Board of Directors
TCG Board members represent a broad cross-section of the American theatre field and professional perspectives. They are united by their belief in TCG’s mission and dedicated to building a bond between TCG and the national theatre community.
Kathryn M. Lipuma, Chair
Larissa FastHorse, Vice Chair
Meghan Pressman, Vice Chair
Ellen Richard, Treasurer
Eileen J. Morris, Secretary
Christopher Acebo, Associate Artistic Director; Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR
Joseph P. Benincasa, President and CEO; The Actors Fund, New York, NY
Raymond Bobgan, Executive Artistic Director; Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Jeremy B. Cohen, Producing Artistic Director; The Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN
Kristen Coury, Founder and Producing Artistic Director; Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples, FL
Joshua Dachs, President; Fisher Dachs Associates Theatre Planning and Design; New York, NY
Will Davis, Director & Choreographer; New York, NY
Snehal Desai, Producing Artistic Director; East West Players, Los Angeles, CA
Kelvin Dinkins Jr., Assistant Dean/General Manager; Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT
Teresa Eyring, Executive Director; Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY
Larissa FastHorse, Playwright and Choreographer; Santa Monica, CA
Nataki Garrett, Producer and Director; Denver, CO
Derek Goldman, Co-Founding Director, Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics; Director, Playwright/Adapter; Professor, Washington, DC
Jamie Herlich, Director of Development; Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle, WA
Susan Hilferty, Costume and Set Designer; New York, NY
Rebecca Hopkins, Managing Director; Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota, FL
Benita Hofstetter Koman, Executive Director; The Roy Cockrum Foundation, Knoxville, TN
Kathryn M. Lipuma, Executive Director; Writers Theatre, Glencoe, IL
Laurie McCants, Co-Founder; Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg, PA
Johamy Morales, Education Director; Creede Reportory Theatre, Creeede, CO
Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director; Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, TX
Eileen J. Morris, Artistic Director; The Ensemble Theatre, Houston, TX
Lisa Portes, Head of Directing; The Theatre School at DePaul University, Chicago, IL
Meghan Pressman, Managing Director; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Washington, DC
Francine T. Reynolds, Artistic Director; New Stage Theatre, Jackson, MS
Ellen Richard, Executive Director; Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA
Blake Robison, Artistic Director; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH
Nikkole Salter, Actress, Playwright, Educator, and Arts Advocate; Bloomfield, NJ
Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Playwrights Horizons, New York, NY
Carlo Scandiuzzi, Philanthropist, Executive, and Community Leader; Seattle, WA
David Schmitz, Executive Director; Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL
Harold Steward, Interim Executive Director; The Theater Offensive, Boston, MA
Robert P. Warren, President; The William & Eva Fox Foundation, Bethesda, MD
Christopher Acebo is the Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. Christopher has designed several world premieres including the 2014 Tony Award winning best play All The Way by Robert Schenkkan (OSF/ART/Broadway), Head Over Heels by Jeff Whitty and The Go Go’s, Fingersmith by Alexa Junge, The Great Society, The Clean House, Cloudlands, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, My Wandering Boy, Hold Please, The Beard of Avon, Electricidad (Garland Award – Best Costumes), Equivocation (OSF/Seattle Rep/Arena Stage), Throne of Blood (OSF/BAM Next Wave Festival), Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, The Tenth Muse, Living Out, and Peace, Water & Power, Bordertown, Palestine New Mexico, Zorro in Hell and Chavez Ravine by Culture Clash, among others. For seven years he was an ensemble member of the nationally acclaimed Cornerstone Theater Company and has had the privilege of designing at many major regional theaters including the Goodman, Guthrie, Lincoln Center, CTG, ART, Yale Rep, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, Portland Center Stage, Artist Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep to name a few. He has served on panels for Theatre Communications Group, The National Endowment for the Arts and for The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and is on the Steering Committee for Latino/a Theatre Commons. He produces the Latina|o Play Project at OSF. In 2013, Christopher was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber to serve on the Oregon Arts Commission. He is a recipient of an NEA/TCG fellowship and received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
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Joseph P. Benincasa is the President and CEO of The Actors Fund, the national human services organization that helps everyone in entertainment and the performing arts; he joined The Fund in 1989. Mr. Benincasa oversees innovative programs including comprehensive social services, health care services, employment and training, and affordable, supportive and senior housing. The Actors Fund’s headquarters are in New York City with regional offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, a nursing home in Englewood, NJ, and supportive housing residences in Manhattan, NY, West Hollywood, CA, and Brooklyn, NY. He is also President of the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation which is building affordable, supportive and senior care residences for artists in major urban centers. He serves on the boards of directors of several organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Career Transition for Dancers, Learning Ally, the Human Services Council, National Executive Service Corps, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Theatre Communications Group, Times Square Alliance, the YMCA of New York City, Bio-Reference Laboratories and the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team. He has been recognized with several honors, including The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, Tony Honors Award, New Jersey Legislature Excellence in Arts Award and inaugural Made in New York Award presented by Michael Bloomberg. He has served as chair of the New York Society of Association Executives, Secretary/Treasurer of the MusiCares Foundation and has lectured on not-for-profit management at Duke University, and served on the Tony Administration and Nominating Committees, and on the Board of Directors of St. Peter's University Medical Center. He is a member of The Lambs and Friars' Clubs. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Centenary College and served on the New York State Attorney General’s Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization. Mr. Benincasa graduated from St. Joseph's University, earned a Masters from Rutgers University and attended the Graduate Business School at Fordham University. He is incredibly proud of how The Actors Fund helps everyone in the Creative Community.
