Our Staff

 
In alphabetical order by first name.

Anthony Moseley (Artistic Director, he/him) has been the Artistic Director of Collaboraction since 1999, using theater as a tool of knowledge, empathy, dialogue and action. Through this work, Moseley has commissioned and collaborated with thousands of artists to build a more equitable future for Chicago through projects including Sketchbook Festival, Peacebook, Encounter and The Light youth theater festival. As a writer/director he created Crime Scene: a Chicago Anthology and its four sequels, This is Not a Cure For Cancer, Connected and A Blue Island in the Red Sea. In 2018, Collaboraction was honored with a Comcast/Ovation Stand for the Arts Award and an Otto Award for “ground-breaking political theater.” He is currently devising Red Island, a piece about racism in America, premiering at Kennedy-King College in Spring 2021.

 

Crystal Barnes (Associate Producer, she/her) is a 20-year film and theater veteran. She has produced over 20 independent projects ranging from short films, commercials and live theater throughout the Chicago area. She has been honored to speak on 10+ panels, serve as consultant on many independent projects, and serve as mentor on as many as 20+ teen driven projects within various Chicago arts organizations in her 25-year career as a teaching artist. She holds an BA in acting from Temple University and is an MFA candidate from Rutgers University.

 

 

Deanna Gonzalez (Development Associate, she/her) is a passionate arts administrator with broad experience in both nonprofit and commercial theaters on the East Coast and in the Midwest. She strives to support and cultivate a theater experience that will transform and inspire its audiences. She believes that the performing arts can foster necessary change, initiate significant conversations and educate all. She is a dramaturg, writer, arts enthusiast and constant student of life.

 

 

 

Elsa Hiltner (Director of Development, she/her) is a Company Member of Collaboraction, costume designer, and writer/organizer on theatrical labor equity. Her essays include "A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design" (HowlRound, 2016 & Stage Directions, 2017), "Inequity by Design" (HowlRound, 2020), and "Pay Equity: What's in it for Theatre Companies?" (HowlRound, 2021). She has worked with Collaboraction since 2007 as a designer and deviser, and joined the staff in 2017. She co-created The Mars Assignment, a 2016 Collaboraction production on mental illness and stigma. Elsa is a co-founder of On Our Team, a Chicago-based organization working to build equity in theatrical design.

James Anthony (Marketing Manager, they/them) is an orphan queer, an introverted extrovert, but overall fabulous. They're an active listener, thought provoker, qualitative and quantitative researcher, and storyteller. As an IDEA activist and advocate, JA believes comprehensive strategies and empathy make progress, and an inclusive culture fosters a brave space. They have an ardor for media, interior design, Podcasts, hosting parties, and cooking for people. They're also a recipient of the 2019 Windy City Times Top 30 Under 30 LGBTQ+ Awards. 

Jay Kelly (Public Relations Representative, he/him) is a Chicago PR specialist with more than 30 years of experience representing non-profit performing arts organizations including theaters, dance companies, music organizations and festivals. He has proudly represented Collaboraction since 2011. Other clients include Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA), Lucky Plush Productions, Manual Cinema, Paramount Theatre, Physical Theater Festival Chicago, Season of Concern, Teatro Vista, Theater Wit and TimeLine Theatre Company. He launched Jay Kelly PR in July 2017 after seven years as Vice President of Arts and Culture at a mid-sized PR firm. He also served three years as an adjunct marketing professor at The Theatre School at DePaul University in the performing arts management program. For more, visit jaykellypr.com.

Nikolaj Sorensen (Production Manager, he/him) is a production manager and scenic designer living and working in Chicago. His work is grounded in community, seeking to serve and uplift the voices of those around him in the pursuit of justice and equity. As a mixed-race artist and inveterate geek, he loves mashups and remixes in all their forms and has long been interested in the potential of the internet as a vehicle for theatrical experimentation and community-building. He holds a B.S. in Theatre from Northwestern University; has production managed for Palo Alto Players, Piven Theatre Workshop, Northwestern's Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago; and is currently the Director of Production for Hearing in Color Chicago. 

Dr. Marcus Robinson (Executive Director, he/him) is a thought leader on the issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. He has led community transformation and organization change initiatives throughout North America. At the core, he is an artist, mystic and educator. In his role as Executive Director of Collaboraction, he leverages a lifetime of creativity with a stellar career in nonprofit leadership to create devised theater to educate, inspire and promote positive change in our communities.

Sarah Swift (Producing Director, she/her) is a Collaboraction Company Member and Chicago-based director, dramaturg, producer, and writer. She has produced, production managed, directed and stage managed at Collaboraction since 2006. At Collaboraction she endeavors to create space for all artists from all corners of Chicago to have their voices heard. She co-wrote and directed Forgotten Future: The Education Project, a piece which highlighted the inequities in the Chicago Public School system. Sarah also works in Chicago as a middle school social studies teacher. Her work in theatre and education strives to enlighten and uplift communities, strengthening awareness about our history and where to go from here. Sarah holds a BFA in Directing and BA in Music from Millikin University and MEd in Education from DePaul University.

Tweed Thornton (General Manager, he/him) has over 15 years of experience starting conversations, building communities, and creating solutions for nonprofit organizations and other community groups in Chicago. He founded Four Star Initiatives in 2017 after serving as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago for almost a decade. Other organizations he has worked with include WTTW, Health Care Council of Chicago, The Back Office Cooperative, Publicity Club of Chicago, and Alliance Francaise de Chicago. Thornton holds a BFA in Theatre Management from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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