Founder of L.A.C.E.S.
Seren Fryatt is the founder of Life and Change Experienced thru Sports (L.A.C.E.S.). In 2006, while volunteering in West Africa, Seren had the opportunity to play professional soccer in Monrovia, Liberia. At this time Liberia had just come to the end of a brutal 14- year civil war that tore apart the social fabric of the country. Over 15,000 children were used as child soldiers, and the war left them scarred and with little hope. Through the relationships she built with fellow teammates, Seren realized the impact sports can have in providing an avenue for restoration for these children. Over the past seven years, in partnership with local Liberian staff, L.A.C.E.S. has built a successful sports ministry that empowers communities, parents, and churches to cultivate positive role models and provides a platform to address social issues.
With a resume ranging from working for Northwestern University to starting an international development organization in West Africa. Seren finds passion in serving the people who have inspired her life.
Lauren Anders Brown
Co-Director of Power of Play
Lauren Anders Brown has worked in the film industry for over ten years. She's a current member of the International Cinematographers Guild and her career to date has included positions on the TV shows Ugly Betty, Royal Pains, Nurse Jackie, along with Feature Films What Happens In Vegas, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Argo.
In 2010, she began Collaborate: ideas & images which has produced commercials for high profile clients, a feature film titled "Trouble Dolls" with Megan Mullally, Jeffery Tambor and Will Forte, and a worldwide documentary series on SnagFilms called "The World Cup Project." Her projects have premiered at LA Film Festival and the Google+ Film Festival as well as airing on network TV.
She is always looking to take on new projects, both high profile and demanding as well as smaller socially conscious driven work which is what lead her to working with LACES and creating "Power of Play." Inspired by Seren Fryatt and the story of post war Liberia, Lauren spent time in Liberia to uncover the scars that were left and how sports had the power to heal them.
Co-Director of Power of Play
JENNY MCQUAILE is a New York-based freelance Director and Editor at Collaborate: ideas & images (www.collaborateideasimages.com) and Producer with Social Motion Pix.
Her career to date has included positions on major network Television shows including Steven Soderberg’s The Knick, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, Person of Interest, as well as feature films such as Annie and Cymbeline.
Ms. McQuaile is an Associate Producer of The World Cup Project, a TV documentary series following 11 countries around the world that use soccer for social change. She also directed two episodes and edited three episodes of the series.
Ms. McQuaile’s background is in Journalism and she has worked as a reporter for 12 years in Ireland and London with The Daily Mirror and as a freelancer. Ms. McQuaile’s work on Power of Play, combines her love of soccer, travel and social issues.
Editor of Power of Play
Morgann Gicquel is an aspiring filmmaker from France and recent graduate of Brooklyn College's Masters Program for film production. He's produced 20 short films, including editing 3 episodes for The World Cup Project. His experience in editing was an influential part in the creation of Power of Play. In the future, Morgann strives to direct feature films.