Jocelyn Prince (she/her/hers) is a Co-Founder and Principal at ALJP Consulting from the South Side of Chicago who has worked with nonprofit and political organizations across the U.S. for over 20 years as an artist, administrator and community organizer. She has previously served as Artistic Coordinator at Yale Repertory Theatre, Site Coordinator for Almira PreK-8 Academy at Cleveland Play House, Connectivity Director at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater, where she co-facilitated the Emerging Writers Group. She is an Associate with Beehive Dramaturgy Studio and was a co-founding Artistic Director of The New Black Fest. Selected dramaturgy credits include Life After (Goodman Theatre) Invisible Man, The First Breeze of Summer, Raisin, and Othello (Court Theatre); A Raisin in The Sun (Juilliard School of Drama); Harriet Jacobs and Intimate Apparel (Steppenwolf Theatre Company); Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten (Lookingglass Theatre Company); The MLK Project (Writers Theatre); Teibele and Her Demon (European Repertory Company); Daughters of the Mock, Spunk, King of Coons, and The House that Jack Built (Congo Square Theatre Company); My Julliard, Kingdom and Eyes (eta Creative Arts Foundation) Middle Passage (Lifeline Theatre). Jocelyn has directed new work for the Playwrights Gym at Dobama Theatre, the Cleveland Playwrights Festival at Playwrights Local 4181, The Dark Room at Cleveland Public Theater, the Go Green Festival at The Movement Theatre Company, the Around the Coyote Festival, and Snapshots 10-Minute Play Festival at 20% Theatre Company Chicago. She was the assistant director for the world premiere of The Bluest Eye by Lydia Diamond at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Jocelyn has been a guest artist at the Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights Festival and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Nationals. Her performance poetry has been featured by The Encyclopedia Show Chicago, The Encyclopedia Show DC, and La Ti Do. She has taught in the Leadership for Creative Enterprises graduate program and the undergraduate rhetoric, theater and performance studies departments at Northwestern University, and served on the theater management faculty at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. She has presented and spoken on panels at the Communities in Schools National Forum, the Department of Performance Arts at Georgetown University, the Theatre Communications Group National Conference, the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University, the EMC Arts Continuing Innovation Convening, and the Department of Africana Studies; Rites and Reason at Brown University. Jocelyn is the creator of Theater Folx of Color, an affinity Facebook group for BIPOC in the theater industry with 13K+ active members. She has written for TimeOut Chicago, TimeOut New York, Howlround,The Chicago Reporter, Nonprofit Quarterly and the African American Review. Her marathon street performance protest "Honk for Justice Chicago" in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in 2020, was featured in a variety of outlets including Chicago Tonight, The Chicago Reader, and The Washington Post. Jocelyn recently co-authored a book chapter about the protest with Dr. Harvey Young for the forthcoming publication - Acts of Rebellion, Activism, and Solidarity in Contemporary Black Theatre and Performance. Jocelyn is a Democratic Party activist and has held field staff positions with Obama for America (2008), Hillary for America (2016) and Kamala Harris for the People (2020). Jocelyn holds a B.A. in Journalism from Bradley University and a M.A. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She is a proud alum of the legendary Bradley University Speech Team. Zora is her joyful dog.
Erica Lauren Ortiz (she/her/hers) is a Principal at ALJP Consulting. She is a passionate, values-driven, arts and culture leader, with a lifelong commitment to creating visionary and strategic plans that impact change and lead to a more just, thriving, and equitable community. She was the inaugural Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for Ford's Theatre Society in Washington, D.C., leading the organization’s workforce, theatrical, programmatic and outreach efforts around access, opportunity, and belonging. Erica previously served as Director of Marketing & Production for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), where she served on the core team of the strategic planning committee, penning the new mission of TCG, and creating and curating new programs such as TCG Books Presents First Fridays (featuring playwrights including Pulitzer Prize Winner Michael R. Jackson, Dael Orlandersmith, Heidi Schreck, and Young Jean Lee). A serial entrepreneur, she is also Founder & CEO of The Brandprint, a full-service, creative strategy, media, and production firm of experts who build brand capital and memorable in-person and digital experiences for non-profit and mission-fueled organizations. Erica’s previous roles also include Sr. Director of Digital Marketing & Business Development at Odyssey Media, servicing affluent & influential multicultural female audiences through digital and event activations and the signature conference for 30+ the nation's leading Fortune 500 companies. She is also the founding TKTS Patron Services Coordinator for Theatre Development Fund. An award-winning actress and playwright, Ortiz has worked on over 50 productions in theater and film. She has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center (DC), Rep Stage (MD), Amoralists Theater Company (NY), MTWorks (NY), T. Schreiber Studio (NY), the New York Fringe Festival, PS 122 (NY), Atlas Performing Arts Center (DC), among others. As a production design consultant, she was featured on Bravo’s Project Runway, collaborating with finalist Bishme Cromartie.
