Staff

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Nat Allister

General & Artistic Director

Nat Allister is a playwright, filmmaker, and poet. He’s been writing stories since he could hold a pen, and directing them for both stage and screen by age fourteen. In 2010, after graduating from Vassar College, he landed on a salmon boat off the coast of Alaska. From there he began a 10,000 mile journey south to Antartica to craft a fantastical web series called The Tern, made up of episodes Nat edited and uploaded from the road.

Nat is currently on episode 5, and has made it as far as Asheville, North Carolina. He is taking a brief hiatus to chase a lifelong career with the FBT.

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Daisy Talley

Marketing Director

Daisy earned her BA in Theatre from UNC-Wilmington, where she interned under Frank Capra Jr. at Screen Gems Studios. She moved to New York where she held a Project Manager position at theatreMAMA and worked for Cirque Du Soleil’s mobile marketing tours. She recently hit the West Coast and acquired a position at Liberty Studios in San Diego, CA where she was working as a promoter for their first feature “Walking with the Enemy.” Daisy has worked as an on-set acting coach for children and most recently was involved with the Asheville based web series “Transplanting” serving as the AD. She is excited to be back to her native state, North Carolina, and continue growing with the artistic community in Asheville.

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Leslie Rogers

Lead Choreographer

Leslie started dancing at age three and quickly found a love in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop. Her early studies included training at the Ballet Conservatory in Winter Haven, FL with Pirkko Sirén Lawlor. She received her dance degree from the UGA’s Dept. of Dance in 1999.

After graduation she spent 5 years with Dancefx, Athens’ premiere jazz dance company as a company member, resident choreographer and technical advisor.  Leslie’s work has also been showcased at the Pro Danza Italia dance festival in Castiglioncello, Italy; in a full-length production of the Sound of Music for The Learning Community in Black Mountain; and at countless events in Asheville, North Carolina. She currently is hard at work with her latest project, Trillium Dance.

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Alyssa DeCaulp

Hospitality Coordinator

The recipient of the DK Wilgus Fellowship for her studies in Comparative Ballad and Folksong, Alyssa DeCaulp is a poetry teacher, performer and organizer who has worked in various capacities in the theater and for arts-based nonprofits. She has worked for the North Carolina Arts Council’s African American Heritage Music Trail, Chapel Hill’s Sacrificial Poets, the Shakori Hills Grassroots Music and Arts Festival. She studied Folklore and American Studies at the University of North Carolina.

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Morgan Markowitz

Operations

Morgan Markowitz is a father, partner and lover of good people. His business incorporates event organization, project management and networking. He has been creating events since the early 2000s when he placed a music stage inside his record store in Seattle. Since Morgan moved to Asheville in 2011, he’s been working with local artists, festivals and events. His recent work includes Production Manager at New Mountain AVL, Family Adventure Coordinator at LEAF Festivals, independent consultant and seller of vintage collectible records.

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Irene Ross-Piazza

Treasurer

Irene has worked as a certified public accountant with over 200 not-for-profit organizations based in Western North Carolina for the past seven years. Her expertise of non-profit accounting and tax code has assisted many organizations in getting started and remaining sustainable. Born and raised in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Irene’s family, friends, states-people and activists inspired her to use her talents as a positive force for change. She believes that if we do not use our talents to assist humanity in the best way possible, we are wasting them.

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