Mentor Ensemble

The Mentor Ensemble is a select group of artists who have previously participated in the Voices of Now (VON) program and are committed to enhancing their skills as VON artists and leaders.

The Mentors have six responsibilities and opportunities:

  1. Guide new artists through the unique artistic process of Voices of Now.
  2. Serve as artistic role models by creating and performing their own plays every year
  3. Act as ambassadors for Voices of Now at local and national events
  4. Start their artistic careers as directors of future Voices of Now ensembles
  5. Attend invited dress rehearsals for Arena Stage's season productions
  6. Host the Voices of Now Festival

It is through the unique contributions and bold artistic explorations of the VON mentors that the program continues to grow and evolve.


Former Voices of Now Ensemble artists from ANY ensemble who are in 9th grade, high school, college or university, and beyond. There is no age limit to be part of the Mentor Ensemble, and you do not need to be enrolled in an academic institution or school to participate. 

VON artists interested in the Mentor Ensemble are encouraged to sign up to audition by filling out the 2025 Mentor Ensemble Application below.




Jada Ayanda
Janiya Drayton
Kai Gallan
Winta Habtemichael
Kai Perley
Reed Roddy-Johnson
Jasmine Sklarew
Christina Springer

Watch their original play Lift-Off

Directed by Ashley Forman and Mauricio Pita
Guest Teaching Artists: Baye Harrell and Julia Quigly

To learn more about the Mentor Ensemble please contact: