Originally from Woodridge, IL (suburb of the Chicagoland area), Andrea Somers moved to Dallas in 2011, and has been a proud resident of Downtown Dallas ever since. She began working with Dallas Theater Center in 2018. Prior to that she worked with Frankie’s Downtown, where she held the title of Associate General Manager and HR Director. She is co-chair of Dallas Theater Center’s EDI Committee, sits on Dallas Theater Center ‘s Health and Safety Committee, and also works as the Staff Liaison to the Board Workplace and Culture Committee and Board EDI Committee. Her favorite Dallas Theater Center shows are In the Heights and Public Works Dallas’ As You Like It. Andrea shares her home with a goofy 90lb lab mix named Noah, and her partner David.
Theresa has worked in the theatrical field for over 10 years with commercial and not-for-profit producers such as Tony Award®-Winning Paper Mill Playhouse and Radio City Music Hall. At Paper Mill Playhouse, she worked on Disney’s Newsies and Honeymoon in Vegas, which both went onto Broadway. Her experience includes union negotiations, contract writing, supporting guest artists, and overseeing facilities and IT. She holds a BFA in Stage Management Mason Gross School of the Arts and an MBA in Business Administration, with a concentration in Ethical Leadership from Marist College. Theresa currently serves on the Arts and Humanities Commission of Rowlett, TX as an alternate member.
Sarahbeth is a Tony Award®-nominated producer whose Broadway credits include Indecent, An American in Paris, Dames At Sea, Ann and Stick Fly. Off-Broadway, Grossman produced the acclaimed comedy The Irish Curse, now being licensed across the globe. Sarahbeth is the recipient of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. A graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute, she also holds an MFA in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama where she served as Associate Managing Director of Yale Rep. Grossman was the Executive Director of Global Brand Strategy and Business Development at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Vice President of Marketing Communications at Variety. She is a member of the Broadway League, the Theater Communications Group, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre and the Producer’s Guild of America.
Kevin is the Enloe/Rose Artistic Director of Dallas Theater Center, where his work as a director includes: It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman; The Who’s Tommy; The Wiz; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV; King Lear; The Tempest; Fat Pig; his original adaptation of A Christmas Carol; Oedipus el Rey; Medea; Electra; Colossal; All the Way; Inherit the Wind; Hair, The Great Society, The Trials of Sam Houston, and Twelfth Night. Since 2007 he has led Dallas Theater Center through many new initiatives, including the move into the Wyly Theatre; the establishment of the Brierley Resident Acting Company; the creation of Public Work Dallas; an extensive series of new play productions; community collaborations with North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and most of the region’s theater companies; and multi-year partnerships with Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts and SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Before joining Dallas Theater Center, Kevin served as the artistic director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, NY, for seven years. From 2002-2007 Kevin was the Head of Directing for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program in Providence, RI, and he was an Associate Artist at Trinity Rep Company. He made his operatic directing debut with The Lighthouse for The Dallas Opera in 2012 and directed The Marriage of Figaro in 2014. Kevin has served as a public school music teacher at La Crescent High School in La Crescent, MN, and as an Associate Professor at Brown University. Kevin has served as Board Chair for Dallas Arts District and Theatre Communications Group, Vice-President for National Alliance for Musical Theatre, member of Booker T. Washington Advisory Board and the Dallas Assembly; he has been a recipient of a Drama League directing fellowship, and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.
Jonathan’s work has been produced or developed by Dallas Theater Center, PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company, Pyramid Theatre Company, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Castillo Theatre, Soul Rep Theater Company, African American Repertory Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater, Undermain Theatre, Theatre Three, and South Dallas Cultural Center. His play Mississippi Goddamn was a Finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and won the 2016 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award given by the American Theatre Critics Association. Other awards include: Artistic Innovations Grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance, South Dallas Cultural Center Diaspora Performing Arts Commission, the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund, TACA Bowdon Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund, and the Jubilee Theatre’s 2019 Eastman Visionary Award. Jonathan is currently working on commissions for Dallas Theater Center and Trinity Rep. Jonathan gives special love and thanks to Guinea Bennett-Price and Anyika McMillan-Herod (Soul Rep), Teresa Coleman Wash (Bishop Arts Theatre Center), Regina Washington (African American Repertory Theater), Will Power, vickie washington, and Vicki Meek (South Dallas Cultural Center) – without their vision, commitment, and generosity – none of this would be possible.
