Annalisa Dias (she/hers) 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.
Experience: 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.
Tara Moses (she/her) is a citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma with kinship in Mvskoke Nation, 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.
Experience: As a director and playwright, Tara's work has been developed and produced from coast to coast. She is currently part of the Unsettling Dramaturgy Colloquium, an online research colloquium bringing together Crip and Indigenous dramaturgs and theatre makers from across the Americas, for a year of collaborative programming to explore the unique intersections between our lives and practices. She is a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab and DirectorsLabChicago. She is an alum of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage, and she is the 2016 recipient of the Thomas C. Fichandler Award. She is also the co-founder of #BingeTheatreCompany based in Washington, D.C. and 10 Names of Note, an international collaborative of directors. Additionally, she consults with nonprofits on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; social media strategy; decolonizing development; consensus organizing; and grant writing with Sharpshooter Communications. She holds a B.A. in theatre from the University of Tulsa and is expected to attend Brown University/Trinity Rep for her M.F.A. in Directing in the fall of 2021.
Anna Lathrop (she/hers) 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. Additionally, she has a strong visual design practice that supports her work as she explores different methods synthesizing and presenting research. All of her work is done through a justice lens that celebrates the legacies of the advocates, artists, and elders who have paved the way ahead.
Experience: Anna is a designer who focuses on decentering and decolonizing Western design. Previously, she was a member of New York Shakespeare Exchange Dramaturgy Cohort and Parity Productions. 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 (Laguna Pueblo/Cherokee) (she/hers) 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. Previously, Ronee was NNPN 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 an ISPA Global Fellow, and has been an APAP Leadership Fellow and TCG Rising Leader of Color. Ronee is a composer at work on two new musicals with collaborator Annalisa Dias under the banner of FLORAA MUSICALS. Their work has been seen at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth, The Tank (NYC), and has been the recipient of a Cultural Communities Grant, and a NET/TEN Award. She is a NEFA National Theater Project Advisor, serves on Western Arts Alliance Committees (Indigenous and Conference Steering Committees) and leads the Creative and Independent Producer Alliance (CIPA) Programs Committee. Ronee is also a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship.
Experience: Previously, Ronee was Creative Producer for the Welders Playwrights' Collective (winner of Washington DC’s John Aniello Award for Best Emerging Theatre Company) and founded Theatre from the District, an effort to support, advance and tour the work of interdisciplinary artists in Washington, DC. She was Assistant Stage Manager for Anna Deavere Smith’s national tour of Let Me Down Easy, and as Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, assisted Director Michael Greif during the pre-Broadway production of Next to Normal. Ronee was also Artistic Fellow for The Shakespeare Theatre’s 07-08 season. She has been a Commons Producer and contributing writer for Howlround.com, and has also worked with the Consensus Building Institute to embed theater practices and EDI values in their conflict resolution practice in the U.S. and internationally. Ronee has a BA in Music with Certificates in Theater and Vocal Performance from Princeton University.