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Raymond Bobgan specializes in working through an ensemble process to create new performances that are bold, multilayered and highly physical. Raymond’s work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, The United Kingdom and Canada. Under his leadership, CPT has eliminated significant debt, run consistent operating surpluses, and completed a $7 million capital campaign. This financial advancement was a result of mission-focused programming including a strong emphasis on supporting new works and local artists, a bold aesthetic vision and CPT’s educational and engagement programs. For CPT, Raymond initiated the STEP program, a job training theatre program for low-income teens, Y-Haven Theatre Project which engages homeless men in writing and performing theatre, and Teatro Publico de Cleveland. Raymond was the first theatre artist to receive a Cleveland Arts Prize in 2014. In 2015 Raymond received Equality Ohio’s Ally Award and more recently received the Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio. He currently serves as President of the Board of the National New Play Network and is Chair The Gordon Square Arts District Cleveland Improvement Corporation Board.
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Jeremy B. Cohen Jeremy B. Cohen is starting his ninth season as the Producing Artistic Director of the Playwrights’ Center, having previously served as Associate Artistic Director/Director of New Play Development at Hartford Stage (2003-2010), where he also directed several premieres. He developed (Playwrights’ Center/Guthrie) and directed My Mother Has Four Noses with Jonatha Brooke in its World Premiere off-Broadway at The Duke on 42nd Street, as well as its current US tour and this fall directed a new hip-hop musical version of Lookingglass Alice at Baltimore Centerstage.
Other Regional and NYC directing credits include productions at: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Alliance, Baltimore Centerstage, Cleveland Playhouse, Dorset Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Goodman, Jungle, Kansas City Rep, McCarter, Mixed Blood, New Victory, Olney, Open Fist, People’s Light & Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St Louis, Royal George, Steppenwolf Theatre, Theater J, Theatre Latte Da, Victory Gardens, and Workhaus Collective; workshops at O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, New York Stage and Film, JAW – Portland Center Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center New Play Summit, New Harmony, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and Woolly Mammoth.
As Founding Artistic Director of Naked Eye Theatre Company (Chicago), Cohen developed/directed more than 15 plays, including several premieres.
He has received numerous directing awards and nominations, an NEA/TCG Directors Fellowship, and a Northwestern University grant for his play 12 Volt Heart. His last play Boys Will Be Boys (co-created with Carl Flink) was developed with the Guthrie Theatre and he is currently under commission by A.C.T. & ZSpace (San Francisco) for his co-written play with Dipika Guha, Malicious Animal Magnetism.
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Kristen Coury is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse. Under her leadership, the Playhouse has grown debt-free to an annual budget of $4.2M, and is now undertaking the construction of a 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art Theatre and Education Center at the gateway to downtown Naples. She began her theatre career in London, England, in the press and marketing department of the English Shakespeare Company, after which she moved to New York City, working in commercial theatre as a production coordinator for Walt Disney Theatrical Productions working on New York and a producer/manager for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company, The Really Useful Group. Kristen directed a feature film called Friends and Family, a comedy starring Tony Lo Bianco, Anna Maria Alberghetti, and Tovah Feldshuh, has directed several new works, produced a CD, and worked on a variety of musicals in various stages of development. Kristen has directed over 35 Playhouse productions to date, of which her favorites include: Merchant of Venice, My Fair Lady, The Price and The Glass Menagerie. Kristen proudly serves as a board member of the Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional, not-for-profit American Theatre. She is also a frequent investor in Broadway productions, most recently the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island. Kristen was named one of the Top 40 Professionals Under 40 by Gulfshore Business in 2008, a Star in the Arts by the United Arts Council of Collier County in 2011, one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2013, and named a Leading Lady by Naples Illustrated in 2018.
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Joshua Dachs has led Fisher Dachs Associates since 1984, and is recognized as one of the world's leading theatre planning and design consultants. Founded by nine-time Tony Award winner Jules Fisher, FDA has undertaken over 1,000 projects in over a dozen countries on five continents, including opera houses, concert halls, touring houses, dance and drama theatres, recital halls, conservatories, and educational theaters. He has worked on new building projects for many of America's leading drama companies, including over a dozen TCG member theatres. In previous lives, he has been a producer, a scenic and lighting designer, and a violinist. He has been a guest lecturer and critic at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, SCI-Arc, and the UCLA School of Architecture. He is a member of the American Society of Theatre Consultants and the International Society for the Performing Arts. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art in New York City, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University. Josh's wife, Ako, is a stage, television, and film actress, as well as the founding artistic director of Amaterasu Za — a unique bilingual Japanese/English theatre company.
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WILL DAVIS is a trans-identified director and choreographer focused on physically adventurous new work. Recent and upcoming projects include: The Carpenter by Rob Askins for the Alley Theatre; India Pale Ale by Jaclyn Backhaus for MTC; Bobbie Clearly by Alex Lubischer for Roundabout Underground; Charm by Philip Dawkins for MCC; Welcome to Jesus by Janine Nabers, We're Gonna Be Okay by Basil Kriemendahl, Picnic by William Inge all for ATC; Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus for Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks, Playwrights Horizons and ATC, for which he was nominated for a Lucille Nortel award; Duat by Daniel Alexander Jones for Soho Rep. He is the recipient of a Helen Hayes award for outstanding direction, an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the NYTW 2050 Directing Fellowship and the BAX (Brooklyn Art Exchange) artist in residence program. He is a member of the TCG board and the Jubilee planning committee.
