Stephawn Stephens

Headshot of Stephawn Stephens smiling.Executive Artistic Director

Stephawn Stephens has become a recognizable presence as a local actor, singer, and director in the Metropolitan area theater scene. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where he received his formal training at the Karamu House, Cleveland State University, majoring in English and Music Education and then also Bowie State University completing his studies in Musical Theater/Acting. In his professional endeavors, Mr. Stephens has performed at several local and well-known venues such as Arena Stage, African Continuum Theater Company, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ford’s Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Round House Theatre, Theater Alliance, Theater J, Signature Theatre and Woolly Mammoth. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA unions. Throughout his career, Mr. Stephens has developed his craft, gained invaluable knowledge and experience in theater and education. He believes in cultivating an atmosphere where undiscovered talent is trained and perfected. While building partnerships within the community through volunteering and his faithfulness to his church, Mr. Stephens has been touted by his peers as a “game changer.” He strives to help build and motivate cross-functional teams that exceed worldly expectations while marrying passion to purpose.

Pamela A. Jafari

Managing Director

Headshot of Pamela A. Jafari smiling.Pamela is an actor, playwright, and lifelong supporter of the arts. At the age of seven, she found her niche after snagging her first acting role with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Since then, she has become a well-rounded thespian committed to keeping theatre alive. Her vast experience has spanned all facets of theatre management from serving as the Executive Director of Serenity Players, Inc., a non-profit community theatre, to directing, stage management, and box office management. Pamela has worked throughout the Greater Washington, D.C. area including Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre, The Atlas, The Kennedy Center, ACTCO, DC Playback Theatre, Positive Image Performance Project, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company. She also served for many years as a grant reviewer for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Most recently, Pamela, completed readings of her play, The Butterfly Waltz, as well as served on the Steering Committee for the documentary, “Fierceness Served! The ENIKAlley Coffeehouse”, which premiered at the 2022 DC International Film Festival.

Board of Directors

Pat Wheeler, Chairperson
Joyce Woodson, Vice-Chairperson
John C. Johnson, Treasurer
Robert E. Person, Secretary
Dr. Emory Andrews, Board Member
Barbara Boyd, Board Member
Stephawn Stephens, Executive Artistic Director