Chris Napierala - Artistic Director For eighteen years, Chris Napierala has worked as a criminal-mitigation and alternatives-to-incarceration expert, primarily in New York City. As Founder and Director Sentencing Alternatives and Defense Advocacy Services, he has advocated on behalf of defendants in state and federal courts, diverting hundreds of adolescent, addicted, mentally ill and developmentally disabled clients to rehabilitation programs. Chris previously served as Editor and Senior Advocate at The Osborne Association. His work has been presented in front of the United States Supreme Court. In 2005, in conjunction with the Center for Appellate Litigation, his work contributed to New York State’s sole prisoner clemency in three years.