Paige Hernandez (writer, choreographer, performer) is a multifaceted artist, who is known for her innovative fusion of poetry, hip hop, dance and education. She has performed on many stages throughout the country including Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Fulton Theatre, Manship Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse and many others. Her fans and supporters include the Obama children, U.S. Secretary of State, Timothy Geithner and the Huffington Post, who recently named her a “classroom hero”. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige has toured her children’s show Havana Hop and her one woman show, Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape throughout the country.www.paigehernandez.com
Nick tha 1da (sound design) is returning hip-hop to its foundation with the soul of sampling. He was selected for his successful signature chopped samples & hard-hitting drums which earned his title of DMV (DC/MD/VA) Beat Champion in 2005 & 2006. Nick tha 1da created the musical soundtrack/scores for independent films including Loose Change, a 9/11 documentary directed by Dylan Avery which received publicity on Fox News/CNN. He produced the theme/segments for The Peter Rosenberg Show on Hot97(WQHT-FM) and has produced for artists such as W. Ellington Felton, Raheem Devaughn, Asheru (The Boondocks), NC’s Justus League and many more. Visit More information at nicktha1da.com.
Danielle A. Drakes (director,producer) received her BA from Goucher College and MFA from The Catholic University of America. As a performer, she has worked with Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, CENTERSTAGE, CATF, Discovery Theatre, and Imagination Stage. Directing credits include Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention, Suessical, the musical!, Deep Belly Beautiful, Stop Kiss, Southern Girls, Dutchman, Chain and Late Bus to Mecca. Recipient of TCG’s Nathan Cummings Young Leaders of Color grant, Drakes is a member of Round House Theatre’s Artist Roundtable, Red Circle, Actors’ Equity Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.www.thehegira.org
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Ayesis Clay(touring stage manager) is a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre and developed a love for acting as well as a strong background in backstage work. Along with acting, directing, and teaching theatre, Ayesis has stage managed many productions. Currently, she is the Theatre Department Chairperson for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Prince George’s County Maryland. During her time at the CVPA of PG County, Ayesis has had the opportunity to work in a number of capacities such as directing, scenic design, construction and painting, working with lights as both designer and operator, company management, and House manager.
Kris Funn (set design, graphic design, bass) was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland . After graduating from Howard University with an honors degree in computer science, Kristopher decided to pursue a career as a professional jazz musician. He has performed and toured internationally to every major jazz festival in the world with artists such as Kenny Garrett, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Jeff Majors and Pharaoh Sanders. Kris has also appeared and written songs on several recordings including the upcoming Christian Scott album due in April 2012. He continues to perform in the Washington D.C. area while touring with the Christian Scott Quintet. www.funndamentals.com
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Zoia N. Wiseman (Lighting & Production Stage Management) received her BFA in Theatre Arts from Stephens College. She has worked with various theatres in Louisiana and the Washington DC metro area. Most recently she stage managed Solas Nua’s tour of “Everything Between Us” and was lighting designer for the 2010 Wattage Festival.
Bryan Joseph Lee (Production Dramaturgy) is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and holds a degree in Latin American Studies and Theatre. Since 2008, he has worked with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, where he served as Assistant Director and Assistant Dramaturg on multiple productions. Bryan has also worked with the New York Theatre Workshop (NYC), ELEMENT New Play Festival (Chicago), and the Source Festival (DC), among others. Currently, Bryan serves as Program Coordinator of the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center.
Tewodross Melchishua (Video & Projections) received his BA in Art/Photographic Media from Morgan State University, and an MFA in Imaging & Digital Arts from UMBC. He has produced work in video/film, animation, traditional and digital art; music videos and video installation. Recently, he curated the Flashpoint exhibition, M3: MCs, Mics and Metaphors (2009). He is the creative director for Visual Jazz Media Group, and serves as an Associate Professor in visual communication at Bowie State University. www.soulsuite.com
Jamie Yellen (Set Design and Carpenter) graduated from Goucher College in May 2009 with a degree in Theater and Studio Art. She has designed sets and lights for several shows for Red Branch Theatre Company and Drama Learning Center. She would like to thank Danielle for this opportunity and her support. She would also like to thank the production team, Z, her friends and family for their support.
Bryan Davis (Artwork) www.bdavisonline.com