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Dr. Asabi (S. Howard)
Asabi was most recently nominated as Best Director by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her direction of Best of Enemies, Dr. Asabi is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Chair at NCCU, She has received Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival directing awards (2014 & 2016) and NCCU College of Liberal Arts Awards in Outstanding Teaching, Scholarship, and Playwriting. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State and Wake Forest University, Asabi earned her PhD at Regent University in Communication and Theatre. As a performer, director, playwright and stage manager, Asabi aspires to immerse herself in nearly every aspect of theatre. She has directed many shows, and authored God Spoke My Name: Maya Angelou; Reaching for God with Dirty Hands and Tainted Blood and Distorted Beauty. Among many stage credits, she has performed in Four Queens No Trumps and Intimate Apparel. She co-directed Soul Rhythm; Sistah’s Voices at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa and The Mis-Education of Hip Hop in Florence, Italy. She is a production manager with the NC Black Repertory Company, and is directing Black Nativity this December for the Justice Theatre Project. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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Technical Director
Prof. Arthur Reese
Arthur M. Reese received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Virginia. He has set the mood for the past 23 years as Technical Director for the National Black Theater Festival. He has designed for, among others, Dr. Maya Angelou, John Amos, Samuel L. Jackson, and the Negro Ensemble Company. Reese has done technical work for many stars including Sidney Poitier, Debbie Allen, Oprah, Queen Latifah, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Denzel Washington. Reese won the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 African American Image Makers award for Best Lighting Design at ETA Theatre. Co-Author and director of By a Black Hand, he is currently the Technical Director for NCCU Department of Theatre and has recently completed a textbook, The African Diaspora of Theatre.
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Prop Designer
Dr. Nadia Bodie
Dr. Nadia Bodie-Smith* (Prop Designer/Set Décor/Publicity) from Nassau, Bahamas, Dr. Smith is an Assistant Professor in Performance Studies. Last spring, she received a Departmental Award for Excellence in Teaching. Since she joined the department, she has directed Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Long Time Since Yesterday, Present Laughter and Dreamgirls. Her other professional pursuits include her work as editor of the ENCORE Journal for the National Association for Dramatic and Speech Arts (NADSA) and as Production Designer for Sweet Unknown South Studios. She earned her PhD from Texas Tech University with a concentration in Acting/Directing and Arts Administration, an MA in Theatre from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio and a BA in Music from Florida Memorial University in Miami Florida. She works toward improving actor training with hopes that her instruction inspires collaborative, critical thinkers and artists who laugh a little too loud. Her work as a Production Designer is showcased in the 2022 action film, ‘A Day to Die’, starring Bruce Willis, available on streaming services.
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Kenneth Hinton Sr.
Professor Hinton is an educator, actor, stage & video director, and playwright.. He directs plays at Shaw University, NCCU and Agape Theatre Project. Mr. Hinton briefly attended North Carolina A&T State University
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Lydia Houston
Lydia Henry Houston, (Costumer, Wardrobe). This is her debut with NCCU Drama Dept . She is an avid Sewist with more than 40 years sewing and Costuming experience. Graduating with a Degree in Fashion from Bauder College in 2014, Lydia earned The Craftsmanship Award in the Annual Bauder Black Tie Fashion Show. She has designed and sewn costumes for The African American Dance Ensemble, led by Baba Chuck Davis; Collage Dance Company; Suah African Dance Theatre; and several choreographers. She specializes in creating an awesome fitting garment. Lydia was wardrobe assistant with Cirque du Soliel's "Amaluna" in Atlanta, GA and Miami, FL. She has been a Movie Wardrobe Assistant for a DeVan Clan Production in GA and a True Dreams Production in NC. She currently operates ExtremelyLydia Sewing Company. Her motto is "You Design It, I'll Make
Theatre Manager
Nicole Sainworla
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Head Stage Manager
Hallel Jackson
Hallel Jackson is from Smyrna, Georgia and is a Junior at North Carolina Central University majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Technical Theatre. She recently was the Stage Manager for The Ways of White Folk by Rowan University (2022), A Feminine Ending by Rowan University’s Student Lab Theatre (2023), Stage Manager for The Penny Executive: The Maggie Lena Walker Story (2023) and Assistant Stage Manager for Head Over Heels by Rowan University (2023). I would like to give Special Thanks to my family and everyone who welcomed me to NCCU’s Theatre Department with open arms!
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Stage Manager
Nyla Orr
Nyla Orr is from Suffolk, Virginia, and is a Senior at North Carolina Central University majoring in Theatre with a concentration in General Theatre. Her awards and recognitions include being the first student to win NCCU’s Entrepreneur On The Rise this past Spring. She would like to thank God, her family and friends, and professors for always pushing me to success.
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Assistant Stage Manager
Sarah Richardson
Sarah Richardson is from Fayetteville, North Carolina and is a Senior at NCCU majoring in Theatre with a concentration in K-12 Education.
Assistant Stage Manager
Jordan Slade
Jordan Slade is from Erwin, North Carolina, and is a Sophomore at North Carolina Central University majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Performance.
Assistant Stage Manager
Vanessa Wharry
Vanessa Wharry is from Fresno, California, and is a Sophomore at North Carolina Central University majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Performance. She recently played Jenny in Voices of the High School by Southern High School (2018), Munchkin/Stranger in The Wiz by Southern High School (2019), Scientist in Murder Mystery by Southern High School (2020), and Sophie in On Strivers Row by NCCU (2023). She would like to thank everyone who has helped her along her journey.

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