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Our Board

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Founder/Artistic Director

Alex is founder of the 501c3 non-profit National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre, formerly known as Molotov Theatre Group. He is a professional union actor and voiceover professional, and the creator of the popular Poe Theatre on the Air audio drama series, which is aired on NPR, Amazon Music, and other platforms. (Tiger Poe is a Chihuahua/Pug mix. He has no official role in the organization.)

Laura Jones



Vice President

Laura brings practical skills and a strong interest in education and literacy to the Board of Directors. In addition to her executive board position, Laura leads a global legal team supporting development and commercialization of complex communications solutions.

Stephen Demczuk




Raised in Baltimore, Stephen holds master's and Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology. He founded Europe’s first beer-of-the-month club (Beer Around the World) in Luxembourg and Baltimore’s RavenBeer, makers of the award-winning beer and packaging marketed after the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Stephen is a board member of the Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. His goal today is to hike the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains.

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Executive Director

Julia is an educator, poet, and occasional playwright with a long love of the stage, Gothic literature, and Maryland history.  She is an MFA candidate in creative writing and environment, and also holds an MA in anthropology and a BA in world religions, so she has spent most of her career in arts management developing skills she is delighted to offer the National Edgar Allan Poe Theatre.  

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Rick Solomon has had a career in Business and Technology. His life has been enriched through volunteer service in various areas, among which were mapping shipwrecks, mounted park ranger, and mounted search & rescue. He believes that life should be lived collecting stories. Rick is an avid reader who shares that love with others. 

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