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The Arts at CCBC presents

We Are Proud to Present...

by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Damon Krometis
CCBC Catonsville, Center for the Arts, Theatre
Production Team
Assistant Director
Mone't Howard
Stage Manager
Shakiara Saunders
Costume Design
Rowan Talbott
Intimacy Director
Sierra Young

Vocal Coach
Jen Ring

Production Coordinator
Precious Stone
Scenic, Lighting, Property Designer
Technical Director
G. Maurice "Moe" Conn, III

“We Are Proud to Present” is presented by arrangement
with Dramatic Publishing

The videotaping or making of electronic or other audio and/or visual recordings of this production and distributing recordings or streams in any medium, including the internet, is strictly prohibited, a violation of the author(s)’s rights and actionable under United States copyright law. 

Please note, We Are Proud to Present … deals with mature themes, and contains both offensive language and representations of racial bias, including threats of violence. This content is necessary to the author’s intentions, but may be upsetting for some viewers.

ASL interpretation provided by CIRS/HASA

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When I first saw this play back in 2013, I left the show angry. I know; that’s not typically what you want to hear before you see a play. But when I investigated why I felt angry, I realized that We Are Proud to Present . . . hits close to home for me.

I have always wanted to make theatre that “says something.” I devoted much of the early part of my career to plays based on true stories. These plays asked burning questions about the state of the world around me. But for so much of that time in my life, I didn’t really think about what stories I had the right to tell. When I asked myself this question, I too often gave myself a pass, and the results weren’t always positive.

The characters in this play are wrestling with these questions of ownership and authenticity. They are young, hungry, well-intentioned, but a bit naïve. Perhaps more than a bit. They have gathered to tell an important true story that is largely ignored – of the trauma done to the Herero people of Namibia between 1884 and 1915. But as they search for their “in” to this content, they encounter difficult questions and dark truths. Do they have the right to tell this story? What is similar between the crimes in our nation’s past and what happened in Namibia? Are the differences too vast to bridge the gap?

Now, I love this play. I hope you do too, but I also know that this play hits people in deeply personal ways. Jackie Sibblies Drury keeps you on your toes. She doesn’t let you get comfortable. So, if you leave angry too, know you aren’t alone.

And however you may feel after the show, know that there will be someone available to facilitate a conversation, so you have the space to share your thoughts.

Damon Krometis


Max Stout

Actor 1/White Man
Mo Stewart

Actor 2/Black Man
Aaron Partin

Actor 3/Another White Man
Owen Taliaferro

Actor 4/Another Black Man
Alex Benzion

Actor 5/Sarah
Tatiyana Terrelonge

Actor 6/Black Woman

Creative Team

Jackie Sibblies Drury

Damon Krometis

Mone't Howard

Assistant Director
Shakiara Saunders

Stage Manager
G. Maurice (Moe) Conn, III

Scenic, Lighting, Property Design/Technical Director
Rowan Talbott

Costume Designer
Sierra Young

Intimacy Director
Jen Rabbit Ring

Vocal Coach
Ashley Mayfield

Production Assistant
Mel Bishop

Light Board Operator
Ayaan Shah

Sound Board Operator
Sam Koch

Fly Rail

Kayla Lasson
Mone't Howard

Screen Operator
Mel Bishop, Alex Bosworth, Aaron Duenas, Mone’t Howard, Sam Koch, Kayla Lasson, Benjamin McCardell, Donovan Ross, Mikkel Sallah, Ayaan Shah, Mar Toscano, Nathanial Key (Lights)

