(in alphabetical order of last name)
Dee Brown (Poetry)
Dee has written plays and monologues for several productions. His first full production, Climbing the Mountain-Top when there was Nowhere Left to Walk, was picked up by the Black Theatre Ensemble of Virginia. Demonstrating leadership for years, his most important leadership role comes from being both a husband and father. Dee’s mission in life is to advance the perspective of humanity, offering a higher purpose of life through sound decisions… and to inspire the courage to act on personal goals.
ToNY is a funk recording artist, bandleader of the Funk Allstars collective, and co-pilot of the “New Funk” music movement. As a serial entertainerpreneur, his creative empire encompasses music, fashion, publishing, animation, comics, radio and film.
Joshua is an actor, director, and educator based in Lynchburg, Virginia. He most recently played Jim Conley in “Parade the Musical” with Alluvion Stage Company and Will Dearborn in the film “Virginia Wolf” by Rebekah Covey. Joshua also directed “Ragtime The Musical”(2018) and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (2019) with Academy Center of the Arts. In 2020 he directed several short films and has a new play, “Color Me Beautiful: An American Odyssey, opening July 2021. In 2015 Joshua graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Elementary Education and English. Since then he has worked several summer theater camps with Liberty University and Academy Center of the Arts. Joshua enjoys spending time outdoors and visiting historical landmarks.
Teresa Harris (Poetry History)
Teresa is a poet, playwright, and director with a BA in Sociology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College; now Randolph College. She has written and directed two original stage plays, “From the Valley to the Peak and Still Climbing” and “The Quincy Armstrong Show”. Her theatre experience also includes directing the critically acclaimed original stage play, “An Accident Waiting to Marry.” A published poet, Teresa’s work has appeared in literary magazines and has been performed on stage. She is currently the Artistic Director for the newly-formed theatre production company, The Brickhouse Project. She looks forward to sharing her passion for poetry and writing with young people in the community.
Fred Motley (Theatre Component)
Fred Motley is a Storyteller, Director and Actor. He has worked with the Theater Departments of Averett University in Danville, Virginia; Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia, and North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC. He has worked as a Drama Instructor with the Piedmont Regional Summer Governor School, Chatham, Virginia and Win-Win Resolution, Greensboro, NC. As an actor he has toured with Theatre IV, Richmond. Virginia and Poetry Alive, Ashville, NC. His poetry has been published in Literary Magazines, Journals and Anthologies. He lives in Danville, Virginia.