Board of Directors

Thank you for your interest in Spotlight News’s board of directors. Any member of the board can be reached at the Spotlight HR News email address.


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BA Ciccolella (she/her) is a professional production manager, technical director, lighting designer, stage manager, hospitality manager, artist liaison, rigger, stage electrician, scenic carpenter, and painter, as well as a writer, editor, field director, legislative assistant, administrative assistant, and virtual assistant including graphic design and social media curation. She is a co-founder, president, and editor of Spotlight News (and occasionally a writer) and is currently president of the board of directors at the Little Theatre of Norfolk as well. She is also a brown senior belt in HapKiDo.

Vice President

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Frank Connelly is the VP for Spotlight News and a board member of Williamsburg Players.  He is employed as a computer consultant for Core Consulting.  He resides in Williamsburg along with his wife Cindy and two dogs.


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Virginia Beach native, Denise Bishop (she/her), is pleased to serve as Treasurer of Spotlight News. Currently, she serves as an Accounting Associate for a wealth management firm. Previously, she worked in nonprofit administration and finance as Finance Operations Manager for Todd Rosenlieb Dance, Executive Assistant for YWCA South Hampton Roads, and Director of Operations for Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Denise is a member of the Downtown100 and volunteers with the Downtown Norfolk Council. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond and lives in Norfolk with her husband.


Moriah Joy's headshot.

Moriah Joy is originally from Richmond and is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors in Theatre Performance and a Minor in English. 

Board of Directors

Spotlight is currently looking for a few interested people to join us on the board of directors. If you feel that your contributions could be useful, please contact BA Ciccolella at this email address with a resume and short explanation of why you would be a good fit for our start-up journalism company. As a company founded by theatrical professionals, we recognize that all sorts of experience can transfer to useful skill sets in other fields. If you are willing to do the work to help get us up and running, or just willing to fund us for a while, we want to hear from you!