Meet our staff
Raymond O. Caldwell
Raymond started as Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance in January 2019. He is a resident-director and lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University. His directorial work at Howard includes Breath Boom, I Too Sing America, Fabulation, Anything Goes, Trojan Women, The 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 Notes on Notes of A Native Son at Mosiac Theater Company, The Frederick Douglass Project at Solas Nua that received the 2019 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, and 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.
Jen has been working with arts organizations for nearly a decade. She has developed strategic fundraising and communications materials for organizations including Studio Theatre, TheatreWashington, The Actors Fund, MPR/American Public Media, and more. A creative writer as well as an arts administrator, Jen’s plays have been produced by Capital Repertory Theatre (NY), Creative Cauldron (VA), Stay Awake Theatre (NY), and Federal Theatre Project (DC). Her short play Glass Bottles was included in Theater Alliance’s Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival in 2017. Jen holds an MFA from George Mason University and Executive Certificate in Arts & Culture Strategy from UPenn. She is the recipient of individual artist fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, as well as a Fulbright to the Slovak Republic, and is pleased to be a Seeding Disruption Fellow in 2020.
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.
Rachel first came to Theater Alliance as a stage manager for Blood at the Root. She has worked at the Anacostia Playhouse as the stage manager of Driving Miss Daisy. Other recent DMV credits include Venus in Fur (Compass Rose Theater), Terminal Lucidity (Theatre Project), and People for Whom the World Spins and Turns (The Essential Theatre). Prior to moving to DC, Rachel was the Stage Management Fellow at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Harrisonburg, VA. Rachel has a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Natalie Graves Tucker
Natalie is an actor, producer, writer and CEO of NGT Consulting LLC. She walked away from a 20-year career at AARP to pursue acting full-time. As the Multicultural Marketing Manager for African-American outreach, she worked on “infotainment” with celebrities like Blair Underwood, Stephanie Mills, Kim Coles, and Donnie Simpson. She also collaborated with major television networks such as BET, TVOne, Centric, UPTV, Bounce TV and national media/creative agencies like Reach Media, Sanders Wingo, and Carol H Williams. Natalie is the founder of Blackstage DC, a media outlet that highlights multicultural actors and theatre in the DC area. She is also the theater writer for DC Refined and a producer for DCTV. She belongs to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., New York Women in Film & Television and on the Board of Directors for Story Pirates. She has a B.A. degree in Speech Communications from University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s degree in Social Work/Social Service Administration from Howard University.
Meet our collaborators
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.
Chisel and Brand
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.
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.