Christie is a founding member of Medusa Speaks: An Artists'
Collective and the former Assistant Director of the Living
Stage Theatre Company, the community outreach component of
Arena Stage. Throughout her ten year career, she has acted,
sung, danced, and taught with numerous theatre programs and
other arts organizations across the country. She most recently
facilitated workshops for the Bethesda Academy of the Performing
Arts (BAPA) at Einstein High School and for Crossing the River,
an arts and advocacy program for women in recovery based in
Anacostia. As a performer, Tanisha was most recently seen
in the Arena Stage production of A Street Car Named Desire,
the Medusa Speaks production of Anatomy Lessons, and the Living
Stage production of Oceans. Tanisha is the recipient of a
2000-2001 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist
Rick Foucheux has been performing in Washington area theatres
since 1983. He is a member of the Woolly Mammoth Acting Company
and a five-time Helen Hayes nominee. He received the Helen
Hayes for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2000 for his role in the
Source Theatre production of David Mamet’s Edmond. He
last appeared in the Woolly/Theatre J production of Homebody/Kabul
and will be seen early next fall in the Open Circle Theatre’s
Jesus Christ Superstar. He is on the faculty of The Theatre
Jackson is an experienced actress, singer, and comedian. She
is a long-time member of the University of Maryland's only
sketch comedy group, Sketchup. As a performer, her theatre
experience includes productions of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth
with the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival. She has directed
several one acts, for example Running the Race with the St.
Paul Theatre. She was recently a part of the Clarice Smith
Performing Arts Center's opening play, The Music Man (Ethel
Toffelmeier). Her awards and achievements consist of the Maryland
Distinguished Scholar, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and the
Theatre Patrons Scholarship. She is currently a senior theatre/music
performing arts major at the University of Maryland.
is an actor, singer, and assistant director whose directing
credits include the national tour of What Every Woman Wants
and Common Realities at the Lincoln Theatre. She was a company
member of the Young Playwright's Theatre which toured regionally
and has appeared at Woolly Mammoth, Olney Theatre Center,
Warner, Living Stage as well as others. For over twelve years,
she has been a professional vocalist performing at various
venues on the East Coast. She was also a Dramatic Instructor
for Interact Story Theatre. She received a BA in Theatre Performance
from the University of Maryland at College Park.
“Honest”, “Incomparable” and “Amazing”
are all terms and titles used to describe Elijah Perry. However,
after one listen to his music or if you have ever been a witness
of one of his live performances, you would agree that there
are really no words to describe the genius of this emerging
singer/songwriter. “I simply love music”, Elijah
says with that signature smile. “Not to sound cliché,
but I would die if I was unable to write, sing or whatever.
Music is who I am.” And music is what he masters.
up in the suburbs of Southern Maryland, a younger Elijah could
be seen singing and rocking in the choir at Ebenezer A.M.E.
Church in Fort Washington, MD. It is known that the church
has been the training grounds for many of our musical greats,
and Elijah is no exception. “I am grateful for beginnings.
I feel that all singers should start out in church if possible.
It instilled in me the importance of singing with feeling,
emotion and conviction. Church folk know when there is a connection
between you and the song. This is not the basis of only gospel
but all genres of music. You can’t sing about something
you know nothing about.”
“Being at my church, I was given many opportunities
to be taught by the greatest of all time. The late Rev. Donald
Vails, our Minister of Music at the time, made sure we knew
the fundamentals of singing and songwriting. He settled for
nothing less than excellent.” Influenced by gospels
greatest legends, such as Rev. James Cleveland, Rev. Donald
Vails, Daryl Coley, Walter Hawkins, Vanessa Bell Armstrong,
Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin, Elijah not only matured as
a vocalist, but he also discovered and nurtured his gift as
a prolific songwriter. “Not to take anything away from
other songwriters, but I didn’t want to sing my story
and emotions through the eyes of someone else. I discovered
that I had a voice that wanted to be heard, not only vocally
but in the more artistic sense as well.” This gift Elijah
found to be very useful not only in musical quest, but in
his quest for life and answers. “I don’t want
to get too detailed, but we all go through various experiences
in life. It’s a known fact that good times plus bad
times equals life. Songwriting is like my personal therapy
session about life. I write songs in opposed to sharing those
thoughts with someone. To me it is much easier to do it that
way. If I’m in love, I’ll write about it. If I’m
hurting, I won’t say it but I’ll write about it.
