Creative Team

Rob Smith

MUSICIAN BACK Originally from Washington DC, Rob has been drumming since the age of 12 and has performed in countless scenarios since. As well as drumming, Rob has worked in arts education for over 20 years with a focus on social justice and human rights, motivated by the belief that everyone deserves equal and affordable […]

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ARTIST BACK Visual expression has always been a passion for Brandon Morayo. In college he studied color theory and graphical applications in marketing. After graduating from Troy University Brandon began to focus on becoming a full time professional creative. His expressive use of organic shape and color were further explored through various design mediums such



DIRECTOR BACK Director Lou Bellamy is the founder and artistic director emeritus of Penumbra Theatre. During his 40 year tenure, Penumbra has evolved into one of America’s premier theaters dedicated to dramatic exploration of the African American experience. Under his leadership, Penumbra has grown to be the largest theater of its kind in America and has



PLAYWRIGHT BACK PLAYWRIGHT (April 27, 1945-October 2, 2005) authored Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Jitney, King Hedley II, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. These works explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans brought to North America, decade-by-decade over the course



Music Director BACK Music Director Chika Kaba Ma’atunde, formally Carlton Leake, was an adroit student of Dr. Lulah Hedgeman (PBUH) and Prof. Merle Gartrell (PBUH). Chika began his professional career at 14 when he played bass for Erma Clanton’s theatrical production An Evening of Soul. During his career, he assumed the role of an actor/singer,


Patdro Harris

DIRECTOR BACK Patdro Harris (Director/Broadway Choreographer/Writer) is nationally and internationally recognized and respected by colleagues, critics, and fans. The Washington Post hails him as a “superb choreographer”. The New York Times applauds his artistry as “praiseworthy”. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution enthusiastically commends his work as “dynamic … brilliant…solid season after season”. And the Houston Chronicle says

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Regina Taylor

CREATIVE TEAM BACK Playwright Regina Taylor is the author of OO-BLA-DEE, which received its world premiere at the Goodman Theatre in 1999 and later transferred to the La Jolla Playhouse. In April 2000, OO-BLA-DEE received the American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award. Ms. Taylor’s other projects include CROWNS, which premiered at McCarter Theatre in their

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Šejla Kamerić

ARTIST BACK Bosnian Girl, 2003 Public project: posters, billboards, magazine ads, postcards Black-and-white photograph Dimensions variable Graffiti written by an unknown Dutch soldier on a wall of the army barracks in Potocari, Srebrenica, 1994/95. Royal Netherlands Army troops, as part of the UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1992 -95, were responsible for

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DIRECTOR BACK Tea is an internationally-acclaimed, multilingual director. Based in NYC, her credits include off-Broadway, regional and international productions of both traditional theater and devised work. She holds a BFA in acting from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and an MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama, where she received the Julian

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Emma Stanton

PLAYWRIGHT BACK Emma Stanton is a Chicago and New York playwright. Her work has been developed and produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, American Theater Company, Walkabout Theater, Red Tape Theatre, Oracle Theatre, Luna Stage, Portland Playhouse, Dixon Place, New Dramatists, and the 2017 and 2018 Great Plains Theater Conference. Honors: 2018 Premier Stages Festival (Finalist), 2017

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