August Wilson: The Writer’s Landscape: The first-ever exhibition dedicated to the life and works of August Wilson is now open! Learn More

Our People

The people of the August Wilson African American Cultural Center are a cohort of creative and dedicated arts professionals committed to community and the Center’s mission, vision, and values. They see the audience as cultural partners and meet every challenge with courtesy and a smile.

  • Janis Burley Wilson

    Janis Burley Wilson

    President / CEO

  • Professional headshot of Denise Church

    Denise Church

    Vice President
    Operations & Administration

  • Professional portrait of Tonya Johnson

    Tonya Johnson

    Vice President
    Finance & Legal Affairs

  • Amanda Brandes

    Amanda Brandes

    Vice President
    Institutional Advancement

  • Violet Brooks

    Violet Brooks

    Senior Project Manager
    Exhibitions & Programming

  • Professional portrait of Cathryn Calhoun

    Cathryn Calhoun

    Education and Community Engagement

  • Amber Cannon

    Events Manager

  • Kimberly Jacobs

    Kimberly Jacobs

    Exhibition Manager & Assistant Curator

  • Brianna Kubiak

    Brianna Kubiak

    Production Manager

  • Christina McLachlan

    Annual Giving and Stewardship

  • Chahni Peeples

    Chahni Peeples

    Corporate Giving

  • Victoria Rajaraman

    Victoria Rajaraman

    Development and Prospect Research Coordinator

  • Sheila Rawlings

    Sheila Rawlings

    Senior Director
    Institutional Advancement

  • Adrianne Redwood

    Special Events & Sales

  • Professional portrait of Shane Richardson

    Shane Richardson


  • Professional portrait of Abigail Sarnacki

    Abigail Sarnacki

    Senior Manager

  • Professional portrait of Gerald Stevens

    Gerald Stevens

    Facility Operations

  • Professional portrait of Damen Taylor

    Damen Taylor


  • Orlando Watson

    A. Orlando Watson

    Senior Director Programming