CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Tiffany (she/her/hers) has spent the last 11 years using theatre as a tool to teach and examine. She is a proud AmeriCorps alum, has served as an after school drama specialist in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, and as a teaching artist for the Tony Award Winning Regional Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. She spends her days planning and coordinating outreach and arts education efforts in Meridian, MS, most notably the Any Given Child Initiative, which received the Governor’s Award of Distinction in 2020.
She spends her nights playing with her 2 and 4 year old sons, kibitzing with her clergy spouse, and enjoying her overgrown, messy, weed filled garden (once again, process, not product driven.) She received her Bachelors in Theatre from the City College of New York, completed a year of Museum Education Leadership training at Bank Street Graduate School of Education, and is an MFA in Theatre Education Candidate at Mississippi University for Women.
Tiffany is a process theatre and experiential learning junkie. She believes theatre is a tool, a vehicle, a door, a window, and an invitation. Common Stage is her dream car. Her wish is that her time with Common Stage will introduce the people of Meridian to think deeper for themselves and to use theatre as a tool for introspection, reconciliation, and growth.
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR
Kaylila (she/her/hers) is an actor, director, and entrepreneur, passionate about bringing theatre and arts education of the highest quality to underserved communities.
An graduate of Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre, Kaylila holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Acting with a Minor in Directing. Kaylila’s performance credits include Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Summer Stock Austin, Repertory Company Theatre, and TheatreOCU.
Offstage, Kaylila has fulfilled numerous positions with arts organizations including the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, MSU Riley Center for Education and Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and the Meridian Symphony Association. Additionally, Kaylila is the Owner & Creative Director of Kaylila Creative: Digital Marketing.
Kaylila is uncompromising on her standards of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility on a personal and professional level. She believes that theatre, on a fundamental level, is a collaborative art that is best created and received by finding common ground.
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