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Deirdre Lovell

Dancer, Choreographer, Actress, Director, Producer, Film maker, Photographer, Arts & Health Science Researcher, Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Globetrotter, Mother, Gardener Chef, Mentor, Arts/Health/Environmental Activist, Warrior.


Following a twenty-five year international career in dance performance, pedagogy, theater/film production and arts and business management, Ms. DEIRDRE LOVELL embarked on her fourth career as a holistic bodywork practitioner starting her next entrepreneurial venture Body & Soul Therapies in 2004. Film credits include documentary and art house short films commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain, London’s Jazz FM, Tyne Tees Television, Granada Television, Central Television, Channel 4, La Sept, BBC2 and Central Television.


Retired, Ms Lovell currently lives in New York, impacting her various communities as a business-as-usual disrupter, environmental, health and arts activist, business mentor, wellness consultant to an international client base, and learning to love the creative forces that nurture and shape every aspect of her life. [Full bio]

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KAREN FRANKLIN grew up in Washington DC. and won a scholarship to a private boarding school, St. Agnes Episcopal School. She attended Georgetown University four 4 years, worked at D.C. Superior Court ,and retired after 38 years.


Ms. Franklin has worked in her community for several years.  She was the Vice President and President of the PTA for over 6 years and served on the Board of Directors of her Home Owners Association for over 8 years. She currently volunteers on the Alumni Board at her high school. 

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Andre Minkins

ANDRE MINKINS is an actor, director, producer, writer, and the founder of the theatrical touring company, 7AM Productions. Since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of NC at Greensboro, he has performed in, written, directed, and produced numerous plays across the U.S. Besides touring with his own company, he has worked with other national touring groups performing theatre and poetry.


Currently, Mr. Minkins is an Associate Professor of Theatre, TV, Film, and Speech, and a coordinator of the Dramatic Arts at Winston Salem State University. He has taught at other institutions including Livingstone University, Shaw University, Tennessee State University, and the University of Arkansas. He has done workshops and camps across the country, reaching out to share the gift of the Dramatic Arts with all ages.


His training sessions for actors, directors, and writers have created arts enthusiasts and professionals a like in theatre, television, and film. He is also considered one of the foremost authorities on Black Theatre and Theatre Festivals in the country, having been mentored by the late Larry Leon Hamlin, founder of the oldest continuous Black theatre company in the Southeast, The NC Black Repertory Company, and creator of the largest gathering of African Americans in theatre in the world, the National Black Theatre Festival. He has consulted with and been on the board of several festivals and theatre companies including the Tampa Bay theatre Festival,  Festival Stage Winston Salem, the DC Black Theatre Festival, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and the International Black Film Festival of Nashville. Lastly, he continues to be a mentor and consultant to numerous former students, actors, and organizations that are involved in film, television, and theatre.

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Dr. Rhone Fraser

DR. RHONE FRASER is an independent scholar and historical dramatist.  His first play is Living Sacrifice: the Life of Fannie Lou Hamer based on biographies of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kay Mills and Chana Kai Lee.  He was a playwriting student of the Negro Ensemble Company Artistic Director Leslie Lee and in 2014 he directed shorts of Lee's work at his memorial service produced at the Signature Theatre in New York City.  He interviewed artistic director Woodie King, Jr. for  His fifth play is The Original Mrs. Garvey based on two biographies of the journalist Amy Ashwood Garvey written by Lionel Yard and Tony Martin.  He is the author of Pauline Hopkins and Advocacy Journalism, about the work of novelist and dramatist Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930).  He is the co-editor of Critical Responses about the Black Family in Toni Morrison's God Help the Child.