Meet the PRA Athletes
HILKEN MANCINI, Co-Founder
Current Bands: The Monsieurs, Shepherdess
Former Bands: Fuzzy
Current Work: Owner, 40 South St. Program Director, Girls Rock Campaign Boston.
Hilken co-founded PRA in 2000 and published Punk Rock Aerobics: 75 Killer Moves, 50 Punk Classics, And 25 Reasons To Get Off Your Ass And Exercise in 2003. Her work in PRA has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, People, Rolling Stone, MTV and Vh1.
As co-frontwoman of the band Fuzzy (Atlantic), their song Flashlight was named one of the top 50 songs of the 90’s by Rolling Stone. She co-founded Girls Rock Camp Boston, for which she is currently Program Director, and contributed to the Portland, OR Rock 'n Roll Camp for Girls book. She plays guitar in Shepherdess and The Monsieurs (Slovenly), and owns the vintage clothing store 40 South St in Boston, MA.
Hilken likes working out because it helps her get a sense of her own strength. "That's something we all can do to take up space, whenever we can, because it lets us live our dreams, stay punk, and never let nobody turn you around."
Current Band: The Barbazons
Former Band: Electric Street Queens
Current Work: Artist. Executive Director, ProArts Consortium.
Melanie has been with PRA since 2015 and with punk in general since puberty. In addition to running PRA with Hilken, she's an artist who works in fibers, music, performance, writing, and activism. She plays drums, tambourine, and saxophone, but enjoys singing the most. Her band, The Barbazons, has been terrorizing basements and clubs since 2010.
A lifelong athlete - minus a lull during art school, naturally - Melanie likes long bike cruises to her favorite swimming spots. She enjoys exercise because "it keeps me filthy and grounded, providing temporary relief from what I've become: a woman in the throes of an unending existential crisis." She's pumped to help other weirdos experience the benefits of sweating in a creative environment that is also probably very dirty.
MAURA JASPER, Co-Founder
Maura, a visual artist and filmmaker, is a co-founder of PRA. Born and raised in Worcester, MA, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Intermedia Art at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. View her work here.