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Allison Arkell Stockman (Founding Artistic Director) has directed 23 Constellation productions including Avenue Q (14 Helen Hayes Award Nominations, 7 Awards including Outstanding Director and Outstanding Musical), Journey to the West, The Fire and The Rain, ABSOLUTELY! {perhaps}, The Love of the Nightingale, 36 Views, Gilgamesh, Taking Steps, Metamorphoses, The Ramayana, The Green Bird, Women Beware Women, Three Sisters, A Flea in Her Ear, The Marriage of Figaro, The Oresteia, The Good Woman of Setzuan, A Dream Play and The Arabian Nights. Locally, Allison has served as an Assistant Director at the Folger Theatre and Shakespeare Theatre Company. She has directed readings and workshops for Theater J and the Kennedy Center. A Drama League Directing Fellow and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Allison holds an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama and a BA in Comparative Religion from Princeton.

A.J. Guban (Managing Director) received a 2017 Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Set Design on Journey to the West, a 2016 Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design on Avenue Q and 2014 Helen Hayes Nominations for both Outstanding Scenic Design & Outstanding Lighting Design for 36 Views. Of Constellation’s 31 productions, he has created 29 scenic designs and 25 lighting designs. Favorite scenic and/or lighting design credits for the company include: Equus, Avenue Q, Metamorphoses, 36 Views, The Ramayana (2011), On The Razzle, The Good Woman of Setzuan, and The Arabian Nights. As a freelance designer, he has designed for such companies as The Washington National Opera, Opera Cleveland, Opera Vivente, The Maryland Opera Studio, The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Postal Museum, among others. He is the Lighting Director at the Washington National Opera and is a proud member of USA Local 829. He serves on the Board of Governors for theatreWashington. A.J. holds an MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Sarah Anne Sillers (Development Manager) has been part of the Constellation family since 2011, when she joined as the company's first intern. Sarah Anne serves as the primary point of contact for patrons, donors, and subscribers, creates and publishes digital marketing content, supports company events, and assists the Artistic Director and Managing Director as needed. Sarah Anne is also a performer in the DC area; select local credits include Constellation Theatre Company: Urinetown; Keegan Theatre: American Idiot, Dogfight; Brave Spirits Theatre: Henri IV, Parts 1 & 2; WSC Avant Bard: Visible Language (2014 Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical); Lean & Hungry Theater: Othello, The Comedy of Errors; The In Series: The Cole Porter Project. Sarah Anne graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a BA in English and a Certificate in Theatre.

  Sean Griffin (Production Manager)'s theatre career began at a small community theatre in Columbia, SC and has taken him all over the county. He attended Carnegie Mellon University for an MFA in Stage and Production Management and has worked as an Actor, Stage Manager, Designer, Producer, Production Manager and General Manager for companies as varied as Trustus Theatre, The Atlanta Opera, The Boston Symphony, Opera Omaha, Central City Opera, Horizon Theatre, and the Connecticut Opera. He most recently spent nine years at Florida Repertory Theatre as the Production Manager and then as General Manager. Sean is thrilled to be part of Constellation Theatre and excited to contribute another chapter to our story.

Nick Martin (Artistic Associate) dove headfirst into Constellation Theatre Company during the 2016/2017 season serving as Assistant Director on both Urinetown and Peter and the Starcatcher. Nick has also worked as Assistant Director for productions at Signature Theatre and Olney Theatre Center, and has directed for the Source Festival, FringePOP, Nu Sass, and Rorschach Theatre. Nick is also a performer in the DC area, select local credits include Shakespeare Theatre Company: Othello; Imagination Stage: Blue; Pointless Theatre Company: King Ubu; dog & pony dc: Sense-Able, Toast. Nick graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2013 with a BA in Theatre and Mathematics.


Debodhonyaa Sengupta, Board President (DC Resident)
Deb Sengupta is an Intellectual Property and Technology Attorney at Dentons US LLC.  Deb assists clients in obtaining patents for various inventions, primarily within the areas of organic and materials chemistry, pharmaceuticals and nano-devices.  She is an active member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, currently serving as Chair of the Mentoring Committee.  She earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University, and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. Deb and her hound mix Alfred volunteer at various D.C. public libraries as part of the People.Animals.Love. program, helping young D.C. residents develop a love of reading and learning.  *2 Year Term up for Renewal July 2017


Lucinda Romberg, Secretary (Virginia Resident)
For thirty-five years, Lucinda Romberg worked for Fairfax County Public Schools holding a variety of positions including teacher, mentor, human resource specialist and principal of two elementary schools. She retired in 2008 and is having fun attending lots of theater on big and small stages, learning to bake cookies and playing with grandchildren. She is also one of the organizers and fundraisers for an annual McLean Stop Hunger Now event that combines education in world hunger issues with a hands-on meal packaging experience for volunteers of all ages. Every November one thousand volunteers package 250,000 meals that go to feed school children in developing countries. Lucinda earned her BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. *2 Year Term up for Renewal July 2016