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie (she/her/hers) is a Consultant at ALJP Consulting. She is an actor, producer, and educator from the San Francisco Bay Area based in New York City. She has shared her work in NYC: 59E59, Daryl Roth Theater, Ant Fest at ARS NOVA, Center at Park West and Regionally: Steppenwolf, Kansas City Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Southern Rep, Mu Theater, Two Rivers Theater, Magic Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep. In NYC, she has workshopped new work with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2g Productions, Playwrights Realm, The Lark, and the National Black Theater of Harlem. Some memorable roles include Cordelia in King Lear for Play On Podcasts directed by Eric Ting, Viola in Twelfth Night directed by Nelson T Eusebio III, and a new play, Bald Sisters by Vichet Chum directed by Jesca Prudencio at Steppenwolf. TV/Film credits include Blue Bloods, Arcadia, The Hardest Part, Mooshrooms, and The Locker Room Series, and PBS’ Great Performances recording of the play Gloria: A Life. While getting her MFA in acting at Yale School of Drama, she was a co-Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret in its 50th season, an original member of the Asian and Asian American Coalition (aka Asian Potluck) and Yale School of Drama’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. While in New Orleans she was part of Cripple Creek Theater Company and is a current ensemble member of Goat in the Road Productions. In 2015, she was featured in American Theatre magazine as a “Theater Worker You Should Know.” She is a recipient of the inaugural Stonehenge NYC Still Standing Artist Residency. She has worked as an educator at La Mama/Trinity College, Waterwell Drama Program, Urban Arts Partnership, Dwight/Edgewood Project, Play/Write, KidSmART, and the Edible Schoolyard NOLA. She is a lecturer in the College of Performing Arts at the New School, and the Theatre and Performance Studies at Yale University. She is a co-Founder of Encompass Collective NYC, an ensemble of teaching artists offering affinity space actor training at accessible sliding scale prices for Global Majority artists. Learn more at her website.
Michael J. Bobbitt (he/him/his) is a Consultant at ALJP Consulting. He has dedicated his professional career to arts leadership. He is a theatre director, choreographer, and playwright. On February 1, 2021, he joined Mass Cultural Council as Executive Director, becoming the highest-ranking cultural official in Massachusetts. Upon joining Mass Cultural Council, Bobbitt was invited and agreed to serve on the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Board of Directors. Beginning in March 2019 he served as the Artistic Director of the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, MA; immediately prior he held the same position at the Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland for twelve years. While in Maryland Bobbitt led the organization to be a respected theatre/training company in the DC region, as well as a nationally influential professional Theatre for Young Audiences. He led a merger with Musical Theater Center, increased the organizational budget and audience, commissioned new works by noted playwrights, transferred two shows to Off-Broadway, built an academy, and earned dozens of Helen Hayes Award Nominations, garnering eight wins. Bobbitt gained extensive experience in nonprofit arts management by training at Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, The National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, and Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion Certification Program. He has served as an Associate Professor of Theatre at both the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Howard University and volunteered on numerous nonprofit boards, including Non-Profit Village, Maryland Citizens for the Arts, Leadership Montgomery, Weissberg Foundation, Watertown Public Art Commission, and ArtsBoston. In 2021 he was selected to join artEquity’s second cohort of the BIPOC Leadership Circle, and in July 2022 he was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education. In October 2022 he was presented with the Action Bearing Award by MassOpera for his leadership in the development of an equitable cultural sector and recognized by Speak Out for his efforts to build a more inclusive cultural sector. Bobbitt has directed/choreographed at Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Olney Theatre Center, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and the Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and the Olympics. As a writer his work was chosen for the NYC International Fringe Festival and The New York and Musical Theatre Festival. He has plays published by Concord Theatricals/Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals, Broadway Publishing and Plays for Young Audiences. Bobbitt has received the Excel Leadership Award (Center for Nonprofit Advancement), the Emerging Leader Award (County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities), and Person of the Year Award (Maryland Theatre Guide).
