Staff

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Kenny Leon

Founder & Artistic Director

Kenny Leon (Director) is a Tony Award winning Broadway and film director. His Broadway credits include the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award Winner for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards including Best Revival), the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golfand the 2014 premiere of Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Leon’s recent film work includes “In My Dreams” for Hallmark Hall of Fame, “The Watsons go to Birmingham” for Walden Media and Hallmark, and the Sony and Lifetime TV adaptation of “Steel Magnolias”. Leon was awarded the 2010 Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing by the Drama League of New York.

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Jane Bishop

Co-Founder

In Loving Memory we will always remember Jane. We are all blessed that she launched True Colors with her longtime friend and colleague, Kenny Leon. Her dream was a theater that looks like the world, and her best and favorite work is making people bigger and things work better. We continue to work to make these dreams come true and make Jane proud.

Jane received an MA in Theatre Education and an MFA in Directing from Illinois State University where she studied in a class of aspiring actors and directors, which included John Malkovitch, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinese, and Terry Kinny.

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Jamil Jude

Associate Artistic Director

Jamil is a highly accomplished director, producer, playwright and dramaturg focusing on bringing socially relevant art to the community. Jamil is the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival, which is dedicated to celebrating, advocating, and advancing the careers of emerging Black artists in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in Minnesota. Prior to joining the staff at True Colors, Jamil served as the Artistic Programming Associate at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Chandra Stephens Albright

Managing Director

Chandra Stephens-Albright is the Managing Director of True Colors Theatre Company, where she co-leads the theatre with Artistic Director Kenny Leon.  She brings an incredible depth of collaborative leadership and a successful track record of innovative fund development to her role as financial ambassador for the theatre. She is known for her acumen in defining strategy, executing priorities, converting insights into initiatives, and managing diverse groups of stakeholders.

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LaTeshia Ellerson

Development Director

LaTeshia Ellerson joined Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in 2007 as Development Associate and was promoted to Director of Development in 2013. In this position, she develops, oversees and implements the strategic fundraising plan for individual donors, corporations and foundations. LaTeshia was a participant in the 2014-15 SPARK Leadership Program, funded by American Express, The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

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Nikki Toombs

Director of Education

Nikki Toombs is a married mother of four, who hails from the “Magic City” of Birmingham, Alabama. She has been acting, or shall we say “entertaining” since the ripe age of eight. From singing “Hawaiian Rainbows” in the school recital to producing her own stage plays such as Lemons, this versatile virtuoso has captivated the hearts of many. Her quick wit, jovial sentiments and stern façade have made her a local favorite both on and off the stage. This 14 year educator has quite a range in her resume of instruction. She has taught her students everything from conjugating verbs to constructing sets. This unrelenting commitment to providing quality instruction warranted her Teacher of the Year honors in both the Gwinnett County (Meadowcreek High School) and Birmingham City School(Speech Arts ) systems.

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Shana Bagley

Director of Marketing

Shana Bagley is the Marketing Director of True Colors Theatre Company. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus on nonprofit leadership from Mercer University. She found her passion for nonprofit during her time with C5 Georgia, a youth leadership organization whose mission is to inspire high-potential youth from risk-filled environments to pursue personal success and to become role-models for others. While at C5 Georgia, Shana developed and executed a strategic marketing plan, growing their online presence and engaging stakeholders through meaningful communication. Over the course of six years, Shana worked to maximize the impact that C5 Georgia program had on the students as well as to optimize the value C5 Georgia students created in the world.

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Brenda Moorer

Marketing Manager

Brenda Nicole Moorer earned a BA in Business Marketing from Georgia State University, and MA in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design. While pursuing her education she focused on nonprofit theater marketing, gaining experience with 7 Stages Theater, Push Push Theater, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and The Arts Exchange. Brenda has worked in management for New York Philharmonic, Center for Puppetry Arts; and currently works for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre.

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Lisa L Watson

Production Manager

Lisa L. Watson an Atlanta native, received her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University and went on to pursue graduate studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Scenic Design. While in NY she worked with the Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre, Crossroads Theatre and Diane McIntyre’s Sounds in Motions among others. Returning to Atlanta in 1992 she joined Jomandi Productions as Production Manager, a position she held for 10 years.

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Victoria Smith

Development Associate

Victoria Smith (Development Associate) joined True Colors in 2011 as a Box Office Assistant. In 2013 she was hired as the Development Associate. Prior to joining True Colors Theatre Company, She served as Box Office Manager for Georgia Shakespeare and Horizon Theatre Company. She graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2006. Victoria is continuing to further her career as an artist and arts administrator by joining the True Colors family to continue to make a contribution to the arts community.

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Kenny Leon

Founder & Artistic Director

Kenny Leon (Director) is a Tony Award winning Broadway and film director. His Broadway credits include the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award Winner for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival), The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, Stick Fly produced by Alicia Keys, August Wilson’s Fences (which garnered ten Tony nominations and won three Tony Awards including Best Revival), the 2004 revival of A Raisin in the Sun with Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Gem of the Ocean, Radio Golfand the 2014 premiere of Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur. Leon’s recent film work includes “In My Dreams” for Hallmark Hall of Fame, “The Watsons go to Birmingham” for Walden Media and Hallmark, and the Sony and Lifetime TV adaptation of “Steel Magnolias”. Leon was awarded the 2010 Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing by the Drama League of New York.