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Snehal Desai is the Producing Artistic Director of East West Players, the nation's largest Asian-American theater company and one of the longest running theaters of color in the country. He has directed plays at venues from The Old Globe in San Diego to Boom Arts in Portland, Oregon to the Old Vic in London, and worked at more than a dozen theaters in New York City. Desai is also a member of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) and serves on the board of the Consortium of Asian American Theaters and Artists (Caata) and Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts (LFCSA). He was previously the Associate Artistic Director and Literary Manager at East West Players. Desai has also served as Resident Director of Theater Emory; participated in the Lincoln Center Directors Lab; and was a literary fellow with London’s Royal Shakespeare Company.
A Soros Fellow and the recipient of a Tanne Award, Desai was in the Inaugural Class of Theatre Communications Group’s (TCG) “Spark” Leadership Program. He was also the Inaugural Recipient of the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship. Snehal is on the faculty of USC's graduate program in Arts Leadership where he teaches, Executive Arts Leadership. Snehal is a graduate of Emory University and received his M.F.A. in Directing from the Yale School of Drama.
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Kelvin Dinkins Jr. is the Assistant Dean, General Manager, and Lecturer in Theater Management for Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT. Kelvin developed his passion for theater management and producing while an undergraduate at Princeton University where he received his A.B. degree in English and received a Certificate in Theatre & Dance from the Lewis Center for the Arts. He earned his M.F.A. in Theatre Management & Producing from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Prior to Yale, Kelvin served as General Manager at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey. He has worked as Communications & Development Manager at The Civilians in NYC; Development Fellow at the National Corporate Theatre Fund, and Associate General Manager at Intiman Theatre in Seattle. Kelvin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and is the Chair of the LORT Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Kelvin is a member of the inaugural Theatre Communications Group (TCG) SPARK Leadership Program for the professional development of leaders of color and was recently awarded TCG’s Leadership(U): Continuing Ed grant to study new producing models, institutional leadership transition and inclusion in art and community. Kelvin was selected to join the Banff Centre for Creative Leadership’s cohort for the “New Fundamentals: Leadership in the Creative Ecology” program for leaders committed to creating the future of their sector by drawing on the strengths and unique qualities of creative work. Kelvin also serves as a member of the Graduate Board of Trustees for the Princeton University Triangle Club.
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Teresa Eyring joined TCG as executive director in March 2007. Ms. Eyring has been an executive in theatres around the U.S. for over twenty years. Prior to joining TCG, she served as managing director of the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) in Minneapolis since 1999. Eyring began her theatre career as director of development for the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Washington, D.C. in 1983. She completed an MFA in theater administration at the Yale School of Drama between 1986 and 1989. From 1989-1993, she was assistant executive director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where she handled artist contracts, play commissions, and oversaw a $5 million theater renovation project . From 1994-99, she was managing director of the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, where she spearheaded completion of an $8 million capital campaign and oversaw the construction and transition to a new 24,000 square foot theater facility on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts. She was named a ‘Woman to Watch” by the Twin Cities Business Journal in July 2005. Eyring’s past affiliations include service as chairwoman of the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, board member of WYBE-TV, executive committee member of the League of Resident Theaters; board member and Treasurer of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts; and board member of Intermedia Arts. She currently serves on the boards of the Performing Arts Alliance and The Actor's Fund. Eyring holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.
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Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota) is an award winning playwright, director and choreographer. Larissa's produced plays include What Would Crazy Horse Do? (KCRep, Relative Theatrics), Urban Rez (Cornerstone Theater Company, ASU Gammage, NEFA National tour 2019-20), Landless and Cow Pie Bingo (AlterTheater), Average Family (Children’s Theater Company of Minneapolis), Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation (Native Voices at the Autry), Vanishing Point(Eagle Project) and Cherokee Family Reunion (Mountainside Theater). The Thanksgiving Play (Artists Rep) will be produced by Playwrights Horizons and Cincinnati Playhouse next season. Larissa directed the critically acclaimed play, Our Voices Will Be Heard (Perseverance Theater Company) and is developing several new projects to direct with an emphasis on cross cultural community engaged work between Indigenous nations.
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Additional theaters that have commissioned or developed plays with Larissa include History Theater, Kennedy Center TYA, Baltimore’s Center Stage, Arizona Theater Company, Mixed Blood, Perseverance Theater Company, The Lark Playwrights Week, the Center Theatre Group Writer’s Workshop and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Larissa was awarded the PEN USA Literary Award for Drama, NEA Distinguished New Play Development Grant, Joe Dowling Annamaghkerrig Fellowship, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Inge Residency, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, the UCLA Native American Program Woman of the Year and numerous Ford, Mellon and NEA Grants. She is a current member of the Playwright’s Union, Director’s Lab West 2015, and Playwright’s Center Core Writers and co0founder of Indigenous Direction. She is represented by Jonathan Mills at Paradigm NY.
