Danielle A. Drakes
Danielle A. Drakes is an actor, director, and dramaturg who identifies as an artistic doula. She originated the portrayal of Elizabeth Keckley in Ford’s Theatre’s History on Foot. As the artistic director of theHegira for three seasons, she led the development of new work and produced full productions of plays by women of color including Paige in Full written/performed by Paige Hernandez. She directed the Cleveland PlayhouseSquare commission of Havana Hop, another Hernandez interactive solo-performance designed for elementary school students. She received her BA from Goucher College and MFA from The Catholic University of America. Ms. Drakes is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Recent projects include performing Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 at Rep Stage, directing Antigone for CUAdrama, and Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem for Theater Alliance. Danielle is a recipient of the DCCAH Arts and Humanities Fellowship award. In 2020 she’ll direct Kill Move Paradise at Rep Stage and Lyle the Crocodile at Adventure Theatre MTC.
Rachel Grossman is an artist, engagement-strategist, producer, facilitator, and yogi. She is a co-founder of dog & pony dc, a hearing and Deaf devised theatre ensemble, with whom she devised and produced nearly 20 new plays and interactive experiences. Through dog & pony dc’s Beertown Takes America initiative, she worked with theatre companies in Omaha, Cincinnati, and Raleigh to adapt and produce locally-resonant productions of Beertown. She also co-wrote/co-directed San Diego’s REP’s Beachtown by Herbert Siguenza. Rachel’s a core producer of the JUBILEE, a mentor for Arts Marketers Association UK’s Audience Diversity Academy, and a co-producer for HowlRound’s “Deaf Theatre Action Planning Session” convening. Rachel is a four-time recipient of a DCCAH Arts and Humanities Fellowship award and received an individual artist grant for early development of Nice & Lily. In 2020 she’ll direct The Diary of Anne Frank for The Rose Theatre of Omaha and She Kills Monsters at University of Maryland College Park.