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Board of Directors/Actress/Storyteller
A recent transplant to Philadelphia, Jackie Jonas is a professional storyteller, voice over artist and actress . This is Jacqueline’s second time performing for the Slave Narratives.
Karleh Wilson was born in southern Louisiana and raised with traditional Cajun values and cuisine. She moved to California at age 15 where she experienced culture shock and thrived as a musical theater artist and athlete at her high school. She attended Yale as a student athlete, but also participated in anti-racism movements on campus. She now works at the Fair Housing Rights Center of Southeastern PA as an investigator of housing discrimination in the Philadelphia area.
Kristian Sky is a Singer/Songwriter/Actor. Born and raised in Glassboro, NJ he has been involved in theatre and music his entire life. Serving on his church’s gospel choir from the age of 8, until he was 25 years old. In high school he has been in theater plays such as “West Side Story” and “Kiss Me Kate”. Now as an adult, he is on his way to turning his passion into a successful career. This is Kristian’s first time performing for the Slave Narratives.
Maris is a veteran of the stage, she wrote, directed and acted in plays for her Sunday school at Providence Baptist Church in Germantown, and became a member of the Triumph Baptist church drama ministry. In 2005, Maris joined the spiritual drama ministry, HIS Ministry, LLC, under the leadership of Kristal Kinard, in the featured role of “Savannah” in in the production of “Sistah”, and many other productions. This is the second time Maris has performed for The Slave Narratives.
~ Minister Takeyla Brothers has been singing since she was 5 years of age. Her singing ministry started at Living Word Deliverance Center, church of her grandmother, the late Pastor Johnnie Langston. She is a 4th generation minister, continuing to pursue: serving the Lord with her gifts. This is Takeyla’s second time performing for The Slave Narratives.
Tenea is a short story and children's book writer, poet, storyteller, and now actress. As a member of Patchwork Storytelling Guild, she's publicly performed at their annual Tellebration event. She's receiving theatrical training at Venice Island and is thrilled about performing in The Slave Narratives again.
Sam Samuel, III
Board of Directors/Musical Director
Sam is a leader with a mission of Worshiping God through the creation of music that heals. He received most of his musical training in Oklahoma where he earned his degree in Music at Langston University, and is studying for his Masters and PhD at Temple University. His "God Has Heard" Production company, His recording and teaching studio, as well as his music ministry all strive after perfection, as that's the path that leads to God. Making music He loves, with lovely people, for God is love.
Board of Directors/Singer
Wanda Jenkins began her journey with music at the tender age of 8 years old. Born and raised in North Philadelphia, her parents insisted that she join the local choir. Wanda became a part of the Philadelphia Girls Choir and later joined her high school choir at Mastbaum. She continued her craft as a member of her beloved choir at Triumph Baptist Church. Throughout the next 30 years, along with engaging in her passion of working as a registered nurse, Wanda continued her love of music. Now, under the leadership of Musical Director Sam Samuel III, Wanda has rekindled her love for music as a member of the choir in this remarkable production.
Founder/Director of Her Roots . Born in Newark, New Jersey, raised in communities filled with roses from concrete. Received my Journalism/Communications degree in the heart of Philadelphia, and then to pursue an advanced degree in Higher Education. With over 20 years of dance arts, spoken word, and music performance experience, I have had the pleasure of creating art that takes you on a hip journey filled with highs and lows. Starting as early as age 5, I decided to tell a story... dancing in my family’s living room to their favorite tunes, to picking up my violin while grooving to my favorite classical/hip hop hits; to throwing my hands up to rejoice while swaying my head from side to side, as I immerse myself in the sounds of the West African djembe drum; to finding myself center stage while I one, two-steppin' to my own choreography, to writing my story in black and white...the arts have truly shaped the woman I am today.
Born in Philadelphia, Regina has always loved theater. When her mother took her to See the Dreamgirls at the Forrest Theater when she was 12, she barely remembers blinking. She knew at that moment what she wanted to do. Discouraged to pursue this dream, she majored in Education and took theater as a Minor in college. She also attended Mike Lemon Casting in Philadelphia after college many years after college. Now that her son is all grown up, she is happy to be able to have time to do what she loves so much.