Malkia Stampley (she/her/ella) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is a multi-hyphenate artist and arts leader from Milwaukee where she attended Marquette University, interning at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and Skylight Music Theater. She is Goodman Theatre’s Producer and a founder of the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival, where she served as curator and producer for two seasons. She is an alum of Theatre Producers of Color and Broadway for Racial Justice’s Casting Directive Fellowship. Malkia is a founder of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Arts Ensemble and served as Producing Artistic Director for three seasons. An arts educator, mentor and consultant, Malkia has directed across the Midwest and was a featured director for Texas State’s 2021 Black and Latino Playwright Celebration, passionate about fostering new works and collaboration. Malkia is also a stage, tv/film and voiceover actor, currently on AMC’s 61st Street.
Tramaine Chelan'gat (she/her/hers) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is a global Social Impact Strategist and Management Consultant with 15 plus years of senior management and communications experience in Health, Media, Arts, Education, Policy Advocacy, and Community Engagement. Tramaine is a Kenyan-American - born and raised in the American South - who is currently based in New York City. She harnesses innovation that advances social justice, education, cultural, and economic progress. She has consistently propelled organizations forward during times of transition and held pioneering leadership roles with organizations such as UNICEF USA and StoryCorps. She received her B.A. in English Creative Writing and Media Studies and M.A. in Intercultural Management and International Development. She is an award-winning writer and has been a member of the Association for Managers of Innovation for 7 years. For the past decade, Tramaine has focused on the African Diaspora by serving as consultant, senior advisor, project manager, and coach for various organizations to advance Culture; Technology; Women’s and Girls’ Leadership; Education; Business and Entrepreneurship Development; Public Health; Advocacy; and Government Relations.
Stephanie Rolland (she/her/hers) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is a creative producer, curator, and arts administrator whose work is fueled by connection, experimentation, and laughter. She is a facilitator at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University. She co-founded, curates and produces for Interfest, a collective using arts and ideas to arouse liberation for the Black diaspora through ritual, healing, and pleasure. Experience: Classix (virtual), Theatre Row, McCarter, Baltimore Center Stage. Fellowships: TCG Rising Leaders of Color, WP Theater, Americans for the Arts DIAL Labs. Service: KCACTF, LORT and McCarter EDI, TCG National Awards, NEA Grant Panelist. BA, University of Pennsylvania; MFA, Yale School of Drama.
Kim Davis (she/her/hers) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is an artist, educator, and researcher with more than 25 years of experience in arts and culture performance, education, and administration for nonprofit and municipal organizations. Most recently, she served as Senior Director of Education at Old Town School of Folk Music, where she developed and implemented the Creative Dance Residency, producing and presenting artists and companies such as Nejla Yatkin, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, Valerie Alpert Dance Company, and The Cambrians. She also has given lectures and presentations and facilitated discussions at a variety of conferences, municipal departments, and universities. She has experience curating programs for festivals, conferences, artist residencies, and workshop presentations and she served as an Art of Rehearsal mentor for six years at Chicago’s famed Links Hall. She participated in the New England for the Arts’ National Dance Project - 2016 Regional Dance Development Initiative’s Presenter Showcase and she also served as a task force member of Chicago Dancemakers Forum’s 2017 inaugural Elevate Dance Chicago festival. Her background includes program design, workshop and curriculum development, individual mentorship and group facilitation, project management, strategic planning, and executive leadership. She is passionate about using the arts as a gateway to communication and the dismantling of systemic racism and injustice in communities. Davis is completing an EdD in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University and holds an MS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, a BA from Columbia College of Missouri, and has completed training in caucus facilitation, and certificates in Ethical Leadership and DEI in the Workplace. Her research investigates the attrition/retention and success of Black womxn in leadership positions within the arts and culture sector in predominantly white institutions. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of Links Hall.
Laura Moreno (she/her/hers) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is an actor, director, dramaturg, costume designer, and producer in Houston, TX. Laura is the Managing Director at Catastrophic Theatre. She is a graduate of the University of Houston, with an MFA in Theatre, MA in Arts Leadership, Certificate in Arts in Health, and a BFA in Acting. She is the founder of Women in Theatre - Houston, ¡Qué Onda! - LatinX Theatre Collective, and Artists for Change - Texas, as well as the Chief Representative for the Parent Artist Advocacy League (PAAL) - Houston Chapter. Laura is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Beans & Rice Media Arts. She is a member of the LatinX Theatre Commons Steering Committee as well as a cohort member of the artEquity 2021-22 BIPOC Leadership Circle and has served on the anti-racist and DEI committees for the University of Houston’s College of the Arts and School of Theatre and Dance. She also serves as the Director of Marketing and Grants Manager for the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab.