Elena Velsaco

(Artistic Director and Co-Founder) 

Elena (she/ella) is a theatre artist whose work encompasses performance, activism and education. She firmly believes that, through a redefined actor-audience relationship, theatre can foster intersection. During her 25 year career she has devoted her time equally between performance and residency work, focusing on Title 1, immigrant and disinvested communities. Her directing and choreography credits include Convergence Theatre, Synetic Theater, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Imagination Stage, Mead Theatre Lab, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Source Theatre, Discovery Theater, and Kennedy Center’s New Visions New Voices Festival. She has choreographed for Avant Bard, Theatre J, Mosaic Theatre Company, and Catholic University. A member of SAG, AFTRA, and AEA, she has performed at the Kennedy Center, Theatre Alliance, Discovery Theatre, Imagination Stage, Signature Theatre STAGES, and in several films and commercials. She serves as Co-Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, and has provided EDIA consultation for Theatre Washington, Women’s Theatre Festival of North Carolina, Gandhi Brigade, and Southeastern Theatre Conference. She has been a lecturer and featured speaker for panels hosted by Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Montgomery College, Virginia Theatre Association, Mosaic Theatre Company, SETC and more. Ms. Velasco is an assistant professor of theatre and production coordinator at Bowie State University. MFA in Directing and Bachelor of Arts in Drama, Catholic University.  Recent Publication:  

Majid, Asif and Velasco, Elena.”Questioning Social Justice: A Dialogue on Performance, Activism, and Being In-Between,” Applied Theatre. Taylor and Francis, 2020. www.elenavelasco.net  

Olivia Haller

(Collective Artist)

Olivia (she/her/hers) is a playwright, actor, dramaturg, and Convergence company member, originally from the DC area and now based in Los Angeles. Prior to her move to the West Coast, Olivia served as Convergence Theatre’s Connectivity and Literary Director. Her plays have been produced and/or developed with Convergence Theatre, Theater Alliance, Keegan Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Nu Sass Productions, and the Inkubator New Works Development Laboratory. Her full-length play This is All Just Temporary received its world premiere as a part of the 2018 Women’s Voices Theater Festival in DC. Recent acting credits include: Enron (4615 Theatre Co); The Seagull (The Wheel Theatre Co); A Christmas Carol (Annapolis Shakespeare Co).  Olivia currently serves as Convergence Theatre’s Connectivity Director.  Education: BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. www.oliviahaller.net.

Fabiolla Da Silva

(Collective Artist)

Fabiolla da Silva (she/her/hers) has been a collaborator with Convergence Theatre for over four years, having appeared in several works. Theatre credits include Convergence Theatre: Guerrilla Theatre Works: A New Nation, This is All Just Temporary, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company: Measure for Measure, Folger Theatre: Love’s Labor’s Lost (understudy), Adventure Theatre: Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook!, Molotov Theatre Group: Blood, Sweat, and Fears: A Grand Guignol Cabaret). Film: Immoral Activity, The Dinner Party, That Engagement Thing, The Importance of Finding the Other, Autumn’s Room.

Camilo Linares

(Collective Artist)

Camilo (he/él) is a DC based actor and musician originally from Bogotá,Colombia. He has worked with various theaters in DC such as GALA Hispanic Theatre, Mosaic Theater Company, The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, Convergence Theatre, and Prince George’s County Shakespeare in the Parks and is a teaching artist with GALA’s Paso Nuevo youth program. He received an associate arts degree in theatre performance from Montgomery College and is a graduate of the British American Drama Academy.

Asif Majid

(Collective Artist)

Asif (he/him/his) is a scholar-artist-educator who researches, teaches, performs, and makes work at the intersection of Islam, media, marginality, and politics, particularly in terms of community-based participatory theatre and decolonial devising. He completed a practice-based PhD in Anthropology, Media, and Performance at The University of Manchester, earned an MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University, and graduated with a self-designed BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from UMBC. Performance credits include work with The Stoop (US), the Kennedy Center (US), Convergence Theatre (US), Prometheus Theatre (US), Royal Exchange Theatre (UK), Unity Theatre (UK), and Action Transport Theatre (UK). www.asifmajid.com.

Janani Ramachandran

(Collective Artist)

Janani (she/her/hers) is an actor, lawyer, and activist with a lifelong passion to end domestic violence, and build more inclusive and compassionate political systems. Prior to returning to her native Bay Area, Janani lived in DC and was a member of Convergence Theater Collective, and acted in Witch and Guerilla Theater Works 1.0 in 2016. She has devised and performed in several other productions in DC and California that aim to catalyze community action on various social justice issues. Janani currently serves as a Commissioner at the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and works as an attorney at the Family Violence Appellate Project.

Axandre Oge

(pronounced: Eks – and – jri Oh – Gee)

(Collective Artist /Website Designer and Manager)

Axandre (he/him/his) has been a long time artistic collaborator with Convergence Theatre. He originated the role of Mustafa in Snapshots, performing throughout the development and production process in 2020. Select credits: Edward III (Brave Spirit’s Theatre), Winter’s Tale (The Wheel Theatre), Goodnight Tyler (Oberlin Theatre), A Fugue for Amorous Tornadoes (Source Theatre), The Ferberizing of Coral (Source Theatre), A Lesson in Physics (Arena Stage), This is All Just Temporary (Convergence Theatre), The Seagull (The Wheel), Welcome To Sis’ (Ally Theatre), Body (Capital Fringe), Tendencies (National Black Theatre Festival), Gone Fishin’  (Silver Spring One Acts).