Kevin Becerra currently works as the Artistic Engagement Manager at ArtsEmerson where he produces events and facilitates conversations between artists and audiences. Previous positions include National New Play Network Producer in Residence at Actor’s Express in Atlanta and Allen Lee Hughes New Play Producing Fellow at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Kevin trained as a Dramaturg in the BFA program at University of Arizona.
Kevin Bitterman, Associate Director of Artistic and International Programs, joined TCG in 2008. In this capacity, he manages the financial, programmatic, and evaluation systems for various grant and professional development programs for individual practitioners and non-profit theatres. Recent projects include co-producing TCG’s 2016 Global Pre-Conference at Georgetown University and the 2014 Crossing Borders Pre-Conference in Tijuana, Mexico; leading delegations to Armenia, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, Spain, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates; and overseeing the Global Connections and Audience (R)Evolution programs. Prior to TCG, Kevin served as the assistant director of the Bush Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Program and the producing artistic associate with Theatre de la Jeune Lune. Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theater and Communications from St. John’s University, and is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He is a 2015 alumnus of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, and was appointed in 2014 by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to serve on Community Board 10 in Central Harlem. Kevin is a founding member of the Global Theatre Initiative with TCG and the Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, and currently serves as Co-Chair of TCG’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workgroup.
Ed Bourgeois - actor, director, producer and arts administrator - is Managing Director at PAʻI Foundation, a hālau hula in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. From 2001-2007 he served as Executive/General Director of Anchorage Opera, a $1M producing opera company in Alaska. At the Alaska Native Heritage Center (2007-2013) he directed productions of Panik’s Revenge, Growing Up Native in Alaska, Raven’s Radio Hour, The Three Enemies, and Echoes, which was performed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and established the Alaska Native Playwrights Project, which trained 32 emerging Native playwrights. He is co-founder of jack.ed unlimited productions, LLC, a creative services and theatrical production company, which created the Raven’s Radio Hour comedy show. Most recently, Ed was producer of the ʻAu I Ke Kai (Crossing the Distant Seas) Project, which brought Alaska Native, Asian-Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian artists together at the Talking Stick Festival (Vancouver, BC) and the Moʻolelo Storytelling Festival in Honolulu.
Leila Buck is a Lebanese American writer, performer and intercultural educator who has lived, worked and traveled in 22 countries. A State Department Speaker Specialist and Cultural Envoy, she has worked with UN teams and others using storytelling, Theater of the Oppressed and theatrical tools for literacy, conflict resolution, self-expression and cross-cultural communication with youth, educators and professionals in the U.S. and internationally. As artist-in-residence for Wesleyan University’s Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges grant, she taught and created theatrical community dialogues about the (mis)representation of Muslims in the U.S., and has worked as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center, NYTW, and numerous Arab American and marginalized and mis/under-represented communities. She has performed and developed her work with/at New York Theatre Workshop, Silk Road Rising, Brooklyn Museum, Chautauqua Institution, Orchard Project, the Lark, and MAPP International Productions. Writer/Performer: HKEELEE (Talk to Me) –(Mosaic Theater-Arena Stage); In the Crossing (Public Theater New Work Now!; Culture Project –WCS). Actor: Aftermath (NYTW/InternationalTour -Drama League nomination); Scorched (Wilma Theater-Barrymore Award) The Admission (Theatre J/Studio Theatre). Publication: Innovation in Five Acts; Etching Our Own Image: Voices from the Arab American Art Movement; Four Arab-American Plays. M.A./Adjunct professor, Participatory Performance and Civic Engagement: NYU.
James Bundy has been Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre since 2002—together, the School and Rep train and advance artists to raise the standard of theatre practice globally, collaborating in a relationship analogous to that of a medical school and a teaching hospital. He was previously Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival; from 2007-2013 he served on the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group. James has directed productions at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Festival, and the Juilliard School, among others; his Yale Rep production of Happy Days, starring Dianne Wiest, will be seen at Theater for a New Audience in 2017. A 2007 winner of the Connecticut Critics Circle’s Tom Killen Award for extraordinary contributions to theatre in the state, he has also served on the faculties of BADA and the National Theater Institute, and was a Drama League Fellow. James is a graduate of Harvard College; and he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Yale School of Drama. He and his wife, singer Anne Tofflemire, have two adult daughters.
