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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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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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Dir. of Education and Marketing


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.

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