A Bit About Us

What happens when you get two friends together who have a dream of starting their own theater company? Well, those two friends start a theater company. We want to produce plays that we love that we think you'll love and do them in unconventional places. Thank you for joining us on this wild ride. 

Jaclyn and Ward, Founders of NOVA Nightsky Theater Company

 

Jaclyn Robertson

Producing Director/Co-Founder

Jaclyn is an actress, mom of three, and a serial entrepreneur. After graduating from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, she took a long hiatus from the theater to raise her three young children. The children are able to take care of themselves now, so she thrust herself back into the community world in 2017. As our Producing Director, Jaclyn brings her expertise as a small business owner to NOVA Nightsky by focusing on community outreach, marketing/branding, and making sure our crews and casts have everything they need to feel supported.

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Ward Kay

Artistic Director/Co-Founder

Ward is a playwright, director and actor. His plays have been honored by the NVTA, The Little Theatre of Alexandria, ScreenCraft, Talking Horse Productions and the Garry Marshall Theatre. DC Theatre Scene said of his play Oral Histories, “Holy crap. This might be the best Fringe show I’ve ever seen.”

Locally, Ward has directed shows for Zemfira Stage, Prince William Little Theatre, Little Theatre of Alexandria, Vienna Baptist Players and at the Capital Fringe. His production of Romantic Comradery won best original production and was nominated for best direction at the NVTA.

In the Chicago area, Ward was the co-founder of Theatre on a Deck. He has been a member of The Players (in Detroit) for more than thirty years, which has produced many of his plays.

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Adam Ressa

Design and Technical Director

Adam has held a variety of creative and technical roles in multiple industries, including exhibits, theatrical experiences, and immersive theme parks. He graduated from Virginia Tech with dual degrees in Industrial & Systems Engineering and Theatre Arts. While attending VT, he founded a school sponsored multi-media performance organization, and took on side projects with theatres and creative organizations all over VA. In 2010, his desire to tell immersive stories brought him to Orlando where he joined Walt Disney Imagineering - the creative arm for Disney's Parks and Resorts. While working at Disney, Adam also served as a freelance scenographer and technical production manager for various theatre organizations in central FL. In 2017, Adam returned to the DMV and began working in the museum industry, creating content-based exhibits for the National Parks Service as well as other public and private institutions. In his spare time he works with local community theatres as a performer, producer, and overall problem solver. He recently finished a scenic design with his wife for a national live tour of the podcast WOW IN THE WORLD - an NPR sponsored science podcast for kids. Adam currently works for the Smithsonian Institution as an Visual Information Specialist for the National Portrait Gallery.

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