kelpic2.jpgKELSEY E. COLLIE is a retired professor of Theatre Arts from Howard University, where he continues his relationship with the Department of Theatre Arts and the Division of Fine Arts as a consultant. While at the University, he founded the Howard University Children’s Theatre and the Playmakers Reper- tory Company. He currently operates his own Children’s Theatre Experience and the Playmakers Repertory Company as a part of the Community Theatre at Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, under the direction of Richard Jackson. Collie also manages young talent and has been responsible for developing such talents as Kellie Williams of the ABC sitcom, “What About Joan,” and Tony Powell, choreographer/dancer.

He is an award—winning play- wright, having received international prizes for “Black Images! Black Reflections,” (1977) and “Brother, Brother, Brother Mine,” (1979). He has directed productions at Howard University, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Loyola University (La.), Uriah McPhee School (Nassau) and the Caribana Festival, (Toronto). Collie has conducted workshops in the former Czecho- slovakia, Finland, the Bahamas, Canada and across the United States. He has authored several articles which have appeared in many periodicals, as well as contributed to Nellie McCaslin’s book, “Theatre for Young Audiences.” He is Artistic Director and a board member of Color Me Human Players, Inc.~ a moderator for the Helen Hayes Theatre Legacy Project and Executive Direc- tor of the National African American Children’s Theatre.

mandrews2.jpgMELVIN ANDREWS is a drama teacher at Anacostia High School in Washington, D.C. and has been involved in theatre arts since he was in grammar school. A 1978 graduate of the Howard University Department of Thetre Arts, he has dedicated most of his adult life to teaching, directing, managing and mentoring young people. Andrews has toured in Europe and the United States, with appear- ances in Washington, D.C. productions at Back Alley Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Cramton Auditorium and the Ira Aldridge Theatre at Howard University.

He has also supervised technical activities for productions at the Fort Dupont Park Summer Theatre, the Smithsonian Institution’s Festival of American Folklife, and the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church. He founded the young all-girl singing group, Tomboyy, and is a talent agent. He has been General Manager of the Kelsey E. Collie Children’s Theatre Experience and the Playmakers Repertory Company for almost 20 years.

aleesha2.jpgALESSHA MARTIN - Program Director

candrews2.jpgCALLY ANDREWS - Director of Business Affairs

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