Producing Artistic Director
Judy Tate, co-founder & artistic director, is a four-time Emmy Award winning writer and WGAe award recipient. She’s written scripts and story for several TV shows and her plays have been presented in theatres throughout the United States. As a teaching artist she’s led hundreds of activity-based workshops for a variety of educational outreach programs and is co-author of the playwriting manual used in schools for the Theatre Development Fund. She is the founding Artistic Director of Stargate Theatre Company a work readiness project for justice-involved young men, sponsored by Sharon Sullivan through Manhattan Theatre Club Education She’s an alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts conservatory program and was an honors graduate receiving the Founder's Day Award, Seidman Award and Beinecke Award. For more info: www.asylum-productions.org or www.JudyTate.com
Associate Producer, Social Media
Messeret is a NYC actor/voice-over artist who hails from Florida. She has a theatre degree from Florida A & M University magna cum laude. Messeret has worked at Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, StageWest, The Negro Ensemble Company Manhattan Theatre Club’s education and NYTW. Her appearances include The Sopranos, Another World, Law & Order, as a spokesperson for HBO and a host of national on-camera & voice-over commercials. She is a recipient of an Audelco award and was featured as a Fresh Face on Broadway.com. Messeret recently starred in American Slavery Project and Civic Ensemble’s co-production of Judy Tate’s “Fast Blood”. https://messeretstromanwheeler.com
Digital Strategist, Social Media Support
Young is a digital strategist and social media specialist who connects marketing, ingenuity and the human condition to reach the people brands care about most. Applying her knowledge in journalism, media, and design, she is able to communicate messages across a wide spectrum of B2B/B2C networks. As a strong advocate for community-based projects, she has worked in the nonprofit sector with a variety of organizations such as: The American Slavery Project, terraNOVA Collective, and Vera List Center (The New School). Additionally, she has collaborated extensively in the music industry with brands like Euphoria Festival and SXSW, also being featured in Eventbrite's official “6 Social Media Habits of Successful Festival Organizers.”
Production Manager, Crew/House
Better known as “DRAW”, was born in Brooklyn NY and grew up in Queens. With 10 plus years heavily involved in the arts both professional and semi-professional, in school and out, Draw has been applying the lessons he learned in the arts and the stage to networking, real estate, and building profitable six figure businesses. Draw has been a student and mentee of Judy’s for 4 plus years, and has been learning the in’s and out’s of all that it takes to be a black business owner, and is longing to help usher in the best form of the American Slavery Project.
Unheard Voices, Director
Melissa Maxwell’s directing credits include many Off Broadway productions.For a full list of her credits and accomplishments, visit her website: www.melissamaxwell.com.
Shawn René Graham
Unheard Voices, Dramaturg
Shawn René Graham is a freelance writer and dramaturg from San Jose, California who has worked with many writers including, Kia Corthron, Nilo Cruz, Steve Harper, Eduardo Machado, Walter Mosley, Lynn Nottage, Suzan Lori Parks, John Henry Redwood, Guillermo Reyes, Paul Rudnick, Susan Sontag, Dominic A. Taylor, Edwin Sanchez, Judy Tate, and Naomi Wallace. Ms. Graham holds degrees from the California State University, Los Angeles and the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She lives in the Village of Harlem, NY.