Dudley Cocke, Artistic Director of Roadside Theater and former Interim Director of Appalshop, is a stage director, writer, and media producer. He has taught theater at NYU and Cornell University, and his essays have been widely published, most recently in An Ideal Theatre: Founding Visions for a New American Art (TCG Books). In 2015, Routledge published two books that included his writing: Routledge Companion to Art and Politics, and The Roles of Art and Culture in Community Change. Dudley is a board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and the recipient of the 2002 Heinz Award for Arts and Humanities. Contact: [email protected] 

Donna Porterfield, Managing Director, also works on Roadside artistic projects. She served as playwright for Roadside's Thousand Kites and Voices from the Battlefront, and recently produced a community cultural development residency in Albuquerque, New Mexico in collaboration with Media Literacy Project, La Placita, Young Women United, and El Cuentro De Igualdad Y Derechos, that  resulted in the creation of a performance, "From School House to Jail House."  She is the producer of Roadside’s ongoing, 30-year collaboration with traditional Native American artists in Pueblo Zuni, New Mexico. Contact: [email protected]

Amy Brooks, Program Director and Dramaturg, coordinates the company's core programmatic areas of New Play Creation, Community Cultural Development, Teaching, and Advocacy. She also oversees special publishing, performance, and arts- and culture-based economic development projects and helps build, sharpen, and disseminate Roadside’s 40-year body of literature, keeping its “living library” at the fore of public discourse on arts and cultural equity. Amy is the former Humanities Director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, WV, and a co-founder of the Twitter-based discussion forum Rural Arts Weekly. She received an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Contact: [email protected]

Jamie Haft is directing strategies for integrating Roadside Theater's signature live practice with the power of technology, toward retrieving and reconceiving art and social justice practice for a new generation. She began collaborating with Roadside in 2006 as an NYU student, and continues to contribute to its efforts to develop a model community cultural development curriculum and to organize a national story-based campaign promoting cultural equity. She is interim director of Imagining America, the national consortium of colleges and universities concerned with the public humanities, arts, and design. Contact: [email protected]

Ron Short, playwright, composer, performer, claims to be retired.  However, he developed and continues to work in Roadside’s six-county local program. Grounded in vibrant central Appalachian music and storytelling traditions, the program helps young and old alike master and re-imagine their cultural heritage within 21st century realities of daily life.  Ron performs regularly with his musical group "Ron Short and the Possum Playboys," and serves on the boards of The Tri-State Singing Convention and The Gathering in the Gap Festival.

AND A TRIBUTE AND THANKS TO ROADSIDE THEATER'S PAST ENSEMBLE MEMBERS!

(in alphabetical order according to last name)

Big Dave Adams, Ken Adams, Larry Adams, Don Baker, Tommy Bledsoe, Jerry Calvert, Tamara Coffey, Lana Combs, Anita Craft, Kay Craft, Dee Davis, Angelyn DeBord, Scott Faulkner, Jeff Hawkins, Jeff Hooper, Zhivko Illieff, Charlie Ingles, Valeria Ison, Rema Keene, Mark Kidd, Jeff Kiser, Ben Mays, Kim Neal Mays, Marsha McIntosh, Nell Meade, Jane Moody, Billy Gene Mullins, Myrtle Mullins, Scott Mullins, Donna Potter, Anna Belle Mullins Puckett, Matt Salter, Dorothy Shaw, Gary Slemp, Nancy Jeffrey Smith, Frankie Taylor, Carol Thompson, Michael (Badhair) Williams, Dudley Wilson, Jack Wright, and Kathy Wright.