Set Construction & Lighting Crew

Meet the Company

Max Stout (Actor 1/White Man)
Max is a first year student at CCBC. We Are Proud to Present… is his first CCBC production. He most recently appeared in The Laramie Project as Aaron McKinney and Jedadiah Schultz at McDonogh High School. He has also appeared in Metamorphoses, 13 Ways to Screw up Your College Interview, and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (canceled due to Covid) at McDonogh.
Mo Stewart (Actor 2/Black Man)
Mo makes his onstage debut at CCBC with this production of We Are Proud to Present… Mo’s first stage appearance was in a school production of Romeo and Juliet. Mo graduated from Tuskegee University with a B.A. in history. Mo enjoys traveling and entrepreneurship. Mo loves music and is also a family man.
Aaron Partin (Actor 3/Another White Man)
Aaron is in his first year at CCBC and is participating in his first ever CCBC production. In his years at Catonsville High School, he performed in such shows as Legally Blonde, Clue, Addams Family, Alice in Wonderland, and Once upon a Mattress. Aaron is interested in possibly pursuing a career in acting after he graduates. For now, though, he is a general studies major.
Owen Taliaferro (Actor 4/Another Black Man)
Owen is a Theatre Major in his 3rd year at CCBC. He graduated from Pikesville High school in 2020, where he began acting his senior year. There he was cast as the lead role in the production Harvey. Since then has continued his acting career here at CCBC. He was seen on stage at the Spring Arts Festival 2021, worked on production for the fall 2021 play, Detroit ‘67, took on an Ensemble role in the spring 2022 production of Fabulation or, The Re-Education of Undine and played the Zombie in the spring 2022 production of He Has Risen. Now he prepares to take the stage as Actor 4 in the Fall 2022 production of We Are Proud to Present.....
Alex Benzion (Actor 5/Sarah)
Alex is in her third year at CCBC Essex. This is her first time performing in a college level production as her last show was an ensemble character in Owings Mills High School’s rendition of In the Heights. She can be seen mostly on the technical production side as a lights and sound operator or, as seen in last Semester’s Fabulation, stage manager. She will be pursuing a career in concert lighting as she continues to pursue her education at Towson University next fall.
Tatiyana Terrelonge (Actor 6/Black Woman)
Tatiyana appears for the first time at CCBC Catonsville in We Are Proud to Present… A second year theatre major, Tatiyana has also appeared in the The Wiz and Annie at EYD (Encouraging Youth to Dream) Performing Arts. Tatiyana plans to take her career farther into theater and into film acting as well.
Jackie Sibblies Drury (Author)

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Damon Krometis (Director)

Damon joined the CCBC faculty in 2019 after spending three years teaching at Emerson College and Roxbury Community College in Boston, MA. He holds a MFA in Directing from Northwestern University and has been directing professionally for nearly 15 years. His work has been seen in New York, London, Chicago, Boston, Washington, DC, and Baltimore. An occasional playwright, his writing has been seen in New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Boston, Louisville, and various universities around the country. He is the former artistic director of Examined Man Theatre and a longtime assistant of famed South African director Yael Farber. Damon is also an avid scholar of participatory theatre techniques, directing, and social change, and his articles have been published in Theatre Topics and on Howlround Theatre Commons ( A native of Ellicott City, he is happy to be back in the mid-Atlantic and a part of the CCBC community.

Mone't Howard (Assistant Director)
Mone't has worked as Stage Manager on the CCBC Catonsville productions of Detroit ’67 and A New Brain. She is gaining new experience as Assistant Director on We Are Proud to Present… Mone’t plans to graduate from CCBC and transfer to a four year university to get her Bachelor’s in theatre.
Shakiara Saunders (Stage Manager)
Shakiara is a Spring 2022 graduate of CCBC. She appeared in the following CCBC Essex shows: Spring 2022 production of Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, the Fall 2021 production of The Underpants, and the Spring Arts Festival 2021. She was onstage for Our Lady of Kibeho, which was unfortunately cancelled due to the pandemic. On the production side she was assistant stage manager in 2021 Speech and Debate (CCBC Essex) and the makeup artist for He Has Risen. For the first time she has taken on the challenge of becoming a stage manager for We Are Proud To Present… Shakiara hopes to create and act in her own shows in the future.
G. Maurice (Moe) Conn, III (Scenic, Lighting, Property Design/Technical Director)

Moe is in his eleventh year with CCBC where he is the full-time Technical Director and Designer at CCBC Catonsville’s Center for the Arts Theatre. He has an MFA in Scene Design and Technical Theatre. Moe has been doing technical theatre since 1993, as a Designer, Technician, Technical Director, and Educator. He served as the Technical Director for five summers at Cockpit in Court where he continues to design both lights and sets. He has also designed for Vagabond Players in Fells Point. Moe has received multiple nominations for Best Scene Design from Broadway and received Best Scenic Design from the MD Theatre Guide’s Readers’ Choice Awards. When not backstage, Moe volunteers with “Behind the Scenes” which provides financial support for theatre technicians in need throughout the entertainment industry. He also helps coordinate the Long Reach Long Riders charity motorcycle ride, ( to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity fights AIDS and Behind the Scenes, two theatre-based charities.