William Carden has been the Artistic Director of the Ensemble Studio Theatre since 20007. Last year EST was given a Special Drama Desk award for its unwavering commitment to developing new American plays. At EST he has directed productions of Please Continue by Frank Basloe, Headstrong by Patrick Link, Lenin’s Embalmers by Vern Thiessen, Pidgeon, PTSD and Zero by Tommy Smith and Lucy by Damien Atkins. He was artistic director of the HB Playwrights Foundation for eleven years where he directed the Off-Broadway productions of Mrs. Klein and Collected Stories starring Uta Hagen. His many other productions there include Horton Foote’s The Habitation of Dragons and Voir Dire by Joe Sutton. He directed The Dew Point at Summer Play Festival, The Young Girl and the Monsoon at Playwrights Horizons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Stratford Festival in Canada. As an actor he played leading roles Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Rep, WPA, and EST and also worked at numerous regional theatres. On Broadway, he created the title role in the original, award-winning production of Short Eyes. He teaches in the MFA acting and playwriting programs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
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Emily Ehrlich Inget has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon for 10 years, where she currently serves as the Costume Rentals Manager, and is also involved with several committees surrounding equity, diversity and inclusion work at OSF (Diversity and Inclusion Planning Council (DIPC), White Allies for Equity (WAE) affinity group, and Open Dialogue Series (ODS)). Prior to this, she had been a freelance and resident costume designer with companies in Oregon and in the San Francisco Bay Area, designing over 100 productions. She is devoted to friends and family, and proudest accomplishments are as wife, mother, and daughter.
Rachel Fink acts as Managing Director for Theatre Bay Area. Prior to that she was the director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s School of Theatre where she led its educational programming for over 15 years. These programs served 23,000 students annually throughout Northern California and included tuition-based arts training; a nationally-recognized teen engagement initiative; a teen-driven arts advocacy campaign; a highly-competitive fellowship training program; and on-going staff development and audience enrichment programs. An advocate of arts leadership development and cultural policy, Rachel was chosen to be the first U.S. delegate for the British Council’s Cultural Leadership International Programme and selected for the inaugural class of the American Express/Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders. She has served on the board of Theatre Bay Area (TBA), chaired TBA’s Theatre Services Committee, and planned numerous professional development convenings for emerging arts leaders. She has spoken on conference panels for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and TBA, and served on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and TCG. She was also recognized for her regional work as a 2013 “Face of Theatre Bay Area.” Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Ms. Fink was the managing director of the Yale Cabaret and has worked at theatres across the United States including the Yale Repertory Theatre, International Festival of Arts & Ideas, Long Wharf Theatre, and the Cleveland Play House. Ms. Fink has taught at Berkeley Rep, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cain Park School of the Arts. Ms. Fink received her BA in Theatre Arts from Case Western Reserve University and her MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama.
merilee ford barrera
Merilee Ford Barrera is entering her ninth season as Costume Design Assistant at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Originally from Watertown, South Dakota, Merilee Ford Barrera moved to Los Angeles in 1994. After graduating from California State University, Long Beach in 2002 with a BA in Theatre Costume Design, Merilee worked in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area, and Santa Fe freelancing in opera tech, theatre tech and theatre design. Eventually, she accepted Staff Costume Design Assistant at South Coast Repertory, in Costa Mesa, CA. Three years later, Merilee and her husband Gabriel Barrera left their family and friends in California, and followed Artistic Director Bill Rauch and Associate Artistic Director Christopher Acebo to OSF in Ashland, Oregon, where they were first introduced to Equity work. At OSF, Merilee is a founding member of Costume Department Diversity and Inclusion Workgroup, and serves on the steering committee for White Anti-Racists for Equity Affinity Group. Through Southern Oregon Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative, Merilee helped facilitate the Ashland community forum, "Unpacking Racism Part II". Merilee looks forward to furthering her skills and becoming a stronger Equity advocate.
Courtney Harge is a producer, director, and professional arts administrator originally from Saginaw, MI. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Colloquy Collective, a theater company based out of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. She has worked for several institutions including Theater for the New City, The Public Theater, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and presently at Fractured Atlas, with a focus on institutional fundraising, crowdfunding, and fiscal sponsorship. She holds a Masters of Professional Studies, with Distinction, in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute and a Bachelors of Fine Arts with Honors from the University of Michigan in Theater Performance. She’s also an alumni of APAP’s Emerging Leaders Institute. Her credo (#HustlingKeepsYouSexy) is not merely a hashtag; it’s a way of life. You can find out more about her at courtneyharge.com.
