Founder, YOPAT (Youth Outreach for the Performing Arts and Technology)
For the past 20 years, Su Stewart has used her infectious energy and sunny disposition to establish SuSu Productions as a heavy-hitter in the global event production industry. Working with everyone from government officials to celebrities, her recent successes include the Newark Renaissance Music Festival, Lincoln Park Music Festival and the Hip Hop Political Convention. In July, she was invited to create a live gospel recording at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., the first time music had ever been included. “I get excited about starting pre-production, getting to ground zero and then taking an event to a grand finale!” she says. As a minister in training, Su believes compassion should transcend the boundaries of church walls and works to spread love everywhere she goes. So, as if conquering the crazy world of event production wasn’t enough, she used all that industry knowledge to found YOPAT, a youth-focused nonprofit that helps budding performers, writers and actors hone their talents and launch their careers. YOPAT “clients” are encouraged to bring their unique personalities into daily work in front of the camera. They can also learn screenwriting and the basics of dramatic storytelling across multiple platforms to help them create a strong presence in the digital age of media. Having a caring mentor like Stewart will certainly give her clients a head start.