Artistic and Executive Director
Board of Directors
Founding Artistic Director
Kevin O’Connell was the founding artistic director of Barabbas Theatre Company, which produced highly acclaimed plays in the Capital Fringe Festival. These included H5x7, O’Connell’s faithful adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry V; the world premiere of Alexandra Petri’s Never Never; and the D.C. area premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s, Exit, Pursued by a Bear. He holds a M.A. in dramaturgy from the Catholic University of America and an M.A. in history from the State University of New York at Albany. Kevin studied directing with Joy Zinoman at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and completed the Directing Studio at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. In addition to Barabbas, Kevin has worked with several local companies, including Quotidian Theatre Company, Factory 449, the Washington Rogues, Pallas Theatre Collective, and Lean & Hungry Theater. He has also worked for the federal government in several capacities since 1994.
Teko Campbell is a recent graduate of the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. She has also studied at the Tasha Smith Actors Workshop in Los Angeles. She appeared in the commercial campaign for Lyft’s Round Up & Donate feature for the benefit of N Street Village, a women’s empowerment organization in Washington, D.C. Growing up in New York, Teko would travel on the Long Island Railroad with her mother going on countless auditions for modeling, film, commercial, and television. She then moved to North Carolina for high school and joined her first theater company, where she performed Shakespeare.
Erin Finucane is social change strategist and storyteller. She has been involved in DMV theater since 2009 including roles in RLT’s The Laramie Project and Frozen, and a WATCH-nominated performance in Providence Players’ Big Tree Falls. Over the last 15 years, she has successfully led national and international campaigns to change hearts, minds, and policy, including historic wins that secured billions of dollars in federal funding. In 2017, she was recognized as one of Campaigns & Elections’ Rising Stars, one of the most prestigious awards in the campaign industry. Erin earned a master’s degree in international peace studies from Trinity College Dublin in Ireland and a bachelor’s degree in political science from La Salle University in Philadelphia.
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 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.
Heather Benjamin founded Perisphere Theater in 2014 and was artistic director until 2019, directing Oleanna and Copenhagen for its inaugural season in 2016, and performing in Tartuffe in 2018. 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.