Kerisse Hutchinson (Playwright, Performer) is a multi-talented award-winning actress, dancer, writer, and producer of Bajan and Jamaican descent raised in Queens, New York. As a beacon of the Most High, she creates art from seed to FRUITion that invokes spirits to move; literally & figuratively.
“[A] sprite with rubber legs and megawatt energy.... to ACT and to RAP and DANCE...It's not easy to find people with that skill set...." is what a reviewer said of her portrayal of the title role in Will Power’s hip-hop musical Honey Bo and the Goldmine at the prestigious La Jolla Playhouse (San Diego, CA) under the Artistic Direction of Tony Award winning Des McAnuff. Kerisse is a graduate of Towson University, Magna Cum Laude with Double Honors and received her dance training at the Alvin Ailey School, dancing with numerous companies and music artists. She is known for portraying a wide range of characters with an honesty, emotional rawness, and vulnerability and has worked internationally in award-winning new and classical plays alongside theatrical greats such as Obie Award winner Arthur French and Tony Award winner Lillias White and has garnered the praise of critics and veterans including the late Ruby Dee and Earle Hyman.
Additional theatrical achievements include: Drama Desk Company Award winning Trojan Women (NYC), Macbeth in Bonn and Neuss, Germany, Underground Griots at the National Black Theatre Festival (Winston-Salem, NC), and the Downtown Urban Theater Festival’s Best Audience Winner Destiny Manifested (NYC). Writing acknowledgements include: Synchronicity Theatre's Stripped Bare: Arts Incubator Project Winner (Atlanta, GA) and A-List selection of National Black Theatre Festival Garland Thompson, Sr. Reading Series (Winston-Salem, NC). Film credits include Harlem International Film Festival Best Actress award winning role in the SXSW and Gotham Award nominee feature, August the First; Rise of the Zombies (Sy-Fy Channel) opposite Levar Burton and Mariel Hemingway; Dough Boys (Paramount/BET); The Janky Promoters (Ice Cube Vision/Weinstein) opposite Tiffany Haddish; and 24 Hour Love (Image Entertainment) with Lynn Whitfield. Television credits include: recurring on All My Children, guest starring on The Defenders, Law & Order: SVU, The Whole Truth, and Rescue Me. While embarking on her career, Kerisse founded the nonprofit company GuiDANCE Autism, Inc., Bringing the joy of dance to children with special needs www.GuiDANCEAutism.com
Lisa Nicole Lopes, aka “Left Eye”, was born on May 27, 1971 in Philadelphia, PA. Lisa was the unabashedly outspoken and controversial member of the 90s Atlanta-bred Hip-Hop R&B trio TLC, the highest selling American girl group of all time. Their multi-platinum albums Ooooooohhh... On the TLC Tip, CrazySexyCool (Certified Diamond) featuring their groundbreaking hit “Waterfalls”, Fanmail, and 3D have won multiple awards including 4 Grammys.
TLC revolutionized 90s culture, trendsetting a new sound, style of clothes, dances, and groundbreaking imagery in their music videos and Lisa was at the helm of conceiving most of their cutting-edge ideas. Known for her gifted rapping and lyricist prowess as well as her innovative creative, business, and spiritual insights, Lisa’s many endeavors outside of TLC included: performing on chart-topping hits most notably Donell Jones’ “U Know What’s Up” and Lil Kim, et al. “Not Tonight (Remix)”, hosting the MTV television series “The Cut”, starting a clothing line, releasing her solo album “Supernova”, and creating a production company that discovered the platinum selling group Blaque as well as her newest group Egypt who she was in the midst of developing when she tragically passed away on April 25, 2002 in a car accident in Honduras at the tender age of 30. Her posthumous album “Eye Legacy” was released in 2009.
Along with her many contributions, Lisa ventured along a journey of mind, body, and spiritual healing that encompassed numerous visits with her teacher, herbalist, and friend, Dr. Sebi at his Usha Village in La Ceiba, Honduras. During her later years, she began inviting her family and friends on her trips endeavoring to share her findings with them.
"I'm not here to change what people think of me. I'm here to change what people think of themselves."