Full Bio

Jane Bishop

Co-Founder

In Loving Memory we will always remember Jane. We are all blessed that she launched True Colors with her longtime friend and colleague, Kenny Leon. Her dream was a theater that looks like the world, and her best and favorite work is making people bigger and things work better. We continue to work to make these dreams come true and make Jane proud.

Jane received an MA in Theatre Education and an MFA in Directing from Illinois State University where she studied in a class of aspiring actors and directors, which included John Malkovitch, Laurie Metcalf, Gary Sinese, and Terry Kinny.

Full Bio

Jamil Jude

Associate Artistic Director

Jamil is a highly accomplished director, producer, playwright and dramaturg focusing on bringing socially relevant art to the community. Jamil is the Co-Founder of The New Griots Festival, which is dedicated to celebrating, advocating, and advancing the careers of emerging Black artists in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area in Minnesota. Prior to joining the staff at True Colors, Jamil served as the Artistic Programming Associate at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Full Bio

Chandra Stephens Albright

Managing Director

Chandra Stephens-Albright is the Managing Director of True Colors Theatre Company, where she co-leads the theatre with Artistic Director Kenny Leon.  She brings an incredible depth of collaborative leadership and a successful track record of innovative fund development to her role as financial ambassador for the theatre. She is known for her acumen in defining strategy, executing priorities, converting insights into initiatives, and managing diverse groups of stakeholders.

Full Bio

LaTeshia Ellerson

Development Director

LaTeshia Ellerson joined Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in 2007 as Development Associate and was promoted to Director of Development in 2013. In this position, she develops, oversees and implements the strategic fundraising plan for individual donors, corporations and foundations. LaTeshia was a participant in the 2014-15 SPARK Leadership Program, funded by American Express, The Joyce Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group.

Full Bio

Nikki Toombs

Director of Education

Nikki Toombs is a married mother of four, who hails from the “Magic City” of Birmingham, Alabama. She has been acting, or shall we say “entertaining” since the ripe age of eight. From singing “Hawaiian Rainbows” in the school recital to producing her own stage plays such as Lemons, this versatile virtuoso has captivated the hearts of many. Her quick wit, jovial sentiments and stern façade have made her a local favorite both on and off the stage. This 14 year educator has quite a range in her resume of instruction. She has taught her students everything from conjugating verbs to constructing sets. This unrelenting commitment to providing quality instruction warranted her Teacher of the Year honors in both the Gwinnett County (Meadowcreek High School) and Birmingham City School(Speech Arts ) systems.

Full Bio

Shana Bagley

Director of Marketing

Shana Bagley is the Marketing Director of True Colors Theatre Company. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a focus on nonprofit leadership from Mercer University. She found her passion for nonprofit during her time with C5 Georgia, a youth leadership organization whose mission is to inspire high-potential youth from risk-filled environments to pursue personal success and to become role-models for others. While at C5 Georgia, Shana developed and executed a strategic marketing plan, growing their online presence and engaging stakeholders through meaningful communication. Over the course of six years, Shana worked to maximize the impact that C5 Georgia program had on the students as well as to optimize the value C5 Georgia students created in the world.

Full Bio

Brenda Moorer

Marketing Manager

Brenda Nicole Moorer earned a BA in Business Marketing from Georgia State University, and MA in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art & Design. While pursuing her education she focused on nonprofit theater marketing, gaining experience with 7 Stages Theater, Push Push Theater, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and The Arts Exchange. Brenda has worked in management for New York Philharmonic, Center for Puppetry Arts; and currently works for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre.

Full Bio

Lisa L Watson

Production Manager

Lisa L. Watson an Atlanta native, received her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University and went on to pursue graduate studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Scenic Design. While in NY she worked with the Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre, Crossroads Theatre and Diane McIntyre’s Sounds in Motions among others. Returning to Atlanta in 1992 she joined Jomandi Productions as Production Manager, a position she held for 10 years.

Full Bio

Victoria Smith

Development Associate

Victoria Smith (Development Associate) joined True Colors in 2011 as a Box Office Assistant. In 2013 she was hired as the Development Associate. Prior to joining True Colors Theatre Company, She served as Box Office Manager for Georgia Shakespeare and Horizon Theatre Company. She graduated from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 2006. Victoria is continuing to further her career as an artist and arts administrator by joining the True Colors family to continue to make a contribution to the arts community.

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Current Interns

Summer 2018

Dayandra De Miranda-Leão

Production/Education Intern

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Drew Alexander

Dramaturgy and Production Intern

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J. Gino Cyrus

Marketing Intern

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Joshua Turner

Dramaturgy/Production Intern

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Lauren Covington

Production Intern

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Taylor Courtney

Management/Development Intern

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Mason Livers

Education Intern

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Nami Ana

Development/Management Intern

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Lauren E. King

Marketing Intern

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Trueasia Magnetic

Education/Production Intern

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Tatiana Webster

Marketing Intern

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