Ann Marie Lonsdale, Executive Director
Ann Marie Lonsdale is an arts worker with a background as a producer and administrator working with innovative and experimental live performance. She began her career as a performer, stage manager and producer in theater and dance in Chicago and New York, with such companies as The Hypocrites, the Vittum Theater (now Adventure Stage Chicago), the side project and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Sitelines festival. As an administrator, she worked as Program Manager for the Creative Capital Professional Development Program, as General Manager at the Center for Performance Research and as Director of Programs and Deputy Director of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York. Ann Marie is also one of the co-creators of the Freelance Artist Resource Project, an iterative rapid response comprised of a website, webcasts and online tools for learning and community building created in the wake of the COVID19 pandemic. She has also worked in the performing arts community as an educator, facilitator, grant panelist, speaker, and consultant. She has done training with artEquity, and is actively engaged in a national community of practice around anti-racism in the theatre and arts. Ann Marie is a proud graduate of the University of Chicago and holds a master’s degree in Arts Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Malcolm Tariq, Programs & Communications Manager
Malcolm Tariq has nearly a decade of experience and training in arts and academic programs and nonprofit communications, most recently at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services and The Friends School of Atlanta. As a researcher, teacher, nonprofit communications strategist and programs administrator, Malcolm’s work is centered on community building and social change. As a graduate student and instructor, he facilitated initiatives for first-generation college students and graduate students of color. His creative and professional endeavors include a Mellon Public Humanities Fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities and a PAGE (Publicly Active Graduate Education) fellowship with Imagining America. He has also participated in the Engaged Pedagogy Initiative and the Institute for Social Change at the University of Michigan, and the D. Abbott Turner Program in Ethics and Servant Leadership (EASL) at Emory University. He is the author of Heed the Hollow (Graywolf Press, 2019), winner of the 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the 2020 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry, and Extended Play (Gertrude Press, 2017). His plays have been developed by Working Title Playwrights and Brave New World Repertory Theatre. He was a 2016-2017 playwriting apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company and is a 2020-2021 resident playwright with Liberation Theatre Company. Malcolm is a graduate of Emory University and holds a PhD in English from the University of Michigan, where he was inducted into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society.
Photo Credit: Karisma Price
Lisa Willis, Development Manager
Lisa Willis is a passionate artistic administrator who has managed and supported the development of a variety of multidisciplinary projects in the classical and commercial performing arts sectors. She has freelanced extensively as a development consultant in the areas of grant writing, individual donor cultivation, and special events. Lisa is the co-Founder of The LynList, a member based curated listserv and grant writing support service for artists and small nonprofit arts groups. Since 2017 she has worked as the Development Director for Thresh, a performing-arts organization founded by award-winning Indian choreographer Preeti Vasudevan, producing work connecting heritage cultures with contemporary lives. She also works as Development Manager for Contemporaneous, an NYC-based ensemble whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. Other past fundraising experience includes work for New York Live Arts, home of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Brian Sanders’ JUNK and JazzReach. Prior to her shift into fundraising Lisa was the founding Operations Manager for CAMI Music, establishing and managing the daily protocols for the company in addition to overseeing the touring and managerial logistics for Lang Lang, Tan Dun, Savion Glover, American Ballet Theatre, Cirque Eloize and the Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández. Lisa holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from New York University and has trained extensively in both ballet and modern dance.
Natalie Desrosiers, Development Coordinator
Natalie Desrosiers is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard College (Annadale-on-Hudson), where she received her B.A. in Written Arts with a background in political theory and Black radical thought. Previously, she worked as a library assistant at the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard Library and Archives, and as a 2015 summer intern at Cave Canem. Natalie is interested in publishing, librarianship and the curatorial field.
Photo Credit: Lexi Parra
Della Rivera Green, Workshops & Administrative Assistant
Della Rivera Green is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Brooklyn. She has a B.A. in English from Reed College. Della previously served as the Communications & Marketing intern at Cave Canem, and is so happy to continue her work through the workshops fellowship.
Christopher J. Greggs, Poetry Coalition Fellow
Christopher J. Greggs is a poet, designer, and recording artist living in Jersey City, NJ. He is a Cave Canem, Tin House, Callaloo, and Watering Hole Poetry fellow and is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Cave Canem Poetry Coalition Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as TriQuarterly, Winter Tangerine, Texas Review, and This Is What America Looks Like Anthology (Washington Writers’ Publishing House), among others. He earned his MFA in Poetry from The University of Wisconsin-Madison. His debut EP Change Mah Name is streaming on all platforms. @mynameisgreggs @nameyourworld. His interview with actor / director Sonja Sohn can be found in the great weather for MEDIA anthology Suitcase of Chrysanthemums.
Photo credit: Nicholas Nichols