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Collective Consciousness Theatre (CCT) is a multicultural theatre company dedicated to social change through the art of live theatre.


We produce a three play main stage season and a new play festival each Spring. We have several productions that tour year round to schools, youth facilities, prisons, communities, and theatres across the country.  


We believe that theatre is a powerful art form that can inspire others, help them to imagine the possibilities and push them to ignite social change. We know that theatre changes lives and makes the world a better place when presented in a thought-provoking, engaging and honest way. We will learn and grow from theatre with our community.


Collective Consciousness Theatre is based in New Haven, Connecticut, and features local artists who are directors, composers, musicians, actors, designers and writers. 

As a director, Dexter's work has been seen at TheatreSquared, University of Michigan, University of Arkansas, The Flea Theatre (NYC), Long Wharf Theatre, Passage Theatre, and others. Recent credits include Skeleton Crew, The Royale, Flint, Jesus Hopped the A Train, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Among the Western Dinka, Black Book, Topdog/Underdog, and The Mountaintop. Dexter is also a Visiting Assistant Professor of Performance at the University of Connecticut and a Board Member for TYA/USA. He was recently awarded the 2019 Artistic Excellence Award from the State of Connecticut and Distinguished Director of a Play for Black Book from The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival.


Jenny Nelson

Associate Director

Jenny has taught at several universities including City College of New York in the Graduate Program for Theatre Professionals and Educators. She has worked as an artist and educator at several theatres including Long Wharf Theatre, The Shubert Theatre, and Yale Repertory. Recently, Jenny was a nominee for The Tony Teaching Award of Excellence. Jenny is also an accomplished pianist and songwriter as well as a professional director. Selected past directing credits include: Pass Over, The RoyaleSunset Baby, Milk Like SugarWe Are Proud to Present…, and Gidion’s Knot


Dexter J. Singleton

Executive Artistic Director

Dexter J. Singleton is from Detroit, Michigan. He is a director, actor, activist, playwright, educator, and producer. He is the Founding Executive Artistic director of Collective Consciousness Theatre, a multicultural theatre for social justice in New Haven, CT. Since 2007, this company has reached thousands of youth and adults with plays and workshops across the U.S. and Europe. They have produced the work of playwrights Dominique Morisseau, Idris Goodwin, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Katori Hall and many others. 

Jenny Nelson is originally from Tucson, Arizona where she received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and a master's degree in Theatre from the University of Arizona, as well as a second master's degree in Education from Fairfield University. Jenny also has extensive classical training in voice and piano and has been a professional singer/songwriter for over 20 years.  She is currently Director of Education and Outreach at Westport Country Playhouse as well as the Associate Artistic Director of Collective Consciousness, a social justice theatre company in New Haven, CT.

Board of Directors

Lauren Anderson, Secretary 

Pierrette Comulada Silverman, Treasurer

IfeMichelle Gardin

Michael Twitty

Ben Ledbetter

Jenny Nelson

Dexter J. Singleton

Paul Wessel

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