Producing Artistic Director

NAACP and OBIE Award Winner, Ty Jones, assumed CTH’s artistic and organizational management in 2009 after the financial crisis nearly forced the organization’s closing. Under his leadership, CTH stabilized its finances, grew its donor base and expanded its programming and community-based initiatives.  Mr. Jones envisioned and launched CTH’s Uptown Shakespeare in the Park series in…

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Michael Windham has spent many years in the entertainment industry, where he has had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing and talented Artists, Designers, and Managers in this industry. He continues to strive for the highest entertainment values and artistic integrity.

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Associate Artistic Director

Carl Cofield directed several plays for CTH before joining as a staff member in 2018. Notable directing credits for CTH include the critically acclaimed productions of The Bacchae, Antigone, Macbeth, The Tempest and Dutchman. In addition, he directed the award winning world premiere of One Night In Miami for Rogue Machine Theater and the Denver…

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lena M. Paul is General Counsel (GC) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for The Classical Theatre of Harlem where she supports the mission, governance, and activities of the organization. The GC role includes work related to nonprofit governance and corporate matters, strategic planning and risk-management, transactional work (negotiations and drafting) and intellectual property, labor and…

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Alexis Marnel is an energetic and creative professional offering extensive experience in multicultural arts programming, education, grant writing, and administration for government agencies, schools, community centers, cultural institutions and the private sector. Most recently, as interim co-director of the Morris-Jumel Mansion—an historic museum in Washington Heights—Marnel expanded community and stakeholder engagement, increased in-kind donations, membership,…

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Betty Shamieh

Betty Shamieh is the author of fifteen plays.  Her off-Broadway premieres include The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop, Director: Sam Gold) and Roar (The New Group, Director: Marion McClinton).  Roar was selected as a New York Times Critics Pick and is currently being taught at universities throughout the United States.  In 2016, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship…

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Business Associate.

Ruth is an arts administrator, who’s experience in theatre has spanned artistic and organizational roles. She previously held positions at Juilliard, the Metropolitan Opera House and the Play Company. Ruth Hollander received a BA in Theatre from Columbia University and a BA in Philosophy from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

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Director of Literary Programs

Shawn René Graham is a freelance writer and dramaturg from San Jose, California who has worked with many writers including Dennis Allen, France-Luce Benson, Nilo Cruz, Steve Harper, Walter Mosley, Lynn Nottage, Paul Rudnick, Susan Sontag, Dominic A. Taylor, Judy Tate, and Cori Thomas. She has been a guest dramaturg at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the…

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Financial Services & Bookkeeping

Patricia Taylor founded her Financial and Management Services firm in 1995. As a skilled financial professional with a broad knowledge of business systems and general management, her interest is in helping small and mid-sized not-for-profits to achieve program goals through best practice accounting, budget oversight and planning for financial stability. Clients choose from a menu…

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Project Classics Coordinator

Maechi is a native New Yorker, a Princess Grace Award recipient (Gant Gaither Theatre Fellowship), and a graduate of The Juilliard School Drama Division.​At Juilliard she was honored to receive the Drama Division’s  John Houseman Prize for excellence in classical theater and to accept the Joseph W. Polisi, Artist as Citizen Award at graduation.​ A few of…

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Producer

Mariana Wahrhaftig is an international producer and director based in Los Angeles, California. She has produced and directed everything from Season 3 of Nintendo’s world-wide phenomenon video game hit concert-series The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest that toured for 5 years all around the globe, and has been seen by hundreds…

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Graphics & Marketing Support

Alessandro has over a decade of experience helping theatre, entertainment companies, and artists engage with new audiences around the world. Online content that he has created as a director/writer/editor has been viewed over two billion times across social media. For press inquiries, please contact alessandro@cthnyc.org

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Sydney is currently a drama student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts training primarily in Musical Theater. Before joining CTH, she worked with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for many years and has performed all over New York City with Rockaway Theatre Company and Broadway Workshop. In addition to CTH, she presently serves…

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