The Think Tank is a group of trusted and visionary international, national, and local artists and thought-leaders in both the theater and policy fields whose work embodies the mission and values of The Lab.

Alicia B. Adams

Alicia B. Adams is the Vice President of International Programming and Dance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  She joined the Kennedy Center in 1992. She curated the Center’s major international festivals:  IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture (2016), IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix (2015), Nordic Cool 2013,FULL BIO

Honey Al Sayed

Honey Al Sayed directs the Media and Arts for Peace Initiative at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and in the U.S. she is an adjunct professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is also the founder of Honey&. LLC. for creative consultancy, producing, & coaching. Her work promotes the creative and strategic use of media and the arts for socio-economic and political change,FULL BIO

Stephen Armstrong

Stephen Armstrong is a creative director specializing in new work commissions across a range of live art and media. Stephen is the Creative Director of Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Art. In partnership with the Sidney Myer Fund, Asia TOPA is an initiative of Arts Centre Melbourne where Stephen is resident Creative Producer of Asian Arts.FULL BIO

Ruth Bereson

Professor Ruth Bereson, Dean (Academic) of the Arts, Education and Law Group holds a PhD from the City University London. She researches in the fields of arts management, cultural policy, cultural diplomacy, investigating the relationship between governmental policies and their effects on the arts internationally and over time. She also contributes to the field through a wide range of books,FULL BIO

Ping Chong

Ping Chong is an internationally acclaimed director, playwright, and pioneer in the use of media in the theater. A recipient of a USA Artist Fellowship, two BESSIE awards, and two OBIE awards, his work has been presented at major festivals and theatres around the world. Recent productions include Throne of Blood (Oregon Shakespeare Festival,FULL BIO

Cynthia Cohen

Cynthia Cohen is Director of the Program in Peacebuilding and the Arts and Acting Director of the Ethics Center at Brandeis University.

She leads action/reflection research projects, writes, and teaches about work at the nexus of the arts, culture, justice, and peace. She directed the Brandeis University/Theatre Without Borders collaboration Acting Together,FULL BIO

Catherine Coray

Catherine Coray is the program director for The Lark Middle East-US Playwright Exchange.  Previously, she was the director of hotINK at The Lark, which introduced New York audiences to new plays from over 50 countries.  She has been on the faculty of NYU Tisch since 1991, and teaches and collaborates with artists in Austria,FULL BIO

John Clinton Eisner

John Clinton Eisner co-founded The Lark in 1994 as a community of theater professionals dedicated to the playwright’s vision. He has grown The Lark into an award-winning “think tank for the theater,” with local, national, and global reach. He divides his time between working directly with playwrights and creating strategies with artistic leaders in the United States and abroad to advance new plays into the repertoire.FULL BIO

Jamie Gahlon

Jamie Gahlon is a cultural organizer, producer, and theatremaker. She is the Senior Creative Producer and a Co-Founder of HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community based at Emerson College in Boston. She manages the HowlRound day-to-day operations, and is a co-creator of the World Theatre Map,FULL BIO

Juli Hendren

Juli Hendren is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Tricklock Company and the Curator of The Revolutions International Theatre Festival. Hendren has produced artists from over twenty different countries around the world through the festival. She is a director, writer, actor, and teacher who has taught and performed across the US, Canada, Europe,FULL BIO

Mara Issacs

Mara Issacs is the founder and Executive/Creative Produce for The Octopus Theatricals. Mara has produced over one hundred productions that have been seen on Broadway (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Translations, Anna in the Tropics, Electra), off-Broadway (Hadestown,Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods, The Brother/Sister PlaysFULL BIO

Chris Jennings

Chris Jennings is the Executive Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. He joined the company as General Manager in 2004. He currently serves on the Board of the Theatre Communications Group, DC Downtown BID, THE ARC, DC Arts Collaborative and the Penn Quarter Neighborhood Association, and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres (where he has served on AEA and SSDC Negotiating Committees) and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.FULL BIO

Natalia Kaliada

Natalia Kaliada is Founding Co-Artistic Director of Belarus Free Theatre, writer, diplomat, human rights campaigner and producer. She is co-author together with Nicolai Khalezin of internationally-acclaimed plays including Generation Jeans, Discover Love, Trash Cuisine and Time of Women. She authored the monologue, “Belarus is not sexy” featured in the play Minsk,FULL BIO

Nicolas Kent

Nicolas Kent was Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, London, from 1984 to 2012. He is known for his political pieces at the Tricycle, where the verbatim plays he directed became known as the Tricycle Tribunal plays. Among them: Half the Picture, The Colour of Justice, Nuremberg, Srebrenica and the Olivier Award-winning: Bloody Sunday were all broadcast by the BBC.FULL BIO

