Melissa Zeph - Executive Producer

Melissa has been with JTP since 2006.  She holds a BA in Business from the University of South Florida and has been working in non-profit management, marketing, public relations and design since her career began. Melissa has worked with The American Red Cross Clearwater, Florida Chapter, The National Drowning Prevention Coalition, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, the Clayton Center, and the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. In addition to her work with JTP, Melissa enjoys volunteering and mentoring up-and-coming arts managers.

John Honeycutt - Financial Manager

John has been associated with JTP artistically since 2004.  He has acted in more than 15 JTP plays, including favorite roles in "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "Frost/Nixon".  He also assisted in creating the original JTP plays "Still...Life" and "Light on the Horizon".  John's experience with theatre administration includes co-producing independent plays with colleagues and managing the finances for those productions.  John spent 34 years as a scientist, engineer, and manager in the computer and telecommunication industries before retiring in 2012.

Melissa Reilly (Production Associate) graduated from Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA with a BA in Human Resources and Psychology.  She has lived in Raleigh, NC for 25 years with her husband and two children, ages 20 and 22.  Melissa has worked with JTP for the past 4 years assisting the Artistic Director and Managing Director doing administrative work for all productions and camps.  Some of her responsibilities include issuing contracts and collecting actor bios, ticket sales, and camp registration and payment.  Melissa’s contributions to JTP continue to grow over time and she has proven to be a valuable staff member insuring things function smoothly behind the scenes for JTP.

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Jackson Cooper (Chairman, Artistic Committee; Contractual Community Engagement Coordinator) Executive Director Chamber Music Raleigh; Music Correspondent, Author, Conductor, Actor, Playwright. Assistant Music Director, Durham Savoyards. UNCG theater criticism and conducting. Musical theatre conducting Greensboro Light Opera and Song.  Previous positions:  NC Theatre, TheatreSpark, Resident Music Theatre Consultant and Board PARK Productions, Pittsburgh; Assistant to the Artistic Director, Playmakers. Current: Grant panelist, United Arts Council; Triangle ArtWorks Emerging Arts Leaders; Board Member, Raleigh Business and Professional Network; Raleigh's LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Member, City Club Raleigh and Club Corp.

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Jorie Slodki (Education and Outreach Coordinator) has been serving as the chair of JTP's Education & Action Committee for the last year.  Her favorite experiences have been working with students at East Millbrook Middle School on their service learning projects and teaching creative drama at the JTP summer camp.  When Jorie is not working on JTP education events, she can be found in the community working as the Grants Manager for the Jewish Federation of Raleigh-Cary.  She is also a member of the Flying Embers, a professional improv troupe in Raleigh, and has worked behind the scenes for shows with Bare Theatre and the Women's Theatre Festival.

Jorie has an MA in Theatre Research from the University of Wisconsin and a BA in Theatre/Anthropology from Indiana University.  She also has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Iowa.  Her previous positions include Director of Education for Burning Coal Theatre and Jewish Student Life Coordinator at the University of Iowa Hillel.

Art Inspiring Change

Since 2004, The Justice Theater Project has produced professional shows combined with discussion, outreach and advocacy.

We receive State Arts Resources support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the N.C Department of Cultural Resources and supports exemplary arts organizations that set standards of excellence for the state that produce high quality arts programs, provide educational and outreach opportunities for children and adults, and have strong leadership and management.

Operating support each year is provided by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

Project support is provided by The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Each summer we provide youth summer theater camps in Raleigh at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Leesville Road,  and Durham at the Emily K Center. All camps provide an extraordinary amount of scholarships for the students, and a fair wage for the professional and support staff.

We encourage you to become a season member, volunteer to build a set, join a committee, audition for a show, and become a part of the JTP family.

Internships for college students are available each semester.


Board Members

Jim Falanga - Chairperson

Marc Kielty - Vice Chairperson

Regina Brooks-  Treasurer

Theresa Baumgartner - Secretary

Marcia Mattox - Assistant Treasurer

Dr. B. Angelo Burch

Obelia Exum

Kim Howes

Janice Odom

Melissa Zeph - Executive Director

Advisory Board Members:

Julio De La Rosa

Mike Tadych

Jeanne Tedrow

Tim Throndson

Advisor to the Board Chair:

Deb Royals Mizerk