Eleanore Tapscott (she/her) is a classically trained metro-DC-based actress and director. She is looking forward to supporting the mission of the Actors Center — Connecting actors to resources needed for success.
ANNETTE MOONEYBoard President
Annette Mooney (she/her) re-joined the Actors’ Center in 2013 after a 20-year hiatus from acting. Members may recognize Annette from her roles as “Mama Duck” at lottery auditions and “Tax Gal” at the AC’s tax workshops. She’s primarily a stage actor but has also done many training films and in-person training simulations.
DARREN MARQUARDTBoard Vice President
Darren started his career more than 4 decades ago in Minneapolis, MN. He regularly collaborated with the Red Eye Theater including a touring performance at the La Moma Theatre in NYC. He was a performing and teaching artist at several dance studios in the area specializing in Ballroom and Latin Social and Theatrical dance.
YVONNE PARETZKYBoard Treasurer
Yvonne (she/her) is a stage, film, tv, and voiceover actor represented by Bona Fide & Emerging Artists and Avery Sisters Entertainment. Recent projects include CW’s Black Lightning, the short series Coronaville, and To the New Girl. Her play Funny You Don’t Look Jewish premiered at Women’s Voices Theater Festival in 2018.
EVAN CRUMPBoard Secretary
Evan Crump (he/him) has worked in the DMV area as an actor, director, playwright, producer, and theatre instructor for more than fifteen years. He is the Founding Artistic Director of Unstrung Harpist Productions and has performed in over sixty productions with local companies. He has a Doctorate of Education from GW and a Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare in Performance from Mary Baldwin University. He currently teaches English and Theatre at Montgomery College.
DARA GOLDBoard Member
Dara Gold (she/her) is a Washington D.C. based actor, playwright, and director who works in new play development, musicals, and short films. She is the co-founder and co-leader of the women-led, D.C. based theater company Too Much Damn (“TMD”) Theater. Dara has presented her original pieces at the Kennedy Center, Capital Fringe Festival, the D.C. 48 Hour Film Project, and JaYo Théâtre. Outside of theater, Dara is an education attorney advocating for children’s rights.
BONEZA VALDEZ HANCHOCKBoard Member
Boneza (she/her) is an actor, playwright and a long standing member of the Actors’ Center. She has had the privilege of performing with various theatre companies in the DC Metro Area virtually and on stage. Outside of theatre, Boneza is a Program Manager with over 20 years of experience in logistics and program management.
KEN STANCIL, JR.Board Member
Ken Stancil, Jr. (he/him) is a creative on a mission to make diverse media and build community with people doing the same. Recent projects include the Apple TV+ show “Swagger” and “Thespians” available on Amazon Prime. He has also performed in short and feature length films. Sometimes he’s the disgruntled officer, the supportive middle school teacher, or a survivor of a zombie apocalypse. Ken is also a photographer, videographer, and writer. However, his most important special skills are recalling comic trivia and binge watching sci-fi shows. Connect with Ken to chat more about building creative communities.
PAUL MARENGOBoard Member
Paul has 25+ years in the area of development and program execution. His experience includes a wide range of development activities including Corporate Support, Foundation Support, Government Support, and Individual Giving. Paul believes by empowering and providing the necessary tools to smaller non-profit organizations they can become competitive fundraisers. Paul has worked with and trained many non-profits on alternative ways of thinking of how data and other items can be of use to their development strategies.
ADIYB MUHAMMADBoard Member
Adiyb Muhammad is an actor/producer/director, who developed his acting skills by studying with some of the top coaches in the industry: Vera J Katz, Stephen Mitchell, John Pallotta and others whom he identified through his Actors’ Center membership.
He has appeared in over 30 stage plays in his 17 years as an actor and has been seen on TVOne, BET, Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime in various film and TV projects.
NISHI CHAWLABoard Member
(she/her) is an academician and a writer. She has ten plays, three feature length movies, two screenplays, six collections of poetry and two novels to her credit. Her plays have been staged both in USA and in India. She has written and directed three independent art house movies: “Mixed Up”(released on Amazon Prime in June 2021), “The Strange Case Of Normalcy” and “Techno.” She also co-edited an anthology of poems, “Singing in the Dark” with K Satchidanandan which was published by Penguin Random House in 2020. Another poetry anthology, “Greening the Earth” will be published by Penguin in May 2023.
ELENA ANDERSONMembership & Development Manager
Elena Anderson (she/her) is an actor and graphic designer based in Washington, DC. She has an M.F.A. in Acting from The Catholic University of America, and a B.A. in Drama and History from the University of Virginia. She has been a member of the Actors’ Center since 2018.
GINGER MOSSOperations Manager
Ginger (she/her) has been managing the Actors’ Center since November 1985. She has also worked with Arena Stage, Source Theatre, Horizons Theatre and Trice Talent Services. As an actor, she has done film, industrial, commercial, and theatre work in the DC area and is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Rebecca Kiser (she/her) an actor and singer performer based in Washington DC. She holds a BA in Theater Performance with a minor in music from George Mason University. She has worked with many theatres in the area including Studio Theatre, Adventure Theatre MTC, and Imagination Stage. Rebecca is excited to be joining the Actors’ Center staff and is looking forward to connecting and helping all its members.
Monica Lijewski is a former Washington-area performer who picked up the bookkeeping habit in 2001 and never quit. She now resides in Baltimore and enjoys providing financial support to this essential organization for the area’s performing artists.