Seena Hodges has worked in the theatrical industry as a producer, marketing director, publicist and audience development associate. Seena is Senior Director—Marketing & Development for Theater Latté Da. During her tenure, the organization has doubled the number of active subscribers and achieved a record number of single ticket sales. Currently, Seena and Artistic Director Peter Rothstein, are spearheading NEXT 20/20—a robust new works initiative aimed at developing 20 new musicals or plays-with-music and shepherding many of them to full production. She is the former Communications Manager for the Guthrie Theater and previously worked at New York press agency Boneau/Bryan-Brown, developing audiences and creating media opportunities for several Broadway shows including: Fences, The Scottsboro Boys, Anything Goes, High, The House of Blue Leaves and The Book of Mormon. Seena also served as marketing director for the 2010 Fringe NYC and 2011 GLAAD Media Award-winning play when last we flew by Harrison David Rivers. Seena is a graduate of the Theatre Management and Producing MFA Program at Columbia University where she was a Dean’s Fellow. She serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Theater Alliance and is a member of the Membership Committee for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT).
Kristen Jackson is currently the Connectivity Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC. She has worked on and off-Broadway in casting and producing for Ostar Productions (NY) and Playwrights Horizons (NY); and as a teaching artist and performer for the regional theatres Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (OH) and Actors Theatre of Louisville (KY). Kristen has also worked in arts administration and provided programming support for Dance/USA (DC), the national service organization for professional dance. Kristen earned her MA from UT-Austin in Performance as Public Practice. She also holds a BA in Theatre Studies and English from Duke University. In 2016, Kristen was named as a member of Theatre Communications Group's Rising Leaders of Color program.
Toronto-based stage director Ravi Jain is a multi-award-winning artist known for making politically bold and accessible theatrical experiences in both small indie productions and large theatres. His body of work successfully bridges the gap between commercial and avant-garde. As the founding artistic director of Why Not Theatre, Ravi has established himself as an artistic leader for his inventive productions, international producing/collaborations and innovative producing models which are aimed to better support emerging artists to make money from their art. In all of his work, exemplified by projects like A Brimful of Asha, Like Mother Like Daughter and his award winning reimagining of Salt-Water Moon, is Ravi’s passion to inspire Canadians to look at new ways of representing Canada on national and international stages.Highly sought out for his ability to support new voices and building new audiences in Canada, he was the associate artistic director at The Theatre Centre and is currently The Charles and Marilyn Ballie Fellow and one of two associate artistic directors at Soulpepper Theatre.
Daniel Jáquez, a freelance Stage Director, Theatre-maker and Translator, served most recently as Interim Artistic Director of Milagro Theatre in Portland, OR. He is an Associate Artist with INTAR Theatre in NYC and with Teatro V!da in Springfield, MA, and Advisory Committee member for The Lark Play Development Center's US/Mexico Playwright Exchange. He is the co-founder of Calpulli Mexican Dance Theatre in Queens, NY, and from 2003 to 2011 served as its Artistic Director and choreographer. Jáquez has directed across the USA and Internationally, and worked extensively in new play development. His teaching experience includes: Adjunct Professor at Manhattanville College; Teaching Fellow at Harvard University; Guest Artist/Teacher at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College, and many community workshops in theatre and dance. Jáquez is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the Latina/o Theatre Commons Steering Committee, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab and NoPassport, a Pan-American theatre coalition. Jáquez grew up in Ciudad Juárez, México. He studied Actuarial Science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Texas and an MFA in Directing from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute at Harvard University.
Daisuke Kawachi is a Minneapolis (neé New York) based theater director. His work on new plays has been seen on rooftops and in living rooms all over Brooklyn. Most recently he was the Assistant Director on Joe Haj's South Pacific at the Guthrie Theater. For the next year he will be working as an intern at the Playwrights' Center, also in Minneapolis. He is a graduate of the New York Summer School of the Arts chool of Theater (Class of 2007), the National Theater Institute's Advanced Directing Seminar (Class of 2012), and he holds a BA in Cinema and Media Studies from Carleton College.
