Producing Partner Biographies

Working Theater believes the transformative experience of live theater should not be a luxury, but a staple. As a Drama Desk and AUDELCO award winning Off Broadway company now in its 36th season, Working Theater continues its mission to produce theater for and about working people -- the essential workers of any city or town -- and to make play-going a regular part of our audiences' cultural lives. By making productions relevant, accessible and affordable regardless of geography or socio-economic status, Working Theater strives to always acknowledge the city's diversity while seeking to unite us in our common humanity. Working Theater is under the leadership of Co-Artistic Directors Mark Plesent and Tamilla Woodard and Managing Director, Laura Carbonell Monarque. www.theworkingtheater.org 

Round House Theatre is one of the leading professional theatres in the Washington, DC area, producing a season of new plays, modern classics, and musicals for more than 40,000 patrons each year at our theatre in Bethesda. Round House has been nominated for 197 Helen Hayes Awards and has won 37 including four Outstanding Resident Play Awards and the Charles MacArthur Award for Original New Play in 2016. Round House’s lifelong learning and education programs serve more than 5,000 students each year at its Education Center in Silver Spring, in schools throughout Montgomery County, and at our Bethesda theatre. For tickets and information: www.roundhousetheatre.org 

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC)’s mission is to engage and enrich the community through brave contemporary theatre. Founded in 1970, SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 professional theatre dedicated to producing, commissioning, and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and theEdgerton Foundation, among others. 

For tickets and information:www.saltlakeactingcompany.org

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts: For 90 years, The Bushnell has been central to life in Greater Hartford serving as its unique gathering place for arts, education, and community activities. As a dynamic 21st Century performing arts center, The Bushnell presents, creates, inspires and shares the best in the performing arts; and in partnership with others, serves as a catalyst to advance education, promote economic development and build a sense of community in Central Connecticut. Today, The Bushnell, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, is the State's largest arts organization and has been deemed a "Connecticut Cultural Treasure."

HartBeat Ensemble was founded in 2001 with a mission to create provocative theater that connects our community beyond traditional barriers of race, gender, class and geography. An artist-led, artist-driven company dedicated to building community partnerships and helping to integrate the arts into our community’s civic agenda, As an ensemble of artist-activists, we create as well as present innovative productions based on critical civic issues.HartBeat’s original, full-length creative works include the award-winning Flipside, Talvin Wilks' critically-acclaimed play Jimmy & Lorraine, and last year's sold-out hit Pegao by Ensemble member Cin Martinez. HartBeat also continues to inspire the next generation of leaders to create change for a better world through its innovative creative workforce program, the Youth Play Institute.  

Free Center provides access to space, information, and quality programs for everyone in our community. Standing at the intersection of art, culture, and organizing, we act as a vehicle for elevating the intentions and actions of our residents. Through community-led and community-oriented gatherings, events, and workshops, we envision a sense of deep belonging for our neighbors that grows out of meaningful engagement throughout our community. We imagine an ever-growing pride in the resilient and diverse cultures that define this city we love.

Charter Oak Cultural Center harnesses the power of the arts to create positive social change, loving community and a safe place for self-expression. Located in a historic building, we present multi-cultural arts programming that we make accessible for free or at a very low cost, we provide completely free classes in the arts to 1000 underserved Hartford young people, work extensively with the homeless community and present performances and exhibits that bring to light the burning issues of our day.

TheaterWorks Hartford (TWH) produces high quality, contemporary theater that is relevant to our audiences, engages a diverse community, and provides insight into the human experience. Founded in 1985, TWH has produced nearly 170 plays and presents approximately 225 performances per season. TWH also owns and manages the historic property at 233 Pearl Street, known as City Arts on Pearl. City Arts provides an affordable home and services to a diverse family of arts organizations.

University of Connecticut/ Dodd Human Rights Impact and UConn Hartford are proud to sponsor the Hartford production of American Dreams. Dodd Impact fosters a culture of human rights at UConn, in Connecticut, and around the world.  As part of UConn’s Human Rights Institute, Dodd Impact connects the energy and expertise of human rights faculty and students to community in Connecticut and around the world.  Through programs in human rights education, business & human rights, and democracy & dialogues, among other, Dodd Impact preserves and extends the legacy of Connecticut Senators Thomas J. Dodd and Christopher J. Dodd. UConn Hartford gives undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds the opportunity to begin, continue, or complete their education in a small college environment while still providing access to the resources and faculty of a world-class research university. Our programs incorporate experiential learning engaged with and informed by the many cultural, political, social, and economic institutions of the surrounding metropolitan area. With a high priority on community outreach and service, we are home to the School of Social Work, Department of Public Policy, Urban and Community Studies Program, and the Connecticut State Historian. UConn Hartford strives to fully develop the inherent excellence of every student and challenge each to generate positive change in our communities, state, nation, and world.

Hartford Stage: Hartford Stage’s mission is to enlighten, entertain, and educate by creating theatrical works of the highest caliber that have a transformative impact on audiences, the community, and its field. Led by Artistic Director Melia Bensussen and Managing Director Cynthia Rider, Hartford Stage has presented the world premieres of the new musical Anastasia; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; Reverberation by Matthew Lopez; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards; and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. www.hartfordstage.org

ASU Gammage For more than 50 years, ASU Gammage has been a top cultural destination in the Valley. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed performing arts center located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University is one of the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. For tickets and information: www.asugammage.com 

Texas Performing Arts (TPA) is the performing arts presenting program of The University of Texas at Austin.  Its venues include Bass Concert Hall, which is regularly one of the highest-attendance theatre venues in the world, ranked #22 globally in 2019.  An anchor for Austin’s performing arts community and a major contributor to cultural life in Texas, TPA features more than 280 performances each year. Following a national search, Tony Award-winning producer Bob Bursey was appointed Executive Director in January, 2020. For tickets and information:  www.texasperformingarts.org