About Theater J
THEATER J LEADERSHIP
Shirley Serotsky (Acting Artistic Director)
Shirley Serotsky is the Acting Artistic Director at Theater J. Most recent productions include The Call, Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy (2014), The Argument, and the world premiere of The Hampton Years. For Theater J she has also directed The History of Invulnerability; The Moscows of Nantucket; Mikveh (which received two Helen Hayes Nominations for Best Actress); and The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (which received a 2009 Helen Hayes Nomination for Best New Play). She works as a freelance director in the DC area and beyond, and is passionate about the development of new work. Recent directing credits include: a 21/24 Signature Lab Workshop presentation of The Break (Signature Theatre); Working: The Musical (Keegan Theatre); Blood Wedding (Constellation Theatre); Birds of a Feather (which won the 2012 Charles MacArthur Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for The Hub Theatre); Juno and the Paycock (Washington Shakespeare Company); a staged reading of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo for the National New Play Network at Arena Stage; This is Not a Timebomb (The Source Festival); Reals, Five Flights and Two Rooms (Theater Alliance); Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) and We Are Not These Hands (Catalyst Theater); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Rorschach Theater, for which she received a 2007 Helen Hayes nomination for outstanding direction); Sovereignty (The Humana Festival of New Plays); Cautionary Tales for Adults and the Many Adventures of Trixie Tickles (2007 CapFringe); LUNCH (2007 New York Musical Theater Festival & 2006 CapFringe), Titus! The Musical. (2009 Capfringe and Source Theatre). Training: BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts. Shirley was a member of the 2002 Designer/Director Workshop with Ming Cho Lee; the 2003 Lincoln Center Director's Lab; and was a 2001/2001William R. Kenan, Jr. Fellows at the Kennedy Center.
Rebecca Ende (Managing Director)
Before stepping into the role of Managing Director, Rebecca worked in arts marketing as Director of Marketing and Communications for Sitar Arts Center, Director of Marketing and Communications for three seasons at Theater J and Marketing Associate at Ford’s Theatre. She is also the President of the Board of Forum Theatre and served as a Helen Hayes Judge for four years. She holds an M.A. in Arts Administration from Columbia University and a Certificate in Budgeting and Finance from Georgetown University. Rebecca is a member of the 2012-13 Future Executive Director’s fellowship class of the Nonfprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.
Delia Taylor (Associate Producer)
Delia Taylor has worked at Washington area theaters as an actor, director, stage manager, technician and production manager for over two decades. She directed the world premieres of There Are No Strangers and Sleeping Arrangements at Theater J. She teaches and directs for The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts. She was honored with Theatre Lobby’s Mary Goldwater Award, an Offstage Award from the League of Washington Theatres and the Lynn Skolnick Sachs Award for Program Excellence at the DCJCC.
Thomas Howley (Technical Director)
Tom holds a BFA from Central Michigan University and a MFA from The Catholic University of America. While pursuing two degrees in acting, Tom did extensive tech work on the side as an electrician and stage carpenter, which has served him well over the intervening years. After spending fifteen years working happily in the dinner theater community, Tom is now in his sixth season at Theater J where he has had the opportunity to implement the artistic vision of such noted designers as Tony Cisek, James Kronzer, Louis Fulden, Daniel Ettinger, and Dan Conway. The addition of a fine scene shop space in Beltsville last season has had a marked- though subtle- effect in what can be achieved onstage, and has improved the eternal time/budget challenges.
Alice Magelssen (Development Associate)
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Alice Magelssen is pleased to join the administrative team at Theater J. Previously, she worked as a Development Assistant at Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and as the administrative intern at A Red Orchid Theater in Chicago. She is also a stage manager. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Chicago.
Erin Neel (Director of Patron Services)
Erin is delighted to join the Theater J team. Erin has a background in several different areas of nonprofit management and arts administration, from fundraising with the New York City-based Armenia Fund USA to working in the box offices of A Noise Within and the Norris Center, both in Los Angeles. Erin received her BA from Georgetown University and her MA in Theatre from California State University, Northridge. She has held internships in dramaturgy with La Jolla Playhouse and Center Theatre Group—and was the dramaturg for A Noise Within’s 2013 production of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice—and taught introductory acting at CSUN while writing her master’s thesis.
Kevin Laughon (Production Associate)
Kevin recently got promoted to production management, after having worked at Theater J part time since 2005 as a Light and/ or Sound Board Operator and load-in crew member. He was the Production Manager at MetroStage from 2004–2011, where he was also the Sound Board Operator, Box Office Manager, and Scenic Artist. For the past several years, Kevin has been freelancing as a props designer. Theater J shows: Boged: An Enemy of the People, Queens Girl in the World. His props have also graced the stages of WCS Avant Bard, Forum Theatre, Theater Alliance, 1st Stage, NextStop Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, No Rules Theatre Company, The American Century Theater, Scena Theatre, and MetroStage. A graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in Advertising Design, he is an actor/singer/dancer and choreographer/teacher who has worked at local theaters, schools, and dance studios for over 20 years. TV credits include House of Cards (Netflix) and VEEP (HBO).
Lauren R. Alexander (Director of Marketing & Communications)
Lauren is excited to return to the Theater J team where she previously interned and worked as a Box Office and House Manager. She graduated from American University with a BA in Public Communications with a minor in Theater and has worked at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Method 121, and Imagination Stage. Additionally, Lauren is the Executive Director and founder of Blind Pug Arts Collective and has produced three Capital Fringe Festival productions with them.
Naomi Robin (Casting Director)
Naomi performed for many years as a stage actress in New York and across North America. Some years ago, she moved into voice-over work exclusively, with such clients as PBS, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, AFL-CIO and the National Park Service. Since then, her voice has been heard on thousands of TV and radio spots, including a host of political ads. More recently, she has also returned to her theatrical roots through work with Theater J, the Sprenger-Lang national playwriting competition, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Helen Hayes Awards.