Adam Odsess Rubin - Founding Artistic Director
Adam (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. 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.
Douglas Dubois-Card Sebamala - Managing Director
Douglas (he/him) is an Advocacy Artist, Producer, Multimedia Journalist and Communications Manager who prides greatly in works that empower marginalized communities. His advocacy work challenge social inequalities, racial injustice, gender based violence and all forms of discrimination, oppression and suppression of free expression. Devoting to empowerment and communication for development, Douglas has over the decade served in Public Relations and Arts Management for non-profits in East Africa. He has a record of excellence at Silent Voices Uganda, Youth Arts Movement Uganda and the Nation Media’s Daily Monitor. He co-founded ELESmode Productions which offers digital training and employment to young and aspiring LGBTQ artists and youth from marginalized communities. He researched and edited a publication on Mental Health of Queer Communities, Invisible Scars, published in 2018, supported by Voice.Global. Offering creative support to Rainbow Riots Uganda, he developed Rainbow Riots Radio which serves as an international free expression podcast for LGBTQI+ People around the world. Douglas is a graduate of Journalism and Communication from Makerere University, a Member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, International AIDS Society, Missouri Playwrights Workshop, World Bank’s Youth Transforming Africa and also supports the World Bank Art Program. Among his creative writing awards is #Reaching16 by United Nations Development Program’s Youth Lead (2021), and World Bank #Blog4Dev (2018). From managing his own digital start up, Sebamala Arts, he brings international collaborative experience in staging/managing productions and performance across Uganda, parts of Central Africa, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the United States.
Camille Witt - Marketing Coordinator
Camille (she/her) is a senior at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she studies theatrical design and sociology. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, she has trained and worked as a carpenter and technician at Playmakers Repertory Company (Bye Bye Birdie, Cabaret, Bright Star, The Amish Project). She served on the board of One Song Productions, an independently student-run production company in Carrboro, NC, where she produced, promoted, designed, and/or built roughly a dozen productions. 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 has designed and stage-managed for Players' Theater Group (Circle Mirror Transformation, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.) and is President of the CWRU's premier short-form musical improv comedy troupe, IMPROVment. She is passionate about representation and social justice and is currently working alongside theater department faculty in coordinating community efforts to make the department more inclusive and diverse. Camille started at NQT as an Artistic Engagement Intern and in her year with the company has worked on promoting readings of work-in-development, launching the New Visions Fellowship for Black and Trans Playwrights, and much more. She was the Marketing Coordinator for the 2021 Criminal Queerness Festival.