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Wu Chen Khoo is a lighting designer, stagehand, production manager, educator and labour organizer based in the Twin Cities area. Born in Malaysia, he came to the US for university and ended up settling in Minnesota. He is the co-founder of the education and outreach program Technical Tools of the Trade (www.techtoolstraining.org), who believe in training, promoting, connecting and supporting people through the lens of the technical disciplines of the performing arts. He is also part of the Class & the Arts collective (www.facebook.com/ClassandtheArts), an informal group of arts workers and organizers working to build Solidarity and promote critical engagement with issues of social justice and equity in and through the arts & entertainment industry. Wu Chen loves board games, reading and the outdoors. He inherited a love for cooking from his mother’s family, who, other than his grandmother and aunt, are all avid cooks and like most Southeast Asians, he’s obsessed with food. He’s also fascinated with history, narrative and mathematics and often carries a mini recorder, a habit from when he used to record his elder’s stories. Wu Chen shares his life with his wife Kristin, child Teng Jin, and cat Badger.
ann marie lonsdale
As Director of Programs at A.R.T./New York, Ann Marie Lonsdale oversees a suite of grants and services for New York City’s nonprofit theatre community. She has a background as a producer and administrator working with innovative and experimental live performance, and has worked as a performer, stage manager, and producer in theatre and dance in Chicago and New York, with such companies as The Hypocrites, the Vittum Theater (now Adventure Stage Chicago), the side project, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Sitelines dance and performance festival. As an administrator, she has worked as Program Manager for the Creative Capital Professional Development Program and General Manager at CPR Center for Performance Research, a space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that supports artists working in dance, performance, and allied forms. Ms. Lonsdale is a proud graduate of the University of Chicago and holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Carra Martinez is a theater artist, educator, and scholar who holds the position of Director of Community Engagement at the Guthrie Theater. In Minneapolis, Martinez has worked as the Director of Praxis at Penumbra Theatre and participated as a director, collaborative performer, and dramaturg at local institutions like Teatro del Pueblo, The Playwrights’ Center, and the University of Minnesota. In Austin, Texas, Martinez recently served as the artist and scholar-in-residence at Fusebox Festival. She has also performed with Austin companies like Salvage Vanguard Theater, Refraction Arts Project, and the Rude Mechs. Martinez has taught for 18-years at the middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate-levels. She holds a B.A. and an M.Ed. from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a Ph.D. in Theatre Historiography from the University of Minnesota.
Porsche McGovern is a lighting designer. Regionally, she designed We Are Proud to Present... (Playmakers Repertory Company), A Single Shard (People's Light and Theatre Company), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Oregon Shakespeare Festival). In New York, she designed The Light Princess (American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at The New Victory), Bureau of Missing Persons (Neighborhood Productions), Ghetto Babylon (Dramatic Question Theatre), many shows with Spookfish Theatre Company, and others. At the New London Barn Playhouse, she designed Shrek the Musical, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (New Hampshire Theatre Award), and Steel Magnolias. She is a Rogue Artist for The Anthropologists. She has an MFA from California Institute for the Arts and a BA from St. Lawrence University. She is also a researcher, concentrating on designers in regional theatres. Her research can be found here. I love theatre, but I loved stories first. I still believe that stories, however they’re told or imparted, can open people’s eyes and hearts, and can inspire change. PorscheLighting.com
Ernest McMillan is a veteran human rights activist with a history of working through the 60's in Texas, and the Deep South as field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He has extensive experience in counseling of both youth and adults, working successful in the delivery of social services, organizing and planning resources, and coordinating activities to meet specific objectives. McMillan initiated the first Drug Prevention Program for African-American youth in Houston in 1981; developed support systems for ex-offenders with People United for Justice for Prisoners in Dallas, Texas, McMillan founded and served as Chief Executive Officer for the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program a non-profit, youth leadership organization designed to pre-empt negative environmental influences and empower inner city adolescent males to become responsible and productive members in their families and community. Currently, McMillan resides in Dallas, Texas. He volunteers extensively with the Dallas Peace Center, IFCO/Pastors for Peace, and as a 2011 delegate to Witness For Peace’ Human Rights Delegation to Honduras. He became the Director of Educational Programs art Youth Believing in Change (YBC) in 2014, and now is the Curator for Community Engagement with Cara Mia Theatre.
