Erin Sorenson, Founder and CEO
Erin Sorenson brings 23 years of experience in applying strategic planning and critical thinking to advance mission centered organizations and activism to create long lasting social change.
Prior to launching Third Stage Consulting in 2011, Erin was the Chief Programs Officer for the BeCause Foundation, a foundation dedicated to the power of documentary filmmaking and its fusion with creative outreach and engagement projects. While there, she worked with filmmakers to develop relationships with nonprofit organizations.
Erin is also a frequent trainer and consultant for Brit Doc, conducting trainings on impact production and consultation on new film campaigns. Erin wrote the 2016 Brit Doc Impact Awards analyzing the top 5 impact campaigns in 2015-2016.
Erin graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where she later taught and worked on research related to decision making. Prior to working with documentary film projects, Erin founded three nonprofits dedicated to abused children and families. She was a subject in the documentary “Alone No Love,” and in 2001 she was awarded “Chicagoan of the Year” for her work with Chicago’s Mayor Daley in developing the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center, one of the nations largest programs for abused children.
When not working on or watching documentaries, Erin is likely to be singing out of tune and playing guitar, baking or working on a new mosaic.
Kristin Duncan, Community and Outreach Relationship Coordinator
Volunteering and working for non-profit community arts associations for years, her passion for community and social justice brought her to Third-Stage Consulting where she loves working with hosts to develop screening events. Kristin believes that outreach is an opportunity to meet inspirational event hosts and support their work!
When not managing Third Stage business affairs, Kristin is hanging out with her triplets!
Andre Perez, Multimedia Strategist
André pursues his passion for empowering marginalized communities through media production, leadership development, and creating platforms to share underrepresented stories. Summer of 2016, Pérez premiered Been T/Here, a documentary web series featuring trans people of color that celebrates love, art, and healing in Chicago. André is Director of America in Transition, a documentary web series and community engagement campaign looking at social justice from the perspective of trans people from marginalized communities which premiered in fall of 2016. When he’s not making media André is riding bikes, flying drones, and eating vegetarian jibaritos.
With her wry sense of humor and wicked expertise in digital operations management and marketing, Cate ensures that Third Stage’s internal and public use of technology is current, creative and technically sound.
Since 1998, in her spare time, Cate curates one of the original cute animal blogs, Bobotown.org which is in constant search of the best bobo material on the interwebs, past and present.
Brigitte Agneray, Designer
Brigitte Agneray is a dog lover and film enthusiast, in that order.
Passionate about film and design, she is also a professional dog trainer and equally passionate about educating the public about dog and cat nutrition.
Brigitte became involved with Third-Stage in August of 2017 and is committed to designing outreach visuals that honor the important films and filmmakers in the Third-Stage portfolio .
Brigitte holds an Associate’s Degree in Film Editing from Tribeca Flashpoint.
Jinky De Lara, Web Researcher and Data Entry Specialist
Jinky is passionate about audience contact building! Jinky has been building databases for film projects for the past 5 years and brings her eagle eyes to Third Stage outreach research.
Mr. Bruce Jones, Office Assistant
Mr. Bruce Jones has been with Third Stage since it’s inception. Offering very little help while demanding many on-the-job amenities such as frequent breaks and free lunches, Mr. Jones entertains the team with tales of his latest frisbee dog escapades for which he holds the esteemed honor of 2nd Place Disc Dogs Toss and Catch in Southern California. You can follow Mr. Jones on Facebook.