Rainbow Theatre Project
Our Stories. Our Voices. Our Time.
Photo by Penny Nail-Hoelting
Washington DC is the second-largest theatre town in North America. There are very few theatres currently in DC that exclusively reflect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) experience. We're very excited about this new project, but we need help to make it happen. Please show your support.
Christopher Henley is a founding ensemble member with WSC Avant Bard (formerly Washington Shakespeare Company, founded 1990) and was artistic director from 1996 until early 2013. In The Washington Post, chief theatre critic Lloyd Rose grouped him among directors that have made DC a wonderful town for Shakespearean production (June 9, 1995). He has accepted an unprecedented three Theatre Lobby Mary Goldwater awards on behalf of WSC, and for the past three years, has served on the panel selecting artists to participate in the Source Festival.
Chris Griffin, is the Artistic Director of Hope Operas, a serialized theatre festival that presents five new productions every year in episodic format while raising money for local nonprofits. He is a playwright/performer whose work has been seen in DC, New York and Los Angeles. His plays include 20 Million Breaststrokes to Earth, Cameltoe & Beavershot, TarXXXanadu, sGuIrReL and Vanilla Lattez. Back in the day he co-founded DC's premiere pervpunk theatre company, Cherry Red Productions.
John Moletress is the Founding Director of force/collision, a performance ensemble dedicated to collaboration and interdisciplinary work, and is an associate artist at Steel River Playhouse in southeastern Pennsylvania, an educator for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, and a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Previously, he was awarded the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre for his co-founding of Factory 449, and has been a multiple recipient of funding awards.
Delia Taylor has many local theatre credits, including directing Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew for WSC Avant Bard (formerly Washington Shakespeare Company). She is associate producer of Theater J and there directed world premieres of There Are No Strangers and Sleeping Arrangements. She's been a frequent guest artist at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana, where she directed The Women and Agnes of God, and teaches at The Theatre Lab for which she directed student productions.
Rick Hammerly is a founder and the current producing artistic director of Factory 449, a Helen Hayes Award recipient of the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. A DC-based artist for the past 26 years, he has worked as a director, producer and award-winning filmmaker. As an actor, he has received three Helen Hayes Award nominations (Angels in America, Me and Jezebel), winning the award for his portrayal of Hedwig in Signature Theatre's production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He currently attends American University.
Patrick Pearson is the Director of Artistic Programming at Ford's Theatre, and is also a freelance director new to the Washington DC area. He is currently making his DC-area directing debut of the new musical Nero/Pseudo at WSC Avant Bard. Prior to coming to DC, he was in the Los Angeles area, where he was an Ovation Award nominee for Best Director of a Musical for Rooms: a Rock Romance. Favorite past projects include A New Brain, Equus, Altar Boyz, As You Like It, and The Diviners, among others.
Christopher Janson is a founding member of Catalyst Theater Company. He has directed Catalyst's critically acclaimed productions of No Exit, Endgame, and The Altruists. He has also performed at Studio Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Source Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Washington, Olney Theatre's National Players and The Smithsonian Institution. In addition to these acting credits, he has written and produced several plays for The Smithsonian Institution and The Buffalo Bill Historical Center.