WHO's WHO IN THE CAST & CREATIVE TEAM
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Robert Curry is an R&B artist who gained fame as part of the MTV's Making the Band 4 season one, becoming a singer with the BET Award and Online Hip Hop award winning group Day26. Day26 was formed in August of 2009 during the season one finale of Making the Band 4. He released a new single called "Rehab" and a mini-documentary as a solo artist in late 2015. He is from Detroit, Michigan. He performed alongside Willie Taylor as part of Day26. Mark your Calendars!!!!! On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 his new Day 26 EP “A New Day” will be released everywhere Digital music is Sold!
Robert Boyer (MJ Tribute Artist)
Robert Boyer (Michael Jackson Impersonator) Robby, a dancer born and raised in Brooklyn New York. As a young child, Robby was inspired to dance by such entertainers like Michael Jackson where he studied different ways to isolate his body and MJ style dancing. And Janet Jackson where he learned how to follow intricate choreography. While in school, he trained different genres of dance like Ballet, Street Jazz, and African. As an adult, Robby continues to dance and chase his dreams, which allowed him to dance in many different states and different countries. He's also worked with some of today's biggest artist like Jidenna, Rihanna, J Lo, Beyoncé and many more.
Marlin D. Slack
Marlin D. Slack (MJ Tribute Artist) is a New York based American actor, singer, and television host originally from Hammond, Indiana. Known mostly as host of Set For Life, a weekly nationally syndicated television series, and for his stage appearances throughout the country, Marlin has always had the desire and gift of inspiring and entertaining. As a tenor, trained in both classical and contemporary vocal styles, Marlin’s vocal influence started at a young age from gospel, R&B and musical theatre icons such as Heather Headley, Richard Smallwood, Mahalia Jackson, and Billy Porter, to name a few. From the time Marlin's mother signed him up for his first lesson at just 7 years old Marlin has always felt at home in the world of live performance. Marlin received his BFA in musical theatre from Long Island University ‘17 and attended the Governor’s School for the Arts during his high school years. Currently Marlin is co-stars as Donkey in Shrek The Musical at the John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport, NY recently Slack was featured as Dr. Terry Dactyl in VStar Entertainments US tour of Dinosaur Time Trek.
Manola Talbert, an all-around artist!
Manola Talbert was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States at 5 years old, growing up in Washington DC Maryland area. At the age of 18, Manola moved to NYC to become a professional entertainer, to the point where he was dancing and choreographing professionally with Apple iPod, rapper Lil Bow wow and singer Mya.
Today Manola Talbert is a signed artist, Manola G.Talberts recording R&B reggae album "The boy who... wore blue can be purchased on Apple iTunes, amazon.com, and goggle music.
Manola is dedicated to helping kids who are bullied in school around the world, with the song Fall back the music video is on YouTube. You can currently see Manola in tv shows such as Law & Order: SVU (Season 15 Episode 24) Orange is the new black (Season 2 Episode 2).
Manola has also modeled professionally For NYC Fashion week and for a Christian Dior holiday Commercial.
Raymond Young (Rep) Choreographer/Creative Director
Hip-hop Choreographer/Instructor/Dancer, Raymond “Rep” Young has worked with many artist and productions such as Janet Jackson,Travis Scott, Rihanna,Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, NEYO, CL, EA Sports, and Samsung. He has studied various styles at Broadway Dance Center ,Peri Dance Studios , and Steps On Broadway and formally worked with a company called “Illuminate”, which performed on America’s Got Talent. Rep was featured in his their Off-Broadway show called “Artist of Light” for over two years in the heart of Times Square NYC, and traveled with the show internationally. He has been dancing and teaching for over 16 years.
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE STAFF OF NEW YORK BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL
Artistic Director of New York Black Arts Festival
Dreamgirls (Fashion Institute of Technology, FIT Theater NYC), The Wiz (Oberia Dempsey Theater), Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat ( Langston Hughes Auditorium), A Hip Hop Story (WSU Auditorium in Detroit MI, Artword Theater in Toronto ON, and NWU in Chicago IL), West Side Story (Chicago), MTI/Disney's The Jungle Book (Magic Johnson Theater Special Event), Thriller: The Michael Jackson Tribute Show (Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, Atlantic City, NJ).Special thanks to Geoffrey Holder, George Faison, Charlie Smalls, and William F. Brown for creating the classic we all know and love so much! Especially myself!
Brian Cunningham is a music mogul who has worked with various multi platinum & Grammy Award winning artists. He also writes music and theater and is currently working with BET & Viacom on season two of "My Current Situation.
Jason began dancing at The Harlem School of the Arts and the Martha Graham school in New York City. His primary training includes scholarships to The Alvin Ailey School and The Boston Conservatory. Among others he performed works by Martha Graham, Murray Louis, and Kevin Lega Jeff. Jason was also an esteemed member of the internationally renowned company Philadanco! Jason began to decorate his career goals with extensive television, film and theatrical credits including work with directors Diana Paulus ‘Invisible Thread’ Off-Broadway and Tony Award winning Bill T. Jones ‘FELA!’ Jason is currently the Contemporary Rehearsal Director for the acclaimed company of ‘Forces of Nature’ Dance Theater.EXECUTIVE
William Michael Allen
(Associate Producer/Social Media Design & Production)
William Michael Allen has a degree in multimedia and graphic design from the Art Institute of New York City he is currently Associate Producer at New York Black Arts and oversees audience development as well as social media campaigns.
Fashion and Costume Designer Steven Daniel was born in Trinidad & Tobago. Designer Steven Daniel a graduate of Fashion Institute Of Technology (NYC) where he received his Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design. Steven is a multi range designer designing everything from swimwear to couture. It is truly a test when you step outside the box and try different phases of designing. Currently I am the costume design supervisor at the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts (NYC). where I have been for the past 26 years, and handles costume design and construction for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theater productions.