Kristianne Kurner, Executive Artistic Director
Ms. Kurner started New Village Arts in 2001 in her family’s hometown of Carlsbad, California.  She has led the company since that time, growing it from a small theatre company of dedicated artists to the cultural center of Carlsbad, with professional theatre, visual art studios and a robust education and outreach program.  Trained as an actor and director, she has worked on every theatre production NVA has produced and often works in the schools with the education programs. Ms. Kurner has directed such productions as Awake & Sing!, The Weir, The Trip to Bountiful, Much Ado About Nothing, Summer and Smoke, The Santaland Diaries, Be Aggressive, Bulrusher, True West, Sailor’s Song, The Waverly Gallery and A Lie of the Mind. Her work has received numerous awards, including San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and KPBS Awards for Theatre Excellence. Education: BFA Theatre, The College of William & Mary; MFA Acting, the Actors Studio/New School.
Alex Goodman, Managing Director
Alex Goodman comes to New Village Arts from La Jolla Playhouse, where he spent three and a half years, first as the Audience Development Manager and then Corporate Relations Manager.  In those roles, he worked extensively with UC San Diego, several of the top innovative companies in the high tech and bio tech sectors, and many military organizations throughout San Diego County. In Chicago, Goodman worked with several large and small theatre companies including Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, and the award-winning Strawdog Theatre where he served as Managing Director for two years.  He is also the co-founder of MOB Productions, a theatre company dedicated to the shared experience of popular culture. Goodman earned his BA in Theatre from Western Michigan University, and his MFA in Theatre Management from Wayne State University in his hometown of Detroit. Goodman currently serves on the steering committee of San Diego’s Rising Arts Leaders, The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture Cultural Tourism Committee, and is a graduate of the American Express Leadership Academy through the Center for Creative Leadership.

Ross Barrientos, Operations Manager |
Ross Barrientos began her career as a stage manager and has worked in numerous theatres around San Diego County.  From 2007 to 2012, she served as Production Manager for Cygnet Theatre and assisted in producing 35 shows at the theater’s 2 venues.  Ross has stage managed Stage Kiss directed by Chelsea Kaufman (New Village Arts), miXtape (Lambs Players Theatre); Becoming Cuba directed by David Ellenstein, Time Stands Still, Fuddy Meers, First Night, Moon Over Buffalo, The Rivals, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Arcadia, (North Coast Repertory Theatre); Parade directed by Sean Murray, Ripples from Walden Pond, It’s A Wonderful Life (2007, 2009 and 2011),The Glass Menagerie, Our Town, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests Trilogy, Sweeney Todd, Noises Off, A Christmas Carol, The Receptionist, A Number, The Turn of the Screw, Arcadia, Yellowman, Copenhagen, The Invention of Love, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Pageant, and Bed and Sofa (Cygnet); A Dream Play directed by Kirsten Brandt, Macbeth, Nu, [sic], Berzerkergang, and The Universal Monster (Sledgehammer Theatre).  She received her Bachelors degree in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University where she studied Stage Management with Craig Wolf and Paula Kalustian.

AJ Knox, Director of Connectivity
AJ Knox is a San Diego native who spent the last several years pursuing various theatrical endeavors throughout the country. Since returning to America’s Finest City, he has become heavily involved in local theatre and entertainment communities, including the founding of a small ensemble theatre company, performing in the San Diego Fringe Festival, and teaching theatre workshops through The Actors Alliance of San Diego, The Point Loma Playhouse, and more. A director, actor, designer, and playwright, AJ has worked in nearly every aspect of theatre throughout his academic, artistic, and professional careers, and his work has been seen in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Dublin, and Valdez, AK. He is the recipient of a number of awards and honors for his academic and artistic work, including the Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama from Tufts University. Directing: Psycho Beach Party, Mistletoe, Music & Mayhem!, Mr. Marmalade, The Alchemist, Endgame, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and The Laramie Project. Acting: The Clearing, Doctor Schmoctor!, bobrauschenbergamerica, Rumors, Hamlet, Fuddy Meers, Pterodactyls, Six Degrees of Separation, Little Shop of Horrors. Design: Cry Havoc, The Wiz, SubUrbia, Six Degrees of Separation, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Education: PhD in Drama, Tufts University; MA in Theatre Education, Emerson College; BA in Theatre Arts, Loyola Marymount University.

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