NET Incoming FY20 Board Class










Top Row (L to R): Shoshana Bass, Jonathan Clark, Carrie J. Cole
Bottom Row (L to R): CarlosAlexis Cruz, Moses Goods, Dipankar Mukherjee


NET Incoming FY20 Board Class

We are delighted to welcome these esteemed ensemble practitioners to the NET Board:

  • Shoshana Bass, Co-Artistic Director, Sandglass Theater (Putney, VT);
  • Jonathan Clark, Managing Director, The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (Knoxville,TN);
  • Carrie J. Cole, Associate Professor, Director of Production, Indiana University of Pennsylvania/Theater by the Grove (Indiana, PA);
  • CarlosAlexis Cruz, Associate Professor of Physical Theatre, UNC Charlotte; Producing Artistic Director, Nouveau Sud project and Pelú Theatre (Charlotte, NC);
  • Moses Goods,  Actor/Playwright; Artistic Director, ʻInamona Theatre Company (Honolulu, HI);
  • Dipankar Mukherjee, Artistic Director, Pangea World Theater (Minneapolis, MN).


Shoshana Bass is Co-Artistic Director of Sandglass Theater working under the mentorship of Eric Bass to eventually assume full responsibility for the company. Having been raised in a traveling family of internationally acclaimed puppeteers, she spent her life witnessing and in dialogue with artistic voices of diverse cultures, heritages, and perspectives. Her performance mediums include expertise in theater, dance, circus and puppetry techniques, making her an enthusiastic and flexible collaborator. Bass is a graduate of Naropa University with an Interdisciplinary degree in performing arts, peace studies and tai chi. She works as a freelance director, aerial coach, choreographer, and performer, and is currently touring with three Sandglass productions. In her position as Co-Artistic Director, she promotes, fundraises for, and produces events such as Sandglass’ International Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, Puppets in Paradise (which strives to bring Vermont agricultural and arts traditions together in a community celebration with regional puppeteers, music, and food), and Voices of Community (which presents top-level performance artists from around the country whose work embodies a commitment to the arts as a powerful means for effecting social change around issues that include housing security, racial equity, gender identity and disability.)

Jonathan Clark is a multidisciplinary artist, activist, and Managing Director at The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. Also known as “Courageous,” he is a native of Knoxville, TN and Alumnus of the University of Tennessee. His professional performance career began at the age of thirteen with Carpetbag’s T.R.Y. youth theatre ensemble, and he has remained a performing artist ever since. Most recently, Jonathan was selected as Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of Alternate ROOTS’ Board of Directors, and chosen to participate in the inaugural cohort of the Intercultural Leadership Institute, presented by Alternate ROOTS, the National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures, the PA’I Foundation and the First People’s Fund. Jonathan is a writer, playwright, director, event host, actor, digital storyteller/listener, dad-joke connoisseur, and spoken word poet; currently touring colleges and universities across the country, as well as facilitating workshops designed to uproot all forms of oppression. 

Carrie J. Cole is associate professor, Assistant Chair, and Director of Production in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After receiving her PhD from the University of Maryland in Theatre and Performance Studies focusing on turn-of-the-twentieth century American theatre and performance, she shifted her focus to the turn of the twenty-first century. Her scholarship now concentrates on current and future trends in US theatre, performance, and popular culture, (specifically staging science fiction and the fantastic). Dr. Cole’s recent theatre credits include creating a new adaptation of Wedekind’s The Awakening of Spring, directing Sarah Delappe’s The Wolves, Lauren Gunderson’s I and You and Ray Bradbury’s adaptation of his own Fahrenheit 451. She also devised and directed a production titled Electriad, which explored the repercussions of war from the perspective of the warrior, the home front, and the displaced/refugee. In addition, her own reimagining of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, which reflected the current exploration of Mars, was staged as part of the Tucson Festival of Books by Arizona Theatre Company. She also has served as Company Manager and Festival Dramaturgy for KO Festival of Performance. As an advocate for new plays, Dr. Cole regularly produces and directs “Flash Play Festivals”—readings of ten minute plays written by award-winning authors at both the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts and the Other Words Conference. Dr. Cole has presented her scholarship at US and international conferences, including Stage the Future, The International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, Science Fiction Research Association, Network of Ensemble Theatres, and The Association of Theatre in Higher Education where she has served as the Dramaturgy Focus Group Representative. She is the lead conference planner for Science Fictions, Popular Cultures.

CarlosAlexis Cruz holds an MFA in Physical Theatre (2007) from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. As part of his thesis project, CarlosAlexis went on to train Circus Arts and Chinese Acrobatics under the tutelage of Master Coach Lu Yi at the San Francisco Circus Center. He specialized in the disciplines of Aerial Straps(Sangles Aériennes) and Acrobatic Rope(Corde Lise), and developed his thesis on the study of the convergence between Circus and Theatre. In the professional realm, he was a fulltime company member of the Do Jump! Dance Theatre, and Imago Theatre, performing Off-Broadway and touring nationally as well as internationally, and was awarded a Princess Grace Acting Fellowship prize in 2011 for his unique physical acting work with the Miracle Theatre Group, the premier Latino Theatre Company in the Pacific Northwest. Cruz was awarded the Princess Grace Foundation 2017 Works in Progress Award for the development of a solo show, Pícaro with the support of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC. Other notable awards include a 2019 Knight Arts grant and the 2014 Arts and Science Council’s McColl award for the development of new, socially-engaged work. With the latter he developed a community powered contemporary circus company, the Nouveau Sud project. Cruz is the Associate Professor of Physical Theatre at UNC Charlotte.

Moses Goods is one of Hawaiʻi’s most prominent theatre artists.  Originally from the island of Maui and now based in Honolulu he has traveled nationally and internationally performing his original work to a wide range of audiences.  His body of work ranges from full length plays to theatrical storytelling pieces most of which are strongly rooted in Native Hawaiian culture. Moses has two solo pieces that he is currently touring throughout the Hawaiian Islands as well as the Continental U.S.  “My Name is ʻŌpūkahaʻia” documents the life of Henry ʻŌpūkahaʻia one of the first Hawaiians to leave the islands whose journey changed the course of Hawaiʻi’s history, and “DUKE”, an unforgettable portrayal the life of Olympic gold medalist and father of modern surfing Duke Kahanamoku. Moses is also the founder and artistic director of ʻInamona Theatre Company, an organization dedicated to reintroducing the native stories of Hawaiʻi to the community. 

Dipankar Mukherjee is a professional director originally from Calcutta, India with a 25-year history of directing. He is the Artistic Director of Pangea World Theater. He co-founded Pangea World Theater, an international theater in Minneapolis that is a progressive space for arts and dialogue. His aesthetics have evolved through his commitment to social justice, equity and deep spirituality and these factors along with relevant politics form the basis of his work. As a director, he has worked in India, England, Canada and the United States. Dipankar has received the Humphrey Institute Fellowship to Salzburg and has been a Ford Foundation delegate to India and Lebanon. He is a recent recipient of the Bush Leadership Fellowship award to study non-violence and peace methodologies in India and South Africa. Dipankar was invited to visit the White House as part of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Delegation. In his rehearsal and workshop practices, Dipankar’s facilitated processes that work to disrupt colonial, racist and patriarchal modalities that we have inherited and collaboratively searches for an alternate way of working.


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