Meet the board
CHAIR | Elliott Bales
Elliott Bales is a DC–based actor who returned to performing following a 26 year career as a US Army officer. His recent credits include: Chief Carl Stann in The Coming Storm from Rocket Media/FBI; Romeo in Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age at Unexpected Stage; Occupied Territories at Theater Alliance; Victor/Argument in The Wonderful World of Dissocia at Theater Alliance (2015 Helen Hayes Award – Outstanding Play); Ruby in The Last of the Whyos at Spooky Action Theater; Frank Riley in Not Enuf Lifetimes at The Welders; and Ernest Herbert in Porch at Peter’s Alley Theater. Elliott holds a BA in Communications and Drama from Abilene Christian University and an MS in Strategy from the National War College.
VICE CHAIR | Susan Berla Perry
Susan Perry has spent over thirty years advocating for surface transportation. She has lived on Capitol Hill for decades and in addition to serving on the board of Theater Alliance she serves on the board of Barracks Row Main Street and is an active member of the Capitol Hill Community.
Alvin (Al) Bready
Retired Air Force officer and current Deputy Director at Missile Defense Agency with significant experience in strategy development, budget development and oversight, business processes, and developing diversity programs. Program manager and senior analyst with over thirty-eight years experience in the development and integration of large scale programs, fielding and deployment of weapons systems, and the combat employment of aerospace systems.
Kahlill Palmer is a trained mediator, arbitrator, ombudsman and attorney. He received his Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and his Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Mr. Palmer is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Palmer has served as a foreclosure mediation expert for the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section, the Massachusetts Foreclosure Impacts Task Force, the Uniform Laws Commission and other mediation service providers. Mr. Palmer serves as Co-Chair of the ADR Committee for the District of Columbia Bar.
A senior executive with a record of building effective strategies, programs, and teams to achieve ambitious goals to expand community and economic development in under-served communities. Skilled at supporting leaders and organizations in going from articulating strategy to achieving outcomes collaboratively across business lines. Praised for effective operational systems, fiduciary management, marketing and communications, particularly among diverse constituent groups. Proven experience in managing staff and volunteers. Accomplished fundraiser across sectors including business, corporate, foundation, government and individual donors. She has worked across sectors including private, education, non-profit, government (local, state, federal) as well as with association and national non-profits.
Colin has been Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance since 2011, and was the Associate Artistic Director at Theater Alliance from 2005-06. Before taking his post as artistic director Colin worked for the Department of State for the international Cultural Visitors Program, founded a new works development company in DC called Artists Bloc and worked internationally in Macau as one of the Festival Directors for the Worldwide Arts Collective Festival.