Alyssa Sileo's Thespian identity comes first and foremost in anything she carries out. A proud attendee of a performing arts high school (her second home), Public Relations Officer of Thespian Troupe 5480, and self-proclaimed Spotify playlist queen, Alyssa strives for a career in playwriting, performance, and theatre advocacy. She is the leader of the international arts-activism initiative The Laramie Project Project, which aims to dedicate performances and staged readings of the acclaimed play in honor of current hate crime victims. Phase One of the project united forty-nine Laramies in 2017 in honor of the forty-nine victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Alyssa is humbled to serve as the 2017 Spirit of Matthew Award winner and believes there is an advocacy platform tucked into every piece of the theatre catalogue.