Nataki Garrett is the former Associate Artistic Director of Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theater Company (DCPA). Her stellar 17/18 season which includes the MainStage, Off Center and Colorado New Play Summit programming, has been one of the most successful in the 40 year history of the Denver Center Theater Company. Garrett also initiated and negotiated the first two co-world premieres in 10 years for two DCPA commissioned plays – The Great Leap by Lauren Yee with Seattle Rep and American Mariachi by Jose Cruz Gonzales with the Old Globe Theatre. Garrett’s DCPA season is being touted as fully inclusive, adventurous and at times outlandish, representing a broad-ranging view of the human condition. In the last year Garrett helped to raise over $350K in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Schubert Foundation, the Edgerton and Carnegie Mellon foundations and individual donors from across the Rocky Mountain region.
Company Member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and Theater Communications Group Career Development Fellowship for Directors and a member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Nataki Garrett is the co-founder and co-Artistic Director of BLANK THE DOG PRODUCTIONS (BTD) a LA/NYC based ensemble Theater Company, which is celebrating its 11th year and is dedicated to developing and fostering new work, deconstructions and world premieres by emerging, adventurous and experimental artists. Garrett’s forte and passion is in the fostering and development of new work. She recently opened two new plays BLKS by Aziza Barnes at Steppenwolf and Jefferson’s Garden by Timberlake Wertenbaker at Ford's Theater. She also directed Smart People by Lydia Diamond and a remount of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins at Woolly Mammoth after a critically acclaimed run the previous year. This production received a Helen Hayes award nomination.
In 2008 Garrett received a NAACP Theatre Award nomination for Best Director for Black Women State of the Union: An Evening of Plays by Black Women. She directed the first professional production of Neighbors by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins which received 5 Ovation Award nominations including Best Production (The Matrix Theater) and was Winner of the Garland Award for Best Ensemble. You can see Garrett’s upcoming work at CalShakes, Dallas Theater Center and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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Derek Goldman is an award-winning stage director, playwright/adapter, developer of new work, educator, and published scholar, whose artistic work has been seen around the country, Off-Broadway, and internationally. His work has been produced and developed at theaters such as Steppenwolf, Lincoln Center, Arena Stage, CenterStage, Folger, Round House, Everyman, Theater J, Mosaic, Synetic, the Kennedy Center, Ford's Theater, McCarter, Segal Center (Montreal), Northern Stage, Forum, Olney Theater Center (where he is an Artistic Associate), and others. He is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University where he is co-Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, which he founded with Ambassador Cynthia Schneider with the mission of harnessing the power of performance to humanize global politics. From 2007-2016, he served as Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown. He is a Founding Director of Unesco's UNITWIN Global Network of Higher Education in the Performing Arts (based in Shanghai), and a partner with TCG on the creation of the Global Theatre Initiative. He is also Founding Artistic Director of the StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance, an award-winning professional theatre founded in Chicago and now based in Chapel Hill NC. He is the author of more than 30 professionally produced plays and adaptations, including work published by Samuel French, and he has directed over 80 productions. Recent highlights include A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman; Our Class at Theater J (Helen Hayes Nominated for Outstanding Resident Play); Grounded at Everyman and Olney (to be remounted at Northern Stage) and The Brothers Size at Everyman; his world-premiere adaptation of David Grossman's novel Falling Out of Time (Theater J); his adaptation of Three Men in a Boat (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding New Work/ Adaptation) at Synetic; the World Premiere of Jay O. Sanders' Rwanda epic Unexplored Interior, the inaugural production of Mosaic Theater; Theodore Bikel's Sholom Aleichem: Laughter through Tears, which he developed with Bikel and toured internationally after hit runs Off-Broadway (Drama Desk Nomination) and at Theater J. His original play about Polish War hero Jan Karski, featuring David Strathairn, was recently presented at the opening of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw and in residence at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. He received his Ph. D. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. In 2016 he received the prestigious President's Award for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers.
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Jamie Herlich is an arts leader with an entrepreneurial edge in the Pacific Northwest. Her extensive career in (and passion for) theatre provides a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities in the field. She is committed to maximizing an organization’s overall impact by bringing and implementing new ideas in order to ensure an organization’s long-term sustainability, and increase its visibility and reach.
Since 2013, she has connected donors to the mission of Seattle Repertory Theatre as Director of Development; increasing overall contributed revenue by 28% in three seasons (including 68% growth in individual giving). Achieving this while the organization transitioned to a new executive leadership team is a testament to the trust and confidence that Jamie instills, as well as her diligence and tenacity. Jamie is a key educator in the region, as an adjunct professor in the Arts Leadership program at Seattle University and co-founded and co-chairs the Fundraising for the Arts Task Force (an educational and networking resource for arts development professionals). Jamie’s leadership roles have included Director of Advancement and Communications at Edmonds Center for the Arts and Managing Director of New Century Theatre Company (NCTC), a company which she also co-founded. Prior board service includes Washington State Thespians (2006-2012) and NCTC (2013-2016). Jamie created and now is the business manager of a producing company, Letters Aloud, a reading series, now touring throughout the US.
Jamie has a BMus from Western Washington University and received her MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University; she graduated from Leadership Tomorrow in 2016.
