Joseph Adler Director, Noah Productions
Joseph Adler is one of South Florida's most active and successful directors. He has directed hundreds of innovative television commercials and industrial films. Joe has won many prestigious awards, including the Clio. He directed the independent feature films-Conventions, Sammy Somebody, Revenge is My Destiny, the video version of the Broadway hit comedy Doubles, and the cable television series Private Moments. As a Carbonell Award winning director, Joe is deeply committed to the theatre, directing at least two stage productions a year. He studied drama at Carnegie-Mellon University and is a film graduate from New York University. Joe is currently Artistic Director at Gablestage, formally the Florida Shakespeare Theatre.
Al Alschuler,Freelance Journalist
Past president of both the South Florida International Press Club and the Interior Design Guild, Al Alschuler’s by-lined articles appear in several local magazines, as well as many architectural and design publications. Also a consultant to certain select design professionals, Al's support of the arts encompasses the locale theatre community as well, including his current service as a member of the Board of Directors of City Theatre.
Antonia Gerstacker is an artist and muralist as well as fine arts entrepreneur working in South Florida. She received an Associate in Arts degree from Miami-Dade Community College with a specialization in Graphic and Commercial Arts. A former international fashion model, Antonia now dedicates her creative skills to painting and arts entrepreneurship. She has received many commissions for murals, installations, and graphic design work; many local organizations and businesses own collections of Antonia's work. South Florida art lovers have been fortunate to see her work in several shows and galleries since 1990.
Fardan Karibee, who arrived in Miami from Jamaica via England, is a licensed massage therapist and an enthusiastic supporter of the arts. Recently Fardan has started studying the saxophone, an old love.
Sally Baumgartner is a long-time resident of Coral Gables and a native Miamian. She is Executive Director and Founder of the Merrick Festival, entering its 7 th year in 2003. Sally is an active with the Coral Gables Rotary Club and the Coral Gables Kiwanis. She is an avid supporter of the arts and the founder and coordinator of the Junior Orange Bowl Caroling Competition. Sally sometimes continues her long career in Real Estate and is presently a realtor with Kerdyk Realty. In 2003 she was won the "Lend a Hand" award from the Coral Gables & Miami Rotarians for her work with the Group Study Exchange Team. Sally is currently executive director of the David William Condominium Association.
CDG Founder and Chairman of the Board Aaron Morris was born in Miami and educated at the University of Miami. Since 1970, he has worked as the third generation in the family business, Rex Artist Supplies. His ceaseless dedication and energy in the field of arts philanthropy has helped found the now well-established and internationally renowned events: Miami Film Festival and Miami Book Fair, both of which he served as Executive Vice President and Logistical Coordinator. He was a member of the Players Theatre in the 70s through its rebirth as the Players State Theatre at the Coconut Grove Playhouse. He was a former member of the board of trustees of the Zoological Society of South Florida. He has been chairman of the board of Freddick Bratcher and Company, Contemporary Dance Theatre, since 1986. In 1986 he founded the Cultural Development Group, which he actively began directing in 1996. While active with the Miami Film Festival he was curator of the Kobal Photograph Collection and Hollywood Movie Poster exhibitions. In addition, in 1985,he was the curator of the David Hamilton Photography exhibition at Mayfair in the Grove. Aaron has also published a book of poetry, Random Feelings.
Anna Morris, CDG Secretary
CDG Secretary Anna Morris was born in Texas and has an arts background in dance, drawing, and writing. She has also worked extensively in photography. Since 1977, she has worked at Rex Artist Supplies, where she is now co-owner. Anna has been a consistent presence in the Boards and committees of many South Florida art organizations and events, including the Miami Film Festival, Miami Book Fair International, Freddick Bratcher and Company, and now Cultural Development Group
CDG President Robin Morris an accomplished multi-talented artist is the, mother of two twin sons and a daughter, who stepped into the public eye in 1982. Her work ranges from canvas, ceramics, bronze, and paper goods, some of which have appeared in commercial applications such as posters, note cards, and shopping bags--thus blending the world of fine art with the everyday and practical. Several museums now hold permanent collections of her internationally acclaimed work. Although she shares a last name with the founder of CDG, they are not related.