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STAFF

Adam Odsess-Rubin - Artistic Director (he/him) is a director, playwright, actor, and teaching artist. At NQT, Odsess-Rubin directed his play DREAMers (NYU), based on interviews with undocumented LGBTQ youth in Queens, NY, for which he received the title ‘Emerging Playwright’ from Theater for the New City and Pint-Sized Plays at The Eagle NYC. He also wrote and directed Speechless (Theaterlab), a play exploring HIV narratives in 2018, to sold out audiences. He produced the Queer Village Reading Series and Criminal Queerness Festival.

Formerly the Education and Community Programs Fellow at the American Conservatory Theater, Odsess-Rubin is now Education Associate at New York Theatre Workshop. His work as an actor, director, and playwright has brought him to The Guthrie, BAM, The Civilians, Theater for the New City, A.C.T., New Conservatory Theater, Faultline Theater, and ArtsEmerson. He has also worked as a teaching artist with refugee youth, Israeli and Palestinian teenagers, and taught in juvenile halls. In 2016, Odsess-Rubin served as personal assistant to AIDS Memorial Quilt Founder Cleve Jones, a protégé of Harvey Milk.

He is the recipient of the Charles M. Gilbert Award for Sustained Excellence in the Arts, and received the 21st Century Educator Scholarship two years in a row from NYU. In 2017, he was nominated for Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and Theatre Bay Area awards. His writings on theater and activism have been published by Howlround and The Teaching Artist Journal. BA: UC Santa Cruz MA: NYU Steinhardt.

Adam A. Elsayigh - Co-Producer, Criminal Queerness Festival (he/him) is an Egyptian playwright, dramaturg, and producer. Through his writing and producing, Adam interrogates the intersections of queerness, immigration, and colonialism. Some of Adam's plays include Memorial, Jamestown/Williamsburg, and Drowning in Cairo. Adam is the Co-founder of The Criminal Queerness Festival. He is a fellow at Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics and a co-host of The Queer Arab Podcast. Adam's work has been seen at IRT Theater, Dixon Place, Golden Thread Productions, and The NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center.  Adam holds a BA in Theater with an emphasis in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from NYU Abu Dhabi.

Marcus Crawford Guy - Teaching Artist (he/him) hails from Glasgow, Scotland, where he grew up performing nationwide in educational theatre performances and working with the BBC in educational film productions and Radio Plays. After graduating from the Dance School of Scotland’s Musical Theatre Course in 2010 with his Assoiate’s Diploma from the Trinity College of London, Marcus became the first every Scotsman to attend the Juilliard School’s Drama Division. Since attaining his BFA, Marcus has join SAG/AFTRA following appearances on AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies & ABC’s reboot of Get Christie Love. In the theatre, Marcus has worked with the Yangtze Repertory Theatre and Pan Asian Rep off Broadway, and appeared in the Little Orchestra Society’s production of Peter and the Wolf at BAM. Marcus is also interested in the development of new work, and the creation of his own and his short films Sprinkles and Making David Harper’s Actor Reel have enjoyed success in the festival circuit.​ As a Teaching Artist, Marcus has worked across the country and around the world. Marcus is a long standing teaching artist and program facilitator with Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell’s not-for-profit, Artists Striving to End Poverty. He has hosted workshops in Southern India at Shanti Bhavan Children’s project, in juvenile correction facilities, transitional housing units and safe spaces for vulnerable communities of young people. Marcus has also appeared as a guest artist and Irene Ryan selector at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. He is excited to be a part of the NQT team, delivering workshops to LGBTQIA+ elders at SAGE. @mcrawfordguy / www.marcuscrawfordguy.com

Kalonjee Gallimore - Artistic Engagement Intern (he/him) was born in Harlem, but raised in Atlanta, Georgia where he studied Musical Theatre at DeKalb School of the Arts. He is a junior at NYU Tisch pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre as well as a triple minor in Producing; Business of Entertainment, Media, & Technology; and Public Policy & Management at Stern School of Business. Kalonjee has performed in regional houses such as the Alliance Theatre, Out Front Theatre, Surflight Theatre, and Flat Rock Playhouse. He is happy to work with NQT as we develop intersectional socially engaging theatre. To learn more, visit Kalonjee.com!

Camille Witt - Artistic Engagement Intern (she/her) is a third-year student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. At CWRU, she studies theatrical design and production as well as sociology. She is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she trained and worked in technical theater at Playmakers Repertory Company. Her technical theatre training and employment are diverse, including educational and professional experiences. Beyond the formal training she receives in her design/technology courses, she is actively involved in her program and is a leader in the student theater community at CWRU. She serves as President of the CWRU's premier short-form musical improv comedy troupe, IMPROVment, and is currently working alongside theater department faculty in coordinating community efforts to make the department more inclusive and diverse. 

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