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Our Team

Kristianne Kurner (she/her)
Founder & Executive Artistic Director

Kristianne founded New Village Arts in 2001. Trained as an actor and director, she has worked on every mainstage production at NVA, with her favorite acting role being John Wesley Powell in Men on Boats. Directing credits include: American Hero, Awake & Sing!, The Weir, The Nutcracker, Wait Until Dark, The Trip to Bountiful, Much Ado About Nothing, Summer and Smoke, 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 Patté Awards for Theatre Excellence. She is the recent recipient of the Clare Rose Sabbatical Award from Fieldstone Leadership Network. Education: BFA Theatre, The College of William & Mary; MFA Acting, the Actors Studio/New School.


Rae Henderson (she/her)
Managing Director

Rae came to NVA after several years serving as the Membership Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad.  Prior to that, she was the Music Director for LEGOLAND, CA for four years.  At NVA, Rae has worked in a variety of capacities, including (but not limited to!) Bookkeeper, Front of House Associate, Actor, Interim General Manager, and Controller.  She has a BS in Accounting, a BA in Theatre Arts, and is currently working toward a Master’s degree in Accounting.  She has appeared on the NVA stage in SudsAround the World in 80 Days, and Beehive.  Other San Diego theatrical credits include MOXIE, Moonlight, Diversionary, Starlight, and the Welk Resort.  


Rosalee Barrientos (she/her)
Director of Operations

Ross has worked in numerous theatres around San Diego. From 2007 to 2012, she served as Production Manager for Cygnet Theatre and assisted in producing 35 shows. Stage Management: Stage Kiss, Big River, The Secret Garden (NVA); miXtape (Lambs Players); Fuddy Meers, Moon Over Buffalo, The Rivals, The Diary of Anne Frank, Arcadia (North Coast Repertory Theatre); The Glass Menagerie, Our Town, Sweeney Todd, Noises Off, A Christmas Carol, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, (Cygnet); A Dream Play, Macbeth, Nu, [sic] (Sledgehammer Theatre). Education: BA in Theatre Arts, San Diego State University.


Joan Cumming (she/her)
Advisor, Development & Communications

Before retiring in 2019, Joan Cumming was the Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the San Diego Symphony. Prior to that she worked as the Vice President of Public Relations and Marketing for The Music Center of Los Angeles County.   Joan worked as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for the Autry National Center of the American West and from 2007 to 2009 she served as the Interim Managing Director for La Jolla Playhouse.  Joan’s forty year career has focused on marketing and public relations in the not-for-profit arts world, including working as the Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association from 2000 to 2007 where she was responsible for all of the communications, public relations, and tickets sales for the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall, as well as all marketing and ticket sales for the Hollywood Bowl.

Prior to her tenure with the LA Philharmonic, Joan worked as the Managing Director for LaPlaca Cohen, a branding and strategic planning agency specializing in the performing and fine arts. While with LaPlaca Cohen, Joan helped to develop marketing and strategic plans for the Nashville Symphony, Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA and City Center in New York.  Joan has worked as the Director of Marketing for the Los Angeles Opera and as the Associate Director of Marketing for Boston Ballet as well as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Chamber Music Society of Rhode Island.  She has served on the Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and on the Board of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock, CA.


Joy Yvonne Jones (she/her)
Associate Artistic Director

Originally from Houston, Texas Joy Yvonne Jones attended The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to study at the University of Minnesota in the Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. Joy first discovered her passion for Theatre at the age of 10, when she was given the role of Harriet Tubman in the Black History Program at her church. Joy believes that every story has a purpose, and as an artist, she is responsible for giving it breath. She is a recipient of the San Diego Critic Circle Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play for her performance of Saartjie Baartman in Voyeurs de Venus at Moxie Theatre.  She is an accomplished playwright and power as well as the President of the San Diego Black Artist Collective.  Joy comes to New Village Arts with over seven years of experience as a teaching artist. Joy is a creative hurricane working on the revolution at the speed of inspiration with her baby boy Leo James on her hip.


Mary Jo Canaletti (she/her)
Patron Services, Education & Artist Foundry Manager

Mary Jo is an Oceanside, California native. She spent 15 years working for such illustrious local companies as Jazzercise and Callaway Golf in various administrative capacities, but left the full-time working industry to pursue her true life’s passion, being a mother! After raising three amazing children, she went back to the working world and has been House Manager for several years in many local theaters including Mira Costa College and Oceanside Theater Company. She is a familiar face at NVA as the House Manager, Bartender and working the Box Office. She is thrilled to be working in her second season for New Village Arts and is proud to be working for a theater that promotes not only theater, but artists, as well as diversity in the community.


Amanda Jordan (she/her)
Manager of Marketing

Amanda Coates Jordan brings to the New Village Arts team a plethora of diverse experience in marketing, fundraising, and education program management from the nonprofit and arts industries. She was previously on the management team for Biocom’s San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering and is passionate about engaging youth in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education. Amanda lives in Carlsbad Village with her family and enjoys being an active part of the local community.


Sakshi Tiwari (she/her)
Manager of Connectivity

Sakshi Tiwari comes to the New Village Arts with more than six years of expertise in World Events and Intellectual Property. She is passionate about bringing brands to life and working on creative solutions and concept strategies, event management, and live shows.


Kiara “Kiki” Hudlin (she/her)
Lead Patron Services Representative

Kiara “Kiki” Hudlin is honored to be on the staff of New Village Arts. Kiki is currently working towards her BFA in Theatre Arts at Mira Costa Community College and previously studied Theatre at Humboldt State University. Although she is used to being on stage, she’s excited to be behind the scenes for once.