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Native Washingtonian Kimberly E. Douglas has come a long way in her artistic career — beginning as a student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, to now serving as Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s new managing director.
“My journey within the D.C. arts community has been an extraordinary experience of growth, perseverance, and authentic dedication to uplifting the arts,” Douglas said in a statement. “I’m overjoyed for this new role, and I look forward to contributing my gifts to Woolly Mammoth as we make bold, audacious, theater; make an impact in the arts community and society; and tell the important and necessary stories, onstage and beyond.”
The second Black woman to hold the post as managing director, Douglas will work closely with Woolly’s Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes to continue the theater company’s legacy of bringing strong, thought-provoking and engaging art to District audiences.
“Kimberly Douglas is as Woolly as they come! She is an out-of-the-box thinker with incredible integrity, who cares deeply about the role of theater to ignite conversation in the DMV,” the theater company’s artistic director said.
Douglas and Goyanes have collaborated on previous projects, with the new managing director already having served on the theater company’s board of directors since 2021. Before her new post, the Howard University graduate worked for THEARC Theater for 14 years, working her way up from production manager, to director of Theater Operations and Programming and, finally as managing artistic director.
“I cannot wait to see what we cook up for D.C. as she steps into this role,” Goyanes said.