Groundwater Arts shapes, stewards, and seeds a just* future through creative practice, consultation, and community building.

*climate justice = racial justice = economic justice = a decolonized future

Annalisa Dias

Annalisa Dias is a Goan-American citizen artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatre maker working at the intersection of racial justice and care for the earth. She is Director of Artistic Partnerships & Innovation at Baltimore Center Stage, where she is responsible for new work development and civic programming. She is a TCG Rising Leader of Color. Recent work includes THE EARTH, THAT IS SUFFICIENT, a performance project about hope for the future in the face of the climate catastrophe, produced by The Welders throughout 2019 in Washington DC and globally.Annalisa has facilitated dialogue and presented on anti-oppression and decolonization at numerous national conferences including Theater Communications Group, Kennedy Center Directing & Dramaturgy Intensive, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Alliance for Theatre Educators, Shakespeare Theatre Association, among others. Annalisa has published several articles and book chapters on the subject of decolonization in artistic practice and higher educational contexts. She has been an invited guest speaker on issues of anti-racism, decolonization, and new play development in graduate classes at Tisch NYU, American University, Hollins University, and The Catholic University of America.

Anna Lathrop

Anna Lathrop is a design researcher and facilitator based in Lenape territory (Brooklyn, NY). Her work is situated at the intersection of Human-Centered Design research and social justice. Recent projects include a month-long project with TONYC’s Rapid Response Troupe exploring the role of speculative design in imagining and actualizing just futures. Her background is rooted in directing and producing for theatres in Washington, DC and New
York City. She is the former Executive Director of The Muse Project in New York City, and the co-founder of the Washington DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice. She was the Creative Director for Let’s Talk, an Instagram-native infographic detailing the psychological, neurological, biological, and cultural effects of trauma. She is currently an MFA Candidate in the Transdisciplinary Design program at Parsons School of Design, an Impact Entrepreneurship Cohort Fellow, and a recipient of the John L. Tishman Scholarship.

Ronee Penoi

Ronee Penoi (Laguna Pueblo/Cherokee) is Producer at Octopus Theatricals, where she has advanced the work of DeLanna Studi (And So We Walked), Phantom Limb Company (Falling Out), Ripe Time (Sleep), Homer’s Coat (An Iliad by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson), Theatre for One, and many more. Ronee also spent three years developing her facilitation and mediation practice with the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), supporting difficult conversations withwide-ranging clients such as Chevron, the World Bank, Osage Nation and the residents of Smith Island, MD.Previously, Ronee was National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Senior Producing Fellow and Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, and toured nationally with Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy. She is a two-time ISPA Global Fellow, and has been an APAP Leadership Fellow and TCG Rising Leader of Color. She isa NEFA National Theater Project Advisor, serves on Western Arts Alliance Indigenous and overall Conference Steering Committees and leads the Creative and Independent Producer Alliance (CIPA) Programs Committee. Ronee is a composer at work on two new musicals with collaborator Annalisa Dias under the banner of FLORA MUSICALS, and is a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship for her composition work. BA, Princeton University.

Tara Moses

Tara Moses (Seminole/Mvskoke) is an artistic director, director, and playwright. She is the Artistic Director for telatúlsa, Oklahoma’s only theatre specifically dedicated to Native and Latino artists and their stories. Her directing and playwriting work centers Indigenous stories by challenging the American Dream with Turtle Island’s reality. She is a Cultural Capital Fellow with First Peoples Fund (2020); Invited Playwright with HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat (2020); fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (2018/19); the Native Storytellers winner with the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (2019); a selected playwright for the 25th Annual Playwrights with Native Voices at the Autry (2019); the founder of the Intercultural Theatre Alliance; associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; and Dramatists Guild member.

