Jenny McConnell Frederick, Artistic Director
Jenny joined CulturalDC in July of 2009. She currently serves as Interim Deputy Director. In her role as Director of Artistic Programs, she produces the Source Festival, a three-week performing arts event that cultivates new work in a nurturing environment. Additionally she manages the Mead Theatre Lab and Space4 (debuting in fall 2017), both of which provide space and mentoring to performing artists and emerging companies.
Jenny is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Rorschach Theatre. Founded in July of 1999, Rorschach has received significant acclaim for its fierce performance style, its bold use of theatrical space and its dedication to challenging works that are at once relevant and timeless. The company's work has focused on helping to reveal the contemporary relevance of fable, finding magic in rough spaces and connecting timeless works to a contemporary audience. Rorschach has been nominated for several Helen Hayes Awards, been a finalist for the Mayor's Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artists and won a Mary Goldwater award in 2006.
Before coming to CulturalDC, Jenny served as Director of Special Events at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company where she assisted in the successful completion of an $8.5 million Capital Campaign and produced their annual benefit bash for approximately 400 guests. Additionally, Jenny served as a member of the Mead Theatre Lab Advisory Panel for two years, produced Art-O-Matic's theatre component in 2000 and 2003 and is a member of the Hub Theatre's Advisory Board.
Jenny is from Northern Virginia and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in Columbia Heights with her husband and son.
Lee Cromwell, Associate Producer
Lee is a theatre and opera director and is thrilled to be in his third season with the Source Festival team. Lee moved to the DC area from Bloomington, Indiana where he received his Master of Fine Arts Degree in directing. While in Bloomington, Lee taught in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance and at the Jacobs School of Music. Selected directing credits include: Guys and Dolls, The God of Carnage, Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, and Doubt and Breakfast (by Source Festival alum Nathan Alan Davis).
A champion of new works, Lee has worked with emerging artists in musical theatre, drama, and opera, most recently directing Sequence for the Bloomington Playwrights Project and Intoxication: America’s Love Affair with Oil for New Voices Opera. In DC Lee has worked with Young Playwrights Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, DC Queer Theatre Festival and the National Theatre. Lee also works part-time in production and administration for Capital Fringe.
Before moving to Indiana, Lee was the director of theatre and choral music at the Millbrook School, a co-ed boarding school in the Hudson Valley, where he ran the vocal and theatre arts program for four years. An accomplished musician, his work as a vocalist includes performances with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, appearances at the Spoleto Festival USA and he has been featured on both commercial and educational choral recordings. Lee is a magna cum laude graduate of Bucknell University with degrees in music and theatre and he holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College. Lee lives in Petworth.
Sharon King, Assistant Producer
Sharon King is thrilled to be returning as producer for CulturalDC’s Source Festival. Sharon holds a Masters’ in Arts Management at George Mason University. She is a Stage Manager and Arts Administrator, currently Subscription Services Manager at The Washington Ballet. Originally from The San Francisco Bay Area she graduated from Southern Oregon University with a BA in theatre, emphasis on Stage Management. After college she moved to the DC area for a Stage Management internship at Theater J. Post internship she stayed on at Theater J as their resident assistant stage manager. As a non-equity stage manager my credits in the DC area include Ford’s Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, Round House Theatre and was also the Production Stage Manager for the 2015 Source Festival. Along with freelancing for several years as a stage manager she held more of an administrative role and obtained a position at Imagination Stage as Facility Manager and Production Manager for the Capital Fringe Festival and Production Administrator for The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at The University of Maryland.
Patrick Gallagher Landes, Assistant Producer
Patrick Gallagher Landes is the Programs and Marketing Fellow at CulturalDC and Assistant Producer for Source Festival 2017. Patrick started working with CulturalDC as a stage manager for Source Festival 2015’s Artistic Blind Dates. He continued to stage manage the ABDs in 2016 and was also picked up as CulturalDC’s Programs intern at the same time. Patrick’s position gradually evolved to encapsulate the marketing internship. It is said that the Marketing and Programs Fellow is the Wild West of Fellowships. This makes Patrick feel like he is a politically correct Clint Eastwood.
Patrick is originally from Harrisonburg, VA and is a proud graduate of Connecticut College and the National Theater Institute. When not marketing and programming for CulturalDC, Patrick is also a freelance playwright, stage manager, director, and actor. Patrick is passionate about developing new plays that push the boundaries of traditional performance and that address social and environmental issues.
James L. Rogers III, Assistant Producer
Recently returned to DC to take the role of Operations Manager for CulturalDC, James Rogers is excited to join the Source Festival as well, because, really, who needs a social life. Trained as an actor, James trod the boards for a while before deciding that luxuries like eating and living indoors were more important than acting, upon which decision he became the Facilities Manager for Studio and then Round House Theatres and then Lead Carpenter for B Street Theatre in Sacramento, CA. As a writer, James is the recipient of a Lucas Arts Residency Fellowship and had a 10-Minute play produced in the 2010 Source Festival. He’s written numerous plays and his first novel was published in 2013.