The Theater Collective is a cooperative artistic project that produces theatrical works by and about underrepresented and misrepresented people in society. We understand the necessity of commercializing such works in order to break barriers outside of our cultural echo chambers. We bring not a new definition to inclusion, but the true definition - including all and creating a dialogue in which we can grow and better understand each other; this first and foremost involves uplifting the voices and stories of women, people of color, individuals with physical disabilities, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and more. The Theater Collective is dedicated to providing theatre that explores sexuality, gender, race, religion, politics, and all things that formulate culture in an accurate and progressive way.
Co-Founder | Executive Director
Jessica is a California native who left to New York City to attend Marymount Manhattan College, where she graduated with a B.A. in Theatre Arts with concentrations in Performance and Production & Management. During her career at Marymount, the idea of a theatre company that focused on inclusion, in the truest sense of the definition, as well as something that wasn't just a small "non-profit," theatre for like-minded people but that could expand into the commercial world and make intersectionality the new normal began to grow. While focusing on bringing this to fruition, Jessica also works at Broadway Bound Kids, a theatre education company, as their Administrative and Development Associate.
Co-Founder | Artistic Director
Kimberly started her love of theatre at the ripe age of 6 years old when she realized that, as the youngest of four, the stage was her only chance at spotlight. A native New Yorker, she continued her education at Marymount Manhattan College where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance. However, as she continued to study, read, perform, and watch theatre, she couldn't help but notice how much there was still a struggle to find representation and hear the vast narratives that she sees in this country. Being the child of two immigrant parents, she grew up being a part of many countries, nations, and stories. With this need to be the change she wanted to see, she teamed up with two very wonderful women to bring forth the idea of new works and narratives for all.
Pop is a multifaceted performer, producer, and writer from Romania, currently residing in Brooklyn. She is passionate about empowering and healing audiences through theater and film; thought provoking narratives are her jam, whether she is taking on the role of producer, director, writer, performer, gaff tape ripper, etc. Pop graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.A. in Theatre Performance and Playwriting, in addition to training with The Second City (Chicago), Magnet Theatre (NYC), Berg Studios (Los Angeles), and Pacific Performance Project East. Most recently, Pop finished production on her first feature film, Poets Are The Destroyers, which she directed and produced. Currently she is producing the new fantasy feature film “The Molok”.
Social Media Coordinator
Kendall Leary is a New York City based actress with a passion for empowering women and minorities in the arts. She received her BA from Marymount Manhattan College and continues to pursue her acting career with a focus in film and television. Her keen eye and passion for photography has inspired her to become involved in The Theater Collective and continue to capture their mission.
Olivia Ragan is a New York based Theatre Director committed to sharing stories that challenge social constructs and expectations, especially those regarding women. Previously, she’s worked as an assistant director at Barrington Stage on Company by Stephen Sondheim and Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam. She also co-directed their Musical Theater Conservatory in the summer of 2017. Olivia is currently the Artistic Education Intern at The Drama League of New York. She holds a Bachelors in Theater Arts from Marymount Manhattan College.