JaMeeka (She, Her, Hers) is a theatre events curator, administrator, and Director passionate about advancing the legacy of Black Theaters and Black Theatre Practitioners. In 2011 after studying Technical Theater at North Carolina Central University’s Department of Theatre, she interned in Arts Admin and worked as a stage manager for The Lark Play Development Center in New York City. In 2013 JaMeeka was the company management resident at Cape May Stage in Cape May, NJ. JaMeeka serves as Artistic Director and Producer for Black Ops, a theatre company in Durham, NC which she founded in 2015. She just recently returned to her hometown after spending 3 months as an assistant director at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Additionally, JaMeeka is also Project Manager for The Black Theatre Commons, a national advocacy group and resource sharing network for Black Theaters and practitioners.
Aurelia is a multidisciplinary creative specializing in performance, storytelling, social media management, music for film, and arts activism. A UNC-Chapel Hill graduate; she believes in the power of building and nurturing healthy communities, that the way to someone’s mind is through their heart (and vice versa), and that art is just the way to do it! She has appeared in productions on stage in the Triangle and nationwide, and has served as music supervisor on several Emmy and Peabody winning productions. As Social Media Manager for the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, she found ways to successfully engage with communities through new digital media. She can’t wait to jump in feet first with the rest of the team to facilitate important conversations about our artistic community and highlight wonderful works by emerging artists.
Lakeisha Coffey is a Raleigh resident featured in numerous productions in the Raleigh/Durham area. Her most notable performances include her portrayal of Ann Atwater in “The Best of Enemies” at Manbites Dog Theater. She is also known for her performances in I Love My Hair…and the remount of I Love My Hair…the Remix. She has displayed her acting abilities in a host of additional theatrical performances, staged readings, industrials and independent films. Lakeisha serves as an Artistic Associate for Black Ops Theatre Company and the Volunteer Coordinator of the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County. She hopes to use this connection to community and theater to foster growth and partnership to increase opportunity and visibility of other local talent of color. Lakeisha can be been seen in upcoming productions: Life Sucks, The Miraculous and the Mundane, Wakey, Wakey (Manbites Dog Theater) An Octoroon (Bartlett Theater)
Terra Hodge is a resident of Durham, NC. She was recently named the 2017-2018 teacher of the year at Culbreth Middle School in Chapel Hill where she teaches theatre arts and was named a Honor Teacher for the district. She received her BA in Theatre Education from North Carolina Central University and her MA in Film and TV Production, with a concentration in Acting and Directing, from Long Island University. Under her leadership Culbreth Middle received the Excellence in Directing award at the NCTC Middle School Play Festivals. Terra is the Youth Programs Coordinator Justice Theater Project. Her directorial credits include Crowns (Raleigh Little Theatre), Nickel and Dimed, was an associate Lesson Before Dying (Assoc. Director), A Raisin in the Sun (Co. Director) -all the JTP productions. She is no stranger to the stage, and has performed in many shows. Additionally, Terra has written, produced, and directed several short films. Her film Torn was screened at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.
Kyma Lassiter is theatre artist currently residing in Raleigh, North Carolina. Some of her favorite acting credits include: Harriet Tubman, The Maggie Walker Story (Virginia Repertory Theatre); UncleTom:deconstructed (The Conciliation Project); A Civil War Christmas (Firehouse Theatre); The Piano Lesson (Cape Fear Regional Theatre); Our Town (Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern) and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf (Burning Coal Theatre). Kyma also serves her community as the Festival Coordinator of the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County. In the spirit of black uplift, Kyma strives to give a voice to those unheard through artistic expression and creation.
Carly P. Jones
Carly Prentis Jones is a theatre artist, singer, arts advocate and community activist who seeks to elevate social consciousness through the arts. She is a proud Raleigh native and performs on stages throughout the region. Carly is a versatile performer – spanning opera, musical theatre, classic and contemporary theatre. As a classically trained singer, Carly enjoys performing as an active recitalist and with the North Carolina Opera Company. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, a Bachelor of Arts in Black Music History, and a minor in Arts Management. When she is not on stage, Carly works in the nonprofit arts sector as the Director of Communications and Development at Arts Together in Raleigh and The Family Village Coordinator for The African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County. Her efforts in furthering social justice include collaborations with the NC National Organization for Women, the NAACP, The Southern Coalition for Social Justice and other various change organizations. Carly was also a coordinator and emcee for The Women’s March on Raleigh and currently serves on the steering committee. Carly’s “sweet spot” is when her two passions – the arts and activism – are combined to create the most powerful form of expression – artistic activism. Carly believes that the arts can be used as a unique tool to cultivate empathy and bridge divisions throughout our diverse country. Stay tuned for her next projects: www.carlyprentisjones.com
Monét Noelle Marshall
Monét Noelle Marshall is a Durham, North Carolina-based artist, director, producer and creative consultant. She serves as the Founding Artistic Director of MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, producing new works by and new opportunities for Black playwrights. Marshall is also the Founder and Lead Con(sulting) Artist at BaD Arts Consulting which helps creatives do better business and businesses be more creative. Monét Noelle Marshall uses the arts to engage communities in collective visioning, changemaking and joy as social action.
Tristan Andre Parks
Tristan is an anarchist, lion, griot, Titan, light, brother, cousin, uncle and friend. He is a second year MFA candidate/company member of the Professional Actor’s Training Program and PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC-Chapel Hill. He received the Smithwick Graduate Research Grant to attend the Summer American Dance Festival Intensive at Duke University. He is gearing to play Richard III for the Mobile Shakespeare Unit as part of PlayMakers Ground Floor Series and is overjoyed to be contributing to something as revolutionary as Bull City Theatre Festival. All my love to the artists champions out there making something out of nothing. Your devotion, labor, and diligence is not in vain. Ase!
NaTasha Thompson is a native of Garner North Carolina and UNCG Alum class of 2015. NaTasha Thompson has written, directed and assistant directed staged work since 2007. In addition to producing her own work, available on Lulu.com, she has completed several intern and assistantships with various professional theatre companies including the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Playmakers Repertory Company. With the goal to create art that challenges social norms, her work in the theatre is just beginning. Excited to be a part of the Bullcity Black Theatre Festival Creative Committee, NaTasha looks forward to facilitating connections and conversations with black artists of the triangle.
Festival Technical Director – Lisa Suzanne
Native New Yorker, Proud Graduate of North Carolina Central University Department of Theatre and Dance. Recent Credits; Lighting Designer The Typographers Dream By Adam Bock A Black Ops and Manbites Dog Theatre CoPro. Light Designer, Stage Manager Walltown Children’s Theatre present The Nutcracker. Currently holding a permanent position as Operations Manager and Lead Technician at Creative Vision Inc. Raleigh NC.
Happily residing with her spouse Candace Pryor a local visual artist. “We keep art first, that’s how we love each other, with our work.”