The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH), a non-profit, professional theater company that has provided educational and literary programs to underserved communities in Harlem while bringing audiences excellence through Black artistry for over two decades, announced today that Carol Kaplan and Kelli Y. Payne are joining the organization’s board of directors.

“At CTH we champion diversity, equity and inclusion as our core values,” said Ty Jones, Producing Artistic Director of The Classical Theatre of Harlem. “We are delighted to welcome Carol and Kelli to our board and are grateful for the expertise and wisdom they are bringing to the table. We look forward to their involvement shaping our organization’s future.”

Carol, Partner at Loeb & Loeb, holds more than 20 years of experience representing major flagship non-profit theaters, as well as smaller, emerging non-profit theaters around the country. She has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer” in Entertainment Law: Theater, named a “New York Metro Super Lawyer” in Entertainment and Sports, and included in The Legal 500 US in Media & Entertainment. Prior to joining Loeb, Carol served on the Board of Directors of The Flea Theater and was a partner at Mitchell Silberberg and Knapp. Carol has an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, and attended the American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film Studies.

Kelli brings over 20 years of experience in nonprofit development to CTH’s board of directors. She currently serves as the Senior Director of Philanthropy at REFORM Alliance, an organization that aims to transform probation and parole processes by changing laws, systems and culture to create real pathways to employment and wellbeing. Prior to REFORM Alliance, she was Senior Director of Advancement at The Public Theater, one of the nation’s first nonprofit theaters. Kelli holds a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and a certification in Exponential Fundraising from The Harvard Kennedy School.