Thomas W. Jones, II (Director) is an acclaimed, award-winning director, writer, and performer of more than 200 plays worldwide. His work has received 48 Washington DC Helen Hayes Award nominations winning 15 awards, including Best Director for Samm Art Williams’ Home and his own Bessie's Blues. He has also received 3 New York AUDELCO Award nominations, the Drama-Logue Award, the San Diego Critics Award, NAACP Phoenix Award, among others.
In 1978, Tom founded Jomandi Productions, where, as Co-Artistic Director and Producing Director, Tom led Jomandi to become the third largest African-American theater company in the United States. In 2000, Tom and his co-founders left Jomandi to create the entertainment company VIA International Artists, Inc. and subsequently a musical theater company VIA Theatrical.
He is Artistic Associate at Washington DC's MetroStage where many of his original musicals have premiered and has directed 14 productions at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre. His most recent works include Athol Fugard's The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek (MetroStage, DC), Trey Anthony's How Black Mothers Say I Love You and 'da Kink In My Hair (Horizon Theatre, Atlanta), Blackberry Daze (Horizon Theatre, Atlanta), Fool In Love: The Frankie Lymon Story, Three Sistahs, Gee's Bend, Point of Revue, Two Queens One Castle, Bricktop, Heart ‘n’ Soul, Love Johnny, A Cool Drink A Water, and Holler and Sheddin’. Tom’s musical Cool Papa’s Party completed a workshop in New York with Wayne Brady. He recently directed Kandi Burress’ (Xscape, Real Housewives of Atlanta) musical A Mother’s Love, Only Just a Minute and Mary Honey B. Morrison’s play Single Husbands and has taken the production of Janet Langhart Cohen's Anne and Emmett (MetroStage) to the Oprah Winfrey Theater at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, DC), National Black Theatre Festival(Winston-Salem, NC) and on tour to the Netherlands.
Victor Jackson (Choreographer) was born and raised on the Southside of Atlanta, GA with educational and artistic reinforcement from Tri-Cities High School and Savannah College of Art and Design. His choreography style has dazzled national audiences, working with artists and companies including Lil Wayne, Iggy Azalea, Jennifer Hudson, August Alsina, BET, BRAVO, and HBO. Most recently, Victor starred on Kandi Burruss' BRAVO spinoff, “The Kandi Factory”, as the in-house choreographer at her Atlanta-based artist development studio and choreographed her stage play “A Mother’s Love” directed by Thomas Jones, II featured on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”.
In addition to the gift of dance, Victor is a trained vocalist and budding actor. Under the direction of Tony-nominated director Kenny Leon, he received acclaim for his role as “The Wiz” in True Colors Theatre’s production of the legendary musical. Additionally, Victor was part of the award-winning cast of Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity”, also produced by Leon's theater company. He played the lead role in “U Don't Know Me: The Musical”, written and directed by Mark E. Swinton (“House Of Payne”, “For Better Or Worse”, “Haves And Have Nots”) and produced by Tyler Perry and appeared on BET’s “The Game”.
Addae Moon (Dramaturg) is an Atlanta based playwright, dramaturg, director and teaching artist. He is the Director of Museum Theater at the Atlanta History Center, and Artistic Associate with Found Stages Theatre and a resident playwright with Maat Productions of Afrikan Centered Theatre (MPAACT) based out of Chicago, IL. He has served as a resident dramaturg with WorkingTitle Playwright’s Ethel Woolson Lab working on development projects with local playwrights Neely Gossett, Johnny Drago and many others.
Addae is the recipient of the 2015 International Ibsen Award for his dramaturgical work on the project Master Comic and the 2014 John Lipsky Award from the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) for his immersive play Four Days of Fury: Atlanta 1906. Addae was also a member of Alliance Theatre’s 2015-2016 Reiser Artists’ Lab as co-writer on the immersive project Third Council of Lyons with Found Stages Theatre. As the former literary manager at Horizon Theatre Company, he served as dramaturg on the early development projects of many nationally renowned playwrights including Marcus Gardley, Lauren Gunderson, Tanya Barfield and Janece Shaffer. As an educator, he is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Theatre Arts at Clark Atlanta University and a playwriting instructor with Horizon Theatre Company’s Apprentice Program. Addae received his BA in Theatre Arts from Clark Atlanta University and an MFA in Playwriting from the Professional Playwright’s Program at Ohio University.
2010 - present
2010 - present