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Susan Hilferty is a costume and set designer to over 300 productions around the globe including the U.S, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia, Korea, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Spain, Brazil, Germany, and South Africa. Her Broadway designs include Wicked (Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, Olivier nomination), Spring Awakening, Lestat, Present Laughter (Tony nominations), Into the Woods (Tony and Drama Desk nominations; Hewes Award), Annie, and Radio Golf. Her designs for opera include Traviata and Rigoletto for the Metropolitan Opera and Manon at LA Opera and Berlin Staatsoper. Recent off-Broadway and regional designs include Richard Nelson’s Apple Family Plays and The Gabriels plays (Public Theatre and European tour), Love, Love, Love (Roundabout Theatre Co, Lucille Lortel Award), Salomé (Shakespeare Theatre Co, Helen Hayes Award for Set Design also National Theatre, UK), Mercury Fur, Buried Child and Sticks and Bones(New Group),The Spoils (New Group and West End) as well as more than 40 collaborations with Athol Fugard. She has designed extensively across the country, at regional theatres including the Guthrie (where she was a resident artist), McCarter, Goodman, La Jolla Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre Co, Williamstown, Alley, Mark Taper Forum and Yale Repertory Theatre. Hilferty also designs for film (Laurie Anderson’s Home of the Brave), dance (Alvin Ailey), the circus (Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey) and concerts (Taylor Swift SPEAK NOW World Tour). Hilferty’s many awards include an OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Design, the Lilly Award and the Ruth Morley Design Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is Chair of the Graduate Department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Rebecca Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST's overall Administration, including the Business Office, Development, Marketing, Box Office, Front of House, Restaurant, budgeting and maintaining the overall quality of FST's internal management functions. She works in concert with the Artistic Director, in the creation and implementation of FST's long-range plans. Mrs. Hopkins serves as FST's liaison to other arts and theatre industry organizations. Nationally, Mrs. Hopkins serves as President for the National New Play Network and on the Executive Committee for the League of Resident Theatres. She also serves on the Board of Theatre Communications Group. Locally, she is on the Board of Directors for the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. She has served as a panelist for the Florida Arts Council. In addition, Mrs. Hopkins developed FST's Improvisation program and the Sarasota Improv Festival. Mrs. Hopkins is actively involved in new play development for the Cabaret having co-created over 30 musical revues including British Invasion, American Pie, Poems, Prayers and Promises, That’s Life, The Wanderers. She is head-writer for the highly successful and critically-lauded Laughing Matters Series. Previous to her employment with Florida Studio Theatre, Mrs. Hopkins served as the Audience Development Coordinator for the Largo Cultural Center and as a company member for the Austin Shakespeare Festival and the Zachary Scott Theatre. Mrs. Hopkins received her education from Georgia State University and Eckerd College. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Gulf Coast Business Review's Top Forty Under Forty. In 2012 she was the recipient of the Cultural Champion Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance and the 2016 Sarasota Fine Arts Society’s Luminaire Award.
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Benita Hofstetter Koman is the Executive Director of The Roy Cockrum Foundation which awards grants to support world class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters in the United States. For 25 years Ms. Hofstetter Koman ran BHK Arts Consultants Inc. as a federal contractor for the National Endowment for the Arts with the on-site program for Theater, Musical Theater and Opera. She also ran Executive Searches for regional theatres. Ms. Hofstetter Koman was a Washington DC freelance casting director for feature films, television, commercials, industrials and theater. Additionally Ms. Hofstetter Koman produced and stage managed large scale special events including the Torch Relay for the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. Benita Hofstetter Koman served as Producing Associate/Casting Director at Arena Stage in Washington DC for 3 seasons under Zelda Fichandler. She taught Acting Improvisation in the Opera Masters Program at University of Maryland for 8 years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan, she was the Production Stage Manager for 9 seasons at Actors Theatre of Louisville.
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Kathryn M. Lipuma (Executive Director) has served as the Executive Director of Writers Theatre since March 2007 where she is responsible for overseeing all management, administration and operations for the company. Most recently, she led the planning and construction of WT's new state-of-the-art theater complex, designed by internationally renowned architect and MacArthur Fellow and "Genius" grant recipient Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, which opened in February 2016. Prior to Writers, Lipuma spent nine seasons as Executive Director at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre Company in New York. At Signature, she produced award-winning revivals of Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful, August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and Lanford Wilson’s Burn This and worked with such acclaimed writers as Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornés, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Romulus Linney, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson. During her tenure, the organization enjoyed consistent growth and recognition as well as the launch of Signature Theatre Company's successful $15 Ticket Program. Prior to her time at Signature, she spent six years with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. Lipuma is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre and the immediate past Chair of the Board of Directors of the League of Chicago Theatres, an alliance representing more than 200 Chicago-area theater companies and producers. She is a member of The Chicago Network, an organization of 400 leading women of Chicago business, professional, cultural, nonprofit and educational communities. She is also the co-creator of DoNorth, an umbrella organization joining four cultural neighbors - Chicago Botanic Garden, Kohl Children’s Museum, Ravinia Festival and Writers Theatre - to attract new audiences to the cultural, environmental and community activities of the North Shore. She is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
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Laurie McCants co-founded the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) in 1978, where she co-created HARD COAL, OUR SHADOWS (with Egypt’s Wamda), and SUSQUEHANNA: MIGHTY, MUDDY, CROOKED RIVER OF THE LONG REACH. In 2010, she was named a national “Actor of Distinguished Achievement” through a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. She served as Co-President of the Board of the national Network of Ensemble Theaters. She recently directed the world premiere of GUNPOWDER JOE, Anthony Clarvoe’s play about Joseph Priestley. She is currently preparing to revive her solo show, INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS, for a return run at the Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, Massachusetts this August and at BTE next January.
