Our Leadership

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.

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 75,000 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, The Mountaintop, This Is Modern ArtOklahoma, Caroline or Change, and Pippin. His work has been seen at Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Passage Theatre, Yale Rep and others. Serving as Executive Artistic Director of Collective Consciousness Theatre, he is also the Chair 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 

Associate Director


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 WelcomeWe Are Proud To Present…, Gidion’s KnotMerry 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. 



Dexter J. Singleton, Board Chair

Aaron Jafferis, Secretary

Margaret Kinsella, Treasurer

Madelyn Ardito

Pierrette Silverman

Mina Hartong

Kat Gloor

Jocelyn Prince



Elizabeth Hinz, Co-Founder

Clarissa Beyah Taylor

Caprice Taylor Mendez

Ihssane Khatib