Carol Machuca


Carol most recently portrayed Beggarwoman/Death in Blood Wedding at Raleigh Little Theatre and volunteered as Assistant Director for In the Heights, also at RLT as well. Originally from Puerto Rico, she has called Raleigh home since 2001. An engineer by… Read More

Amelia Lumpkin


Amelia Lumpkin is a theater maker with a strong passion for the arts that began at a young age while attending classes and performances at Raleigh Little Theatre. She has returned to RLT as a teacher, staff member, volunteer, artist,… Read More

Diana Hurtado


Diana Hurtado, M.Ed., has been named a Strategic Partnerships Manager at WGU North Carolina. She was previously a Senior Program Mentor in WGU’s Teachers College. In her new role, Hurtado will develop partnerships with education, healthcare, business, and IT industries,… Read More

Suzanne Ruggles


Suzanne is a communication, campaign, and event marketing specialist. Suzanne’s career in media and production has spanned more than 35 years. From news video production to reality-based docu-series, like Jon & Kate Plus 8, Suzanne has served in various capacities… Read More

Waltye Rasulala


Waltye is a lyric soprano who has entertained audiences in both concert halls and theaters. A graduate of Westminster Choir College of Rider University with a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Waltye was… Read More

Safiyah Jackson


Safiyah is a non-profit leader and child advocate with experience as an early learning educator, school psychologist, parent educator, and learning/development facilitator. She currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer at North Carolina Partnership for Children. In this role, Safiyah is… Read More

Rudra Dutta


Rudra Dutta was born in Kolkata, India, in 1968, where he completed elementary schooling, followed by a B.Engg. in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, an M.Engg.. in Systems Science and Automation from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and a… Read More

Brooke Cummings


With more than two decades of human resources leadership across varied industries (technology, hospitality, life science, and insurance/financial services), Brooke is no stranger to dynamic environments. Her passion lies in understanding employee needs and leading organizations to respond in the… Read More

Chanda Branch


Chanda Branch is an alumnus of Tennessee State University, with a B.S. in Speech Communications & Theatre including Teaching Certification. Leadership and civic engagement were instilled in her as core values at a young age in her hometown of St. Read More

Phillip Bernard Smith


Phillip Bernard Smith, a native of Winston-Salem North Carolina, joined the North Carolina Black Repertory Company in 1992 when the late founder Larry Leon Hamlin cast and directed him in Jeff Stetson’s play, The Meeting. As a member of the… Read More

Steven B. Epstein


Steven B. Epstein is a litigation partner at Poyner Spruill LLP in Raleigh. He has been practicing law for more than 30 years following his graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill and the UNC School of Law. Since 2015, he has focused his… Read More

Clif Cates


Clif Cates works in a leadership role at Duke Energy and is a native of Wilson, NC. He graduated from NC State with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and also received an MBA from Wake Forest University. He resides… Read More