BOARD OF TRUSTEES
ANGELA POWELL WALKER
CHAIR, SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS
“A. L. T.’s mission of inclusion and learning through the arts is exactly my belief on what the Arts stand for and are meant to do for humanity! Where else can one find their voice and be heard better than through the arts? It’s what A. L. T. means to me and why they have my full support!! I am beyond grateful for this organization and A.L.T. leaders in the community.”
VICE CHAIR, FOCUSTRAT LLC, ENRICH ENTERPRISES, INC
“As an advocate for youth, being part of an organization providing programs targeting students and youth for leadership development, art exposure, and new avenues for communicating social concerns is a conviction worth supporting and expanding.”
SECRETARY, TAFT MUSEUM OF ART
“A.L.T. approaches theatre differently. It centers and focuses on making theater accessible for ALL with a social justice voice.”
“I have seen firsthand how theatre transforms lives, whether it gives someone discipline or opens people’s eyes. Working with A.L.T. was a no-brainer as their mission encompasses social change and making an impact on the lives of both audience and performer.”
“What drew me to A.L.T. is the intersection of arts and social justice. The current conventions of theatre does not serve ALL people equally nor provide access to theatre and arts. A.L.T. achieves their mission through breaking these conventions and rules to give access to ALL.”
“A.L.T. approaches the arts in a different way by tackling social justice issues. In this day and age, I believe it is more important than ever to express our humanity through the Arts.”
MATTHEW DAVID GELLIN, CFRE
EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & CEO
“The power of theatre that has not yet been leveraged completely. It’s the idea of how can we get to a point where wars can be stopped and people can be brought together into a world of true equity because of the power of theatre. How do we truly make an impact in positive way for ALL voices and ALL people? We, at A.L.T. give them a voice and bring that voice to the forefront to be heard.”
Matthew has successfully acted and directed across the country, in Europe, and in Asia.
Matthew is proud to have served as a U.S. representative at the UNESCO
International Theatre Institute Research Lab in Romania. He was named a Promising Artist of the 21st Century by the International Arts and Cultural Exchange, and he has published papers on directorial theory in international peer-reviewed journals. He has also been recognized as one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s Forty Under 40.
His financial background includes serving as U.S. delegate to the People’s Republic of China for foreign business affairs and serving on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors as president-elect.
Now, he looks to lift American theatre back to the top of the world’s stage.
POLLY LEN HEINKEL
ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
”A.L.T. speaks to me about the way theatre should be done. A.L.T. gives voice to the voiceless and provides the ability to do theatre in different ways that will affect the audience viscerally.”
Polly is an educator, director, and producer.
Polly is the founder and artistic director of Pollen Productions, a Cincinnati- and London-based production company. Most recently, she has presented Lungs by Duncan Macmillan, Phaedra’s Love by Sarah Kane, and Into the Dark, an epilogue to Othello.
While living in London, she worked at the Globe, was a producer at the Drayton Arms Theatre, and assisted on the premiere of several new works written by Rikki Beadle-Blair, MBE, and produced by Team Angelica.
During her training, she worked with such theatre artists as Matthew Lloyd, Polly Teale, and Stephen Unwin. Through her time in London, she reiterated her love for working with the classics but also found a passion for devising, improvisation, and guerilla theatre.
HANNAH RAHE GOODMAN
"A.L.T produces theatre that makes you think critically. It remains in your mind long after the show ends, and encourages critical conversations. ”