Suhair Khan

Suhair Khan leads Initiatives and Partnerships at the Google Arts & Culture in various countries globally. Currently based in London, she was previously focused on Emerging Markets products based out of Singapore, and before that at Google’s Mountain View HQ. She attended Cornell and Harvard University.FULL BIO

Kwame Kwei-Armah

Kwame Kwei-Armah is the Artistic Director of Baltimore Center Stage where he has directed Marley, One Night in Miami, Amadeus, Dance of the holy ghosts, The Mountaintop; An Enemy of the People, The Whipping Man and Things of Dry Hours.FULL BIO

Roberta Levitow

Theatre director, dramaturg and producer Roberta Levitow has worked in NYC, LA, nationally and internationally. She is the Senior Program Associate/International with the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, focusing on exposure and exchange opportunities between theatre artists in East Africa, the Middle East North Africa, and the US. She is a Co-Founder and the Director of Theatre Without Borders;FULL BIO

Erwin Maas

Erwin Maas is a New York based theatermaker, teacher and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. He has worked extensively in Australia, Europe, South Africa and USA. In New York, he directs numerous productions Off & Off-Off Broadway as well as site-specific. Maas is the Artistic Director of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA),FULL BIO

Dijana Milošević

Dijana Milošević graduated at the Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation and at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts-Department of Theatre Directing, University of Belgrade. Ms. Milošević co-founded DAH Teatar in 1991 (which expanded into the DAH Theater Research Center in 1993), and, since the beginning, directs its performances. With this position comes the responsibility of Artistic Director for many festivals and projects that the company engages.FULL BIO

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which electrified its readers with a compassionate and often harrowing portrait of the Islamic revolution in Iran and how it affected one university professor and her students. Reading Lolita in Tehran has been translated in 32 languages,FULL BIO

Ali Mahdi Nouri

Ali Mahdi Nouri is a Sudanese actor and stage director who has demonstrated that theatre, music and drama have an invaluable role to play in promoting dialogue and supporting peacekeeping processes.

In 2000, Mr Nouri founded the Bugaa Theatre Group in Khartoum, internationally recognized today as the most convincing practical example of the instrumentalization of theatre for development and peace-building.FULL BIO

Phloeun Prim

PHLOEUN PRIM is the Executive Director for Cambodian Living Arts. A visionary cultural entrepreneur, Phloeun has spearheaded Cambodian Living Arts’ transformation from a grassroots project reviving traditional arts to the leading cultural agency in Cambodia. Having set out a strategic vision and long-term roadmap for CLA at the beginning of his tenure, Phloeun has led the organization to extend its reach from local to international programming;FULL BIO

Heather Raffo

Heather Raffo is an award-winning playwright and actress who’s work has been seen off Broadway, off West End in regional theater and in film.  She is the author and solo performer of the play 9 PARTS OF DESIRE (Lucielle Lortel and Susan Smith Blackburn awards, Drama League, OCC, Helen Hayes nominations), which The New Yorker called “an example of how art can remake the world”. FULL BIO

Michael Rohd

Michael Rohd is the Founding Artistic Director of Sojourn Theatre. He recently accepted a Professorship at Arizona State University’s Herberger Insititute for Design & Art, where he, Liz Lerman and Daniel Bernard Roumain lead a think tank/action space called The Ensemble Lab. He is the author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict,FULL BIO

Garth Ross

Garth Ross is the Vice President for Community Engagement at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., where he has produced over 7,000 performances featuring artists from all fifty states and over fifty countries.  He is responsible for the Millennium Stage daily, free performance series, as well as many other notable projects and festivals including Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America,FULL BIO

Raza Ahmad Rumi

Raza Ahmad Rumi is a writer, journalist and international development practitioner from Pakistan. He teaches at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and is a scholar in residence at Ithaca College, New York. Raza has also been visiting global faculty member at Gallatin, NYU. Currently, he is editor Daily Times, Pakistan. He is a fellow at Berkley Center for Religion,FULL BIO

Kate Seelye

Kate Seelye is Sr. Vice President of the Middle East Institute, where she oversees MEI’s communications and programs, including MEI’s growing arts and culture program. She also serves on the board of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. Prior to joining MEI, Seelye worked as a radio and television journalist covering the Arab world for nearly ten years from Lebanon.FULL BIO

Joanna Sherman

Joanna Sherman is the Artistic Director of Bond Street Theatre. As director, choreographer, musician and actor, she has participated in company performances and projects globally. The company primarily works in post-war and disadvantaged communities, collaborating with local artists, and working for the benefit of women, children and others through theatre. Current focus areas: Afghanistan, Haiti,FULL BIO