SPARK! 2017

SPARK! MC: Ivory Aquino

“My deepest thanks to Transgender Law Center for having me and for making it their mission to make lives like mine possible. To Cecilia, who has become a dear friend and provides inspiration for so many of us. All my love to my dearest friends and family. And for anyone out there who feels different but is truly special.”

Ivory Aquino was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. As a child, she dreamed of one day being an actress in New York City and playing Shakespeare’s great heroines. She now lives in New York with her pup Chewy-Bear and has starred as Juliet and Isabella in Bryant Park Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “Measure for Measure.” Most recently, Ivory portrayed Transgender Law Center’s very own Cecilia Chung on the ABC miniseries “When We Rise” and will next be seen on HBO’s “High Maintenance.”

In addition to acting, Ivory is a singer, having graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music.

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2017 SPARK! Host Committee:

Arvian Heidir, Ben Plumley, Billie Timpano, chandra gilbert, Cole Krawitz, Dara Papo, diane nero, Evelyn Rios, Fresh! “Lev” White, Ilona Turner, Kristen Verrastro, Jessica Bogo, Joey Samora, John Ray Magbanua, Jonathan Van Etten, Kaylie Love, Kyle Graden, Lara Brooks, Leah Kahn, Mahlanie Pham, Nathan Page, nicole wittmer, Nikki Calma (Tita Aida), Noris Chavarria, Peter “PJ” Moore, Phanny Lun, Rae Rucci, Sophia Kass, Stephanie Corrales, Sue Landsittel, Suzanne Ford, Sydney Loyola, Terry Bowen, Whit Bastian, Willy Wilkinson, and Amy Todd-Gher.