Gypsy N. van Melle Seaton, Project Specialist
Gypsy van Melle Seaton discovered her passion for Western Esotericism through her lifelong fascination with art and design. Her particular interest in the junction between art, mathematics and esotericism developed while she was studying Product Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. The creative and technical aspects of her background as a designer have provided her with an original perspective within the academic framework of Western Esotericism. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies with a minor in Western Esotericism at the University of Amsterdam (UVA) and is continuing her studies at the UVA’s graduate program for a Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies: Western Esotericism.
In 2017 Gypsy joined Project AWE’s team as a research assistant for the internship program. She has subsequently taken on an important position as Project Specialist.
Mauricio Oviedo Salazar, Intern
Mauricio Oviedo Salazar received his masters in Religious Studies, with a specialization in Western Esotericism from the University of Amsterdam. He earned a BA in Art History, from the University of Costa Rica. His current research focuses on Renaissance Art, mainly 15th century art in Italy, and its role in the history of culture of the period. Mauricio has a number of publications in peer reviewed-journals, such as ‘La historia del arte como ciencia: La inserción de Imre Lakatos en la definición de la disciplina’, published by Revista de Filosofía (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), 41, 1 (2016) and ‘La profecía del diluvio de 1524: la astrología como herramienta fundamental para una comprensión política y celestial de la naturaleza en la Alemania del siglo XVI’, in Revista de Filosofía (Universidad de Costa Rica), 54, 140 (2015). Mauricio has also presented papers in a series of international conferences, the last ones being ‘A Deviant Annunciation? The Case of Cosmè Tura’, presented at the ESSWE 6, in Erfurt (2017), and ‘The E-Series Tarocchi: a visual representation for a theory of knowledge?’, at the 6th Scientiae, in Padua (2017).
Dario Mellado, TV Channel Producer
Expressing the beauty and controversy of the world around him Artist and Filmmaker Dario Mellado has carved out a strong presence in L.A.’s underground art scene. Mellado’s work includes a twenty-year ongoing study of “America’s Decaying Suburban Experience”. He focuses on the post second world war suburban explosion and it’s environmental, social, and spiritual implications. Mellado’s background in social activism including work coordinating the Independent Living Program in the San Fernando Valley (a vocational and counseling program for “at risk youth” and foster children) and time spent as a Vocational Counselor and Advocate for teens with Autism and Asperger’s solidified Mellado’s idea and use of an art’s function as an influential “tool for social change”. His recent documentary “Nuclear Cowboys” addresses environmental concerns and raises awareness of local health crises.
Dr. Sasha Chaitow, Artist and Independent Scholar
Sasha Chaitow, PhD, is a British-Greek independent scholar, cultural historian, and artist. Her doctoral research (University of Essex) comprises a full scale review of the life and work of visionary author and occultist Joséphin Péladan. Sasha initially studied Fine Art at Vakalo Art School, Athens and Communication/Journalism at the University of Indianapolis, Athens. Her interest in the interdisciplinarity and the intersection between esotericism and culture led to an MA in English Literature (University of Indianapolis, 2004) and a second MA in Western Esotericism (EXESESO, Exeter, 2008). Sasha was assistant visiting professor in Religious Studies and History at the University of Indianapolis Athens 2008-2012, and founding director of Phoenix Rising Academy, an independent educational enterprise dedicated to introducing the academic study of Western Esotericism to a general audience. She has lectured on esotericism and art at a number of academic conferences in Europe and the US, and frequently delivers public lectures on the same topics. She has directed international conferences and colloquia in the UK, Greece and the US. In the past Sasha has worked as a cultural reporter for the Greek press. She has published several articles on her recent research in academic and cultural journals in the UK, the USA, France, Holland, Sweden, Russia, Spain, and Greece, has contributed articles and chapters to books on Freemasonry, Initiation, Synaesthesia, Methodology in the Study of Esotericism, Art and Esotericism, and Esotericism and Politics, and has published a monograph on Péladan (Daidaleos Books, Salonica, 2013). Her academic study of Péladan is currently undergoing peer review by an academic press with a view to publication later this in 2015. Sasha is also a prolific visual artist and runs ICON Gallery, which specialises in Greek sacred art and heraldry in Corfu, Greece. Alongside painting and writing, she conducts frequent seminars on art, culture, and mythology in collaboration with educational institutions in Greece and abroad.
Dr. Boris Komarov, Mathematician
Dr. Komarov serves as a mathematics consultant to project AWE. He is known for his software expertise and enjoys extreme challenges.
Lindsay LaChapelle Mellado, Media & Marketing Director
Lindsay LaChapelle Mellado is a talented Filmmaker and a Producer. She is working on a TV pilot for Project AWE series.
Yanina Gotsulsky, Writer & Editor
Yanina Gotsulsky is a writer and translator, whose work has appeared in national and international publications. Yanina has a degree in Russian Literature from York University in Toronto.
Sydney Day, Researcher
Sydney Day's fascination with the ancient began with learning Ancient Greek during which time she was awarded a National Greek scholarship. She studied Classics at New York University concentrating on culture’s rituals, beliefs, and dramatic traditions. Sydney infused her knowledge of the ancient into her other areas of academic interest, discovering unexpected relationships between recent breakthroughs in cognitive neuroscience and ancient notions of consciousness. Day spends a great majority of her time delving into the mysteries that lie within. In her quest for truth, she avoids following any dogma or belief, rather placing her trust into that which she can experience herself, and thus gain wisdom from. At project AWE Sydney is on a mission to recover the notion of the Divine Feminine.
Caroline Stover, Writer
Caroline Stover is a resident of Atlanta, GA. who works in publishing and artist representation.
Pompeyo Cepeda, Volunteer
Pompeyo Cepeda has generously dedicated his time to volunteering for AWE special events and projects.
Juliana Mendelsohn, Summer Intern (2015)
Juliana participated in Young Artist Program (Y.A.P). She has volunteered as a research assistant in project AWE 2015 summer internship program.