Ezra Berkley Nepon’s writing and performances remix queer and Jewish stories, archived histories, and in-between spaces real and imagined. Ezra is the author of two books which document and analyze people’s history:  Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue: A History of New Jewish Agenda (2012) which tells the story of a multi-issue, progressive Jewish organization which was active with over 45 chapters across the US in the 1980s, and Dazzle Camouflage: Spectacular Theatrical Strategies for Resistance and Resilience (2016) which looks at two examples of contemporary theater artists, generating analysis about their shared transformative theatrical strategies. 

Based in Philadelphia, Ezra serves as the Senior Program Officer for Learning and Knowledge at the Global Philanthropy Project, a network of funders and philanthropic advisors working to expand global philanthropic support to advance the human rights of LGBTI people in the Global South and East. 

Ezra received a B.A. in Jewish Studies and Organizational Development (2006), and an M.A. with concentration in Transformative Language Arts (2013) from Goddard College. They received the Leeway Foundation Art and Change grant in 2007, Feyboy Arts Grants for a Queerer Tomorrow (2013), and the Leeway Transformation Award (2014), and joined joined the Board of The Leeway Foundation in 2019. Nepon is a member of Jewish Voice for Peace, and served as a Philadelphia Chapter Steering Committee member from 2013-2018. 

Ezra Leeway 2016-8507
photo credit: Karen Kirchoff, 2016