Collette Taylor

Collette Taylor Collette hails from Clairton, PA ("A small town girl, on a Saturday night"). She received her BFA from Howard in '83 then began her career as a professional actress. Her career has taken her on regional, national, and international tours over a span of 20 years. She received her Master of Arts Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her life is now dedicated to teaching the passion and craft of the theatre to young people; "and I love it!" A diva forever!!!

Carla Fay Pardo

Carla Faye Pardo

Carla earned her B.F.A. from Howard, graduating Cum Laude in 1983. She worked in the corporate world for the next 25 years, managing shared business centres. Most recently, she worked as a HR Consultant for the country's largest hedge fund. She decided to step out of the corporate world and is now pursuing certification as a Pilates instructor.

Gisele Jackson

Gisele Jackson

Gisele Jackson is a vocalist and house music diva known for international club hits, including the Billboard charted # 2, "Love Commandments" (1997). The song was remixed by Danny Teneglia and Stonebridge and found global success in Europe, reaching # 54 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

She has appeared singing in the film First Wives Club and venues as The Presidential Inauguration of William Clinton and Carnegie Hall with Kid Rock. Gisele lent her voice to a worldwide commercial campaign with Martin Scorsese for Johnnie Walker.

Gisele has performed for audiences around the world - from New York to Norway, and from Morocco to Japan. She is now the voice, writer and producer of a new millennium rhythm Ė Global Soul. Her partners in this journey are Beruit producers Walid Nahaus and Yann Charaoui. Their debut CD, MojoDriver Driving will be available for licensing and distribution in Spring 2009. BFA - Howard University,

Danette Wills

Danette Wills

Sunset 8/20/2013

"Danette was an integral part of the Terrie Williams Agency family," the company said in a statement. "She was intelligent, aggressive and a driving force behind the success of each account she managed which included Ntozake Shange, Academy Award winner Mo'Nique, Michele Norris, Louis Gossett, Jr., The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and StudentsFirst to name a few.

Prior to joining the TWA, Danette was the Director of Media Relations and Publicity at BET in Washington D.C. for 12 years. There she led publicity for the company's six subsidiaries that included BET, BETJazz, BET Movies, and as well as BET's Walk of Fame for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. She also spearheaded BET's exclusive interviews with O.J. Simpson, Mike Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
Before to her tenure at BET, she served as Director of Public Relations for the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, VA.

Danette achieved a B.F.A. from Howard University and an M.A. in Journalism & Public Affairs from American University. She was a huge basketball fan (and also played and coached), but most of all, she enjoyed her family, especially spending time with her grandchildren.

Danette is survived by two daughters , four grandchildren, her twin sister and her mother.

Crystal Jackson

Danette Wills

Crystal Jackson has produced and stage managed a myriad of productions for West Coast Ensemble. She even garnered top acting awards and honors in their long-running production of "The Grapes of Wrath". She also performs with the Sketch Comedy group called Crack'd Nutz in the Los Angeles area.

Not settling for just being an actor, Ms Jackson feeds them as well as co-owner of Cafe Muse, located on Hollywood's Theatre Row. While a Drama Major at Howard University, Ms. Jackson became a founding member of D.I.V.A. Inc, an organization still growing and accomplishing 28 years later.

Harriett D. Foy

Danette Wills

Harriett D. Foy Broadway: Amazing Grace, The American Plan, Mamma Mia!, Once on This Island. Off-Broadway: The Total Bent, On the Levee (AUDELCO Nomination), Crowns (AUDELCO Award), Lone Star Love (cast recording), Inside Out (cast recording) and Dinah Was. Regional: Breath & Imagination (ArtsEmerson); The House That Will Not Stand (Berkeley Rep - Theatre Bay Award; Yale Rep, CT Critics Circle nomination); LMNOP, Amazing Grace (Goodspeed); The Women of Brewster Place, Polk County (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes nominations); dance of the holy ghosts (Yale Rep); Ambassador Satch (Dubai); Film: Winter's Tale, In the Family. Television: "Orange is the New Black," "Rescue Me," "Law and Order." BFA - Howard University @divafoyh "WGATAP!"

Lynda Gravatt

Danette Wills

Lynda Gravatt (Advisor/Mentor) is a three time AUDELCO Award winner (2003, 2004, 2007)
and winner of The Helen Hayes Award (2004). Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 45 Seconds from Broadway, King Hedley II. Off-Broadway: Little Foxes, Intimate Apparel, Crowns,Zooman and the Sign. TV: All "Law& Order" series, "Sex and the City". Film: The Bounty Hunter, All Fall Down, I Hate Valentines Day. Directing Credits: Dreamgirls, The Wiz at Ellington School of the Arts. Howard University

Dr. Henriette Edmonds

Danette Wills

December 10, 1934 - March 12, 2009

Miss Henri received her BFA from Fisk University, and her Master of Arts from Western Reserve University. She was a professor of Speech and Theater in the College of Fine Arts, Department of Drama. During her tenure at Howard, she expanded her range to include writing many plays and stories for children, most notably "Mushy Mouth." Her recent book in its second printing entitled "Georgia Avenue Bus" is a collection of short stories. Her acting credits include the acclaimed movie "Something the Lord Made" and television appearances on "The Corner" and "The Wire." Ms. Edmonds awards include Outstanding Teacher Award, PG County MD; Outstanding Teacher Award, Freshman Drama Class Howard University; Community Service Award, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc of which she was a proud member.

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