Rowan Talbott (Costume Designer)
Rowan is glad to be invited back to work with the talented and dedicated staff of the CCBC Theatre Department. A CCBC alum, he is honored to be a part of the process of academic theatre, especially with deeply important and deeply uncomfortable topics such as those explored in We Are Proud to Present... Previous credits of his at CCBC include She Kills Monsters and Speech & Debate.
Sierra Young (Intimacy Director)
Sierra is a multi-hyphenate artist in the DC/Baltimore area. Sierra is an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, as well as a member of the Intimacy Directors and Coordinators and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She is also the resident Fight and Intimacy Director for Mosaic Theater Company in DC. Recent DC credits include: Fantastagirl and How I Became A Pirate (Adventure Theatre MTC); The Till Trilogy, Marys Seacole and Birds of North America (Mosaic Theater Co); Red Velvet (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Ain't No Mo' (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company). Recent regional theater credits: Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, RENT, and Snapshots (ArtsCentric); Ain’t No Mo’ (Baltimore Center Stage); The Color Purple (Cape Fear Regional Theatre); The Joy That Carries You and AD16 (Olney Theatre Center); World Builders (Prologue Theatre). Training: UMBC. Upcoming: Playboy of the Western World (Solas Nua), Bars and Measures (Mosaic Theater Company)
Jen Rabbit Ring (Vocal Coach)
Jen is currently a visiting lecturer at CCBC teaching Acting, Voice and Diction and Acting for the Camera. Jen is an actor and designated Linklater Voice teacher who has served on the faculties of the University of Maryland, Westminster Choir College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Howard Community College, Hudson County Community College and Rutgers University. In addition to her University work she coaches actors and professionals privately, has served as faculty with Shakespeare & Company's illustrious Actor Training program, co-founded the theatre education program of CoLab Arts in central New Jersey and is an emeritus company member with Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken. In the DC/MD region Jen has appeared in productions with Rorschach Theatre, Taffety Punk and Theatre 4615 and has coached shows for Arena Stage, Mosaic Theatre Company, Brave Spirits and Rorschach. She holds an MFA from Rutgers University.

Special Thanks

Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis
CCBC President
Dr. Joaquin Martinez
Provost & Vice President of Instruction
Dr. William Watson
Dean, School of Arts & Communication
Professor Nick VanHorn
Chair, Performing Arts and Humanities
Dr. Rebecca Ocampo 
Arts Pathways Coordinator
Dr. Anne M. Lefter
Director, Performing Arts
Johanna Lawrence
Administrative Support Assistant, Performing Arts
Cathy Kratovil
Communications Assistant, School of Arts & Communication
Jackie McTear
Designer, CCBC Creative Services
Patricia Quintero-Hall, Jadi Omowale
Maura Hill, Rebekah De Wit, Raphael Stillings
Ann MacLellan, Tommy Parlon


CCBC School of Arts and Communication

Dr. William Watson, Dean Professor
Will Niebauer, Chair, Arts and Design
Professor Nick VanHorn, Chair, Performing Arts and Humanities
Professor Michael Walsh, Chair, Communication Arts
Dr. Anne Lefter, Director, Performing Arts

The Arts at CCBC

Dr. Anne Lefter, Director
Johanna Lawrence, Assistant to the Director
G. Maurice “Moe” Conn, Technical Director
Jason Randolph, Technical Director
Marc Smith, Technical Director
Nicole Buckingham Kern, Galleries Coordinator
Lisa Boeren, Box Office Manager
Brad Norris, Production Manager
Emilyann Craighead, Galleries Assistant
Jess Rassp, Resident Costumer
Eva Grove, Costume Assistant
Thom Purdy, Box Office Assistant
Cathy Kratovil, Communications Assistant

Theatre at CCBC

Julie Lewis, coordinator, faculty director
Damon Krometis, coordinator, faculty director
Terri Raulie, faculty designer
Precious B. Stone, faculty director
Jennifer Ring, Visiting Lecturer