Our Team

Kara Hadden

Executive Co-Director

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Kara Hadden (she/her) is a playwright, dramaturg, director, and performer. Her plays have been developed at Yale University and the Hopkinton Center for the Arts, she has directed work at the Whitney Center for the Arts, and she served as an Artist-in-Residence at STUDIO’62 in 2019. Acting credits include A Little Night Music (Charlotte Malcolm), The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew), and Parade (Mary Phagan). In general, Kara is passionate about art which explores such topics as generations, history-making, queerness, identity, and intimacy.

At Williams College, Kara studied Theatre and History with a concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She holds particular interests in oral history, archival intervention, and arts-based activism, and she has experience researching the coming out narratives of lesbian-identifying people, gender/sexual representation in film and television, and the portrayal of underrepresented groups in mainstream history. When she’s not spending time on history or theater, Kara enjoys hiking, watching cooking videos, playing the piano badly, and reading poetry.

Jack McAuliffe

Executive Co-Director

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Jack McAuliffe (he/him) is a director, dramaturg, and theatermaker from the Boston area. A recent graduate of Yale University with a BA in Theater Studies, Jack develops and stages new plays, reinterprets classic works, and crafts interdisciplinary performances. Recent directing credits include Oedipus (2020), Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights (2019), and Pippin (2019). His inquiry-driven creative work is concerned with questions and issues of selfhood, morality, and human connection that underlie our socio-political realities and ways of life. 

 

In addition to his theatrical work, Jack’s interests include oral history, experimental literature, and philosophy. His prior professional experience includes work in arts administration, oral history, and public humanities, including Research Assistant positions with the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust Video Testimony. 

 

In his spare time, Jack enjoys reading, choral singing, staying active, and watching HGTV.

Ryan Howzell

Artistic Programs Associate

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Ryan Howzell (she/her) is a historian, artist, and advocate from Oakland, CA. Ryan holds a BA in History from Yale University and is passionate about the intersections of history, storytelling, justice, and socially-engaged arts and theater. As an arts practitioner in theatrical costume design and podcast radio, Ryan prioritizes projects that empower traditionally underrepresented voices and challenge existing boundaries of access. Design credits include The Wolves (2020), Spring Awakening (2018), and Dreamgirls (2017).

 

An experienced academic researcher, Ryan has directly studied the historical roots and contemporary implications of race, gender, and sexuality-based discrimination through positions at Yale Law School, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Yale Afro-American Cultural Center, and Asylum Access, a refugee rights legal non-profit. She has also served on planning committees for the global Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes and Oakland-based Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir. 

 

Outside of history and the arts, Ryan enjoys finding new books and recipes, watching women’s soccer, and exploring the Bay Area by foot.

Kitty Richardson

Creative and Digital Media Associate

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Kitty Richardson (she/her) is a composer, performer, and theatrical producer from the UK. While studying for her BA in Music and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, she composed for and produced a new history play, Listen, You Can Hear the Sound of No Hands Clapping at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kitty has also collaborated as a singer and composer with Intermundia, a film music group based in London.

 

Kitty also plays piano, guitar and drums, and she enjoys writing and recording original songs from her home studio in the East Midlands. She released her first single at age 12, and in 2015, she released “The Cure,” a benefit album for Ehlers-Danlos Support UK. Kitty’s new play, Out of the Blue, will premiere digitally in late 2020 after being produced in Leeds and filmed live in accordance with pandemic-related restrictions.

 

Outside of the performing arts, Kitty’s academic interests include epistemology and religion. In her spare time, she is an avid watcher of film and television.