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SHANARA GABRIELLE

Producing Artistic Director

Shanara is an artist working in a wide variety of mediums with a focus on gutsy and inventive theater for all audiences. Driven by tales of imagination and stories of justice, Shanara fosters new work and reimagines classics with artists of courage and depth. Shanara has worked professionally at theaters across the country, including: Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Guthrie, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New Victory, Great Lakes Theatre, Southern Shakespeare, Northern Stage, Idaho Shakespeare, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, Coterie Theater, Chesapeake Shakespeare, the cell nyc, Goethe Institut, St. Louis Rep, Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Stages, Theatre for the New City, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Hollywood Playhouse, The Black Rep,  Upstream Theater, and many more. Shanara has worked as an Artistic Producer at The Kennedy Center, ENOUGH!, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, spearheaded Working In DC and is proud to serve as the Producing Artistic Director of Theater Alliance. 

EZINNE ELELE

Associate Artistic Director

Ezinne (she/her) is an actor, director, and theatre artist in the DMV area. A graduate from Howard University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. As an actor, she began her career at Theater Alliance with Day of Absence and went on to appear in A Chorus Within Her, Poetry for the People, and This Girl Laugh, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing. Her work as a director includes assistant directing Nollywood Dreams at Round House Theater and The Color Purple at Signature Theater and associate directing the Theater Alliance/Kennedy Center co-production of Look Both Ways.

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).

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.