Producing Artistic Director

Evan Hoffmann is a professional actor and director who has worked extensively in the DC area, as well as nationally and internationally.  At NextStop he has directed Deathtrap, The Secret Garden, Gutenberg! The Musical, Miss Electricity, Into the Woods, The 39 Steps, Caroline, or Change, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Metamorphoses. His other local professional credits include work with Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theater, American Century Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Imagination Stage, Olney Theatre Center, Centerstage in Baltimore, Encore Stage and Studios, and Toby’s Dinner Theatre, among others.  Evan toured with the American Shakespeare Center Repertory Company, performing the title role in Henry V. Evan graduated from Herndon High School and, in 2000, was the first recipient of the award for outstanding actor in a musical at the inaugural Washington, DC Area Cappie Awards.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Theater from the College of William and Mary.  In 2009, Evan was named as an International Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. 


Managing Director 

Matthew joined Elden Street Players in 2012 and is responsible for strategic leadership of all non-artistic initiatives. Prior to joining ESP/NextStop, Matthew held financial management positions at Choice Hotels International and Citi, and Sales and Marketing at The Walt Disney Company.

Matthew received his BS (magna cum laude) in Hospitality Management from Boston University. Thompson has also appeared in musical theater, choral productions, and voice-over at NextStop, around the DC area, as well as nationally. 


Director of Production

Jack Golden is an award winning designer who has worked throughout the upper midwest and east coast. He has designed at venues including, Bristol Valley Theatre, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Nextstop Theatre Company, Ozark Actors Theatre, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre, Thelma Theatre, Theatre B, and Dakota Stage. He has designed at educational venues including North Dakota State University, Bismarck State College, and The Hill School. 



Education Coordinator

Jaclyn Young has a passion for the arts, and has been working professionally in Theatre Education since 2004. She studied Theatre at the College of William and Mary, and has been fortunate to work in the education departments of many theatres including Round House Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, Imagination Stage, Civic Theatre of Allentown, and Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre. Jaclyn is a proud FCPS Theatre teacher.



Casting Director

Dana received her BBA from William and Mary before deciding to pursue her love of the performing arts as a professional NYC based actor. She has worked aboard Celebrity and Holland America Cruise Lines, in various regional theatre houses as well as touring for 7 holiday seasons with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as a featured vocalist. After relocating to the DC area in 2015, she is thrilled to be a part of the local theatre community by joining the NextStop family.


Theatre Operations

Laura Moody is a technical jack-of-all-trades, having worked as a Stage Manager, Light and Soundboard Operator, and Costumer for a number of local theatres, including 2nd Flight Productions, Aurora Studio Theatre, Dominion Stage, Elden Street Players, Leesburg Theatre Company, Little Theater of Alexandria, Reston Community Players, Taking Flight Theatre Company, and Vp Start Crow Productions. She has also acted in several productions in area theatres. Having found a second home at NextStop from the very beginning, Laura is committed to continuing to strengthen her bonds to the community while also growing personally and professionally at NextStop.


Press Coordinator and Webmaster

Lauren has a Bachelor of Arts from The College of William and Mary and is a professional writer, researcher, and editor. Currently working on web design and marketing/press materials for NextStop, Lauren is thrilled to be using her skills and passion for this beloved, long-running institution in Northern Virginia theatre. Her dramatic credits include directing Louise Bryant’s “The Game,” writing plays for the stage, and working as the theatre columnist for Around Reston Magazine.