Julie Nelson is an actor and fulltime faculty member in the Department of Theater at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has acted Off Broadway and in regional theaters including Portland Stage and Playmakers Repertory Company. A founding member of Shakespeare & Company, she worked extensively with the company as an actor and teacher. Her study of theatrical clown there with teacher and performer, Merry Conway, was and is the springboard for her work in theater and impelled her to further study with Philippe Gaulier and Jacques Lecoq, among others. For New Student Orientation at the University of Massachusetts, she directed a play about sexual assault on college campuses, seen by thousands of incoming UMass students and subsequently produced at orientations by all schools in the Five College Consortium. She has been a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute and a guest instructor at CENAR, Centro Nacional de Artes in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Daniel is an actor, an enthusiast of community collaborations and a lover of stories. As the Associate Artistic Director at Cornerstone Theater Company, Daniel leads projects that are part of the Creative Seeds programming: events that bring together artists, activists, thought leaders and community members. Most recently he was the Assistant Director for California: The Tempest a yearlong tour across California and the Associate Director on Cornerstone’s production Urban Rez. As an actor, he was most recently in a reading of The Madres that was part of The Road Theatre Company’s Summer Playwrights Festival and Seven Spots On The Sun at The Theatre @ Boston Court. He trained at Circle In The Square Theatre School in NYC and was a member of the Labyrinth Theater Company’s first Intensive Ensemble. Daniel is driven by the connection and disconnection that the artistic process brings and is grateful to create - and collaborate on - work that allows for discussion and moments that create possibilities.
Gina has been very involved with social active theatre in Alberta, Canada for the past 17 years as a Stage Manager, Production Manager, Director, Teacher, and Mentor for young emerging artists. For the past 10 years she has been working with the Alberta Workers' Health Centre. She is currently the Guardian [read: Artistic Director / Programmer] of the Work Plays Schools Program. Gina is proud to bring the important message of Work Place Safety and Worker’s Rights wrapped in a professionally sculpted artistic presentation to students and young workers. Select credentials: College instructor “An Introduction to Stage Management” at Keyano College (1997 – 2000), Production Manager at Theatre Network (2000 –2004), Stage Manager at the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (2005 – 2008)
Chantal Rodriguez is the Associate Dean of Yale School of Drama. From 2009-2016 she was the Programming Director of the Latino Theater Company, operators of the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC). At the LATC, she helped produce many seasons of culturally diverse work including the historic Encuentro 2014 festival. Her scholarly work has been published in Theatre Journal, Latin American Theatre Review, e-misférica and Theatre Research International. In 2019, she co-edited a volume of Theatre Magazine dedicated to Latinx Theatre, with Tom Sellar. She also co-edited a volume of plays from the Encuentro 2014 festival with Teresa Marrero and Trevor Boffone: "Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater," published by Northwestern University Press. In 2011, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press published her monograph, “The Latino Theatre Initiative/Center Theatre Group Papers,” which was nominated for three Latino Literacy Now International Book Awards. She is an active member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Advisory Committee, and a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where she earned a Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies, and Santa Clara University where she earned a B.A. in Theater and Spanish Studies.
John Rooney is the Education and Leadership Programs Coordinator at Steppenwolf Theatre as well as an Interim Administrative Coordinator for artEquity. He was previously the Associate Director of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Associate Artistic Director of Red Tape Theatre, and Executive Assistant to the Dean at The Theatre School at DePaul University. In his freelance life, he was lucky enough to be the director of Rules of Comedy for the Humana Festival of New American Plays and the Associate Director for the world premiere of The Christians at both Actors Theatre of Louisville and Playwrights Horizons, in addition to numerous directing and producing opportunities in Chicago.
Mark Rossier is the Director of Institutional Advancement at the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Prior to joining NYFA in 2008, he was the Director of Development and Marketing at the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York). He has also been Director of Marketing at the Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey and Capital Rep in Albany, New York. In a past life, before the internet, when people actually purchased things at stores, he was a Buyer at Macy's and Divisional at Filene's. In 2013 he began his third term as a member of the nominating and voting committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor excellence Off-Broadway. He is a frequent grant panelist for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and also served as Secretary of the Board for Young Jean Lee's Theater Company.
