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THE CREATORS
About the show's creators
Mandy Bond and Brandon Triola

In 2018, Mandy and Brandon moved back to New York City, Brooklyn to be exact, in anticipation of the first born child. Both have been actors, writers, and directors for the past 20+ years. During the day they masquerade as teachers, and both teach in Brooklyn, Mandy in a charter school in Williamsburg and Brandon in a public school in Canarsie.

 

Very quickly, they became aware of the segregation that still exists in NYC schools and the continued gentrification of “Black Brooklyn”. Brandon’s tenure at an underfunded, resourced-strained theatre arts high school in Canarsie exposed the failure in former Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to create “content-focused” schools.

 

Seeing the failures of the current NYC public school system, the relentless gentrification of “Black Brooklyn”, and through countless interviews and conversations with people of color throughout Brooklyn, they came up with the show concept and wrote the pilot script for BrooklynStart, “a show about a conversation that no one wants to have.”

 

Currently, they live in Bushwick with their two children, Aurora and Finn.

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Creative Contributions

Writers / Creators

Brandon Triola, Amanda Bond 

©BrooklynStart 

Web Design  & Editing 

Jacqueline Powell Gibson

Dot JPG Designs

Photographs 

Photo 174772052  (Home Page background)

© Ilja Mašík | Dreamstime.com

 

"Bridge to the Big Apple"

©Michael J. Turner | Michael Turner Photography

"Welcome to New York" (Episode Link Background)

Photograph by Instagram user @weircidupka.pl

"Brooklyn Bridge" (Channel Photo)

©Emilia Lira & Glendy Madera | Ok, Let's Go Photography

Pictured Artwork

"Evolve" (About Page, background)

Original Artist LMNOPI ; additions by Zexor and various other graffiti artists

"Kid Eating Potato Chip" (Community Page)

 Original Artist Rosk and Loste

"Trades" (Community Page background)

Original Artist Hendrik ECB Beikirch

"Boy on a Bike" (Community Page)

Touched up by Artist Chris Stain

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