Ace is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include: Twelfth Night; Sweat; White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Trials of Sam Houston, The Great Society, A Christmas Carol, Hair, Inherit the Wind, All the Way, and King Lear. Ace is a Dallas-based actor and photographer, and is also the owner of The Striped Heart, a full-service graphic design company. As a multidisciplinary artist and alum of Southern Methodist University (Acting BFA ’13), he has traveled the country as a spoken word poet and is most inspired by his work with Bill T. Jones in Masterclass on HBO. Other theater credits include The Shipment (Undermain Theatre), Radio Golf (AART), Blues for Mister Charlie (SMU), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Jubilee Theatre) as Levee Green, for which he won Best Actor 2014 (BroadwayWorld.com). To see his work follow him on instagram @AceShotThat
Tiana is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, where her credits include: Twelfth Night; Steel Magnolias; Public Works Dallas’ The Winter’s Tale; White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Great Society, Hair; Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure; Electra; A Christmas Carol; Dreamgirls; The Mountaintop; and The Book Club Play. Cara Mía: Yemaya’s Belly. Progress Theatre: The Burning. SMU: Look Homeward, Angel. Prairie View A&M University: Once on This Island, To Be Young and Black, and Jelly’s Last Jam. Tiana is a proud company member of Progress Theatre Touring Ensemble based in Houston, Texas. She enjoys serving the community and inspiring social change through the arts.
Blake has appeared in productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters throughout the country. In Dallas: Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Second Thought, Undermain Theatre and more. Blake currently serves as the Head of Acting at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the esteemed BMI/Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Program, and is an award-winning playwright. He has twice been named a Fulbright Scholar, to Bulgaria and Romania, and was a 2018 Macdowell Fellow. Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama. Blake is excited to have joined Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company in September of 2020!
Alex is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company where his credits include: White Rabbit Red Rabbit, The Trials of Sam Houston; Frankenstein; Miller, Mississippi; Inherit the Wind; Electra; Public Works Dallas’ The Tempest; Constellations; Dreamgirls; All the Way; A Christmas Carol; Sense and Sensibility; The Rocky Horror Show; Les Misérables; The Fortress of Solitude; and Fly By Night. Local/Regional: Second Thought Theatre (The Great God Pan; Othello; Red Light Winter); Undermain Theatre (The Flick; Profanity); Theatre Three (The Farnsworth Invention); Alley Theatre; WaterTower Theatre; Trinity Shakespeare Festival; Shakespeare Dallas; Lyric Stage; Epic Theater Ensemble; Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Elm Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU and Second Guessing Grandma. Alex is the Artistic Director of Second Thought Theatre where his directing credits include Grounded; Cock; A Behanding in Spokane. Last season Alex taught the Skokos Learning Lab at Booker T Washington HSPVA, and he holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Christopher is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include: Twelfth Night; Sweat; White Rabbit Red Rabbit; Hair, Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure; Public Works Dallas’ The Tempest. Chris received his BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University in 2013. His other stage credits include The Great Distance Home , Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue (WaterTower Theatre); Empathitrax (Second Thought Theatre); An Octoroon (Stage West); It Shoulda Been You, Titanic (Uptown Players); Zoot Suit, blu, Crystal City 1969 (Cara Mía Theatre Co.); Hands on a Hardbody (Theatre Three); The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, The King’s Face (Shakespeare Dallas); and assistant director of Romeo and Juliet, Dogfight, and RENT, all with Junior Players. He taught high school theatre for three years at the Jack E. Singley Academy in Irving,TX where his UIL one-act-play team advanced to the 6A state meet with Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, the Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As told by himself) in 2016. He is currently the voice of Seth in the new anime Radiant with FUNimation and is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency. @chrisllewynramirez
