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About Us

MVCCT has been bringing quality arts education to our community since 1979


To educate and develop young artists through theatre arts and creative play.


To lead in artistic and theatrical excellence within the community, and to provide a nurturing environment to explore storytelling with compassion, wonder, and generosity.

Core Values


We nurture an active imagination, a sense of self-worth, and emotional intelligence through creative play. By empowering our youth, we empower our community.



We explore the richness of the human experience through the dramatic arts.  We commit to equity, diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility for all. By expanding our awareness, we grow together as a community.



We harness innovation and quality through our teaching artists, youth, and programming.  By excelling in our art form, we foster growth as artists and as individuals.



We work to create an equitable environment where all are encouraged and supported.  We advocate for voices that need to be heard, including BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists.  By engaging with our community, we are an active part of the dialogue.


Board of Directors

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Lexi Keogh joined the MVCCT Board in 2018 and has served as a producer, organized fundraising, and as Vice President. She is a nonprofit professional with over 20 years of experience and is currently the Executive Director of UpCycle Creative Reuse Center, based in Alexandria VA.

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Chip Russell joined the MVCCT Board in 2019 and serves as Treasurer.  Chip has spent his career in accounting and finance and currently serves as the CFO for BroadPoint, Inc., a consulting firm headquartered in Bethesda, MD.


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Jennifer Collins joined the MVCCT Board in 2014 and has served as the President and producer. Jennifer has spent a career in science education and currently works for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


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Derek Farino joined the MVCCT Board in 2019 but has been affiliated with the organization for twenty years having served as a teaching artist, stage manager, and camp manager. Derek currently works for a non-profit organization geared towards youth violence prevention.

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Board Member


Laura Marshall joined the MVCCT Board in 2008. During that time, she has served as both President and Vice President; as well as producing and costuming shows for more than a decade. Laura is a professional photographer who specializes in headshots, senior portraits and theatre production photography. 


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Chesley Simpson joined the MVCCT Board in 2018 and has served as producer. Chesley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works as a grief counselor for Capital Caring Health.

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Vice President

Brian Nienaber joined the MVCCT Board in 2019 and has served as Board Member and is currently serving as Vice President. Brian has worked politics his entire professional life and is currently working at The Tarrance Group, a leading political research firm.

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Nolan Welle has been on the MVCCT Board since 2019. She’s a native of Alexandria and is raising three children in this lively community. Nolan works for the Intelligence Community as a senior educator and talent development manager. 



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Gia Mariam Hasan joined the MVCCT Board in 2017 and has served as the treasurer and producer. Gia works in mindfulness, holistic mind-body wellness, stress management, and unconscious bias for corporations and private clients, and designs trauma-informed programs for at-risk youth.



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Janice McMorrow joined the MVCCT Board in 2014 and has served as the Secretary and producer.  Janice has spent a career in intellectual property, and works for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



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Darlene Ash joined the MVCCT Board in 2020 and is looking forward to working and contributing in the future. Working in many different roles, Darlene has spent 30-years at the Washington Speakers Bureau, the world’s preeminent lecture agency. 

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Bethany Weinstein joined the MVCCT Board in 2020 and has worked on marketing and fundraising. Bethany is a seasoned media professional and currently serves as communications manager at Browne Academy.


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Program Coordinator


Pam Peckar has been working with and for MVCCT since the early 80's.  In addition to her program coordination duties she has a love of costume design and has co-designed many productions during her tenure at MVCCT.

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Rachel has been working for MVCCT since the summer of 2005 when she started as the summer camp manager.  She has an MFA in Scenic Design and has worked professionally as a scenic artist, props artist, lighting and scenic designer.  She is a founding member and on the executive board for Alexandria Clay Co-Op.

