The Theater Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Raymond O. Caldwell has been hired as the company’s next Producing Artistic Director effective January 1, 2019. Caldwell is currently Theater Alliance’s Associate Artistic Director. He succeeds Colin Hovde, who announced his departure in July 2018 after seven years at Theater Alliance’s helm.

“We welcome Raymond’s vision and enthusiasm as he steps into this role,” said Molly Singer, Chair of Theater Alliance’s Board of Directors. “Raymond brings nearly a decade of experience, as well as a unique understanding of Theater Alliance and its vision. We look forward to working with him in continuing Theater Alliance’s commitment to creating powerful art and building community in historic Anacostia and beyond.”

Caldwell brings an array of experiences to his new role. He joined Theater Alliance in 2017 to curate and produce the company’s inaugural Word Becomes Action Festival. He was elevated to Associate Artistic Director at the beginning of 2018 and will direct the upcoming production of Blood at the Root in January. Caldwell is a Resident Director and full-time lecturer at Howard University’s Theater Department, a position he will hold through the end of the Spring 2019 semester.

Caldwell is an accomplished actor, director, and teaching artist. As an actor, he has toured nationally and internationally. He has worked with playwrights including Ntozake Shange, Edward Albee, and Tarell Alvin McCraney. Internationally, he has directed and developed new-work in India, Ukraine, Greece, Germany, and the UK. For five seasons, he has worked for Arena Stage’s Community Engagement Division, following a year spent as the company’s prestigious Allen Lee Hughes Community Engagement Fellow.  He received a BFA in Acting from the University of Florida, and a MFA in Acting from the Ohio State University.

“I am deeply honored to serve Theater Alliance as Producing Artistic Director and thank the Board of Directors and staff for trusting me with this next chapter in the company’s history,” said Caldwell. “I look forward to building upon Theater Alliance’s commitment to producing innovative work of the highest artistic caliber — work that asks socially conscious, thought-provoking questions that lead audiences to meaningful conversations. I am committed to serving Ward 8 and our Anacostia community, and I look forward to promoting ideas around equity, diversity, and inclusion that will echo throughout our nations capital.”

Theater Alliance retained Carlyn Madden, a local executive search consultant, to support a four-month, national search. Elliott Bales, Theater Alliance’s Treasurer, chaired the search committee.

Get to know Raymond in this Washington Post article by Nelson Pressley.