an event themed to focus on biblical explorations of nature, civilization, and feral faith. He has led cross-cultural drumming workshops in every venue from pre-schools to universities and international music festivals. Over a decade of touring in over fifteen countries in four continents, he longs to be a bridge to help bring the beauty and passion of the rhythm cultures of the world to the west and especially to the church. Jay believes that the resistance is in the drums, not in the spears; it is in the music, in the rhythms lived by communities whose myths and ways continue to nurture and sustain them. Jay believes, as Fredy Perlman said “if the drums no longer sound, then we must beat them. And if we have no drums, we must build them. And if we’ve forgotten how to play them, we must remember or learn again. And if we can’t renew our continuity with the past, then we must make a virtue of our discontinuity and make it all anew.

  • Tevyn East

graduated from Hollins University in ’01 with a degree in dance, then launched into full time community building creative processes. Through eigtht years with the Zen Monkey Project in Charlottesville, VA, Tevyn performed in seven evening length works of original dance theater, taught regularly and produced various cultural events. This includes her directorial debut in ’05 of The Palimpsest, in which the audience migrated through a world of movement, story, and image in and among sculpted installation pieces. With an ambitious bunch of seasoned performers, Tevyn helped produce the WunderKammer, -a community arts carnival and unruly circus that put Charlottesville on the map. The circus experiment continued with Shentai, where Tevyn expanded her carnie skills and helped build a world of roving sideshows and interactive installations. Tevyn has also traveled to improvise and participate in performance processes on the west coast with Karl Frost’s Body Research Project and with the Glass Bead Players in Nevada City, CA. In ’08 Tevyn launched into a new life experiment- to live simply in intentional Christian community in Washington DC and learn about servant leadership and prophetic witness. This learning environment allowed Tevyn’s interests to take hold and create the fertile ground through which The Affording Hope Project was born. Under this new banner, Tevyn produced and performed a one-woman show, entitled Leaps and Bounds, which she toured and presented to over 130 communities around the country. This production has now been made into a feature length film that you can learn about at www.affordinghopeproject.org. Tevyn seeks to integrate her artistic gifts with the journeywork of activism, responding to the needs of the world and the signs of the times.

  • Rachel Summerlot

  • Theatrical Productions Organizer

has been deamed the doula of the Carnival, for her experience with attending to the birth, life, and death cycles of many loved ones and many community projects. Rachel has traveled extensively and maintained a freedom to serve where ever she feels called. She often works in a support role, as the one who ties up loose ends, and tries to stay out of the spotlight. She acted as a co-organizer of PAPA fest ‘11 and as tour manager of Leaps and Bounds in the fall of ‘11 and ‘12. She practices guerilla gardening, studies West African drumming, collects friendships with eccentric old men, and is more handy than your average joe.

  • Tim Nafziger

  • Development Director

Tim Nafziger is a Mennonite writer, photographer and web developer who lives in the Ojai valley in California where he hikes and bikes as much as possible in search of the perfect combination of trees, mountains and light. Tim’s vocation is cross-pollination and working with small groups of people committed to social change. From 2006 to 2014 Tim served on staff with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) where he has worked as outreach coordinator and then as interim assistant director from 2012 to 2014. He supported the growth of CPT internationally in the US, Europe, the Philippines, Australia and Colombia. He has been a key organizer for Young Anabaptist Radicals, which he helped found in 2006. He has also been involved with organizing movements and convergences of young people in the Mennonite church in the US. Tim has written chapters in Widening the Circle:Experiments in Christian Discipleship, Fear or Freedom?: Why a Warring Church Must Change and 118 Days: Christian Peacemaker Teams Held Hostage in Iraq and wrote weekly for the blog of The Mennonite from 2007 to 2014. His photographs have appeared in StillSpeaking and the Mennonite Weekly Review.

  • England Porter

  • Village Organizer

I am really really passionate about living with people and moving towards ideals. I want to invest in deep relationships and support the individuals I love to become the best embodiment of their ideals while they help me to embody mine. I want to stir towards a world and a life of non oppression realizing that it may not be fully possible. I am living in south east Kansas and trying to grow food, start community, and realize dreams that may be very different from the world around me.

  • Zed Jensen

  • Local Minneapolis Organizer

Zed lives in Minneapolis at an intentional community called the Mennonite Worker. They have grown up in radical Christian community most of their life in California and Australia. They have pushed their concept of community even further by engaging in anti-racism training’s and actions for the past two years in Minneapolis. They are a self taught visual artist who loves to do portraiture with chalk pastels and watercolors. Zed was blessed to able to teach art to all ages at an art studio in Long Beach, CA called Inspyr Arts and was able to go into underfunded schools teaching free art classes. Zed is passionate about the use of art in every social movement towards liberation, queer/trans rights, redefining what Christianity looks like in the USA and most importantly: playing dress up with friends and family.

  • Mark Van Steenwyk

  • Local Minneapolis Organizer

Mark Van Steenwyk, along with his partner Amy and their son Jonas, live at the Mennonite Worker, an intentional community in Minneapolis devoted to hospitality, simplicity, peacemaking, resistance and prayer. Mark is the author of The unKingdom of God, That Holy Anarchist, and (most recently) A Wolf at the Gate. As the co-producer of the Iconocast, he has interviewed Cornel West, James Cone, Bill Ayers, Noam Chomsky, Starhawk, Wazayatawin and many more. For the past decade, he has travelled around the continent as a speaker, teacher, and networker of radical Christian communities. In addition to working with the Carnival, Mark is currently engaged in a Pastoral Study Project through the Louisville Institute, developing a radical Christian catechesis rooted in body, politics, and place. He also is working on a series of children’s novels about a post-apocalyptic squirrel named Hackberry who holds the fate of the world in his paws. He’s been developing his skills as a linocut print artist to illustrate his Hackberry saga.