DEI Advisory Council

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Dylan Arredondo (he/him) is a DC-based, Mexican-Japanese theatremaker whose primary artistic goal is to reckon with the spatial, social, and creative limits being placed upon him at any given moment in the creative process and to recontextualize them as opportunities to adapt and renew the platform of performance. He attempts to investigate intercultural performance source texts and approaches without appropriating those practices, and to place them in conversation with contemporary technological interfaces and/or ecologically-informed systems, through which to create a lens to adapt less-known stories, make space for oral histories, craft living archives, and work form-first. 

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Juan Pablo moved to the United States in 2017 from his home country of Guatemala where he worked in the Public Health and nutrition non profit sector. He also owned an Urban Farm and Restaurant and worked intensely to connect his community to nature, food and agriculture. Since living in Virginia he has continued this work by joining Arcadia The Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, where his role as Outreach and Education Coordinator, has connected him to schools and community centers along Richmond Highway.

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Kimberly Mott is an educator and shares her life-long love of the arts with her family. She actively participates in diversity, equity, and inclusion work at her school and is committed to the promotion of authentic representations of diversity in children's literature. A native Californian, Kimberly moved to the Washington D.C. area in 2001. She is a wife and mother of theater enthusiasts. She enjoys swimming, of course reading, and going on thrilling adventures.

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Ryan Sellers has been a teaching artist, actor, and director in the DC area since 2008. He has worked with MVCCT for 6 years, mentoring and educating youth through theater arts. He writes and directs for Arts on the Horizon, and works as a director for Synetic Theater, Synetic Teen Company, Creative Cauldron, MVCCT, and many local schools.  He performs with several companies around the DC area, including Synetic Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Constellation Theatre, Signature Theatre, Arts on the Horizon, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, Studio Theatre, Longarce Lea, and Creative Cauldron. Ryan is an ardent proponent of social justice through the arts and champions young artists to use their voices and tell their stories. 

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Tori Tolentino is a director, choreographer, adaptor, and performing artist with over a decade of experience. Tori most recently returned to the States after receiving hers Masters degree in arts management and administration at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy. Currently, Tori is developing Tolentino Visuals a film and photography business alongside her husband while simultaneously developing a consulting firm rooted in diversifying management and staff, boards, talent, and creative content of theatre organizations. EDI work has been a pillar in Tori’s personal and professional life. She is honored to be part of the MVCCT EDI Advisory Board and looks forward to learning and creating positive forward momentum for us all.

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Yasmine Bolden is a racial justice community organizer and part-time creative writing coach. She performs in and writes micro-productions for DMV area theatre and is a National Museum of African American History and Culture Young Historians Institute alumna. She is set to serve on Mt. Vernon’s Youth Advisory Council and graduate high school in 2021.

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Fredrick is a Nigerian-born man who is an IT professional and active father. He is interested, and involved with video editing, art, politics, gaming and sports. Fredrick believes in the pursuit to increase awareness around disparities in our society. He believes that it is important to have unity in diversity and the Arts are a prime platform to showcase the beauty in diversity and practice inclusion.

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Georgette is a family mental health therapist with a strong focus on young children. She is an avid spectator of the arts and loves to draw and paint. Her commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion hones in on the reflective capacity of a community and increasing access to opportunities for marginalized communities.

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Dallas has been an actor, mover, choreographer, and teacher in the DC Theater community since 2010. He is an advocate for devised original work and a strong proponent of theatre for social justice. He has worked previously with The Conciliation Project whose mission is “To promote, through active and challenging dramatic work, open and honest dialogue about racism and oppression in America in order to repair its damaging legacy.” He hopes to continue dialogue through creativity and art. He has performed with many DC companies including the Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, Constellation Theater, Rorschach Theater, Synetic Theater. He is also a company member with Synetic Theater He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Theater Performance. Dallas is very excited to be part of this advisory board and he is looking forward to aiding the evolution of our artistic communities towards cultivating a more equitable and just environment.

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Aidan White is a student at the College of William & Mary where he is studying Public Policy and Sociology. He has spent fifteen years doing shows, taking classes, and assisting camp counselors with MVCCT.