Molly is a proud member of the SMU MFA Acting class of 2020 and will graduate the program in May. She is excited to be joining Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company in September of 2020! Some of her favorite roles to date include: Faye in Theresa Rebeck’s world premiere of Enlightened (Alley Theatre All-New Festival), Sarah in Gordon Dahlquist’s world premiere of Red Chariot (Undermain Theatre), #11 in The Wolves (Dallas Theater Center), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Eurydice in Eurydice (SMU), Charlotte Corday in The Revolutionists (Main Street Theater), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Laurie/Millicent in Stage Kiss (4th Wall Theatre Co.), and The Eternal Feminine in Wittenberg (Stages Repertory Theatre). Molly is also a voice actor for Sentai Filmworks, FUNimation, and Sound Cadence Studios. She is best known as the voice of Akame in Akame ga Kill! on Cartoon Network and Netflix, Isuzu Sento in Amagi Brilliant Park, Mako Reizei in Girls und Panzer (Netflix), and Hilda in Saint Seiya (Netflix). Molly is a native Houstonian, with a background in ballet, and a deep love for animals. In her free time, she enjoys walking and exploring new cities, pilates and barre classes, chronically streaming Spotify and NPR, drinking too much coffee, and trying to figure out how to use her Instant Pot and Air Fryer.
joined Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company last season. Dallas Theater Center credits include: Public Works Dallas’ As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and A Christmas Carol. She has performed at theaters nationwide, including The Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, South Coast Repertory, San Jose Repertory, Mixed Blood Theatre and Will & Company. Other notable credits include Cesar and Ruben: The Musical, written and directed by Ed Begley Jr.; and flying on a magic carpet in Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular as Princess Jasmine. Locally she has performed with Dallas Children’s Theater, Cara Mía Theatre Co. and Dallas Museum of Art / Arts & Letters Live. She has also appeared in numerous commercials, television, and film productions. She is represented by Kim Dawson Agency. Para mi familia (Bryan, Sofia, Nolan & Mom)! IG: @tiffanydesena
Sally is a member of Dallas Theater Center’s Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company. For the past 25 years, Sally has been fortunate to act in a wide range of roles at Dallas Theater Center, including: Little Women (Hannah, Aunt March); Sweat (Tracey); Steel Magnolias (Ouiser Boudreaux); White Rabbit Red Rabbit Paulina in Public Works Dallas’ The Winter’s Tale; Mildred in Miller, Mississippi; Scrooge in A Christmas Carol; Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman; Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Annette in God of Carnage, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, Medea in Medea, and Clytemnestra in Electra. She is a 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Award recipient, co-founder of Dallas’ Kitchen Dog Theater, and she works extensively in broadcast/voice over. Sally is proud to serve the University of North Texas Department of Theater as Associate Professor of Acting and Voice. She is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.
EDI Committee member
Mercedes received a B.A. in Art History from Montclair State University and an M.A. in Visual Arts Administration with a focus on arts management in non-profit organizations from New York University. Mercedes joined Dallas Theater Center’s development team in February 2018. Prior to her time in Dallas, Mercedes lived in New York City working at a non-profit holistic organization.Her experience in fundraising includes assisting small non-profit art organizations and visual artists with events, grant research and fundraising strategies. Her approach to fundraising is from a personal point of view through storytelling. When not persuading people to donate, Mercedes spends her time cooking and enjoying morning walks.
Co-chair, EDI Committee
In 2016, Dionne Davis joined Dallas Theater Center as Manager of Foundation and Government Relations. She co-leads DTC’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee also. Dionne Davis began her career in information technology after earning a B.S. in Management. After 12 years managing financial systems and teaching professional training, she received an M.A. in Developmental Education and Administration from Texas State University. She has nearly 25 years of experience in nonprofit management and leadership and 18 years as an adjunct professor at Dallas College and Collin College.
