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Leon is recognized as an expert in non-profit management has come home to the theatre after stepping away for ten years to spend more time with his children. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), he has spent the past 20 years helping non-profits grow by ensuring they are “Well Funded, Well Managed, and Well Respected.” He has helped over a hundred non-profits in diverse fields including arts, education, the Jewish community, associations, youth, geriatric, and economic empowerment.
Leon is a lifelong believer in the power of theatre to change young people’s lives. He worked at Center Stage in Baltimore for a year after college before taking a year abroad. He returned to work at Studio Theatre in DC, where he served as General Manager and helped to almost double the size of the company over 8 years.
Leon was hired as the Managing Director of Adventure Theatre in June of 2017. In this short period of time, he has worked closely with Artistic Director Michael Bobbitt to restructure the ATMTC Academy, navigate an extensive rebuild from an electrical fire at the theatre, and launch a comprehensive Diversity Initiative to literally change the face of the organization.
Chil Kong becomes ATMTC’s new Artistic Director on August 1, 2019. With more than 10 years of experience as Co-Artistic Director for the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble and collaborations with the Disney Channel, Chil brings a strong vision and passion for the art of theatre for young audiences in addition to a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Chil began his career in theater garnering multiple awards for his innovative reimagining of American classics and developing groundbreaking new works as artistic director of theater companies in Boston, San Diego, Seattle, and Los Angeles as the Co-Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Lodestone Theatre Ensemble. Seeking new challenges, Chil transitioned to film and TV with his pilot adaptation of the critically acclaimed book Screening Party by Dennis Hensley in “Fashion Police” (Entertainment Television). After directing two feature films (“The Mikado Project” and “QWERTY”) and multiple short films (“Pollen,” “The Oh-Malley’s,” and “The Walk”), which starred such talents as “Ugly Betty” actor Alec Mapa and “Sullivan & Son” actress Jodi Long, Chil was tapped as the creative director of a film fund which focused on English based stories for the Asian market. He currently has a live-action feature in development at Disney Channel.
Dat joins ATMTC as Education Director to lead the ATMTC Academy, the pre-eminent musical theater training program for youth in the DC region.
Spanning 20 years, Dat’s career in theatre includes teaching with the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services in Brooklyn, Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia, Arts and Technology Academy in DC, and the DC Collaborative for the Arts and Humanities, co-authoring secondary school theatre curriculum for the School District of Philadelphia, assistant directing Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog and Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?, partnering with community organizations and institutions such as Art Sanctuary and the National Gallery of Art, and adjudicating performances for the Helen Hayes Awards, the Barrymore Awards, and Fairfax County Public School’s VHSL One-Act Festivals. Prior to serving as Sitar Arts Center’s Director of Innovation and Engagement, Dat served as Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Associate Director of Engagement and Inclusion for 14 years managing its acting class programs, professional fellowships, professional development for teachers and business professionals, launching new programs such as Young Company, and leading STC’s equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. Dat is also an alumnus of artEquity’s 2018 National Facilitator Cohort and a frequent collaborator to support BIPOC leadership across Turtle Island.
Dat is local to the metropolitan area, having attended high school in Northern Virginia where he was fortunate to have a full-time, public school theatre program that empowered him with all the life skills that theatre offers. In sync with ATMTC’s mission and vision, Dat aims to ensure the same level of access he had to the transformative craft of theatre.
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