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Who We Are

We are performing artists, creatives, and designers signifying underrepresented communities, including the BIPOC, LBGTQ, and Disabled communities. We have come together to create and share art that reflects our experiences and tells our stories, while building, educating, and uplifting our communities.

Meet The Collaborative

Sharon Cook

Artistic Director, Founder

Native of Norfolk, Virginia and retired 30-year veteran educator with Norfolk Public Schools, holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and TV production from Kansas State University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from The George Washington University. 

A veteran performer, guest director, playwright and theatre instructor in the Hampton Roads community, Sharon has been featured numerous  regional and local productions, including, but not limited to: Grease (Miss Lynch), Chicago (Mama Morton), Pippin (Leading Player), A Christmas Carol, the Musical (Ghost of Christmas Present), All Shook Up (Sylvia), Legally Blonde (Dress Shop Manager/Judge),  Hello Dolly (Best Lead Actress in a Musical - Portfolio Awards), Annie (Miss Hannigan), Disney's The Little Mermaid (Ursula),  Disney's Tarzan, the Musical (Kala).

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Her directing credits include, but are not limited to the following: Black Girl Magic (also written by Sharon), The Glory of Gospel (also written by Sharon), Refraction of Light (Zeiders American Dream Theatre),  Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Amazing Grace, and Path to Freedom (Hurrah Players); Once on This Island (Hurrah Players and Booker T. Washington HS Arts Academy), Jar the Floor and North Star (Generic Theatre); For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Wasn’t Enuf (Maury High School); and Coming Home: The Story of the Prodigal Son (also written by Sharon – Heartbridge Performing Arts Company, Inc). Sharon has also been featured in several television episodes with New Dominion Pictures and industrial films. 

Her most recent project, Black Girl Magic, dispels the myths and tropes associated with Black women, and highlights their achievements. Black Girl Magic takes its audience on a journey led by Sister, a young Black woman, struggling to find a place of acceptance in the world. Guided by the ancestors, Sister comes to a place of self-reconciliation and acceptance as she is given a glimpse into the lives and legacy of Black women, past and present, young and old. 

Artistic Collaborators

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Jennifer

Kelly-Cooper

Co-Director, Choreographer

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Ray Dimaano

Make-up Artist, Performer

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Desi Rodriguez

Collaborator

Reaco Coley Boyd

Reaco Coley Boyd

Collaborator

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Derrion Hawkins

Designer, Project Manager, Collaborator

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Janae Thompson

Content Creator, Advisor, Collaborator, Marketing

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Diana Swenson

Collaborator & Arts Inclusion

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Aliki (Aly) Marie Pantas Semones

 

Co-Director

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Carla Kelly Turner

Collaborator & Vendor Coordinator

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Keshara Bailey

Collaborator

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Ja'mel Dean

Music Director

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Chonise Thomas

Collaborator

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Pinkie Spencer Chappell

Collaborator

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