Vanessa has worked in Development for 6 years, and she joined Dallas Theater Center’s development team in 2018. She is also a two-term member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Prior to that, she was part of the development team for the Walton Arts Center and the Walmart AMP. She was also a member of the Dean’s Suite staff for the University of Arkansas, School of Law. Vanessa has many years of project management and operational support experience from her time working as a Department of Defense contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Vanessa is currently earning her B.A. in Public Administration with a Minor in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word. You can find her spending time with her husband, their fur-babies, their families, and friends. She is a proud and devoted fur-mom to Jemma (English Bulldog) and Jax (German Shepherd). Vanessa loves attending concerts, listens to all genres of music and is huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys and Selena (of Selena y Los Dinos). She hopes to one day to have an island full of rescue dogs!
Robin joined Dallas Theater Center in 2010 as Manager of Events after graduating from Southern Methodist University’s dual masters M.A./M.B.A. program in Art Administration. Since then Robin has successfully planned and executed over 300 special events including ten large-scale fundraising galas. In 2013 Robin became the Manager of Corporate Relations and Events, continuing to execute special events while securing annual corporate sponsorships. In 2016 Robin was promoted to Associate Director of Development, shifting her portfolio to individual giving, including major gifts. In her ten seasons at Dallas Theater Center, Robin has raised over $11 million, and is now leading the Development department.
Melissa received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication (News/Editorial) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined Dallas Theater Center’s development team in 2017. Prior to that, her experience in the non-profit sector includes working for an international women’s organization, where she helped launch major fundraising campaigns on college campuses across the country. She also served as the Director of Communications for a local non-profit. In her spare time, Melissa writes and performs comedic essays, including her one-woman show about girlhood, A Sullen Child.
Stacy joined Dallas Theater Center in 2017, and has held the position of Director of Finance since 2019. Previously, Stacy worked for Conduent, Xerox Services, Blockbuster, and Club Corp. She is a licensed CPA and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA in Accounting. Favorite musicals include Come From Away, The Band’s Visit, Something Rotten, Memphis, Scarlet Pimpernel, and If/Then.
Ray became part of the Dallas Theater Center family in June of 2017. As the Digital Media Manager, Ray is responsible for crafting all of the organization’s email content, producing video content, working closely with advertising partners, and on occasion doing surprisingly accurate impressions. Ray’s perfect day is mowing the lawn in 80-degree weather, grilling fajitas, drinking a Modelo and admiring Earth’s beauty. “You get out of life what you put into it.”
Amy became a part of the Dallas Theater Center family in March of the year 2000. In her 20+ years with the organization she has held many roles; currently the Director of Publications, she is a leader in the Marketing Department as well as a two-term member of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee, where she also serves in the Activ8 work group. A native Dallasite, Amy is dedicated to fostering a strong, healthy community through the arts and education with the Theater Center as a hub for connections, relationships and support.
Jacob holds a BMA with a focus in Classical String Bass and Theater from DePauw University. Prior to working for Dallas Theater Center, Jacob lived in Indianapolis Indiana. While in Indiana, Jacob worked for various arts organizations, including Indiana Repertory Theater, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and his alma mater, DePauw University.
Imani manages Dallas Theater Center’s social media efforts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. She is a native North Carolinian and has worked with various nonprofit organizations in the Triad and Triangle areas. Imani has been involved with theater since high school—playing in the pit orchestra, participating in summer theater camps, interning, and working as over-hire. She made her regional theater debut in Public Works Dallas’ As You Like It! In her free time, Imani enjoys making movies, taking portraits, and boogie boarding. She is also the co-creator of the upcoming podcast Finding Keanu (@findingkeanu on Instagram).
Andrew (he/him/his) is in his first season with Dallas Theater Center. Previously, he has worked with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma [Oklahoma City, OK], the Huntington Theatre Company [Boston MA], and the Cape Playhouse [Dennis, MA]. He has an MFA in Production Management and a Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University, as well as a BFA in Scene Design from the University of Oklahoma.
