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 was 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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LaTeshia Ellerson

Development Director

lellerson@truecolorstheatre.org

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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Brandall C. Jones

Connectivity Director

bjones@truecolorstheatre.org

As someone who is passionate about sharing multicultural stories and history, Brandall C. Jones is elated to join the True Colors family as Connectivity Director for the purpose of maintaining and building connections with the metro Atlanta and South Fulton, Georgia communities. Jones has been an admirer of the work of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company for years and is especially proud of its commitment to providing career-making opportunities for artists of color.

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Jamil Jude

Artistic Director

jjude@truecolorstheatre.org

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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Kenny Leon

Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus

Kenny Leon is a Tony Award and Obie Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Broadway and television director. Most recently, he directed the Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, A Soldier’s Play, starring Blair Underwood and David Alan Grier at Roundabout Theatre Company. He also directed this past summer’s acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte/Shakespeare in the Park. His Broadway credits include the recent production of A Soldier’s PlayAmerican Son starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale which was also adapted for Netflix, the revival of Children of a Lesser God, the Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear MeA Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival of a Play), 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 of a Play), Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf, as well as A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald. He also directed Smart People and The Underlying Chris for Second Stage.  Leon’s television work includes “Hairspray Live!”, and “The Wiz Live!” on NBC. He recently released his memoir Take You Wherever You Go. He is the recipient of the 2016 Mr. Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing and the 2010 Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Mr. Leon serves on the board of New York’s Public Theater and is Artistic Director Emeritus of Atlanta’s Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

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Kristen Parker

Sales Director

kparker@truecolorstheatre.org

Kristen Parker is True Colors Theatre’s Sales Director. Originally from Alabama, Kristen received a Communication Arts degree in theatre at the University of North Alabama. Upon graduating, she left to pursue acting and management work in New York City. While in New York she was fortunate to intern and work on multiple On and Off-Broadway productions as well as hold a 7-year career in finance with Lincoln Center Theatre. After 12 years in the city, she found her way back south to Atlanta where she joined the Alliance Theatre’s off-site season as assistant house manager for two years. Kristen enjoys reading, athletics, and writing, where she also excels.

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Chandra Stephens Albright

Managing Director

csa@truecolorstheatre.org

Chandra Stephens-Albright has been the Managing Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company since July 2017. She joined the nonprofit sector following a successful 22-year career at The Coca-Cola Company, where she led consumer-facing elements of the development and launch of Coca-Cola Freestyle®, the game-changing fountain dispenser named a “World-Changing Brand” by Interbrand in 2011. 

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Nikki Toombs

Director of Education

ntoombs@truecolorstheatre.org

Nikki Toombs, actress, director, playwright, commissioner and True Color’s very own Director of Education, has had significant success in both the educational and professional theatre worlds. As an arts educator, Toombs has created programming for True Colors (Act like a Lady and Page to the Stage), for East Metro Health (S.T.A.R. Arts Camps) and for the Fred and Mattie Foundation (D.I.M.E. by Design). As an Artist, she has directed over 40 productions and written four stage plays (Normal, B.L.A.C.K., Twisted Colors and Parallel) which garnered her theatre program both sub-regional and regional championship wins.

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Lisa L Watson

Production Manager

lwatson@truecolorstheatre.org

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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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

LaTeshia Ellerson

Development Director

lellerson@truecolorstheatre.org

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

Brandall C. Jones

Connectivity Director

bjones@truecolorstheatre.org

As someone who is passionate about sharing multicultural stories and history, Brandall C. Jones is elated to join the True Colors family as Connectivity Director, for the primary purpose of maintaining and building connections with the Atlanta community. Jones has been an admirer of the work of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company for years and is especially proud of its commitment to providing career-making opportunities for artists of color in the Atlanta community.

Full Bio

Jamil Jude

Artistic Director

jjude@truecolorstheatre.org

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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Kenny Leon

Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus

KENNY LEON is a Tony Award and Obie Award-winning and Emmy-nominated Broadway and television director. Most recently, he directed the Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, A Soldier’s Play, starring Blair Underwood and David Alan Grier at Roundabout Theatre Company. He also directed this past summer’s acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte/Shakespeare in the Park. His Broadway credits include the recent production of A Soldier’s PlayAmerican Son starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale which was also adapted for Netflix, the revival of Children of a Lesser God, the Tupac musical Holler If Ya Hear MeA Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington (Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play and Best Revival of a Play), 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 of a Play), Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf, as well as A Raisin in the Sun starring Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Phylicia Rashad, and Audra McDonald. He also directed Smart People and The Underlying Chris for Second Stage.  Leon’s television work includes “Hairspray Live!”, and “The Wiz Live!” on NBC. He recently released his memoir Take You Wherever You Go. He is the recipient of the 2016 Mr. Abbott Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing and the 2010 Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Mr. Leon serves on the board of New York’s Public Theater and is Artistic Director Emeritus of Atlanta’s Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

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Kristen Parker

Sales Director

kparker@truecolorstheatre.org

Kristen Parker is True Colors Theatre’s Sales Director. Originally from Alabama, Kristen received a Communication Arts degree in theatre at the University of North Alabama.  Upon graduating, she left to pursue acting and management work in New York City.  After 12 years in the city, she found her way back south to Atlanta where she joined the Alliance Theatre’s off-site season as assistant house manager for two years.  Kristen enjoys reading, athletics, and writing, where she also excels.

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Chandra Stephens Albright

Managing Director

csa@truecolorstheatre.org

Chandra Stephens-Albright has been the Managing Director at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company since July 2017. She joined the nonprofit sector following a successful 22-year career at The Coca-Cola Company, where she led consumer-facing elements of the development and launch of Coca-Cola Freestyle®, the game-changing fountain dispenser named a “World-Changing Brand” by Interbrand in 2011. 

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Nikki Toombs

Director of Education

ntoombs@truecolorstheatre.org

Nikki Toombs, actress, director, playwright, commissioner and True Color’s very own Director of Education, has had significant success in both the educational and professional theatre worlds. As an arts educator, Toombs has created programming for True Colors (Act like a Lady and Page to the Stage), for East Metro Health (S.T.A.R. Arts Camps) and for the Fred and Mattie Foundation (D.I.M.E. by Design). As an Artist, she has directed over 40 productions and written four stage plays (Normal, B.L.A.C.K., Twisted Colors and Parallel) which garnered her theatre program both sub-regional and regional championship wins.

Full Bio

Lisa L Watson

Production Manager

lwatson@truecolorstheatre.org

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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