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.
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
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.
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: 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. Most recently, Sally appeared as Ouiser Boudreaux in Steel Magnolias. 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!
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.
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.
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