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Mary Alice Carnes, Drew Nebrig, David R. Jarrott, Inge Rider, Adam Roberts,

Simone Alexander, Dana Wing Lau, Ashley Bowers, Rommel Sulit,

Catherine Ashton, Valoneecia Tolbert, Jeremy Rashad Brown, and Robert Matney

Mary Alice Carnes (she/her)

Drew Nebrig (she/her)

David R. Jarrott (he/him) is the Producing Artistic Director of Jarrott Productions. He's been involved in theatre since age 10, and is an actor/writer/producer/director. Previous day jobs were in advertising, television and radio; a recipient of several local, regional, national and international awards for acting, writing, directing and production for theatre, advertising, television and radio, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2011. 

Inge Rider  (she/her) moved to Austin in 2006 to be close to family. Having always liked live theater, she was delighted to discover the abundance of it here in Austin and has been a "faithful audience member" from the very beginning. She lives in South Austin with her 2 dogs and her cat.

Adam Roberts  (he/him) is an Austin-based artistic director, musical director, and vocal coach. He is co-founder of TILT Performance Group (tiltperformance.org) and Resolution Creative (resolutionaryworks.com), and frequently serves as guest director, conductor, and consultant for projects in Central Texas and beyond. Learn more about Adam and his work at adamkroberts.com and on social at @adamrobertsvoice.

Simone Alexander (she/her) is a freelance artist, arts administrator, and arts advocate. Simone has spent the last four years in Austin working in the nonprofit field and theatre community. She serves as Producing Artistic Director and Founder of New Manifest Theatre Company, Development Director of Ground Floor Theatre, and Visitor Relations Manager at The Contemporary Austin museum. Simone has volunteered through service on the B. Iden Payne Awards Council, the UTeach Fine Arts Council Advisory Committee, and the ACC AAS Tech Theatre Advisory Committee. Simone is a yogi and enjoys cooking and going to parks for picnics with her husband, Nehemiah, and their pups, Johnny and Roy. 

Dana Wing Lau  (she/her) is a member Actors Equity Association. She also serves on the board of Women in Film & Television. She is a commercial and film actor as well as an audiobook narrator. She is pitching her own TV food show this year! Dana's other creative endeavors include writing, yoga, baking, learning ukelele, practicing and relearning instruments she used to know how to play, practicing (and relearning) languages, and traveling. Dana is a transplant from California and has been exploring the Lone Star State and how to keep things weird. 

Ashley Bowers  (she/her) currently works as a Product Marketing Manager at Meta (aka Facebook) in Austin, Texas focusing on Privacy and Regulation for ads. She graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and has called Austin home for the past 5+ years after a few years living in New York City. Outside of work, you can find her walking Lady Bird Lake with her fiance Brian and their pup Winslow or improving upon some of her favorite creative skills like floral arranging and custom stationery. Ashley has a background in dance and performing arts so is very excited to be joining the ATX Theater Advisory Board! 

Rommel Sulit (he/him) ) has 20 years of experience in structural, civil, landscape, and specialty architecture. He specializes in design and detail, but has expertise in all phases of production and construction, and works in BIM 3D modeling systems such as ArchiCAD, Revit, AutoCAD. He holds a master's degree in architecture from UT Austin, and an undergraduate degree in visual art from The University of Chicago. As a theatre professional as well, Rommel co-founded Street Corner Arts and has performed for the stage, film and TV after training at the School at Steppenwolf.

Catherine Ashton  (she/her) is the founder & CEO of Giant Squid Group, LLC, a social impact consultancy that works with start-up and small nonprofits to scale their fundraising, leadership, and capacity through an intersectional feminist and anti-racist lens.  She is a sought-after coach, speaker, and strategist locally and nationally, and specializes in helping organizations marry best practices and mission-aligned innovation to drive systems-level change. In her “out of work” life she spends time with her daughter, husband, and collection of rescue animals and can be found horseback riding, doing jigsaw puzzles, or drinking whiskey. 

Valoneecia Tolbert

Jeremy Rashad Brown

Robert Matney  (he/him) is a stage-actor and producer interested in early modern drama and the intersection of performing art, network technology, and game mechanics. He works for Yonder, an AI software company whose products detect and analyze emerging narratives and influence dynamics in online discourse.