AdeOlomo has been teaching and performing for over forty years from the Lincoln Center in New York to Yamoussoukro in West Africa. She has taught in many prestigious institutions, including The Ohio State University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University. AdeOlomo has won countless awards, including two ACE Awards, four Philo T. Farnsworth Awards, and a special commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives. She is currently the President of KenYetta Company, Cultural Arts Director of New Day Academy and the Garden Valley Neighborhood Center, an Artist-Educator with Afojabe African Village, and Theater Director of Djapo Cultural Arts Institute.
India Nicole Burton
India Nicole Burton (CPT National New Play Network Producer in Residence) is an actress, director, playwright, and producer. India founded Ma’Sue Productions, an African American theatre company, and acted as co-artistic director until 2015. Acting credits: Julius Caesar, Bootycandy, An Octoroon, and Orlando. Directing credits: for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and The Laramie Project (Heads Up Productions); Daybreak’s Children, A Happening on Imperial, and O Patria Mia (Ma’Sue Productions); Little Women (Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute); Fire on the Water (CPT, co-directed with Raymond Bobgan), Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation (working title), and three short plays at CPT’s Station Hope. India is a New World Performance Lab board member.
Beth Wood (CPT Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production) is a director, actress, administrator, and creator. As a director of adventurous scripted work, Beth has directed multiple World Premieres, including two NNPN Rolling World Premieres, and was selected as a finalist for the National Directing Fellowship in 2017. Beth manages four New Play Development series at CPT that invest in outside-the-mainstream work and the artistic growth of Northeast Ohio creators. In 2016, she was awarded a TCG Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant to research long-term new play development models across the country. In addition to her work with scripted plays, Beth produces large-scale community events for CPT.