Denise is a theatre practitioner and arts activist based in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago credits include La Ruta (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), The Revolutionists (Strawdog Theatre Company), Cambodian Rock Band (Victory Gardens Theater), LTC Carnaval 2018: ConeXion! (Latinx Theatre Commons), HIR (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Earthquakes in London (Steep Theatre Company), The View Upstairs (Circle Theatre Chicago), For the Love of (Pride Films & Plays), HOMESET (Pop Magic Productions), SPARK (20% Theatre Company), (the)forget_me\knot (inappropriate theatre company), La Chingada (inappropriate theatre company), and Climate Change Theatre Action - Chicago (Global Hive Laboratories). International credits include MEDUSA (Global Hive Laboratories), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shaw Theatre), Om Swastyastu from London - The Wailing Woman (Institut Seni Indonesia Denpasar), and Heart’s Core (CAN - Refugee Women's Theatre Programme). Denise holds an MFA in Theatre Directing and is co-founder of Global Hive Laboratories, a collective of international practitioners working toward a global theatre. She is an alumna of Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s Multicultural Fellowship, and serves as a member of artEquity’s diverse cadre of facilitators who support equity-based initiatives nationwide. She is committed to supporting arts organizations as they incorporate the ideals of equity, diversity, access and inclusion into their programming and internal operations, and move toward becoming transformative Anti-Racist forces in their communities.
Megan Simcox is the founder, director, and head coach at ACTive Roles Theatre Company in Martins Ferry, Ohio. The new non-profit, launching this fall, aims to provide free acting and theatrical instruction to area students ages 10-18 after school, with a specific interest in at-risk and disadvantaged youth. Classes culminate in public outreach performances created by the students to tackle problems at school and in the community, as well as, an annual production of Shakespeare in the Park. Simcox is a 2006 graduate of Ohio State, holding a BA in acting. She has worked professionally as the executive assistant to the director of the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC, and their international touring wing, Spirit Productions, and monitored their auditions in New York. She is also currently a volunteer in the theatre department at Ohio University Eastern, as a props artisan, stage manager, assistant director, and occasionally an actor, as needed. Simcox has a special interest in gender-bending theatre, preferring to play "male roles" and androgynous characters. She is also a vocal advocate for disabled actors, as someone who lives with several physical disabilities. She hopes artEquity training will make her a more effective advocate for all under-represented groups.
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is Artistic Director of Civic Ensemble, an Ithaca-based theatre company that produces new and overlooked plays by or about women and people of color, re-imagined classics, and community-based plays. For Civic, he directed Eugene O’Neill’s All God’s Chillun Got Wings and co-produced Judy Tate’s Slashes of Light. From 2005-2009, Godfrey was a Producing Artist for Epic Theatre Ensemble, appearing in the world premiere of A More Perfect Union, Widowers' Houses (which Godfrey co-adapted with Ron Russell), Einstein's Gift, and Measure for Measure, among other plays. With Brandt Adams, he also co-wrote and starred in a documentary play about the election of President Barack Obama, Dispatches From (A)mended America. Godfrey has performed at Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, New Georges, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Round House Theatre, and People's Light and Theatre Company, among other theatres. He is a 2012 TCG/Fox Fellow and a participant in TCG’s SPARK Leadership Program. He is a lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He teaches acting at Cornell University, and has also taught at Binghamton University and Marymount Manhattan College.
Sophia Skiles is a NYC-based theater actor and teacher. She has performed in work directed by Chay Yew, Ralph Pena, Andrei Serban, Mary Zimmerman, Richard Foreman and David Herskovits. She is especially proud of the work she has created with Ma-Yi and the National Asian-American Theater Companies. For nearly twenty years, Sophia has taught Acting in a range of learning environments: with pre-college students at Northwestern University, with students throughout the NYC public schools and in Ulster County, and with undergraduates at Mount Holyoke College, Bard College, and SUNY Ulster. She currently teaches Fundamentals of Acting and Scene Study as Adjunct Faculty in the Theater and Performance Department at SUNY Purchase. She served as a Steering Committee Member of THAW (Theaters Against War), organizing a monthly activist cabaret that travelled extensively throughout NYC. She is also a newly-elected Trustee of the New Paltz Central School District Board of Education. She lives with her husband and two children in the Hudson Valley of New York.