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Johamy Morales holds an MFA in acting from The Ohio State University, with a specialization in outreach and devising new work, and a BA in Theatre from San Diego State University. Johamy currently serves as the Director of Educational Programming for Creede Repertory Theatre (CRT). CRT’s educational programs reach over 24,000 students annually and are nationally recognized by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program and the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to working with CRT, Johamy directed the Comparative Arts Department and the Junior Musical Theatre Program at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan. Johamy has worked with Arena Stage in Washington D.C., Seattle Children’s Theatre Company and the La Jolla Playhouse through their education programs as a teaching artist. Johamy is an alumni of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England, where she studied Contemporary & Classical works with Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw. Johamy toured with the cast of New World Jukebox where she performed in the 2006 Grahamstown National Arts Festival, in Grahamstown, South Africa and with San Diego State University in, Carnaval de Calaveras, with performances in Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Mexico D.F. in 2004. In February of 2017, Johamy collaborated with the US State Department, the US Embassy & Consulate and several NGO’s to promote awareness of domestic and gender violence in Kolkata and Ranchi, India. Johamy worked with a variety of communities devising new works on gender based violence through Augusto Boal based workshops. As an educator, artist, and director Johamy has worked with various schools and nonprofit organizations both nationally and internationally including Fort Lewis College, University of San Diego, Esperanza Charter School, Wexner Center, Dennos Museum, Student in Transition Empowerment Program, Traverse City Continuation School, Blackbird Arts and Columbus Refugee & Immigration Services.
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Kevin Moriarty is artistic director of Dallas Theater Center, where he has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream; King Lear; Electra; It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman; Hair; Colossal and others. Since 2007 he has led DTC through many new initiatives, including the launch of Public Works Dallas; the creation of the Brierley Resident Acting Company; an extensive series of new play productions and commissions; community collaborations with North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and most of the region's theaters; and educational partnerships with Booker T. Washington High School and SMU. Before joining DTC, Kevin served as artistic director of Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY. From 2002-2007 he was Head of Directing for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program, and an Associate Artist at Trinity Rep Company. His operatic directing work includes The Lighthouse and The Marriage of Figaro for The Dallas Opera. Kevin has also directed plays off-Broadway and at regional theaters nation-wide. He has served as chair of the TCG board; chair of the Dallas Arts District; vice-president of National Alliance for Musical Theatre; and as a member of the Dallas Assembly. Kevin is a recipient of a Drama League directing fellowship and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
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Eileen J. Morris is artistic director of The Ensemble Theatre in which her art reflects her ministry. She worked closely with the founder of The Ensemble Theatre, George W. Hawkins, from 1982 until his death in 1990. She has produced over 78 productions, including four world premieres and 57 regional premieres. Under her artistic leadership, The Ensemble Theatre received the 2013 Best Season Theatre Award from the Houston Press. Some of her Ensemble Theatre directing credits include Plenty of Time, Detroit ’67, Fences, What I Learned In Paris, Women In The Pit, Immediate Family, By The Way Meet Vera Stark, The Old Settler, Race, Broke-ology and The Nacirema Society. She has strong Pittsburgh theatre ties having directed at the August Wilson Center, New Horizon Theater, Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre and Kuntu Repertory Theatre. She directed the world premiere of What Wings They Were: The Story of Emeline for the Houston Grand Opera Education Department and I, Barbara Jordan at the Alley Theatre. In February, she was honored at the Houston Community College-Central Campus 2016 Unstoppable Leaders Gala, featured in the 2011 issue of Women In Theatre Magazine and honored at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival with the Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award. She is secretary and Cultural Arts Committee Chair of the Midtown Management District, served on the Mayor’s Quality of Life Transitional Team Committee and is a board member of The Black Theatre Network. Eileen holds the distinct privilege of being the ONLY woman in the country to have directed eight plays of the August Wilson 10 play cycle.
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Lisa Portes is a director, educator and leader dedicated to expanding the circle of Americans reflected in 21st century American theatre. She heads the MFA Directing Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University and serves as Artistic Director for Chicago Playworks for Young Audiences. Lisa is a co-founder of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) and served as artistic producer of the LTC Carnaval 2015, a festival of new Latina/o plays. Her work has been seen regionally at Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, South Coast Rep, the Kennedy Center, Timeline Theatre, Next Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Teatro Vista. In New York she has directed work for Playwrights Horizons and Soho Rep, and developed projects at New York Theatre Workshop, the Flea Theatre and the Public Theatre. Lisa was a participant in the inaugural SPARK Leadership program supported by American Express and the Joyce Foundation, and administered by TCG. She is a past recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development grant for Directors, as well as an alum of the Drama League Directing Fellowship program. Recent projects include This Is Modern Art by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval (Steppenwolf Theatre) and Grounded by George Brant (American Blues Theatre). Upcoming projects include TRANSit by Darren Canady (American Blues Theatre), Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar at Cincinnati Playhouse and Night Runner by Ike Holter (Chicago Playworks). She lives in Chicago with her husband, playwright, Carlos Murillo and their two children, Eva Rose and Carlos Alejandro.Back to top
Meghan Pressman joined the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as Managing Director in the fall of 2014. Previously, she served as Director of Development for Signature Theatre in New York, a $12 million nonprofit Off-Broadway theatre organization. Prior to joining Signature, she was Berkeley Rep’s Associate Managing Director as well as the Managing Director for The Ground Floor: Berkeley Rep's Center for the Creation and Development of New Work. There she oversaw the launch of that groundbreaking program in 2012 and the inaugural summer lab, which hosted over 100 artists working on 13 new projects. Meghan has served numerous other theatre and arts organizations across the country including Yale Repertory Theatre as Associate Managing Director, Chicago Theatre for Young Audiences as Co-Founding Managing Director, and at the Chicago Improv Festival as an Associate Producer. Her board and community work includes Leadership Greater Washington, the City of Berkeley Arts Commission, The Bushwick Starr board of directors, and the Theatre Communications Group board of directors. She traveled to Cuba in the spring of 2013 as part of the Theatre Communication Group Artist Delegation and was a recipient of the TCG New Generations Future Leader grant in 2010. She holds an MFA in theater management from Yale School of Drama, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and a BA from Boston College. At Yale, she was the recipient of the Morris J. Kaplan Award and the Benjamin Mordecai Scholarship, both for recognition in theater management.
