Meet our staff

Colin Hovde

Producing Artistic Director

Colin has been Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance since 2011, and was the Associate Artistic Director at Theater Alliance from 2005-06. He was a producer of Worldwide Arts Collective Festival 2004 in Macau, China. He has directed: Spark, The Wonderful World of Dissocia, In On It, How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, and Hum (Theater Alliance), A Year With Frog and Toad (Imagination Stage), Stuart Little (Adventure Theater MTC), euphoria: something better is coming (Rustaveli Theatre, Tiblisi Georgia), Mary Stuart and House of Yes (Washington Shakespeare Company), Riding the Bull (Riot Actors of Washington) Dream Sailors, and Licked (Rorschach Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Washington Savoyards), Made in China (Solas Nua), Tape and The Last Five Years (Perseverance Theatre),Mozart’s Men (The InSeries). He was a Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center, a directing fellow at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and received a Cultural Envoy grant from the Department of State. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of SDC.

Ellys Abrams

General Manager

Ellys is proud to be joining Theater Alliance. Formerly, Ellys worked for dog & pony dc as the Ring Leader for Organizational Advancement, the assistant to the Managing Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the assistant to the Producing Artistic Director of MetroStage in Alexandria, VA, and the Assistant Company Manager for Directors for Emerging Artists Theatre in New York. She is also the General Manager for Flying V. She is a graduate of Smith College.

Kat White

Literary Manager

Kat has been with Theater Alliance since 2012, but has been passionate about creating new and socially conscious theatre for much longer. She earned her MFA in Playwriting from the Catholic University of America. Most recently her play First Citizen, co-written with Anna Lathrop, was presented as part of Taffety Punk’s Generator Series. She was also a featured playwright with Theater Alliance’s Season12 Hothouse New Play Development Series, developing her play Vivie Can Fly and will continue to develop the piece in March of 2016 with The Actor’s Center. Kat has worked with Blind Pug Arts Collective on their Shakespeare in the Parking Lot project and with Theater Alliance on the development of the devised theatre project I LOVE DC. A member of the Dramatist Guild and a finalist for the Playwrights Center’s Core Fellowship, Kat is also an avid writer of poetry and prose.

Raymond O. Caldwell

Producer (Word Becomes Action Festival Curator)

Raymond O. Caldwell is a resident-director and full-time lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University. His directorial work at Howard includes Breath Boom, I Too Sing America,FabulationAnything GoesTrojan WomenThe Children’s Hour, and most recently A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He holds an MFA in acting with a focus in community outreach and developing new work from The Ohio State University and a BFA in acting from the University of Florida. In 2009  he was the recipient of the Arena Stage Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship, after which he joined Arena’s staff for six consecutive seasons.  A DC-based director, he most recently directed All the Way Live!, a co-production with B-Fly Entertainment and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Raymond has toured nationally and internationally as a performer and directed/developed work throughout the United States, India, Ukraine, Greece, Germany, and the UK.

Alyse D. Hamilton

Production Assistant

Alyse is excited to be a part of the Theater Alliance team! She has been fascinated with acting and the performing arts her whole life. In 2014, she graduated with a BS in Broadcasting and spent a couple years freelancing as a production assistant for TV and film. Currently, Alyse is a working actress and is associate producer of the web series The C-Word set to premiere October 2017.

Meet our collaborators

Ella Davis

Director of Audience Services

Ella is the co-founder and executive director for All About the Drama Theatre Group, which provides an effective tool for young men and women committed to enriching the awareness of our rich heritage through drama by capturing the essence of alternative performance styles raised in urban life. Ella has also acted, coordinated workshops and multidisciplinary community productions, and organized summer program activities for adults and youths. 


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C. Stanley Photography


C. Stanley Photography focuses on theater production photography and professional headshot photography. With industry experience at all levels and capacities, principal Colin Hovde attains the ideal style and clarity to tell the story in a photo.

Phoenix Graphics

Graphic Design

Phoenix Graphics is a creative design firm that specializes in marketing and promotions solutions. Phoenix has been working with Theater Alliance for over 10 years, providing graphic design services for 90% of Theater Alliance’s productions and events.

Bella Faccia

Bella Faccia Incorporated is a fertile ground for artistic creativity. They strive to provide nimble support structures, effective workspaces, and technical and artistic assistance throughout creative projects in the visual arts, film, television, and theatrical production industries, expanding their clients’ creative capacities with each new collaboration and developing successful solutions in a challenging and competitive field.

Chisel and Brand

Website Design and Development

Chisel and Brand LLC is a web design and marketing company that offers comprehensive solutions to business owners, entrepreneurs, non-profits, and artists. Artists themselves, co-founders Valerie Adams Rigsbee and Gary DuBreuil specialize in work with theatre and arts organizations, providing clear guidance and the full spectrum of marketing services.