BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carl Randolph has worked in many aspects of theatre and film including producing, directing, choreographing, acting, and FX Make-Up for over 35 years. He has served as the Producing Artistic Director for Footlighter’s Theatre in NJ (1997-99) and as Assistant Artistic Director for the Washington Stage Guild (2018) where he is now an artistic associate. Carl earned his MFA in Directing at Catholic University of America and his MA in Producing Film at American University. He is a proud member of SDC, AEA and SAG-AFTRA and served as the Balto/Washington AEA Liaison for six years. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Heidi Castle-Smith holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from University of Maryland, College Park and an MFA in Set Design and Scenic Art from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Heidi is currently an Adjunct Professor at Howard Community College in the Theatre department teaching both history and Intro to Design. She has presented papers on the construction of actresses identity through the use of portraiture in the Restoration period. Heidi has worked as both a set designer and scenic artist in and around the Washington DC area. Design credits include These Shining Lives for The Arts Collective @ HCC (made the "Best Of" list for DC Metro Theatre Arts in the category of Set Designer), Spring Awakening, A year with Frog and Toad, Peter Pan, and Dogfight (Red Branch Theatre Company), Assassins, Mother Courage and Lear’s daughters (Black Box Student theatre at University of MD), and multiple summer seasons for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.
Gerrad Alex Taylor is an actor, director, and educator based out of the DMV region. He oversees all programming in The Studio at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, which offers classes year-round for area youth and adults. Gerrad also teaches in the theatre department at UMBC. He holds a BA in Neuroscience from The Johns Hopkins University and an MFA in Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is an Associate Artistic Director and member of the Resident Acting Company at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company where he has directed Henry IV, Part 2 (2019), A Christmas Carol (2018), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2018). At CSC, he has appeared as an actor in Henry IV, Part 1 as Hotspur, She Stoops to Conquer as George Hastings, The Three Musketeers as Aramis, Macbeth as Malcolm, Much Ado About Nothing as Claudio, and Romeo and Juliet as Romeo. He has also worked as an actor, director, and educator for theatres and educational institutions across the country including the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Pacific Conservatory Theatre-PCPA, Everyman Theatre, Constellation Theatre Company, Washington Stage Guild, and the Children's Theatre of Annapolis. He is a member of the Actor's Equity Association.
Gross School of the Art at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. David M. Smith has worked as a Set Designer, Lighting Designer and Technical Director in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC. Recently his work in lighting design has been seen in the Conservatory at MGM National Harbor and for both TedX MidAtlantic and TedX Bethesda.
Don Mike Mendoza is the Co-Founder and Executive Artistic Director of LA TI DO Productions where he produces and participates in cabarets, concerts, and events in DC, New York City, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and beyond. He is also the founder of the Producing The District blog. Don Michael holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre & Journalism, and a M.A. in Strategic Communication from American University where he is on the Asian Pacific Islander Alumni Network Board.
Dawn Lanzalotti Cronin received her B.A. in English, with a concentration in dramatic literature and minor in theatre arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996, and graduated from the University of Maryland School Of Law in 2000. Dawn has performed in over 50 musicals, operettas and plays starting as a teenager with a summer stock company back in her home state of NJ. Dawn currently works as an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Maryland, and also serves on the Board of Baltimore Concert Opera, and in various leadership roles within Alumni Relations at the University of Pennsylvania.