Regardless of what I am writing about: the good, the bad or
just the plain ugly; it’s all therapy.”
training and influence did not stop at the church. Elijah
also credits the likes of Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway,
Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye
as being major contributors to taking him from being a great
singer to an astounding artist. “These were singers
who my mom played throughout the house”, Elijah says
as he reflects. “She would turn off everything and lay
on the couch, listening to Patti LaBelle, Luther Vandross,
etc. I would sit with her and we would sing to the records.
My mom had a beautiful soprano voice, so I would try to compete
with her note-for-note. Of course I would lose”, Elijah
laughs. “It was always worth a try.”
it was the artistry of those vocalists that drew me in”,
Elijah adds. “They had no huge productions or visual
effects. It was simply a band, background singers and them
standing behind the mic. Everything was so simple and basic.
And the voices they projected out of their body left you speechless.
I won’t stop until I accomplish that same affect.”
these intimate yet memorable experiences, accompanied with
years of experience doing background vocals for the same great
artists he grew up listening to and admiring, as well as solo
performances at many premier music conferences and events
before the industry’s most elite and most faithful admirers,
you can be assured this artist is poised and ready to take
his rightful place among the legends who defined the standard
of what we know as music today. Upon the release of his debut
CD via Epiphany Entertainment, music lovers will be forced
to concur with us countless believers, that Elijah Perry is
the new definition and standard for music and will remain
there for years to come. However, with all this great pressure
and expectation, Elijah still remains humble. “I just
want to produce and perform timeless music. Music that will
impact and make a difference in whatever mood you are in.”
the heart and honesty of Marvin, the stirring soul of Donny,
and the lyrical genius of Stevie, Elijah Perry is the very
breathe the music industry has desired and longed to inhale.
Pleasant is an experienced actor and in May 2003, graduated
from Prince George’s Community College with an Associate
of Arts Degree in Theatre. In July and August 2003, she was
the instructor for improvisational theater with the Teens
Count organization, CEO Ms. Tracy Cooper. Most recently, she
played a role in a feature movie (“A Dirty Shame”)
starring television star, Tracy Ullman, directed by John Waters.
Caroline performed in “Flyin’ West”, which
was the debut production of The Ebony Metropolitan Theatre,
founded by Cheryl Collins. In 2002, Caroline performed a principal
role in HBO’s “The Wire.” In February through
March 2000, she was one of the lead performers at the Smithsonian’s
Discovery Theater in an original play by Cheryl Collins –
“A Little Child Shall Lead Them.” Caroline has
performed in numerous productions such as: “The Gospel
at Colonus” (Capitol Hill Arts Workshop); “Nuts”
(Bowie Community Theatre); and “Happy Ending”
(American Theatre Project). In 2002, Caroline portrayed a
judge in an independent film by Hodge Productions, “Black’s
Law”. Caroline studied improvisational theatre for one
year under S.T.A.R. Improv of Washington, D.C. In 1999, she
received the David S. Schroeder Award for the Spirit and Pursuit
of Excellence in Acting for her performance in “The
Pity Party”, by Laverne B. Hicks (Rapture, Inc.). Caroline
also has experience as a counselor for the Prince George’s
County Suicide and Crisis Prevention Center Hotline.
Paula started dancing at age three. Her mom, a former dancer,
registered her for her first modern dance class – and
a star was born. That star was Paula “Brazil”
Reis! Paula grew her dance and performance skills with local
groups and dance companies in Bahia, Brazil. In the summer
of 1992, Paula was accepted into one of the most famous, internationally
known dance companies – Oba-Oba. Paula performed with
them in the U.S. and Canada, where she met a well known artist
– Melvin Deal, Owner of The African Heritage Dancers
& Drummers of D.C. Paula still performs with them.
1997, Paula became the Group Exercise Director for Gold’s
Gym (Van Ness/DC), which was voted one of the best health
clubs in America by Sports Magazine.
created her own workout, the "Afro-Brazilian Dance Workout".
