Meet our staff
Raymond O. Caldwell
Raymond (he/him) 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 (she/her) 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.
Sean–Maurice (he/him) is a professional actor, teaching artist, and arts administrator based in the Washington, D.C area. He attended Pennsylvania State University and Savannah College of Art And Design. In 2005, he was inducted into Penn State’s oldest Honor Society, Parmi Nous, for his artistic and academic contributions to the campus and community. In 2013, he received the Allen Lee Hughes Senior Fellowship. As the Senior Education and School Programs fellow, he helped manage the DC Ticket Partnership, developing theater educational materials. In January of 2014, he traveled to India with the Arena Stage Voices of Now program devising plays with students and adults from Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. From 2016 – 2020, he served as Training Programs Manager at Arena Stage where he revitalized the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship & Internship Program, the Actors Arena Professional Development program, and co-created the DC Arts & Culture Career Development Fair.
Kelly (she/they/Kelly) is a DC-based multi-disciplinary artist working as a director & multimedia designer for live performance. In addition to serving as Digital Producer and Director of Photography for Theater Alliance, she is also the Artistic Lead for Theatre at Flying V. Kelly is a DCCAH Fellowship awardee, a recipient of a 2019 Helen Hayes Award for her work on Blood at the Root with Theater Alliance, was a 2017-2018 NextLOOK Resident and a recipient of the 2018 Jim Henson Puppetry Grant. BFA NYU Tisch ’11 | MFA UMD ’18.
Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Jonathan (he/him) is a scenic and projections designer for theater, opera, and events. Selected Opera credits: Nixon in China, Fidelio, Peter Grimes (Princeton Festival); Candide, Un Ballo En Maschera, Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera in the Heights, Houston); The Consul (A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute). Selected Theater credits: Day of Absence, Blood at the Root (Theater Alliance); The Agitators, Oh God, (Mosaic Theater Co.); The Christians (Theater J); Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Murder for Two, One Slight Hitch, Jesus Christ Superstar and more (Totem Pole Playhouse); Broadway Bound, Member of the Wedding (1st Stage); Coolatully, The Frederick Douglass Project (Solas Nua); The Small Room at the Top of Stairs (Spooky Action Theater Company), and many more. Jonathan holds a BFA in Scenic Design from UNCSA, and was a 2015-16 Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center. Member USA829.
Rachel (she/her) 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.
Savina Barini (they/them) is a performer, playwright, and teaching artist based on Shoshone-Bannock ancestral land. A graduate of Howard University’s BFA Musical Theatre program, they studied musical theatre, restoration comedy, Shakespeare, and devising techniques in Idaho, DC, and London. Their writing has been featured as part of Theater Alliance’s A Protest in Eight, and Howard University’s 8×10 Playwriting Festival. Performance credits include: ¡nails! A Happy Gay Latinx Play (Catalina), Head Over Heels (Ensemble), Twelfth Night (Antonio/Fabian), Pippin (Leading Player). Offstage, Savina works as a teaching artist with students from kindergarten to 12th grade, teaching movement, acting, improv, script analysis, and voice.
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.