Dessa Quesada Palm is an artist-teacher-advocate from the Philippines. She is a board member of IMPACT, a global organization engaging arts and culture to transform conflict and build more creative, inclusive societies. Her passion in people’s theater was kindled at 13 when she joined the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). Dessa served as Head of the Committee on Dramatic Arts of the Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts from 2017-2019, and has conducted theater and thematic workshops all over the Philippines as well as parts of Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Youth Advocates Through Theater Arts in Dumaguete City and a faculty at the Silliman University.