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The Creative Team

 

Kenneth Green: Producer and Director

MUSICALgreenProducer and Director, Kenneth Green, originally from San Bernardino, California, has produced events, special projects and theatrical presentations nationwide. He has produced tributes for Eartha Kitt, Diahann Carroll and Chita Rivera for Walt Disney Entertainment and produced and directed the 88th, 90th and 92nd Birthday Celebrations for Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. He was casting director for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Tokyo professional talent division and has choreographed for Kodak, Head Sports Wear, Addidas, and Wendy’s Hamburgers. Currently, Kenneth is on the faculty at Spelman College in the Department of Drama and Dance and serves as special projects advisor in the Office of College Relations. At Spelman, he has produced original works including Speak Easy, Hotel Swing and Spelman’s 125th convocation celebration titled, The River that Flows Through Time.

 

Zane Mark: Musical Director

MUSICALmarkZane’s musical genius has been heard on Broadway and beyond with credits including: All Shook Up, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Never Gonna Dance, The Full Monty, Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk (Tony and Grammy nomination), Bubblin’ Brown Sugar and The Wiz. Off Broadway and regional credits include: In The Red and Brown Water, First Wives Club, Ray Charles Live, Imagine Tap, Radiant Baby, George Wolfe’s “Harlem Song” (Audelco award), Thunder Knocking On The Door, and Betsy Brown. His movie credits include Lackawanna Blues and Frances Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club.” He has also written, arranged, recorded, or performed with Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Regina Belle, Will Downing, Phylicia Rashad, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Angela Bofill, Jonathan Butler, Peabo Bryson, EarthaKitt, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Melba Moore, Queen Latifah, Stacy Lattisaw, and Judy Collins, to name a few.

 

Rufus Bonds, Jr.: Creative Director

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, the phenomenal success of NAACP Theatre Award-winning singer/actor/dancer Rufus Bonds, Jr. can be credited to his all-natural talents, a strong work ethic and discipline, and the drive and vision to push himself to more significant challenges – not only for himself but for the benefit of generations to come. Rufus is recognized for the resonance and depth of both his baritone and tenor voice and his commitment to the touched-by-history characters he portrays. From regional and off-Broadway roles in “She Stoops to Conquer,” “Big River,” ”Sing Hallelujah” and “Romance in Hard Times” to national tours of “Miss Saigon,” “The Lion King” and “The Color Purple” to Broadway glory in “Rent,” “Once On This Island” and “Parade” (for which he was nominated for the prestigious Drama Desk Award), Rufus has been an arresting presence in some of today’s most challenging musical theater roles.

 

CiCi Kelley: Choreographer

MUSICALfausetteA native of Atlanta, renowned choreographer and dancer, CiCi Kelley has accomplished much including performing with Tina Turner, LL Cool J, Jennifer Lopez, Juanita Bynum and Beyonce. She has choreographed for Harlem’s Showtime at the Apollo and her choreography has been seen on the WB, BET, MTV, and Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia.” Cici’s signature choreography has also been exhibited on tours with Musiq Soulchild and Usher. Her stage credits include the role of Josephine Baker for the Rialto Theater’s Satin Dolls: A Duke Ellington Revue. CiCi continues to entertain international and national audiences as the tour choreographer for multi-Grammy award winning singer Toni Braxton.

 

Kurt Fausette: Assistant Musical Director

Kurt Faussette, a Brooklyn native, is a versatile pianist, organist and choral director. He began his piano studies with the late L. Elsie Graham at the age of seven and at the age of ten he performed at the 1964-65 World’s Fair in the New York State Pavilion. Mr. Faussette attended Virginia State University in Petersburg majoring in music education with studies in organ and piano. For over 30 years, he has been employed by the New York City Board of Education, facilitating school music programs at the Elementary, Middle, High School and College levels. He was Musical Director in the late 1970’s for the Off-Broadway production of “The Me Nobody Knows.” During the 1980’s he toured Italy with the Jubilee Spirituals and performed before Pope John Paul II and in Germany with the New Amsterdam Boys Choir.