S11: Crowns

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



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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