Board of Governors

Patti Kalil - A Brazilian native, Co-Founder of Pointless Theatre. Pointless Credits: Sleeping Beauty (Set), Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher (Set/Puppets), Canterbury (Set/Puppets), Mark Twain's Riverboat Extravaganza (Co-Set/Puppets), Hugo Ball: A Super Spectacular Dada Adventure (Set/Puppets/Costumes). Additional design credits include: Not About Nightingales (Puppets, Howard University Dept. of Theatre), Forum Theatre- Pluto (Props), Agnes Under the Big Top (Props), The Illusion (Props) and Mad Forest (Props), CulturalDC Source Festival (Props), The Invested (Props, Off-Broadway). She holds a B.A. in Theatre Design and Stage Management from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a graduate of the Juilliard School Professional Internship Program in stage properties. Patti is a Forum Theatre Ensemble Member and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Studio Art at MICA.


James O'Leary is Chief Innovation Officer at Genetic Alliance, one of the world’s leading nonprofit health advocacy organizations. James works to foster innovation at Genetic Alliance and within its network of patients, hospitals, companies, universities, and government agencies. Over the past eight years, James has built collaborations between these diverse stakeholders to seed change within the healthcare system and help individuals, families, and communities reclaim control of their health. He has harnessed health information and web technologies to enhance patients’ ability to access information and use that information to make better decisions. In addition, he has worked with national public health systems, disease-specific organizations, and community groups to improve access to genetic services, engage consumers in national policy-setting, and institute legislation that protects the public from discrimination.

James earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Biology, concentrating in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Genetic Alliance, James worked with PA Victory ’04 supporting the John Kerry campaign.


David Lloyd Olson is an Atlanta native and founding member of Pointless. He received a Fulbright in 2012 to go to Latvia to teach English and study Theatre. He was the 2011-2012 Allen Lee Hughes Management Fellow at Arena Stage. David has B.A.s in Theatre and Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. He founded the Modern Post Neo Dada Movement in 2006.


Matt Reckeweg is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Pointless Theatre. Matt studied Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park where he was a member of the improv group Erasable Inc. from 2007-2010. He has performed at The Puppet Co. and Wit's End Puppets, designed at Adventure Theatre, and is a teaching artist at Camp Arena Stage.


Leigh Wilson Smiley has been the Director of the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies (TDPS) at the University of Maryland since 2013. Smiley is the Producing Director for nine Main Stage dance and theater shows and five Second Season shows. Prior to assuming leadership of TDPS, Smiley served as a professor in the School and fulfilled a variety of administrative roles including Head of the first MFA in Performance cohort at TDPS, and Associate Director of Theatre for the School. She has been nominated two times as a Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar Faculty Mentor. Smiley has received two Creative and Performing Arts Awards for her research on the extended voice and the Visual Accent Dialect Archive. She received a Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Fellowship, and the Foxworth Creative Enterprise Initiative Fellowship. Smiley works as a Dialect and Voice Director for institutions such as Ford’s Theatre, Center Stage in Baltimore, Round House Theatre and continues to develop and present the Visual Accent and Dialect Archive. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association.