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Francine T. Reynolds is in her 11th year as Artistic Director at New Stage Theatre in Jackson, Mississippi, where she has directed several plays including Best of Enemies, The Grapes of Wrath, The Miss Firecracker Contest, A Soldier’s Play, Gee’s Bend, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Hairspray. She directed regional premieres of All The Way, A Time to Kill, Doubt, Lombardi, The Great Gatsby, and The Whipping Man. New Stage is in its 51st season and Ms. Reynolds has overseen tremendous growth in programming including the expansion of The Eudora Welty New Plays Series, which awards three top playwrights during a festival of new plays, and the creation of the Unframed at New Stage Theatre Series for contemporary plays and emerging artists. The theatre recently purchased a 75-seat theatre to enhance production of the series which has produced works such as Smart People, Stick Fly, Next Fall, Race, and Circle Mirror Transformation. Under her artistic leadership, the theatre’s attendance has increased yearly and education program audiences and participation has doubled. The theatre received the 2016 Partner of the Year from the Mississippi Humanities Council. Panels and associations include the National Endowment for the Arts 2013 grants panel, Poetry Outloud, Southeastern Theatre Conference adjudicator, Mississippi Arts Commission grants panel, Mississippi Alliance for Arts Education Board of Directors (President) and Mississippi Theatre Association Board of Directors. She facilitated sessions at the 2015, 2016 and 2017 TCG conferences. Reynolds worked as a locations casting director for several years. The last feature film she cast, Ballast, won top awards at the Sundance Film Festival. Also an actor, she most recently appeared in 33 Variations as Dr. Kathryn Brandt, Other Desert Cities, as Lucille in Dividing the Estate and as Edna Earle in Eudora Welty’s The Ponder Heart. Reynolds was a member of the Leadership Mississippi Class of 2014. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Reynolds enjoys living in Jackson with her husband, Chuck.
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Ellen Richard is the Interim Managing Director at Magic Theatre. She previously served A.C.T. as Executive Director, joining in 2010. At A.C.T, she was responsible for overseeing the acquisition, design, and construction of The Strand Theater, A.C.T.’s new second stage. She also brought A.C.T.’s black-box Costume Shop Theater to life and created the space-sharing initiative that allows smaller nonprofit groups to use that venue at no cost and with technical support provided by A.C.T. She conceptualized the Conservatory’s new San Francisco Semester, an accredited program for undergraduates studying away from their home universities. Richard is a champion of A.C.T.’s community education programs and envisioned a touring platform for outreach called Stage Coach, which launches this fall through the support of The James Irvine Foundation. She served previously as executive director of off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, where she was responsible for the purchase of the Helen Hayes Theatre and for substantial growth in income. From 1983 to 2005, Richard enjoyed a varied career with Roundabout Theatre Company. By the time she departed as managing director, Roundabout had been transformed from a small nonprofit in bankruptcy to one of the country’s most successful theater companies of its kind. Producer of more than 125 shows at Roundabout, she is the recipient of six Tony Awards, for Cabaret, A View from the Bridge, Side Man, Nine, Assassins, and Glengarry Glen Ross. She also oversaw the redesign and construction of three of Roundabout stages—Studio 54, the American Airlines Theatre, and the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre—and supervised the creation of Cabaret’s environmental Kit Kat Klub. Prior to Roundabout, Richard served in management positions at Westport Country Playhouse, Stamford Center for the Arts, The Hartman Theatre and Atlas Scenic Studio. She began her career working as a stagehand, sound designer, and scenic artist assistant.
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Blake Robison is Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he has re-conceived the theater’s artistic model to include a diverse group of associate artists, embraced the Playhouse’s tradition of new work, made an ongoing commitment to produce culturally diverse plays and multi-generational works, and deepened community engagement. World premieres under his leadership have included plays by Karen Zacarias, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Jen Silverman, Anna Ziegler, Lauren Gunderson, Martin Zimmerman, Allison Currin, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and Keith Josef Adkins. Directing credits include productions at the Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep, St. Louis Rep, Folger Theatre, and others. Internationally, he directed Summer and Smoke at English Theatre Berlin and toured productions to Avignon, Salzburg, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Previously, he held leadership positions at Round House Theatre, Clarence Brown Theatre, and Vermont Stage Company (which he founded in 1994). He served two years on the LORT executive committee, and he has served as a grant panelist for the NEA and TCG.
