Leslie Barker is the Executive Director of the Caritas Village, a restaurant, community center, and cultural arts center in Memphis, Tennessee. She received her B.A. from William Carey University and her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Memphis. Before taking her position at the Caritas Village, she worked as the Director of Outreach and Education at Theatre Memphis. While at Theatre Memphis, she had the great privilege of creating original performance pieces with young people all over Memphis. In collaboration with RedZone Ministries and Melrose High School students, she founded SPEAK, a group of young rappers, writers, and dancers that use art to address social issues. This project was developed following her participation in the ArtsMemphis Community Engagement Fellowship, recipient of the 2016 Robert E. Gard Award. Leslie is honored to have worked with so many wonderful arts and community organizations in Memphis including Chatterbox Audio Theater, Voices of the South, the Memphis Public Library System, the Grizzlies Team-Up Mentoring Program, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, and Rhodes College.