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RAYMOND O. CALDWELL

Producing Artistic Director

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, 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 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 CLEMENTS

Managing Director

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.

KELLY COLBURN

Digital Producer

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

Art Director / Technical Director

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 HitchJesus 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.

Genny Ceperley

Company Manager

Genny Ceperley (she/ they) graduated with a BA in Theater, Speech, & Dance from the College
of William & Mary. She spent a year as a member of the Quintessence Theater Group in
Philadelphia PA. Credits include My Fair Lady, Waiting for Gadot, Julius Caesar, Prince & the
Popper. After moving to DC, Genny came to the Anacostia Playhouse as an ASM for Driving Miss
Daisy. They joined Theater Alliance as an ASM for This Bitter Earth and worked as a Production
Assistant during the filming of The Quadrant Series, as well as The Blackest Battle. Other DMV
credits include Last American Hammer (Urban Arias) Daddy Long Legs (Monumental
Theater) Amazing Grace (Museum of the Bible), Twelfth Night (Her Majesty & Sons).

Alissa Klusky

NNPN Producer in Residence

Alissa Klusky (she/her) is a DC-based dramaturg, director, actor, and community programmer.
She was the Dramaturgy Apprentice and Production Dramaturg for Olney Theatre Center's 21-22
season (The Thanksgiving Play, Beauty and the Beast, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A.D. 16, The
Joy that Carries You, and The Music Man). Her love for new work development has led her to
work with organizations like Ojai Playwrights Conference, Clubbed Thumb, and the Literary
department of Samuel French. Alissa was a participant in the Kennedy Center Directing
Intensive (2022) and an LMDA Conference Scholar (2022). She has a BFA in Theater
Performance from Baylor University. In addition to her arts career, Alissa also works as an
advocate with and for survivors of Interpersonal & Sexual Violence.

SAVINA BARINI

Social Media Manager

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.