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 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.

Rosalee Barrientos, Operations Manager |
Ross joined the New Village Arts family in March of 2015. She has worked in an administrative capacity in various companies in San Diego and as a stage manager in numerous San Diego theatres.  From 2007 to 2012, she served as Production Manager for Cygnet Theatre and assisted in producing more than 40 productions and stage readings.  Ross was a member of Actors' Equity Association from 2008 to 2013.  To date, she has stage managed or assistant stage managed more than 50 productions in San Diego, including Arcadia and The Diary of Anne Frank at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Berzerkergäng and [sic] at Sledgehammer Theatre, Bed and SofaCopenhagenIt's A Wonderful Life, and Sweeney Todd at Cygnet Theatre, and miXtape at Lambs' Players Theatre.  Ross received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from San Diego State University.   

AJ Knox, Director of Connectivity
AJ 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: Avenue Q (NVA), The Servant of Two Masters (NVA, upcoming), 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.

Nadia Guevara, Associate Artistic Director |
Nadia is a performer, director and teaching artist serving as Associate Artistic Director at New Village Arts and producer for Teatro Pueblo Nuevo. Most recently she produced, directed and choreographed Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans: A Salsa Fairy Tale. Other NVA contributions include choreographing and performing The Secret Garden and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. Nadia has also taught and choreographed for the documentary theatre program Verbitas at Sage Creek High School and The Little Prince with Kids Act. With support from Wells Fargo and others, Nadia has produced NVA’s new community outreach initiative, Teatro Pueblo Nuevo, a program designed to highlight North County’s bilingual and bicultural communities through outreach events and productions. Writing and directing: El Encuentro for the The Old Globe Arts Engagement Program. Performing credits elsewhere include: In The Heights (Moonlight), Tiger Style! (La Jolla Playhouse), The Winter’s Tale (Old Globe), Lydia, Passion (ion), Summer and SmokeThe Clean House (New Village Arts). Upcoming at NVA: Guadalupe in the Guest Room, Bella: An American Tall Tale (Director).

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