Leadership Team

Artistic Directors

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Christopher D. Betts

Christopher’s recent credits include, Is God Is, littleboy/little man, We are Proud to Present…, Fireflies and School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play (Yale Cabaret). Collaborations include Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors (PopArt Jo- hannesburg/Market Theatre Lab); a series of new works with the Obie Award-winning Fire this Time Festival; the workshop of Goodnight Tyler (Kennedy Center/Alliance Theatre); The Cave: A Folk Opera (New York Premiere); CARRIE (2015 BroadwayWorld Best Musical nomination) and Barbecue (The Public Theatre). Betts is a recipient of the Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship, the 2019 Richie Jackson Artist Fellowship and a two-time recipient of the SDCF Observership. Christopher received his BFA in drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is pursuing his MFA in directing at Yale School of Drama. He is an Artist-in-Residence at both Kampala International Theater Festival and Pop Art Johannesburg and a teaching artist at The Market Theatre Lab. christopherdbetts.com IG: @chris.tagram

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Alex Keegan

Alex’s recent directing includes Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, Tilted by Gloria Majule (Yale Drama), Cock by Mike Bartlett, Lenny’s Fast Food… by Angie Bridgette Jones (Yale Cab), Auntie Vanya by Reed Northrup (Ars Nova ANT Fest), She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen (Geva Fellowship), Tough by Margot Connolly, Selkie by Krista Knight (Williamstown), Primary by Gracie Gardner (IRT/Sanguine), and new works with O’Neill Theater Center YPF, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC FreshPlay, and Cherry Lane Theatre. She created Aplomb, a play considering a queer young woman’s experience with anxiety disorder, which was developed through The Habitat and NYTW’s Adelphi Residency. She’s received an EST/Sloan New Play Commission, Drama League Artist Residency, and is an alum of Middle Voice at Rattlestick, The Civilians R&D Group, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Geva Theatre Center Directing Fellowship, and 24 Hour Plays Nationals. BA: Brown University, MFA candidate: Yale School of Drama.

Managing Directors

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Sami Cubias

Sami is a second-year MFA candidate in Theater Management at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Sami worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre as the Audience Development Manager. Samanta also served as a teaching artist with Berkeley Interactive Theater, participating in and facilitating workshops exploring the creation of inclusive classrooms and workplaces. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jason Gray

Jason is a second-year joint degree MFA/MBA candidate in Theater Management. Prior to pursuing graduate studies he served as co-founder and program director of the Black Arts Institute, an affinity-based actor training platform in partnership with Stella Adler Studio and the Billie Holiday Theatre. He also directed the Adler Youth program and worked in development and board relations at the studio. Jason was selected for the 2019 CreateNYC Leadership Accelerator Program led by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition to his leadership work Jason is a classically trained actor. Highlights include productions of Othello with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, King Lear with Theatre for a New Audience, and regional productions of To Kill a Mockingbird and A Raisin in the Sun. BA: University of Pennsylvania.

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Carl Holvick

Carl is a fourth-year joint degree candidate with the Yale School of Drama (MFA) and Yale School of Management (MBA). Since coming to New Haven, Carl has served as management fellow with the Signature Theatre Company in NYC, associate managing director for Yale Cabaret, and producer for numerous theater and multi-disciplinary productions. From 2012-2017, he was the Education Director for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival where he led various education program initiatives and helped to form the organization’s Resident Artist Company.