EDGEWOOD produces theatrical and multimedia projects that amplify innovation, accessibility, creative expression, and social justice.
Dale A. Mott
Founder and CEO
Dale is a veteran non-profit fundraising executive and entrepreneur whose career has included leadership roles with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, CARE, The Phillips Collection, Arena Stage, Halcyon, and Penumbra Theatre Company.
Dale founded EDGEWOOD as a fundraising consultancy but quickly shifted to focus more on his passion—theatrical and multimedia production. His first co-produceorial adventure was the critically acclaimed Broadway production of THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Canavale.
EDGEWOOD’s growing stable of theatrical works includes Nolan Williams, Jr.’s new musical, GRACE, which is set to enjoy its WORLD PREMIERE at Ford’s Theatre, March 2022; Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway-bound musical, A STRANGE LOOP; and more to come.
Considered a masterful fundraiser, Dale has served as fundraising consultant to numerous organizations including the Theatre Development Fund (TDF), Santa Fe Art Institute, PostClassical Ensemble, the National Association of Veterans Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF), ARMR Systems, and ArtsEmerson.
Dale completed graduate work as a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and holds a Bachelor of Arts with high honors in Sociology from Millsaps College. A native Louisianan and avid art collector, Dale serves on the board of directors for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. He is an associate member of The Broadway League.
Johnnie Niel is an actor, singer, director, and producer. Johnnie co-founded The Donovan Ensemble which has won international and national awards with SUPER SPECTACULAR!—TO OPERA WITH LOVE, SILVER LININGS, and MOSTLY MERRIL.
Johnnie appeared in the internationally acclaimed company Theatre de la June Lune’s production of THE MAGIC FLUTE. He also sang with the Minnesota Opera for seven seasons and was the Revue Dancer in their world premiere production of George Antheil’s TRANSATLANTIC. In addition, he participated in The Minnesota Opera’s educational outreach programs helping schoolchildren write and perform their own operas.
Johnnie studied in Paris with renowned clown teacher Philippe Gaulier, as well as New York’s Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisational and Sketch Comedy Training Center.
A native Louisianan, Johnnie holds a Master of Arts in Theater from Louisiana Tech as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Centenary College of Louisiana.
Johnnie is excited to be a part of Edgewood’s team, helping produce thought-provoking and entertaining theatre.