The Team

The Team

Annalisa Dias

Annalisa Dias is a Goan-American citizen artist, community organizer, and award-winning theatre maker working at the intersection of racial justice and care for the earth.
She is Director of Artistic Partnerships & Innovation at Baltimore Center Stage, where she is responsible for new work development and civic programming. She is a TCG Rising Leader of Color. Recent work includes THE EARTH, THAT IS SUFFICIENT, a performance project about hope for the future in the face of the climate catastrophe, produced by The Welders throughout 2019 in Washington DC and globally.Annalisa has facilitated dialogue and presented on anti-oppression and decolonization at numerous national conferences including Theater Communications Group, Kennedy Center Directing & Dramaturgy Intensive, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Alliance for Theatre Educators, Shakespeare Theatre Association, among others. Annalisa has published several articles and book chapters on the subject of decolonization in artistic practice and higher educational contexts. She has been an invited guest speaker on issues of anti-racism, decolonization, and new play development in graduate classes at Tisch NYU, American University, Hollins University, and The Catholic University of America.

Anna Lathrop

Anna Lathrop is a design researcher and facilitator based in Lenape territory (Brooklyn, NY). Her work is situated at the intersection of Human-Centered Design research and social justice. Recent projects include a month-long project with TONYC’s Rapid Response Troupe exploring the role of speculative design in imagining and actualizing just futures. Her background is rooted in directing and producing for theatres in Washington, DC and New
York City. She is the former Executive Director of The Muse Project in New York City, and the co-founder of the Washington DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice. She was the Creative Director for Let’s Talk, an Instagram-native infographic detailing the psychological, neurological, biological, and cultural effects of trauma. She is currently an MFA Candidate in the Transdisciplinary Design program at Parsons School of Design, an Impact Entrepreneurship Cohort Fellow, and a recipient of the John L. Tishman Scholarship.

Ronee Penoi

Ronee Penoi (Laguna Pueblo/Cherokee) is Producer at Octopus Theatricals, where she has advanced the work of DeLanna Studi (And So We Walked), Phantom Limb Company (Falling Out), Ripe Time (Sleep), Homer’s Coat (An Iliad by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson), Theatre for One, and many more. Ronee also spent three years developing her facilitation and mediation practice with the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), supporting difficult conversations withwide-ranging clients such as Chevron, the World Bank, Osage Nation and the residents of Smith Island, MD.Previously, Ronee was National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Senior Producing Fellow and Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, and toured nationally with Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy. She is a two-time ISPA Global Fellow, and has been an APAP Leadership Fellow and TCG Rising Leader of Color. She isa NEFA National Theater Project Advisor, serves on Western Arts Alliance Indigenous and overall Conference Steering Committees and leads the Creative and Independent Producer Alliance (CIPA) Programs Committee. Ronee is a composer at work on two new musicals with collaborator Annalisa Dias under the banner of FLORA MUSICALS, and is a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship for her composition work. BA, Princeton University.

Tara Moses

Tara Moses (Seminole/Mvskoke) is an artistic director, director, and playwright. She is the Artistic Director for telatúlsa, Oklahoma’s only theatre specifically dedicated to Native and Latino artists and their stories. Her directing and playwriting work centers Indigenous stories by challenging the American Dream with Turtle Island’s reality. She is a Cultural Capital Fellow with First Peoples Fund (2020); Invited Playwright with HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat (2020); fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (2018/19); the Native Storytellers winner with the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (2019); a selected playwright for the 25th Annual Playwrights with Native Voices at the Autry (2019); the founder of the Intercultural Theatre Alliance; associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; and Dramatists Guild member.

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This isn't a metaphor...we're just in the process of a rebrand and the realities of time pressure meant some pieces of this site are still being developed. We believe in being careful with our language, so some of this is still developing.

Our Values

Under Construction

This isn't a metaphor...we're just in the process of a rebrand and the realities of time pressure meant some pieces of this site are still being developed.

We believe in being careful with our language, so some of this is still developing.

Contact

We work 100% remotely, and work out of
four different states within the United States.
Groundwater Arts is a project of the Producer Hub.

All donations are tax-deductible.

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