This workout has Paula’s signature from beginning to
end. The routine is a high-energy aerobics dance class, flavored
with caliente rhythms of Brazil, Africa and the Caribbean
– such as Salsa, Samba, Merengue, Soca, Calypso and
is a certified Aerobic Instructor, Personal Trainer, and Sports
Nutritionist – certifications provided by AFFA, AAA/ISMA
Tyler is a Personal Trainer and Aerobics Instructor. She is
the owner of City Mile Fitness Company, Inc. Staci first started
in the fitness industry by filling out a goals assessment
form at a local health club eight years ago. City Mile Fitness
Company. Inc. was started in March 2001 and has changed lives
Staci is a native Washingtonian. Along with Personal Training
she is an AFAA Certified Aerobic Instructor and Personal Trainer.
She teaches several types of classes like kick-boxing, cycling,
step & sculpt, water aerobics, boot-camp, yoga, body sculpt,
hip-hop funk and butts & guts. Her company will also include
that outdoor adventure if you are interested in learning to
scuba dive, ride bike trails, or skiing. Staci graduated from
the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a concentration
in Marine Biology.
Staci is the choreographer for the young girls group, Got
It Goin’ On’. The foundation helps to motivate
and teach young ladies a healthy lifestyle. The Foundation
will be traveling to South Africa December 2004 to join the
“Step Afrika” International Cultural Festival.
Staci is also the leader of the Exercise Ministry at her church,
Carolina Missionary Baptist Church.
One important fact Staci promotes is to remember your heart
is the most important component part of your exercise program.
You will learn to condition your heart through cardiovascular
activity. A “cardio” routine works every muscle
in the body. This can be remembered by some activities you
currently enjoy such as walking, running or swimming.
second half of your exercise routine is incorporating weights.
By using weights you burn the fatty tissue and gain muscle
So know the difference between being healthy and being fit,
to be healthy, you must rid your body of disease. To be fit
you must exercise regularly.
vocalist and teacher, has been directing and co-directing
theater camps since her junior year at Bowie State University
where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary
Education to become a certified elementary teacher for Prince
George’s County Public Schools. At Bowie State, Tamara
was a member of the Bowie State University Jazz Ensemble and
Gospel Choir for three years. She was a part of many theatrical
plays including lead actress in the musical play, “Platinum”
under the direction of Mr. Eliott Mofit. Shortly after being
crowned Miss Bowie State University 1998-1999, Tamara formed
a jazz band and began her journey to become a performance
and recording artist.
In 2002, Tamara completed the Music Business and Artist Management
Program at The Omega Studios for Recording Arts and Sciences
in Rockville, MD. She has had formal vocal training and voice
production training by the mezzo-soprano vocalist Anamer Castello
and is currently studying music theory. Combining her educational
training and experience in the arts, Tamara has worked at
Huntington Community Center, Bowie, MD for four years first
as a counselor, then as a director for two years for the children’s
theater camp. After her successful years as director, she
became a member of the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District
of Prince George’s County, and for the past year, Tamara
has been working at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier,
MD as an instructor for the Poolside Motion Theater Camp.
She continues teaching fifth grade Reading, Language Arts,
and Social Studies in Mt. Rainier, MD.
Tamara recently returned from a small promotional tour in
Hackney, London, where she was promoting her self-titled EP
“ . . . introducing, Tamara Wellons.” She currently
performs in the DC Metropolitan Area at various festivals
such as the Harlem Renaissance Festival and venues, such as
Bohemian Caverns, Andalu, and Club Five. Since the beginning
of her career, Tamara delighted children and adult audiences
with her versatility in directing children’s plays,
songwriting, vocal style and abilities. For more information
on Tamara, you can visit her website at www.tamarawellons.com.
Young, of Baltimore Maryland, was a part of Arena Players,
Inc. (the oldest black theatre). He received his Degree from
UMCP in Theatre. He also attended Baltimore school for the
arts, and upon graduation was awarded as a Presidential Scholar
in Theatre. Devron holds the NAACP ACTSO Gold medal for Acting.
He has starred in a NBC special called Drawing the line on
Drugs, and has toured the US with the National Players (Touring
Classical Group). Devron has performed in professional shows
at Morris A Mechanic Theatre, Center Stage, Arena Stage, and
Olney Theatre. Devron has spent this summer doing a mini tour
of Twelfth Night. He currently has two songs on the orignal
cast album of One Bad Apple, and is working with Kasier Permenente's
Educational Theatre Programs.
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