Michelle Cruz gained her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Providence College, along with two certificates from Harvard Business School’s HBX program, and Stanford University’s Non-Profit Management Institute. Cruz worked at Farm Fresh Rhode Island, where she not only helped move over $2.5 million dollars’ worth of local food through the Rhode Island economy but also managed the largest Wintertime Farmer’s Market in New England. From there she worked in communications and outreach for Brown University and Spia Media, respectively working with the Department of Africana Studies/Rites and Reason Theatre at Brown and to honor the Cape Verdean Settlers of Fox Point at Spia. Cruz is working on being fully quadrilingual in English, Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, and Spanish. She is the emcee and co-curator for the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy’s Burnside Music Series and has volunteered for such organizations as Girls ROCK! RI, The Food Advisory Committee for Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, and has served on numerous boards, as well as with organizations such as the Mayor’s Commission on Arts and Culture in Pawtucket, and the Pawtucket Citizens Development Corporation. Cruz was nominated for the 2008 Americans for the Arts Emerging Leader Award and won the Rhode Island Foundation’s Emerging Leadership scholarship for three consecutive years and was a Rhode Island Foundation fellow. Cruz is an award-winning musician who has opened for such acts as The Roots and performed at Newport Jazz Festival founder’s “George Wein and Friends”. She has over ten years of experience teaching music and workshops for multiple places across Rhode Island, including the Newport Museum, Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, and the Pawtucket Armory. Michelle’s “Music Is Healing” program promotes wellness through the power of music and works with individuals with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Veterans and those working through grief. She also founded the program, “Singing Sirens,” to help women who feel they have lost their voices and hopes to expand the program to Sojourner House. She returned to Trinity Rep in 2019 after working here as a receptionist from 2004-2007.
Director of Community Engagement
Phone: (401) 521-1100 x230