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WILLIAM "CHRIS" WHELAN* (Production Stage Manager) Recent credits include Sparkle The Musical, Coming Time and Lazurus Unstoned (all world premiers) with New Freedom Theatre; The Madhouse Company of london with Phil Roy Productions; Gianni Schicci and I, Don Giovanni and A Midsummer Night's Dream with Curtis Opera; and the critically acclaimed New York run of Spermegga starring Clarice Taylor and directed by Walter Dallas. Mr. Whelan has worked at New Freedom Theatre for eight seasons and with Walter Dallas on Black Picture Show, Midnight Hour, and Black Nativity. Other credits include work with Boheme Opera, University of Connecticut Opera Company, New Market Cabaret Theatre, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., Crossroads Theatre Company , Prince Music Theatre and The Philadelphia Theatre Company, New Federal Theatre and Crossroads Theatre.

NABII FAISON (Associate Producer) all honor & praise to my family, especially the love of my life, Deborah Faison and my Moms. Thank you Tunde, my brother and friend.

Jackie Jeffries (Associate Producer) Her most recent credit is Gussie Mae in america and she co-produced the Wiz at the Olympic Theatre 2001, Assistant Producer for the Save The Children Benefit at the New York State Theatre at Lincoln Center 2001, Associate Producer at Sounds of Blackness Concert at the Apollo Theatre 2000. Jackie has had a 15-year illustrious career in theatre, which began at NBT in 1987. She was a resident Production Manager and Stage Manager for most of career. Thanks to the tutelage of Tunde Samuels, she is now embarking on a career as a producer. Special thanks Elmo Terry Morgan and NBT family.

 DEBRA ANN BYRD* (Assistant to the Producer) is a multifaceted performance artist who has worked as a character actress, vocalist and leading lady. She has performed in many stage productions. However, this time around she is working behind the scenes to support the National Black Theatre, Inc. In addition to being a stage actress, Debra Ann is the Founder and Chief Executive of TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS, INC., which is a theatrical support company founded to assist grassroot theatre companies, as well as provide a home for classical actors of color. She received theatrical training from Marymount Manhattan College, where she recently graduated with a B.F.A. degree. She has lent her technical and administrative talents to other production companies such as: Shining Star Productions, McMillan Productions, The American Showcase Theater, In A Woman Productions, The Inspirational Theater Company, The Blue Heron Arts Center, Six-Ten Productions, and The Roundtable Ensemble.

NORMAN SMALL (Sound Technician) recently graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami. He sings and is a pianist. He made his debut as a sound engineer during NBT's last performance of Marian Anderson: The Lady From Philadelphia.

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ELIZABETH DICKERSON (Assistant Stage Manager) began her career at the National Black Theatre 14 years ago. Some of her credits at the National Black Theatre include:Easy Living, Satan Never Sleeps, Do Wop Love and many, many more. She has done everything from Assistant Stage Management, to Stage Management, to Lighting Technician, to Sound Technician. Some of her credits in other theatres include: Spermegga, Do Wop Love in Sacramento, California, Life and Times of the Invisible Man. Tupac Shakur Story On Tour and many, many more. She gives all her love and praises to her mother who is now in Gods hands, Mom I love you. She also gives praises and many thanks to Tunde Samuel for believing in me. I love you Tunde.

JOLENE L. WOODROFFE (Assistant Stage Manager)is a former student of the Harlem Theatre Company,Jolene is no stranger to the Nat'l Black Theater. She worked under the direction of Tunde Samuel in 2000-2001, as Stage Manager and Light Operator. Her stage manager credits include, "God Doesn't Live Here Anymore", and The Dharma Path" at Lincoln Center, "kA" at Nuyorican, and Unit Production Manager on a short film entitled, "The Bus Stop", directed by Karamuu Kush. Recently, she directed, "Wine in the Wilderness", by Alice Childress at Columbia University. "I would like to thank "Moms" and the cast/crew for their professionalism and talent. Last but certainly not least, Tunde, I'm back in the house you introduced me to....thank u..ashe."

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