Meet our staff

Colin Hovde

Producing Artistic Director

Colin has been serving as Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance since 2011, and served as 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.

Raymond O. Caldwell

Associate Artistic Director

Raymond 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.

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.

Jen Clements

Director of Development

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 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.

Maribeth Weatherford

Production Manager

Maribeth has been working as a stage manager in theatre, dance, opera, and special events for more than a decade. Her work includes: The Kennedy Center: Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play, Flowers Stink!, The Gift of Nothing, Jason Invisible, and American Scrapbook; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company : Pike St., Zombie: The American, We Are Proud to Present…, Stupid Fucking Bird, and civilization (all you can eat); Everyman Theatre: Ruined and The Glass Menagerie; CATF: Not Medea, The Full Catastrophe, We Are Pussy Riot, One Night, North of the Boulevard, H2O, In a Forest, Dark and Deep and Captors, as well as productions at Round House Theatre, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Pittsburgh Opera, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Michigan Opera Theatre, and others. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland in College Park and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

NATALIE GRAVES TUCKER

Communications Director

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.

As an actor, Natalie has appeared on Washington DC-area stages such as Theater Alliance, Studio Theater, African Continuum Theatre, Folger Theatre, and 1st Stage. She can be seen and heard in numerous commercials, videos and voiceovers across the country.

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.

Symone Paige Crews

Artistic Intern

Symone Paige Crews is a senior theatre arts administration major from Durham, NC. Hard working and determined, Ms. Crews interned with Ms. Debbie Allen and Sundance this past summer. Currently, she is interning at the Oprah Winfrey Theatre in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. Ms. Crews gives thanks to everyone who has supported, taught, and pushed her. Being the eldest of four children, she understands responsibility and has transferred those skills to her career. Ms. Crews is looking pursue a career in television and film where she will eventually produce.

Meet our collaborators

C. Stanley Photography

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.

NGT Consulting

Natalie Graves Tucker is an actor, producer, writer and the CEO of NGT Consulting LLC. Her business provides services in media, writing, performance, and public speaking. Through NGT, she launched a media outlet, Blackstage DC, that highlights multicultural actors and theatre in the DMV area. She’s a theater writer for DC Refined, a contributor for DC Metro Theatre Arts, and a producer for DCTV and “The Question of Sylvia” YouTube series. She is a also member of New York Women in Film & Television and a Board Member for Story Pirates.

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.