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.
Elsa Hiltner (Director of Development, she/her) is a Company Member of Collaboraction, costume designer, writer/organizer on theatrical labor equity, and an artist. Her essays include "A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design" (HowlRound, 2016 & Stage Directions, 2017) and "Inequity by Design" (HowlRound, 2020). 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.
Emmy Weldon (Director of Production, they/them) is a scenic designer and artist based in Chicago. They have always been passionate about using theater as a catalyst for social change. They earned their M.F.A. in production design and technology from Ohio University. Emmy's most recent design credits include scenery for Collaboraction’s 2019 Peacebook tour, The Light, and Encounter series. Other recent design credits include various TV commercials as well as associate art direction for The Steve Harvey Show season five St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween episodes.
J. Nicole Brooks (Associate Artistic Director, she/they), also known as Docta Slick, is an actor, playwright, author, director, educator and social justice warrior. Born on the west side and raised on the south side, Brooks has a vested interest in creating stories inspired by Chicago history. They are an award winning artist with honors from TCG Fox Fellowship Foundation, American Theatre Wing, League of Chicago Theatres, LA Ovation, Black Theatre Alliance, Black Ensemble Theatre (BPI), and the National Endowment for the Arts. Plays include HeLa (Kilroy List 2019), Black Diamond, and the first play in a series on Chicago mayors Her Honor Jane Byrne. Television credits include roles on The Chi, South Side with several projects in development. Brooks is an ensemble member with Lookingglass Theatre Company.
Luis Crespo (Director of Youth Programming, he/him) is a Collaboraction Company Member, has worked with After School Matters for 17 years and has been a Teaching Artist in Chicago for over 12 years. He uses theater, creative writing and the arts to inspire and motivate hundreds of young men and women to find, amplify and share their voice while creating original works for the stage. He has worked with Association House of Chicago, CCAP (Center for Community Arts Partnership), AIM (Artists In Mentorship), American Theater Company’s American Mosaic, Memory Ensemble, Changing Worlds, Northside Learning Center, ChiArts and Bridge after school programs.
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 (Managing Director, 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.