Development and Community Relations Coordinator
Shahidah has a been in the DC area for over 15 years and has seen the city grow and change in many ways. Because of this change, she has developed a passion for Non-Profit work and building community with families and children across all wards of the city. This passion has led her to understand the power of diversity and expression through all mediums, and that is her driving force for the work that she does with CHAW. She is excited to be apart of the team!
Space Use and Facilities Coordinator and Theater Department Chair
Danny Cackley graduated with a BA in Drama from the University of Virginia. Since 2010 he has been acting, teaching, and choreographing all over the country and in the D.C. region. From 2013-2014 he was a member of the National Players (Tour 65) and performed three classical plays in rotating repertory for 11 months, in roughly 35 of the 48 contiguous United States. He also developed arts curriculum and taught over 500 students. In the D.C. area, he has worked with the Shakespeare Theatre Company (as an actor and teaching artist), Folger Theatre, Studio Theatre, Young Playwrights Theatre, Taffety Punk (CHAW's Resident Theatre Company), Faction of Fools, Flying V Theatre Co, Brave Spirits Theatre, Educational Theatre Company, and LiveArt DC. Danny is an Advanced Actor/Combatant, certified by the Society of American Fight Directors. He joined the CHAW staff in 2017, and is thrilled to be a part of this thriving artistic community.
Megan holds a BA in Public Relations from the University of Georgia. She first came to the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop way back in 2003 as a Program Director and has loved CHAW ever since. She has recently returned as Marketing Coordinator and is excited to be back. Megan’s work has primarily been in nonprofits, serving as the Executive Director of the Washington Youth Choir, Office Administrator to Daymark Counseling, and Marketing Consultant to the Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham. She co-founded the group H.I.V.E. Alabama and has a passion for politics and creating positive change in her community and beyond. Megan and her husband currently reside in Birmingham, AL with their three children.
Mickey is a member of Str-8-n Up Production Company. He has been associated with and participated in the performing and visual arts throughout the Washington, DC area. He is currently a staff member of the Theater Alliance at the H Street Playhouse.
Office Coordinator and Bookkeeper
Charlene has been working at CHAW since 2012. A Washington DC resident for over 30 years, Charlene has graced the northwest quadrant with her calm demeanor and serves on a neighborhood board for co-op residents where she works with youth on annual projects. After finishing her DCPS career at Dunbar Sr. High in 1989, Charlene went on to attend Hair Academy School for hair in New Carrolton, MD where she received her hair licence and continued to practice her art of styling for over 16 years. While working in the beauty industry Charlene also took positions in banking, tax revenue, and after a short break, found CHAW and has been here ever since. Charlene loves dancing, singing, and cooking and enjoys spending her spare time with her husband, children, and grandchildren traveling all over the place.
Robert, originally from Culloden, Georgia, has been driving the CHAW van for over a year. Rob wanted to get involved in the community and has always loved providing transportation to all kinds of people. He wanted to give back to the community by working with kids in the area and found the opportunity through CHAW by providing safe and timely transporation from kids schools to CHAW's after school arts program. His favorite thing about driving the CHAW van are the kids- seeing their personalities shine in the open and free environment of CHAW (and on the way to CHAW!)
Amy holds a BS in elementary education and a BA in flute performance from Bowling Green State University (Ohio). She holds an MA in music theory and history and MM in flute performance from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the staff at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, her career in arts managment included serving as Director of Membership for GALA Choruses, Operations Manager for the Arlington Symphony, Assistant Manager for Music at Penns Woods Festival Orchestra and Tour Manager for the Polish National Radio Symphony. She and her partner of 25 years have three children ages 9 (twins) and 6.
Education and Private Music Coordinator
Stephanie graduated with a BFA from The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan for Fine Arts and Art History. She has been a Teaching Artist at CHAW since moving into the district in 2015. Her classes include everything from drawing to sculpture to printmaking. An artist in her own right, her work has been selected and featured in juried art shows across the country with the latest one in our very own Eastern Market. Stephanie is also actively involved in the local arts community by freelancing and advocating for arts education and funding. Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of CHAW’s team!
Brian Washington is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He fell in love with the arts while attending Milton Hershey School (MHS) in Hershey, PA, where he participated in Theatre, marching & jazz band, various singing groups, the handbell choir, and of course basketball! After matriculating through MHS, Brian found his way to Washington, DC, where he attended Howard University to study acting. His strong passion for teaching and working with youth soon led him to explore a career in education. After earning his BFA in Theatre Education, Brian was fortunate enough to work with such arts organizations as The Washington Youth Choir, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and THEARC, before finding a home with CHAW. As Education Coordinator, Brian is most appreciative that he is able to work with young artists everyday by way CHAW’s mission of building community through the arts!
Lovingly known as 'Ms. Internet', Antoinette was born and raised in the DC metro area. Antoinette is our newest van driver and loves working with CHAW and all the kids who attend CHAW's classes. For hobbies she enjoys drawing portraits, singing, and making DIY projects.