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.
Alex Goodman, Managing Director
Alex has worked with theatre companies in Chicago, Detroit and San Diego including Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, The Hilberry, La Jolla Playhouse, and Strawdog Theatre Company. He is the co-founder of MOB Productions, a Chicago-based theatre company dedicated to popular culture. He currently serves on the boards of North County Philanthropy Council, North County Arts Network, and the San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition. He is a graduate of CSUSM’s Leadership North County and the American Express Leadership Academy through the Center for Creative Leadership. Education: BA Theatre, Western Michigan University; MFA Theatre Management, Wayne State University.
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.
AJ Knox, Director of Connectivity
AJ is an actor, director, illustrator, stand-up comedian, clown, and writer. NVA Directing credits include Murder for Two, The Toxic Avenger (Concert Reading), Little Shop of Horrors, The Servant of Two Masters (which he co-adapted with Samantha Ginn), Romeo and Juliet (with Sage Creek High School) and Avenue Q. Acting credits with NVA include Around the World in 80 Days and The 1940s Radio Hour. Other Directing Credits include: Fuddy Meers, One Slight Hitch, Psycho Beach Party, Mr. Marmalade, The Alchemist, Endgame, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and The Laramie Project. He is the former Artistic Director for Carlsbad Playreaders, and teaches theatre and film throughout San Diego. He is the recipient of the Kalman A. Burnim Prize for Scholarly Excellence in Drama, as well as several awards for teaching and directing. Education: PhD in Drama, Tufts University; MA in Theatre Education, Emerson College; BA in Theatre Arts, Loyola Marymount 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.
Frankie Alicea-Ford, Artist-in-Residence
Frankie Alicea-Ford is a San Diego based, New York City trained actor and educator who has been performing and teaching professionally since 2012. After receiving his BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Frankie has performed and taught, both youth and adults, in Prague, New York, Chicago, Connecticut and San Diego. He created the theater program at Achievement First Middle School in Hartford, CT and went on to teach at the award-winning high school theater program at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. He was also the Residential Director of The Center for Creative Youth, based out of Wesleyan University. He is currently working as a teaching artist with La Jolla Playhouse and Arts for Learning, San Diego and has training in devised theater techniques, arts integration and trauma based theater practices.
Mr. Alicea-Ford is sponsored by a grant from the California Arts Council.