“ Theatre can help us build our future,
rather than just waiting for it.”
Director of Artistic Development
Blake is an artist and educator, whose work is “broadening the definition of theater” (New York Times, 2014) as he "pushes boundaries – both artistic and personal – and takes theater one step further in the process” (Time Out New York). He is the co-founder and Director of Artistic Development for Blindspot Collective, a theatre company that cultivates and celebrates new work, emerging artists, and diverse audiences while “helping to change the story one issue and one play at a time” (Times of San Diego, 2020). Blake's original work includes large-scale immersive projects such as Hall Pass (presented most recently by La Jolla Playhouse for the 2019 Without Walls Festival) and Play/Date (produced Off-Broadway by 3-Legged Dog); original musicals such as Chasing Fear (with composer Trevor Bachman); devised theatre including Mystifique (based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe) and Filters (a pop cabaret developed with youth); and documentary plays such as Qulili (with Catherine Hanna Schrock), The Magic in this Soul, Biting the Bullet, Hear Me Roar, be·long·ing, and Untold. His work has been developed or commissioned by organizations that include La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Cygnet Theatre, New Village Arts, New York Theatre Barn, and New York University. In addition to his original work, Blake is an award-winning Projection Designer whose designs have been seen in San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Amphitheatre, Intrepid, Ion, Diversionary, New Village Arts, and Cygnet Theatre; and in New York City at Dixon Place, 3‐Legged Dog, Theatre Row, La Mama E.T.C., and MCC Theater. As an educator, Blake has designed educational programming for The New Victory Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, New York University, New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Tribeca Film Festival, Invisible Children in Northern Uganda, and countless schools. Blake is an alumnus of Tisch School of the Arts, and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, both at New York University.
Catherine Hanna Schrock
Director of Community Development
Catherine is an Applied Theater Practitioner, which unites her roles as an activist, educator, performer, and writer. She is the co-founder and Director of Community Development for Blindspot Collective, a theatre company that amplifies marginalized voices, illuminates untold stories, and energizes vulnerable communities. She devises original works that center social justice, and narratives that create empathy and human connection. Her plays include Shalom Sahbity (with Simnia Singer-Sayada), Second Star to the Right (with Laura Hanna), The City (with Jamie Roach), Safa’s Story, Danny’s Story, and Qulili (with Blake McCarty); as well as numerous devised youth performances through Empowerment Theatre programs with La Jolla Playhouse and Girl Scouts of San Diego. Catherine was commissioned by the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking Prevention to create a Forum Theatre performance for the kNOw MORE Human Trafficking Prevention curriculum. Currently, she is the Program Director of kNOw MORE through the Center for Justice & Reconciliation at Point Loma Nazarene University. Since 2017 her Forum Theatre projects have reached over 15,000 people in San Diego County where she is applauded as a “spectacular facilitator who handles children with extreme sensitivity and respect, and engages the audience from the moment they enter the theater” (Times of San Diego, 2020). Additionally, she has worked with numerous local and international organizations including the Global Immersion Project in Palestine and Israel; Arts for Life, a girls' empowerment and arts program she founded in Kenya; The Old Globe Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse as a Teaching Artist; and Invisible Children’s Teacher Exchange, a program she developed and directed in Uganda. Catherine has also designed creative curriculum for multiple organizations nationwide and is a published poet through Cordella Magazine. Catherine holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Theater from New York University and a BA in Sociology and International Development.