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  • During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy.

    Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood; and Equivocation.

    She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016.

    Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award.

    She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

    Lue Douthit

    CEO/Creative Director,  lue@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Kamilah L. Long is an innovative leader and dynamic theatrical professional. Her multifaceted theatre career includes roles as an actor, director, producer, educator, fundraiser, activist, and speaker. She started her career in theatre as a storyteller, which led her to joining Actors Equity and becoming a professional actor before completing her undergraduate theatre degree from Alabama State University. Kamilah went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in performance along with a Certificate in African American Theatre from the University of Louisville. Kamilah is a world-class orator, having traveled as far as South Africa to speak and perform.

    Her experiences ultimately led her to become the current managing director of Play On Shakespeare. Before that she worked for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she was awarded a producing fellowship and rose from an entry-level artistic assistant to Senior Director of Development. Kamilah is also a proud member of the Board of Directors for Southern Oregon Public Television (SOPTV).

    Recently she was the founder and CEO of The Black Whole, a multimedia company focused on centering the Black global community through art and storytelling.

    Kamilah Long

    Executive Director,  kamilah@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Taylor Bailey spent four years in Chicago where he worked on twelve productions with The Neo-Futurists. He served as Operations Manager and Education Coordinator for The Neo-Futurists, as well as the program developer and coordinator for Neo-Access, a multi-winged strategy for diversity and inclusion as well as accessibility for the differently abled. As a freelance director, performer, storyteller, dramaturg and producer worked with: First Floor Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, American Theatre Company, The Agency Collective, Timeline Theatre, About Face Productions, Collaboration Theatre Company and others. In Dallas, worked with WaterTower Theatre and served as the Associate Artistic Director of Sideman Productions for two years. Additional experience as a teaching artist, IT coordinator and project manager.

    Publications: Contributor, New York Times Bestseller It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming
    Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living with Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

    Taylor Bailey

    Senior Producer,  taylor@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Summer Martin is an arts education and integrative health professional with substantial technical and professional experience focused on crafting public programming with the purpose of enhancing community resilience.

    Significant work experience in domestic and international grant management, coupled with meaningful study and travel in West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and Europe informs Summer’s perspective on and integration of the arts in traditional health practices, and this influence on community health initiatives.

    Summer Martin

    Director of Operations,  summer@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Amrita Ramanan is a multidisciplinary artistic leader who holds the values of anti-racism, anti-colonialism, equity, access, diversity, and inclusion at the core of her practice. In her five seasons as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Amrita holistically supported new play commissioning and development for the Festival. She served as the production dramaturg for OSF’s productions of Cambodian Rock Band, Snow in MidsummerOklahoma!, As You Like It, Macbeth, Alice in Wonderland, Henry V, and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2; produced and curated the Black Swan Lab for New Play Development; and created the first-ever OSF Writer’s Group. Prior to OSF, Amrita was the Literary Manager/Artistic Associate at Arena Stage, where she dramaturged Arena’s productions of Mary T. & Lizzy K., Trouble in Mind, Ruined, and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies; served as the line producer for Lisa Kron and Charles Randolph-Wright’s playwright residencies; and produced Arena Stage’s New Play Reading Series. For three years, Amrita was the Associate Producer and Resident Dramaturg at Double Edge Theatre and supported the development of Double Edge’s site-specific performances Sharazad, A Tale of Love and Magic and Once a Blue Moon. As a project-based dramaturg, Amrita’s credits include Sitayana by Lavina Jadhwani (East West Players, EnActe Arts, and Hypokrit Theatre Company) and BULL: a love story by Nancy García Loza (Paramount Theatre).

    Amrita received a BFA in Dramaturgy and Theater History from the University of Arizona. She is a board member for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americans and the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Amrita was recently made a National Theater Project advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts. She considers herself a professional advocate for artists, and a lifelong lover of the arts.

    Amrita Ramanan

    Senior Cultural Strategist & Dramaturg,  amrita@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Alex Vermillion (ze/zir/zirs) is a dramaturg, artist, marketer, and educator. Zir dramaturgy credits include blues for miss lucille at the Yale School of Drama; Henry VI, Part III and The Two Noble Kinsmen with Play On Shakespeare; and We Are Proud to Present… at the Yale Cabaret. Ze was recently a guest artist at the Great Plains Theatre Commons. At Yale, Alex served as Co-Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret, Managing Editor at Theater magazine, and the Diversity & Inclusion Chair on the Graduate & Professional Student Senate. Alex received zir M.F.A. in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism at YSD (2020), and zir B.A. in English and Theatre at the University of Utah (2016).

    Alex Vermillion

    PR & Digital Content Writer,  alex@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Whitney Reed (they/she) is a curator who uses performance, production and communications as a tool to curate cultural experiences through theatre, cinematography and the ritual of storytelling. Whitney uses theatre as a tool to learn and convey cultural history through rich stories told on stage. A graduate of Florida A&M University, the largest Historically Black College and University, Whitney gained a deeper appreciation for education and art being catalysts that dismantle systems of oppression through storytelling as a Public Relations and Theatre performance student. In post matriculation they’ve honed their skills in marketing and equity, diversity and inclusion through professional development working in varied industries.

    Whitney Reed

    Social Media Manager,  whitney@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Hailing from the foggy and redwood-laden coast of Northern California, Danielle DeMartini (she/her/hers) grew up surrounded by landscapes, architecture, and people who have inspired much of her art. She is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a degree in Studio Art and a minor in Asian Aspects of Philosophy. A love of languages and visual communication has led to a wide-ranging career in graphic design.

    Danielle DeMartini

    Graphic Designer & Web Support,  danielle@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Stephany Smith-Pearson is an alumna of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her many positions at OSF included working for Lue Douthit in the early 2000s. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Southern Oregon University. She lives in Ashland.

    Stephany Smith-Pearson

    Executive Assistant,  stephany@playonshakespeare.org
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