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. Click here to read more about Jessica!
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.
Director of Media and Production
Nancy Pop (not a stage name, 1995 -- ) is an actress, writer, producer, comedian, and host originally from Romania, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She spent her formative years between Erie, PA and Romania, eventually moving to Arkansas with her family because life is weird like that. It was in the good ol' South where she developed a love for writing, theater, and performance as a coping mechanism against the suffocating college football craze.
After three years of expanding her student loan collection, Pop graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in Spring 2016 with her B.A. in Theater Performance and Playwriting. She hosts "SHEbang", a monthly variety show in New York City featuring an all-female line up of comedians and poets. She also hosts "In Cold Read", a monthly playwriting workshop at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers. When she's not working on her next project, performing, or hosting shows, you can find her eating Takis in her living room and contemplating a career change in finance because her parents won't shut up about it. But she won't do it. Because she loves what she does. She also doesn't know anything about finance. Click here to read more about Nancy!