Our Volunteers 


Kai Heath 

Kai is HangNight's founding Creative Director and Co-Host. Kai grew up surrounded by art and artists. The Heath Gallery became Kai's outlet to explore her interest in all forms of art and curation. She works as an actress, educator, and curator and is currently attending Mason Gross School of the Arts. She was formerly  a teacher for the CUNY Creative Arts team. 

Mitsuko Verdery

Mitsuko Verdery 

Mitsuko is a founding member of the HangNight Team.  Mitsuko was born and raised in New York City amongst a family of musicians and artists, where she gained a huge love for all art. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and the Alvin Ailey Dance School, Mitsuko lives her life as a visual artist and dancer. Mitsuko is also the Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of MICHIYAYA Dance Company and all-female dance company. 


Shatema Williams

Shatema is the Co-host and a founding member of the HangNight Team .  Shatema, aka  “The Schoolgirl” Williams was born in Harlem, NY. where she leads Legends Public Relations representing the creative organization Good Vibes Creative Minds. Williams also serves in a program manager role with Harlem Children Zone.  “The Schoolgirl” seeks ways she can bring positivity and creativity to her Harlem neighborhood and dispel negative stereotypes conveyed in media and by those who  have never visited the community.

Julieta Varela

Julieta Varela 

Julieta is a founding member of the HangNight Team.  Julieta is a visual artist born and raised in New York City and a recent graduate of the Hunter College visual arts program. Varela creates mixed media art works, often utilizing repurposed materials. She is inspired by interdisciplinary approaches to creative expression. She also works for a local non-profit that teaches art to elementary school students.  


Kaila Paulino

Kaila Paulino is a founding member of the HangNight team. She is a musician who performs with a number of groups including The Welfare Poets and  YERBABUENA: Boricua Roots. She also works with The Legacy Circle Organization. Kaila is a multi-disciplinary artists who expresses her thoughts in whichever form seems most fitting whether it be music, spoken word, or visual art. She is a human rights advocate spreading knowledge and power through her art. 


Tru Osborne

Tru is a multi-disciplinary artist who has performed as a musician throughout NYC most notably as part of a regular set at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster Restraunt. Tru is a skilled creative collaborator who shares both his visual and musical acumen with the HangNight crowd. He enjoys co-creating unique experiences within the HangNight experience and has just launched his own band.