Al Heartley (he/him/his) is a Principal at ALJP Consulting. In addition to his consulting work, Al is the managing director of the Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University. Al is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and has worked for various regional theaters across the country including the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, Cleveland Play House, and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He currently serves on the boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and the Yale Summer Cabaret.
Jocelyn Prince (she/her/hers) is a Principal at ALJP Consulting. She is also on faculty in theater and performance studies at Northwestern University, where she serves on the advisory board of the Black Arts Consortium. Jocelyn is a graduate of Bradley University and Northwestern University and has worked with theaters across the country including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Public Theater, Court Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, and Yale Repertory Theatre. She is an Associate with Beehive Dramaturgy Studio NYC. Jocelyn is a frequent staffer and volunteer with the Democratic Party. She was a staff field organizer for the 2008 Obama for America, 2016 Hillary for America, and 2020 Kamala Harris for the People campaigns.
Leandro A. Zaneti (he/him/his) is a Senior Consultant at ALJP Consulting. He is a Brazilian-American creative producer focused on developing and producing live performance by and for people of color. He is a co-founder of Codify Art, a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist collective foregrounding the work of queer and trans artists of color. He has previously worked at organizations around the country including The Public Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, The New Group, Yale Repertory Theatre and Capacity Interactive, a digital marketing consulting company for the arts. Leandro is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and Brown University.
Michael J. Bobbitt (he/him/his) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. He is an arts leader, director, choreographer, playwright and currently the Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, the Massachusetts' state arts and culture agency. Previously, he was Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre in the Boston area and the Artistic Director for Adventure Theatre-MTC in Maryland. He has directed/choreographed at theaters nationwide and around the world. His leadership training is from the Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative - Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management, The National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program, among other programs. Michael has taught at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, George Washington University, Catholic University, Montgomery College, Howard University, and the Washington Ballet.
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie (she/her/hers) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is a 1st generation pin@y Californian actor, educator and theater maker. She has performed on stages all over the country including 59E59, The Daryl Roth Theater, CalShakes, Southern Rep, Theater Mu, and more. While attending Yale School of Drama for her MFA in Acting, she was co-Founder of the Yale Cabaret in its 50th season, an originating member of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working group, and a co-organizer of the Asian & Asian American Coalition. 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. She is currently an educator at Waterwell Drama Program, and a Still Standing Artist in Residence at Stonehenge NYC.
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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. Current: Associate, ALJP Consulting; Facilitator, Yale School of Drama. 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.
Megan Sandberg-Zakian (she/her/hers) is an Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is a theater director with a passion for the development of diverse new American plays & playwrights, and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. Her book There Must Be Happy Endings: On a Theatre of Optimism and Honesty is available from The 3rd Thing Press. Megan is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She lives in Jamaica Plain, MA, with her wife Candice.
Essie King (she/her/hers) is a Digital and Communications Manager at ALJP Consulting. She is an Arts Administrator at Black Girls Who Paint, an organization committed to normalizing Black women in the arts. When she’s not working on artist programming, she’s creating content strategies and developing brands over at Bliss Consults & Co. Essie discovered her passion for working with arts-driven organizations during her time at Acadiana Center for the Arts where she worked between front of house operations, visual and performing arts marketing. If you ask her, the best part about being from South Louisiana is 100% the food and being in such close proximity to culturally rich cities like New Orleans. If she’s not painting or listening to jazz, Essie spends her free time working on her creative agency to support artists on their professional development journey.
Rose Figueroa (she/her/hers) is a Research and Operations Associate at ALJP Consulting. She is a Stage Manager and Arts Administrator. Rose is currently based in South Florida where she freelances as a Stage Manager and is also currently the Administrative Coordinator at the National New Play Network. Rose has a passion for facilitating the artistic processes of new work in the new play field and widening the reach of new work. She is committed to her ongoing journey of merging her passion for human centered practices, inclusiveness, diversity, and accessibility in an equitably diverse arts ecosystem.