Ian Shuman, Treasurer (Maryland Resident)
Ian Shuman is a partner and the director of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman’s client services department. He has more than 20 years of public accounting experience providing auditing, consulting and general accounting services to many types of entities. As director, he is responsible for overseeing the full-range of outsourced accounting services, both on and off-site, for nonprofit and for-profit businesses at various stages of development. He frequently advises nonprofits and other businesses on best practices for setting up their accounting systems. *2 Year Term up for Renewal July 2017


Michael L Burke, Past Board President (DC Resident)
Michael L. Burke is a Manager for Bloomberg BNA based in Arlington, Virginia. BNA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bloomberg. Bloomberg BNA is a leading source of legal, tax, regulatory, and business information for professionals providing authoritative coverage spanning the full range of legal practice areas. Michael Burke manages a team of developers responsible for the corporate website and e-commerce platform. This includes the company’s customer-facing web platform and back-end systems supporting the e-commerce shopping cart activities on the site. Burke joined BNA in 1994 as a Technical Support Analyst in the CD-ROM unit and started the Quality Assurance group in charge of testing their electronic products.  He was later promoted to Project Manager in the Market Strategies Group. He currently works in the Product Research and Development Group as the Manager, of their E-Commerce unit. Prior to joining BNA, Burke worked for Ferox Microsystems, Inc., one of the first companies to develop financial software for the personal computer market.  He held several positions there including marketing, training, and development before leaving and joining BNA. A life-long theatre lover, Burke started subscribing to Washington theatres and currently has 11 subscriptions and attends theatre on average 3 to 4 nights a week. He is dedicated to the Washington Theatre community. He has served over 8 years as a Helen Hayes Judge. Burke graduated from Kalamazoo College, with a B.A. in economics and business administration. He resides in Washington, DC. Burke has been on the board of Constellation Theatre Company since 2012 and served as Board President from 2013 to 2016. *2 Year Term up for Renewal July 2017

Scott Chatham, Chair of Performance Venue Planning Committee (DC Resident)
Scott Chatham is a Mortgage Loan Officer with McLean Mortgage Corporation, based a few blocks away from Constellation on U Street, NW. Scott was either onstage or backstage for every high school production between 7th and 12th grades. His rage for the stage continued with Summer Theatre during college years. He even directed and played El Gallo in a production of "The Fantasticks" that almost didn't come to fruition, but ultimately is remembered by all involved as a great learning and character building experience. From 1996 to 2000, Scott served on the board of The Studio Theatre here in DC.


A.J. Guban, Managing Director (Virginia Resident)
A.J. Guban has been part of Constellation from the beginning. Scenic/Lighting Designer credits at Constellation include: The Green Bird, On The Razzle, Women Beware Women, The Ramayana, Three Sisters, A Flea In Her Ear, Crazyface, The Marriage of Figaro, Temptation, The Oresteia, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Arabian Nights, A Dream Play. A freelance designer, he has designed for such companies as Opera Cleveland, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Opera Vivente, The Maryland Opera Studio, The Kennedy Center, The Washington Ballet, Imagination Stage, Catholic University of America, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Huron Playhouse, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the National Postal Museum, among others. He has assisted on projects with the Washington National Opera, Baltimore Opera and Kentucky Opera. A.J. earned his MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Maryland, College Park.


Scott Hahn (Maryland Resident)
Scott Hahn is a Catholic Priest living and working in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was born and raised in Ohio. Scott attended the Ohio State University where he studied Theatre and graduated with a BA. After college, he worked in the box office for a couple of theaters in Columbus. Scott moved to Washington, DC in 1989 and worked for the Washington Opera. He spent three years at the opera selling tickets, assisting season ticket holders and other administrative tasks. After working for the Washington Opera, he earned a Masters in Education and then taught elementary school in the District of Columbia. Scott then entered the seminary and has been in ministry for the past 10 years. Scott has been a subscriber to Constellation as well as the Shakespeare Theatre and Signature Theatre. *2 Year Term up for Renewal June 2019


Violette F. Jacobson (Virginia Resident)
An avid theatre fan, Dr. Jacobson who grew up in Long Island, New York performed in plays throughout her school years, and won the Best Actress Award upon graduation from Pine Manor College in Boston, MA. She has attended a multitude of productions around the world most notably in New York, London, Dublin and Washington, DC. She taught English Literature at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where plays were always part of the curriculum. Most recently, Dr. Violette Jacobson was Board Chair of No Rules Theatre Company (NRTC), a dual city-state company with residencies at Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA and in Winston-Salem, NC. Dr. Jacobson and her husband, Peter, were active on the NRTC Washington, DC Advisory Board. In July 2013, Dr. Jacobson was solicited to chair the NRTC Board of Directors. NRTC closed in August 2015. *2 Year Term up for Renewal July 2018


Bethany S. Jones (Virginia Resident)
Bethany S. Jones, Ph.D is professor emerita of French at James Madison University, where she also served as Vice President for Academic Affairs. She is also President emerita of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (CQAIE), in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to assuming this position she lived for almost five years in the United Arab Emirates, two as the first woman dean at the UAE University in Al Ain, and three as Senior Advisor to the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, an organization reporting to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Dr. Jones has held faculty appointments and administrative positions at Cleveland State University, the University of Delaware, Missouri State University, and James Madison University in Virginia.

Over the years Dr. Jones has worked on many local, national and international committees with organizations such as the American Council on Education, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. She is currently a public member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs, a CHEA-recognized accreditation agency for graduate programs in counseling offered in the United States and abroad. *2 Year Term up for renewal June 2017

  Gene Laporta (DC Resident)
Gene Laporta was born in Washington, DC and spent most of his life in northern Virginia. After a long and fulfilling retail management career in both the animal feed and hardware industries, Gene retired and returned to the city. The rewards of working with neighbors in a close knit community was something Gene wanted to continue to do in retirement. In his relatively new neighborhood, he enjoys pursuing his love and appreciation of art, music and theatre. As a season subscriber to several theater companies in DC, Gene is honored to serve on the board of directors for Constellation Theatre.

Laurie Pomerson (DC Resident)
Laurie Pomerson is a creative, strategic and goal-oriented leader with expertise in live entertainment marketing and management with a respected track record having worked in nearly every capacity over 25 years in the Broadway entertainment industry. Laurie currently consults independently for Pomerson Road Marketing. Laurie has worked for PACE Theatrical Group, SFX Entertainment, Clear Channel Entertainment, Disney Theatricals, Signature Theatre (Washington, DC), Broadway Across America, Live Nation, Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, and many Broadway tours. She is currently consulting with Broadway Near You.

Laurie is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the American Marketing Association, The Broadway League, VIP Member of the National Association of Professional Women, Platinum Member, Worldwide Who’s Who. She is the recipient of many awards and has been recognized in local media for her work in Broadway in Columbus.
Laurie has served as a panelist on the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Innovate DC Grant, co-chair of the Broadway League’s Road Marketing Committee, a lead volunteer at the National Cherry Blossom Festival and is a chair emeritus of the Columbus Arts Marketing Association. *2 Year Term up for renewal June 2017


Allison Arkell Stockman (DC Resident and Artistic Director)
Allison Arkell Stockman is the Founding Artistic Director of Constellation and has directed 21 of Constellation’s 26 productions including A Dream Play, The Arabian Nights, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Oresteia, Temptation, The Marriage of Figaro, Crazyface, A Flea In Her Ear, Three Sisters, The Ramayana, Women Beware Women, The Green Bird, Arms and the Man, Metamorphoses, Taking Steps, Gilgamesh, 36 Views, The Love of the Nightingale, ABSOLUTELY! {perhaps} and The Fire and the Rain. Locally, Allison has directed productions for the In Series, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, The Hatchery, Phoenix Theatre DC and Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has also served as an Assistant Director at Shakespeare Theatre Company and the Folger Theatre and has directed workshops or staged readings for The Kennedy Center and Theater J.  Allison is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She earned her BA in Comparative Religion from Princeton and MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.


Keiko K. Takagi (DC Resident)
Keiko K. Takagi is a partner at the firm of Sughrue Mion PLLC.  Ms. Takagi focuses on various intellectual property matters, and currently serves on the Board of Governors for the D.C. Bar and the Board of Directors of APABA-DC.  She received a J.D. degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a B.S. degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.  She danced ballet for 12 years and enjoys watching performances at Constellation, as well as at the Kennedy Center and other local venues. *2 Year Term up for Renewal July 2018


Beverly With (DC Resident)
Beverly With has over thirty years experience as a development professional including major donor cultivation, corporate and foundation fundraising, meeting and special event planning, board development, budgeting, and volunteer/staff management. She began her Washington, DC based career in development at Independent Sector in 1978, continued as the Director of Development at The Washington National Opera from 1987 to 1999, headed the Office of Membership and Development at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from 1999 to 2003, and ended her career at the Folger Shakespeare Library as Director of Development from 2003 to December 2010.

Ms. With is a former board member of Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy and a past vice president and member of the board of Woolly Mammoth Theatre. She is also a passionate supporter of the arts and a donor to many cultural institutions in Washington, DC. *2 Year Term up for Renewal July 2017

Updated July 26, 2017.

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