Jesús I. Valles (they/them) is a queer Mexican immigrant, educator, storyteller, and performer from Cd. Juarez/El Paso. Valles is a 2023 Princess Grace Award recipient and a 2024 Tow Playwright in Residence at The Flea. Jesús is a 2021 CantoMundo fellowship recipient at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, a 2019 Lambda Literary fellow, a 2019 Walter E. Dakin Playwriting Fellow of the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a recipient of the 2019 Letras Latinas Scholarship from the Community of Writers’ Poetry Workshop, and a poetry fellow at Idyllwild Arts Writers Week. Jesús is also a 2018 Undocupoets Fellow, a 2018 Tin House Scholar, a fellow of The 2018 Poetry Incubator, and the runner-up in the 2017 Button Poetry Chapbook Contest. Their work has been published in The Shade Journal, The Texas Review, The New Republic, Palabritas, The Acentos Review, Quarterly West, The Mississippi Review, Palette, The Adroit Journal, BOAAT, The McNeese Review, and PANK. Their poetry has also been featured on NPR’s Code Switch, The Slowdown, The BreakBeat Poets’ LatiNext Anthology, and the Best New Poets 2020 anthology. As an actor, they are the recipient of four B. Iden Payne Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama (2018), and Outstanding Original Script (2018) and they were nominated for the Mark David Cohen New Play Award for their play, (Un)Documents. They most recently starred as Penny Marshall in Victor I. Cazares’ Pinching Pennies with Penny Marshall: Death Rituals for Penny Marshall for New York Theatre Workshop. Jesús was the OUTSider festival’s OUTsider-in-residence and holds an MFA in playwriting from Brown University.
Maimouna Camara (she/her) is a performing arts producer and manager whose creative work stems from non-profit theaters and cultural arts organizations. Maimouna received her M.A in Performing Arts Administration at NYU. In New York, she was the 2022/2023 Finance and Operations Fellow at the New York Theatre Workshop and was the Assistant Program Coordinator for NYU’s Creative Careers Accelerator. She’s worked as a producer and sound/video designer at Towne Street Theater, along with Leimert Park Theater Consortium and The Inner City Cultural Center in Los Angeles. She was one of the Research Production Coordinators at the Cultural Arts and Diversity Resource Center in Santa Cruz, CA and participated in student and arts advocacy leadership programs at UCSC. Focused on a multidisciplinary producing approach, Maimouna has associate produced the short film THE NEST (Kiziana Jean-Louis), collaborated on photography books such as I CAN’T BREATHE (Carr and Scott), and worked on several independent modeling projects. She is the co-curator of Towne Street Theater’s seasonal spoken word production known as SUM POETRY.
Keyonte Colclough (She/Her) is a recent graduate of The City College of New York. She received a BA in English Literature with a minor in Asian Studies. In her professional career, as a student and in the workforce, she has taken many opportunities to work for organizations with a focus in providing support to youth in New York City. She worked as a Health Educator and Co-Coordinator for Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit that provides health education to high school students from underserved schools; and, more recently she worked as a Community School Assistant for Counseling In Schools, supporting school wide initiatives for students in Brooklyn.
Keyonte has always had an interest in arts, literature, theater, and music, and she hopes that wherever she works she can combine her intersectional experiences with the work she is doing and be a positive asset to the environment.
Darciana Reynolds is a Marketing professional and multidisciplinary artist. She joins The Flea as a marketing associate with a passion for community and artist development. Darciana received her AA in visual communications from Delaware Technical and Community College, BFA in photography and video from the School of Visual Arts and is currently pursuing her MBA in marketing from Washington State University.
Darciana has worked with several small businesses and artists on their social media and marketing teams. As well as curated a group show showcased at the brooklyn museum in 2021. She is the founder of a non-profit art foundation, Lemonade in the Garden, which focuses on helping underrepresented black artists connect, find opportunities, and showcase their art work in the art world.
Iman Louis-Jeune (she/her/hers) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist and curator with over eight years of technical experience. Pulling from her Caribbean heritage and diverse religious upbringing, she’s interested in the creation and facilitation of making cathartic and impactful work.
As a curator and production manager, Iman founded a dance + somatic movement + film festival, Essence of Embodiment, as part of SMUSH Gallery’s Curatorial Fellowship in Dance ’20-’21 centered around processing trauma and making a framework for joy. She’s had the opportunity to work with: ZCO/Dance Project, Owning Dissonance Collective, AfroFlow Yoga, The Chelsea Factory, Telluride Film Festival, Womanimation Festival, LMCC, TBWA \ Chiat \ Day NY all in a production management, operations, and lighting design capacity.
Always looking forward to collaborating, with equity, access, and compassion in mind.
Erica provides general management and/or financial services to various non-profit organizations including The Flea Theater, the american vicarious, Space on Ryder Farm, Target Margin Theater and Caborca, and is a member of the Board of Directors of The Builders Association.
Yordhy Herrera joined The Flea full time in 2022 as Facilities Manager after over 4 years of operations and technical experience. He studied mechanical engineering, automotive repair and service, and holds certifications in construction safety, scaffolding, and automotive service excellence.
Yordhy is passionate about visual design, solving challenging problems, fixing hardware, and cooking (try his patacón!). Yordhy lives in Queens with his dog, Joey.
Martin Meccouri is a creative producer who comes to The Flea with over a decade of experience working in the performing arts. He has worked in various artistic, programmatic, fundraising, and educational capacities at Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Random Access Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse, UCSD (Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Instruction in Theatre & Dance Award), The Classical Theatre of Harlem and most recently, Theatre Communications Group.
Martin is passionate about risky artistic work, unlikely collaborations, intercultural and multilingual aesthetics, and facilitating opportunities for emerging artists. He believes in strengths-based leadership and is a Gallup-certified executive coach and organizational consultant in the CliftonStrengths(c) assessment model.
He holds a BFA from Emerson College (summa cum laude), an MA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an MFA from UCSD.
Dr. Lauren Britt-Elmore (Executive Director) has been fortunate to spend her entire career working in and with the theatre. Most recently, she has served as the Director of Academic Administration of the Theatre Program at the prestigious Columbia University School of the Arts since 2017. Prior to her tenure at Columbia, she worked in academic administration at the New School for Drama, helped produce the first online course from Harvard’s Education School, served as a Literary Associate at Helen Merrill, Ltd., and earned a distinguished Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage. She has dramaturged work in various settings, including the Cherry Lane Theater (The View from Tall by Caitlin Montanye Parrish), and directed plays in New York and Boston by Kirsten Greenidge, Catherine Filloux, and Angela Tucker. She is currently researching the relationship between the Algonquin Round Table and the writers of the Harlem Renaissance during the early 20th century. Dr. Elmore is a graduate of Wesleyan University (BA with Honors, Theatre & African-American Studies), Columbia University School of the Arts (MFA, Dramaturgy), and Harvard Graduate School of Education (EdD, Higher Education).