david s. stewart
Prior to his work at the Guthrie, David worked for the University of Texas at Austin, and held positions at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as Production Manager and Head of Stage Management, Stage Manager for His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, Director of Production for the Office of Multi-Cultural Arts Institute, Production Stage Manager for Varsity Band, and Event Producer for the Chancellors Office. He has served as an AEA stage manager for Madison Repertory Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, St. Louis MUNY, Kansas City Starlight Outdoor Musicals, The Little Theatre on the Square and Vienna Austria’s English Theatre. In addition, Stewart was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Achievement award from his Alma Mater, Webster University, and is the chair for the People of Color Network at USITT as well as co-founder of the highly successful Gateway Program. He has two nationally published articles on diversity in theater production, is the technical editor for two theater management books, and holds a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Quita is the Program Manager for New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Theater Program. She holds a BA and MA in Theatre from Knox College and SUNY Stony Brook, respectively, as well as a law degree from Wayne State University Law School. Before law school, she worked as a Stage Manager at ETA in Chicago and was the first stage manager for ETA’s production of Checkmates by Ron Milner, directed by Woodie King, Jr. She later worked at Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates, a not-for-profit artist management office, creating contracts and managing booking and performing fees for musicians in the Great Lakes area. After law school, she practiced Environmental Justice law for 10 years in Detroit and Boston. She is a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program. She is also a former Associated Grant Makers Diversity Fellow. Prior to joining NEFA as a staff member, Quita was an Advisor for NEFA’s Native Arts Program. Outside of work, she continues to develop her own artistic talents as a beadworker. Quita is Of Counsel to and a member of the Montaukett tribe.
Jason Tseng has devoted his professional and personal life to empowering ordinary people to make extraordinary change. Splitting his time between serving the arts and queer communities of color, he has worked for organizations like Theatre Communications Group, Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and currently serves on the steering committee and chair emeritus of GAPIMNY, the second oldest queer Asian community organization in the nation. Jason currently serves as the Community Engagement Specialist at Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit technology company that serves artists. Fractured Atlas helps artists raise money, manage risk, find space, sell tickets, track fans, and advocate as a field. With over 50,000 members nationwide in every artistic discipline and over $100 million raised for arts projects across the nation, Fractured Atlas is the largest member-based arts organization of its kind. Before moving to New York, he grew up outside Washington, D.C., in Maryland and graduated from the University of Richmond studying Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Theatre. In his spare time, Jason creates plays, stories, comics, and illustrations (usually about queer people and people of color). He now lives in Long Island City with his fiancé and their rabbit, Turnip Cake.
Abigail Vega is an actor, deviser, director, and the Producer of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC). With the LTC she has produced live convenings for Latinx theatre artists, scholars, administrators and advocates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, and New York City, and a digital space accessible to practitioners all over the country. Previously, she was an Ensemble Member of Teatro Luna, with whom she performed in over twenty-five cities in four countries, including an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, UK and at the 2014 LATC Encuentro: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival. Her writing can be found in Micha Espinosa's "Monologues for Latino Actors," and her directing work can be next seen in Georgina Escobar's Sweep at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, GA. Abigail was named one of Latino Leaders Magazine's “Latino Leader of the Future - Chicago 2014," she is a graduate the NALAC Leadership Institute, and she is a member of the inaugural Cultural and Ethnic Arts Executive Leadership cohort at the Institute of Ethical Leadership based at Rutgers University.
michael develle winn
Michael Develle Winn is an alumnus of Stillman College and The Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright’s Program at The Juilliard School. His plays have been produced at New York Theatre Workshop, Dance Theatre Workshop – NYC, American Theatre Project – Washington, DC, and the Shubin Theatre-Philadelphia, PA. He is currently the Community Engagement Manager at the Alliance Theatre.
Russell Zook is in his second year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as In Residence Programs Coordinator in its Education department. Prior to joining OSF he worked for 9 years at Penumbra Theatre Company in various capacities, mostly recently as Associate Managing Director. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and a Master of Arts in Theatre Production from Humboldt State University. He has worked with Bare Bones Theatre, Frontier Theatre and Bedlam Theater among others. He lives in Ashland Oregon with his partner Emily McPeck.