Dexter J. Singleton
Executive Artistic Director
Mr. Singleton is a working director, actor, and playwright whose career began with the now world renowned Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit as an ensemble member. He is the former Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Kalamazoo Youth Theatre, a theatre training program for youth ages 10-18.
Dexter began his career at Long Wharf Theatre, where as an artistic/education intern, he assisted award winning directors, Derek Anson Jones, Christopher Ashley, and Doug Hughes. He also worked closely with writers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Teresa Rebeck (Smash, NYPD Blue), and Wendy Wasserstein (The Heidi Chronicles).
In 2001, Dexter and Liz Hinz founded Collective Consciousness Theatre (CCT), a New Haven based multicultural theatre company dedicated to creating new American works that inspire social change. To date, CCT has performed for more than 70,000 youth and adults across the U.S. and abroad, touring to Holland and Norway. The company has brought several new plays and premieres to audiences including Little Brother, I’m Just a Superhero, Give Us Free, Stories of a New America, Struggle for Freedom, No Lie: A Hip Hop Bus Trip, Shakespeare: The Remix, and many others.
Dexter has engaged many organizations and schools across the country with original workshops and programming. His recent directing credits include, This Is Modern Art, Oklahoma, Caroline or Change, Pippin, and Anon(ymous). His work has been seen at Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Passage Theatre, Yale Rep and others. Serving as Executive Director of Collective Consciousness Theatre, he is also the Head of Theatre at Regional Center for the Arts in Trumbull, CT. and an Adjunct Professor at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT.
He is from Detroit and most recently a recipient of the 2014 National Artist Teacher Fellowship.
Jenny Nelson, MA
Jenny hails from Arizona where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Master’s degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Arizona. Most recently she received a second Master’s degree in Education from Fairfield University. Jenny also has extensive classical training in both voice and piano and has been a professional singer/songwriter for over 20 years. After re-locating from Arizona to Connecticut several years ago, she joined Regional Center for the Arts, a magnet arts high school, as both a theatre and music instructor as well as a director. Past director credits include: Farewell Welcome, We Are Proud To Present…, Gidion’s Knot, Merry Wives of Windsor, Skin of Our Teeth, Medea, Brighton Beach Memoirs (AD). Dramaturgical credits include: Hamlet, Carousel, Henry the IV Part I and II and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Dexter J. Singleton, Board Chair
Aaron Jafferis, Secretary
Margaret Kinsella, Treasurer
Elizabeth Hinz, Co-Founder
Clarissa Beyah Taylor
Caprice Taylor Mendez