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PlaywrightTarell Alvin McCraney
Tarell Alvin McCraney is an acclaimed writer. His script In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue is the basis for the Oscar-winning film Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins, for which McCraney and Jenkins won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. He wrote the film High Flying Bird which premiered on Netflix directed by Steven Soderbergh. McCraney’s plays include MS. BLAKK FOR PRESIDENT (co-written with Tina Landau), The Brother/Sister Plays trilogy, Head of Passes, Wig Out!, and Choir Boy which was nominated for four Tony Awards. McCraney is the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" Grant, the Whiting Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, the Evening Standard Award, the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Windham Campbell Award, and a USA Artist Award. He is currently Chair of Playwriting at Yale School of Drama; an ensemble member at Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago; and a member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects. McCraney is currently working on an original scripted TV series, David Makes Man, for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, produced by Michael B Jordan and Page Fright Productions.
Zaylin Yates is the Founding Managing Director of Brévo Theatre, an incorporated 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to amplifying the voices of young Black artists and providing a platform to the unheard by highlighting up-and-coming playwrights, actors, dancers and directors, by offering a diverse entertainment experience through color-blind casting. In his current role, Zaylin works as the Manager of Community Engagement at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami Dade County, where he creates meaningful community-building experiences for the citizens of Miami-Dade County and South Florida through active learning and live theatrical experiences.. Zaylin also serves on the Heritage Committee at the Arsht Center, a program dedicated to celebrating black artists in the South Florida community. Zaylin is a proud alumnus of Florida A&M University where he obtained his M.B.A, B.S. in Business Administration, and B.A. in Theatre Performance. Over the past 10 years, Zaylin has both produced, directed, and performed, in various productions throughout the Southeast including “Detroit ’67”, “The Colored Museum”, and “Legally Blonde: The Musical”. Zaylin thrives in bringing out the best in all artists by presenting honest characters and truthful stories. Zaylin is the recipient of the Joel A. Crane Golden Spirit Award, as well as, a member of Progressive Black Men Inc., and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. Zaylin also serves as the Board President for the Loch Lomond Club South Homeowners Association and sits on the Division of Arts & Culture grant panel for the Florida Department of State, Broward Cultural Division, and South Arts Advisory Council. During his down time, you can find Zaylin reading, working out, spending time outdoors, or serving on the Worship Team at Church By The Glades. Zaylin thanks God, family, and friends who have uplifted him through his journey. Recently, I am a 2022, South Florida Legacy 40 Under 40 Honoree, and an ICABA, Salute to Men Who Lead, Honoree. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. - African Proverb
Costumer/Assistant DirectorTerrence Pride
Through his involvement with local and state grant committees, The E.A.T.N. Project, which connects communities and schools, and the South Florida Afro Pride organization which promotes health and wellness amongst the black LGBTQAI+ community, Terrence is actively engaged in community and collaboration. Recently, T.M. Pride received the Sara Spencer Child Drama Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference for his dynamic and engaging work for young people. For more visit: TerrencePride.com.
Mo Beasley, a Universal Man in the world of theater and performance, is an award-winning poet, published writer, arts educator, and activist. In 2006, the New York Daily News heralded him as one of "50 Unsung New York Heroes," citing his selfless work uplifting the arts for youth and adults alike. Beasley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Howard University. The Boston-born, Miami Beach-based artist sees Art as a Leader In Social Evolution. AUTHOR: Be a Father to Your Child (Counterpoint Press); No Good Nigga Bluez (Scripted Linguistics). PLAYWRIGHT: Ferocious Love (Arts Garage-Delray Beach, FL.), Iced Out Shackled and Chained... (National Black Theater Festival-Winston-Salem, NC); No Good Nigga Bluez (NY International Fringe Festival). ARTS EDUCATOR | PUBLIC SPEAKER: The National Black Writers Conference, CatalystCon, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality(FUREE), Brooklyn Academy of Music, Penn State Black Lawyers Association. FEATURED POET: Blue Note, Nuyorican Poets Café, BAMcafe, Joe's Pub, Center, Bowery Poetry Club, and the American Museum of Natural History. PRODUCER: Mo Beasley's UrbanErotika and LoveSuites. STAGE MANAGER: Broadway's Bring In Da Noise/Bring In Da Funk; Off-Broadway's Blue Man Group, Boys Choir of Harlem.
Brandon Vega is a Miami, FL native. He graduated from Florida International University, with a Master's Degree in Urban Education, with a concentration in Community Engagement. Vega is a Student Success Advisor at St. Thomas University (Miami, FL) and he is the founder of The EATN Project Inc. Vega's mission is to help satisfy the hunger for success and positivity through enlightenment. His goal is to inspire the youth by sharing the power of resiliency, perseverance, and persistence. His survival enlightened his commitment to serve as a positive resource to those around him, by remaining active in his community. Vega has worked with numerous youth group programs, helping to promote character development, high self-esteem, and positive peer relationships. He is a Father to his son Messiah Roy-Al. He uses his time in his pursuit to evolve his artistry, by the books he engages with, his writing process, his public speaking engagements and elevating his mentees. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D in Ethical Leadership and is currently working on his 2nd book - Ghetto Conscious: Dancing with the Shadow.
Brian Knowles is a dynamic speaker, writer, researcher, and educator with the distinction of being twice named by Legacy Magazine as one of South Florida’s Top Black Educators (2018 and 2022). His research and writings have been featured in the Journal of Literacy Innovation: Rethinking Literacy Instruction and XanEdu Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Blog. Brian is the founder of Power Builders Curriculum and Pedagogies, LLC - an educational consulting company that supports schools, community organizations, and education-focused nonprofits in creating culturally affirming spaces. This includes, but is not limited to, policy, curriculum, research, professional development, and professional speaking engagements. Brian also currently serves as Manager of the Office of African, African American, Latino, Holocaust, and Gender Studies within the School District of Palm Beach County, the tenth–largest public school district in the United States. The Office of African, African American, Latino, Holocaust, and Gender Studies has been in existence for 29 years with a major focus on providing best teaching practices for students of color and the development of a culturally responsive curriculum.
Stage ManagerZaire Brown
Zaire Brown is a senior at Michael Krop Senior High School in the Magnet Theatre Program. He has been trained in singing, dancing and acting since 2017. He has performed in shows such as ; Suessical ( Horton/male lead), The Little Mermaid ( Prince Eric/ male lead) and more. He was recently announced as a YoungArts 2023 winner in the Theater. He will soon begin his new journey as a college student and can’t wait to share his light with the rest of the world.
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