Meet the Co-Liaisons to Leaders of Color

Caroline Renée & Masankho Banda

Ther InterPlay community is pleased that Carolyn Renée and Masankho Banda have agreed to take on the responsibilities of Co-Liaisons to Leaders of Color. They follow in the footsteps of Coke Tani, who was the first person to hold this position and served for two years. The idea that the position might be a shared first came from the group of People of Color that met at the 2016 Leaders Gathering and we invited and consulted widely as this decision was made.

If you would like to be connected to the network of People of Color in InterPlay, and especially if you are interested in being an InterPlay leader, please contact Carolyn Renée or Masankho.


Carolyn ReneeCarolyn Renée is a teaching and performing artist, organizer and administrator. She is also former Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a nonprofit that supports the creation and presentation of original art rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. Since the early 2000s, through her work with Alternate ROOTS, and the Mississippi Arts Commission she worked closely with nonprofit community and arts organizations throughout the southeast United States and the District of Columbia to organize workshops, learning exchanges, retreats, showcases and member gatherings. Carolyn Renée is a teaching artist with Synchronicity Theatre’s “Playmaking For Girls” program. Playmaking for Girls empowers incarcerated girls, refugees, and foster care girls through the medium of play-writing, theatre games, and performance. In 2015, she received funding from The City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs for her original play, The Mother Daughter Dialogues. Carolyn Renée is also a singer, songwriter and storyteller. In the InterPlay organization, she is a Co-Liaison Leader to InterPlay Leaders and People of Color. In May 2017, she served as the lead organizer for the first ever InterPlay People of Color Retreat. From a family of healers, she’s a Third Degree Reiki Master offering Reiki certifications throughout the United States in partnership with A Life of Peace Education and Wellness Institute. She uses "Carolyn Renée" as her full name. Contact Carolyn Renée....

Masankho BandaMasankho Banda is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, certified InterPlay leader (since 1999), educator and peace builder. He learned the fine arts of storytelling and dance from his Malawian culture spending many long days and nights listening to stories and dancing to music that captivated his mind, nourished his soul and strengthened his spirit. Using performing arts, Masankho motivates and inspires people of all ages to work together to bring about peace, social justice and cultural understanding around the world. He first encountered InterPlay in 1992 as a student at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and has been a long-time member of WING IT! Performance Ensemble. He currently lives in Lilongwe, Malawi, where he uses InterPlay in his work as a Consultant/Coach helping to improve the work of organizations who are bringing development to Malawi. Masankho is quite used to connecting with others around the world using all sorts of technology. Contact Masankho...