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Nikkole Salter is an actress, playwright, educator and arts advocate best known as the co-author and co-star (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM (ITC). As an actress, Ms. Salter has performed in the regions and Off-Broadway, doing work with such renowned directors as Lisel tommy, Kenny Leon, Robert O'Hara and Tina Landau among many. As a dramatist, Ms. Salter has had work produced in 20 Off-Broadway and regional theatres, received has been published in 12 international publications, is the recipient of a 2014 MAP Fund Grant and a 2017 National New Play Network commission among others. The Crossroads Theatre Company production of her play REPAIRING A NATION was featured in the second season of the PBS show "Theatre: Close Up," hosted by Sigourney Weaver. Ms. Salter is also the co-founder (with NSangou Njikam) and Executive Director of THE CONTINUUM PROJECT, INC., a non-profit organization that creates engaging arts programming for community empowerment. The CP received two Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant Awards (Local Arts), in support of their initiative The Legacy Program and the program was featured on the nationally broadcast PBS series, “Finding Your Roots,” hosted by Harvard Professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. www.thecontinuumproejct.org. Ms. Salter is a recipient of an OBIE Award, and the NY Outer Critics Circle's John Gassner Award, a Helen Hayes award, a Seldes-Kanin Fellowship from the Theatre Hall of Fame, and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations. She received her BFA from Howard University and her MFA from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. www.nikkolesalter.com
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Tim Sanford Tim Sanford is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons, the celebrated Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to cultivating the most important American playwrights, composers, and lyricists, as well as developing and producing their bold new plays and musicals. Tim came to Playwrights in 1984, beginning as a literary intern, then serving for nine years as Literary Manager and two years as Associate Artistic Director, before assuming leadership of the theater in January 1996. Under Tim’s leadership, Playwrights builds upon its diverse and renowned body of work, counting 400 writers among its artistic roster. In addition to its onstage work each season, Playwrights’ singular commitment to nurturing American theater artists guides all of the institution’s multifaceted initiatives: its acclaimed New Works Lab, a robust commissioning program, an innovative curriculum at its Theater School, and more. Playwrights has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including six Pulitzer Prizes, 13 Tony Awards, and 39 Obie Awards. Playwrights Horizons received a special 2008 Drama Desk Award for “ongoing support to generations of theater artists and undiminished commitment to producing new work.” Tim is a past President of The Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, a contributor to Dramaturgy in American Theater, and a Board member of Theater Communications Group. He has a B.A. from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature from Stanford University.
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Carlo Scandiuzzi Carlo has more than 30 years of experience as a philanthropist, executive, board member and community leader. As Executive Director of ACT Theatre, Carlo led the organization through a successful turnaround, fully activating a landmark building and generating a new hub of the creative community. As founder of Clear Pictures, IndieFlix and a successful concert promoter with Modern Productions, he made movies for global release, and brought musical legends to Seattle. As a philanthropist and board member for many organizations, Carlo knows how to invest and how to advise. He’s a trusted confidant for many, and a visionary leader.
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David Schmitz has worked at Steppenwolf for 13 years, serving in the role of Director of Finance and Administration, General Manager, Managing Director and currently as Executive Director. As Executive Director, Schmitz leads a staff of 140 full and part-time folks, and is responsible at the executive level for strategy and execution of all fundraising, marketing and business-related activities. His work ensures the ensemble of Steppenwolf have the resources and institutional support to achieve their creative ambitions in the present and the future. Prior to working at Steppenwolf, Schmitz was the General Manager at Lookingglass Theatre Company, Associate Artistic Director of Stage Left Theatre and Business Manager at the entertainment agency Adair Performance. Currently, he serves as Vice President of the Board for The House Theatre of Chicago, is a board member of the Arts Alliance Illinois and the League of Chicago Theatres, and is a former board member for the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce. Schmitz is a founding member of Enrich Chicago, a cohort of arts organizations working to end racism in Chicago arts. He has worked as a strategic planning, business practices, finance and hiring consultant for numerous Chicago organizations, including The House Theatre of Chicago, The Hypocrites and Stage Left Theatre, among others. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Northern Colorado, an MFA from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University, and completed the Chicago Management Institute, an executive education program through the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
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Harold Steward is a cultural organizer and arts administrator from Dallas, TX. He joined The Theater Offensive in Boston as the Managing Director in June of 2017 and oversees fund development, communications, and operations throughout the organization. Harold most recently served as Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, a division the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, which provides instruction and enrichment in the arts with an emphasis on the African contribution to world culture. Harold also founded Fahari Arts Institute in Dallas in 2009 after recognizing a gap in the landscape for local LGBTQ artists of color in Dallas. Fahari Arts Institute celebrates, displays, and produces the work of queer artists from the African Diaspora. Harold is a proud member of Alternate ROOTS, the Board of Directors for the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network and Steering Committee of the Black Theater Commons. Harold is a founding member of NextGen National Arts Network and Founding Partner of Steward Cultural Development Group. As well as a Cultural Equity facilitator with Equity Quotient.
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Robert P. Warren is the president of The William & Eva Fox Foundation and has served in this capacity for over 15 years. He is an attorney who spent the majority of his career in various public service positions in State and Federal Government. He has been an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan D.A.’s Office, an Assistant United States Attorney in New Jersey and an Associate Independent Counsel in Washington, DC. Mr. Warren also served as the Associate Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service in the George H.W. Bush Administration. Mr. Warren’s private sector experience includes being Senior Vice-President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Air Transport Association, Chair of the Board of Directors of Satotravel, Inc., Board member of the Universal Air Travel Program, and Executive Vice-President of the National Business Aviation Association. On numerous occasions, he has testified before Congressional committees and has lectured at the FBI Academy. Mr. Warren currently serves as president of a privately held investment company.
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