We were born with Two Strikes against us: Being a womxn and being Black.
We choose both.
We are the match to ignite the revolution of Black womxn.
Two Strikes Theatre Collective is an independent Baltimore theatre company founded in July 2019 to celebrate, promote, and encourage the intersectional voice of Black womxn and how it can be used for social change through art and community engagement. Two Strikes was created as a direct response to a lack of diversity and representation in theater spaces and propelled forward by the #sayhername movement.
OUR MISSION: To create art that is unapologetically Black femme centric, to upset the White patriarchal status quo, and to provide creative outlets for Black womxn in the Baltimore community to express themselves through art.
The Womxn of
Two Strikes Theatre Collective
Aladrian C. Wetzel*
Aladrian C. Wetzel is a Baltimore born actress, playwright, producer, and director. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware and a MS in Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus. By day she is a mild mannered Project Manager, by night she is an active patron and cheerleader of the Baltimore theatre community. In addition to her role as Executive Director of TSTC, Aladrian is a writer for the Baltimore Independent Theater Review (B.I.T.R) Sisters blog, a staff member for Fells Point Corner Theatre and an advisory member of the hip-hop Shakespeare company Fools and Madmen. Two Strikes Theatre Collective is her contribution to the community by encouraging Black womxn to be active participants in telling stories that reflect themselves.
Mistress of Play Development
Christen Cromwell is a theatre artist from Baltimore, MD with 20 years of experience. She earned her B.A. in Film & Media Studies, with a minor in Theatre Arts & Studies from The Johns Hopkins University. After becoming passionate about equity in education, she earned her MAT in Secondary English and Theatre Education. Her resume includes acting, directing, and writing credits in theatre and film, primarily comedy. She currently teaches English and Theater for Baltimore County Public Schools.
Social Media Director
Rachel Reckling is an actor in Baltimore and you may have seen her in past productions with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, Fells Point Corner Theater, Vagabonds, and Pumpkin Theater to name a few. She is one of the founders of TSTC and has a passion for changing the norm of what is seen in the arts industry from people of color (specifically womxn) in the Baltimore area and it is her mission to help people of color succeed in the arts here in Baltimore.
Dana Woodson is a queer artist and activist in Baltimore City who has been working in theatre for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of Towson University's theatre program and has acted with many companies in the area. She is interested in telling stories that reflect the truth of her situation and those of people around her. Recently, she became a member of Fells Point Corner Theatre. She is a feminist with absolutely no sense of humor. If you don't catch her on stage, she's probably at brunch!
Lauren Erica Jackson*
Lauren Erica Jackson is an actor, director, songstress, and storyteller based out of Baltimore, MD. She holds a BFA in Acting and a BS in English from Towson University, where she had the pleasure of working with artist-directors Rosiland Cauthen, Peter Wray, and Stephen Nunns, among others.
In addition to her personal creative pursuits, Lauren is also an ensemble member and occasional teaching artist at Single Carrot Theatre. Her first foray into the Baltimore theatre scene was in SCT's production of "Phoebe in Winter," where she played the eponymous character. The performance garnered her the City Paper Best Actor award for 2016. Since then she has also been nominated for a Regional BroadwayWorld Best Actress Award for her performance in Blue Tick Hound (RapidLemon Productions).
Most recently, Lauren made her equity debut in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s summer 2018 production of Romeo & Juliet.