Gypsy van Melle Seaton, Project Specialist (2018)
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, Intern
Mauricio Oviedo is an art historian whose work has been oriented to the function of images in cultural transformations throughout history. He 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. Currently he is a PhD candidate in the Department of Christianity and the History of Ideas of the University of Groningen. Oviedo has done research in Theory of Art; 15th and 16th century European Art (Italian, Dutch and German art); astrological images, and 19th century cultural markets in Central America. His current research is focused on Colonial Art, Dutch and German emblem books’ production, and German visual culture connected to mysticism, from the 17th and 18th century.
Dr. Sasha Chaitow, Cultural Historian
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. 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 directed and lectured at international conferences and colloquia in the UK, Greece, and the US. Sasha 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).
Dario Mellado, Producer
Dario Mellado is an artist, filmmaker, and producer. 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. 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.
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.