Bryan joins Dallas Theater Center as Director of Production after spending the last several years leading creative development, programming and production management for cutting-edge theatrical and live entertainment offerings in the Cruise industry. A Production Stage Manager by training, Bryan began his career in eastern North Carolina, serving as Stage Manager, Production Manager and Assistant Director for various educational and regional theatre projects. He spent the next several years overseeing show and production operations in the theme park industry, where he collaborated with numerous Tony® and Drama Desk award winning designers to deliver world class productions. Bryan brings over a decade of corporate entertainment leadership experience to Dallas Theater Center to continue to grow the Production department’s focus on leadership, management and communication.
Nicole came to Dallas Theater Center after freelancing in theater and visual merchandising in New York City. She worked as a prop master and artisan with many different theaters in the city and tri-state area. Beside theater, she also worked on high end window displays and fashion shows to broaden her technical and design skills. In Nicole’s free time she runs her handmade Etsy shop KnitCole Studio and volunteers at Dog n’ Kitty City helping homeless pets find loving homes.
John is a proud graduate of the SUNY Oswego theater program, where he got his Degree in Theatre with an emphasis on Lighting Design. John has been working for Dallas Theater Center sense he left California in 2010. In California John was the Prop Master at South Coast Repertory Theater for eleven years. Before that he had worked all over the country, including: many summers at the Merry-Go-round playhouse, 2 years as the Prop Master at LSU, and 2 years freelancing in Louisville, Ky. During one of those many summers at the Merry-Go-Round John met his wife Tammy.
Nicole is the Head of Lighting for the Dallas Theater Center and has been with the company for nearly 5 years. She holds a BA in Technical Theater from the College of Santa Fe and is an ETCP certified Entertainment Electrician. #dtcproduction
Amanda has worked in Dallas Theater Center’s costume shop since 2001, serving as Draper since 2003. In her tenure with Dallas Theater Center, one of her proudest achievements is helping originate Dallas Theater Center’s beloved annual National Pie Day celebration. She has created custom garments for the Tyler Rose Festival, Ford’s Theatre, The MUNY, TUTS, Dallas Children’s Theater, and the upcoming film Final Dress. Amanda has a B.A. in Theatre from Florida State University. In her spare time she studies traditional needlework techniques, and has won several awards for her embroidered artworks. See her work on Instagram @nightofthelivingdraper or @dtccostumeshop.
Chris has worked for the DTC Costume and Wardrobe departments since 1996. She has served as a Dresser, Stitcher, Shopper, and is currently Associate Director of Costumes. Over the last 24 years she has also worked for multiple theater, film, and television productions locally and nationally, and is the Associate Costume Designer for the Texas Rose Festival.
Micheal is a Costume Designer and Theatremaker with a career spanning more than twenty years. Prior to joining Dallas Theater Center, he worked as the Resident Costume Designer for the Midland Community Theatre, the second largest community theatre in the United States boasting a base of 500+ volunteers. Micheal is also an entrepreneur with his husband, James, having offered custom sewing and hand-dye work. Micheal holds a M.F.A. from the University of Alabama in Costume Design & Technology and a B.A. from Jacksonville State University where he studied Theatre, English, and Vocal Performance.
Nicole has been with Dallas Theater Center’s Costume Department since 2009. She has worked as a Stitcher, First Hand, Dresser, and Wig Technician, and is currently the Hair and Makeup Supervisor. Nicole has also designed costumes, wigs, and makeup for numerous local and national theater companies, she has a B.A. in Costume Design and Musical Theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. In addition to her work in theatre, Nicole is a skilled hair stylist, makeup artist, and textile artisan. See her work on Instagram @nicolemakeswigsandthings
Stephanie is an actor, teaching artist, producer and arts administrator who has been involved in the DFW theatre community for 10 years. As an actor she is a company member of Undermain Theatre and has worked with Kitchen Dog Theater, Ochre House Theater, Theatre Three, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theater, WaterTower Theatre, Amphibian Stage Productions and Dallas Theater Center. She has taught with Jr Players, ANMBF, The Flame Foundation and Big Thought. Her work with Public Works Dallas is her true calling and she is honored to be a member of such an incredible family.