About Us

 

Artistic Director

Heather Benjamin

Managing Director

Robert Ashby

Development Director

Pam Hunter McFarland

Board of Directors

Robert Ashby
Heather Benjamin
Kia Hunter
Jeff McDermott
Willona Sloan
Allison Turkel

 

Robert Ashby

maanBob is a veteran of local theater in a variety of capacities: actor, director, techie, dramaturg, and reviewer. A lawyer specializing in transportation-related civil rights programs, his other activities include softball umpiring (a nice combination of law and theater) and appearing as a vocalist with a volunteer music group that performs in assisted living facilities.

 

 

 

Heather Benjamin

Heather Benjamin Heather Benjamin received her B.A. in theatre arts from the University of Louisville. In the D.C. area, she has performed as an actor with many local theaters, including the American Century Theater, Quotidian Theatre, Adventure Theatre, and the Capital Fringe Festival. She founded Perisphere Theater in 2014, directing Oleanna and Copenhagen for its inaugural season in 2016. Heather has extensive experience in project management, organization, marketing and communications through her years working in the nonprofit sector.

 

 

Kia Hunter

Kia Hunter has been involved in the Washington, D.C., theater scene from an early age, most memorably as the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland with Adventure Theater. After a brief period as a television producer, Kia now works in the museum field, emphasizing the convergence of history and performance. Most recently, Kia has collaborated with theaters in D.C. and Charleston, South Carolina, in many capacities, including advisory work, fundraising, reviewing and stage managing. Kia received her B.A. from Davidson College in history, with a minor in theater, and her M.A. in museum studies from George Washington University.

 

Jeff McDermott

Jeff McDermott Jeff McDermott has been an attorney with the federal government for 14 years, currently serving as investigative counsel to the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of State. He is also the President of the Capitol Hill Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, having previously served as its Treasurer and Secretary. He was a member of the editorial board of the monthly periodical The Federal Lawyer from 1999 to 2010. Jeff has produced, directed, and acted for several theatres in the Washington area. He has been a member of the Rockville Little Theatre Board of Directors since 2012 and currently serves as its Treasurer. Jeff received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary and his J.D. from Georgetown University.

 

Pam Hunter McFarland

Pam has a master’s degree from American University in public communication, with a concentration in arts management. She has a passion for theater and has spent many years as a serious dance student in the D.C. area. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in fiction from Johns Hopkins University, and leads workshops using writing and journaling and tools for personal expressional and growth.

 

 

Willona M. Sloan

Willona SloanWillona M. Sloan is a writer and a native Washingtonian. Willona has published nonfiction, fiction and poetry in various publications. She is also the founder of the Writing with Willona series of workshops, networking events and literary happenings. Willona is a proud alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) workshop for writers of color. She has received an Artist Fellowship award from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and two Literary Arts residencies at Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. She continually seeks opportunities to use literature and creative writing as a means of bridging cultures and experiencing the world.

 

Allison Turkel

Allison is an actor and aspiring director. She studies at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, among other places. She is an avid theatregoer and lover of the arts. Allison has spent her career in the criminal justice field, as a police officer and then as a prosecutor, as well as the director of a not-for-profit. She is now a Deputy Director in the Office for Victims of Crime.

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