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Our Team

Kristianne Kurner, 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.


Rosalee Barrientos, 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.


Mary Jo Canaletti, 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, 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, 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.