The Leadership

Jeff Jimenez

Board President

María Carmona

Board Vice President

Bruce Dean Willis

Board Secretary

Board Members

Kimberly Gougler-Rutherford

Joe Martínez

Kelli McLoud-Schingen

Machele Miller Dill

Eduardo C. Mora

Mabel Sánchez

Jericho Thomas

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Tara Moses (she/her) is a director, playwright, dramaturg, Artistic Director of telatúlsa, and a citizen of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

 

As a director, her work as been seen in New York, NY; Tulsa, OK; Washington, D.C.; Bethesda, MD; Oklahoma City, OK; Palmetto, GA; Edmond, OK; and Hartford, CT. Her plays have been produced and/or developed with Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective (New York, NY); Sound Theatre Company (Seattle, WA); Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company (Reno, NV); Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (New Haven, CT); Native Voices at the Autry (Los Angeles, CA); Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company (Oklahoma City, OK); telatúlsa (Tulsa, OK); University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond, OK); American Indian Artists, Inc. AMERINDA (New York, NY);  No Peeking Theatre Company (Jersey City, NJ); Furnace Fringe Festival (Boston, MA); #BingeTheatreCompany (Washington, D.C.); and Echo Theatre Company (Tulsa, OK).

 

She is a Cultural Capital Fellow with First Peoples Fund (2020); invited playwright for the HBMG Foundation’s National Winter Playwrights Retreat (2020); winner of the Young Native Storytellers Contest (2019); member of DirectorsLabChicago (2018); member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center (2017); recipient of the Thomas C. Fichandler Award (2016); affiliated artist with Unsettling Dramaturgy; affiliated artist with Groundwater Arts; alum of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship at Arena Stage; an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; and a Dramatists Guild member. She holds a B.A. in theatre from the University of Tulsa. www.taramoses.com

Jeffery Jimenez is a native Oklahoman who began his acting career in a 7th grade production of “How The West Was Lost”. After taking a hiatus to raise his three children, Jeffery returned to the stage three years ago and has since performed with American Theatre Company, Theatre Pops and World Stage Theatre, in addition to telatúlsa. Jeffery is excited to take the reins of this dynamic intercultural theatre company with the hopes of sharing the mission with the community. 

María is an actress and community organizer. She has taken Voice and Diction with Rena Cook and is a 2019/20 ITA fellow. Selected credits include Hamlet (telatúlsa) and Double Feature: The Prairie and La Frontera (Heller Theatre Company). Helping out the Hispanic/Latinx community is a huge priority for her and theatre is a great way to highlight her culture and even the struggles that her community faces, because it gives a voice to the voiceless.

Bruce Dean Willis is Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at The University of Tulsa. As a child and as a young man, he was active in theater camps, Christmas pageants, and pit orchestras for shows like Anything Goes. Now, as a literature professor, he loves to teach the works of Sor Juana, Lorca, Carballido, and other playwrights of the Spanish-speaking world. As a specialist in Mexico, and as part of a Mexican-American family, Bruce felt motivated to write Time for Chocolate (two Tulsa productions in 2017) to help bring to life the culture of ancient Mesoamericans before European colonization.

Kelli McLoud-Schingen was born and raised in Chicago.  She received her theatrical training from Aurora University and Roosevelt University.  While studying toward an MFA in Musical Theatre at Roosevelt, Kelli studied abroad at the Oxford School of Drama in Oxford, England.  She has done commercial, voiceover, and professional theatre in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Houston. Kelli moved to Tulsa in 2007 and since then has performed with the American Theatre Company, Theatre Pops, and Theatre Tulsa.