CHAUNESTI WEBB (Creator/Director)
is an interdisciplinary theater artist based in Durham, NC, where she recently premiered her first play, I LOVE MY HAIR WHEN IT’S GOOD: & THEN AGAIN WHEN IT LOOKS DEFIANT AND IMPRESSIVE
. This native Bull-City-Teaching Artist-Writer-Director-Actor-Mover-Lover of Music and Language, holds an MFA in Theater and Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, and a BA in Communication Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a 2008 participant in the Urban Bush Women Summer Institute, a 2010 National Performance Network Creation Fund recipient and a 2010 Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist recipient. Chaunesti’s work also includes media advocacy and arts administration for local and national organizations.
BARBETTE HUNTER (Production Stage Manager)
Barbette Hunter is thrilled to be working on the other side of the stage. Recently, she worked as stage manager for Applause! Youth Theatre’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Her acting credits include Metamorphoses, Thyestes: Raleigh Ensemble Players; A Lesson Before Dying, Working the Musical: Justice Theater Project; As Bees in Honey Drown, Stonewall Jackson’s House: Actors Comedy Lab. Some of her favorite roles include Rose in Fences (Justice Theater Project); Venus Hottentot in Venus (Raleigh Ensemble Players); Esther in Intimate Apparel, Magnolia Ellis in The Dance on Widow’s Row, Quilly McGrath in The Old Settler (Raleigh Little Theatre). Her film credits include Pas de Un (2011), Bolden (2014), 2 Simple Men (2010), The Foundations of the Earth (2009), Trouble in the Water (2006) and Southern Belles (2005). She is a drama instructor for Raleigh Little Theatre and Applause! Youth Theatre. She will be back onstage appearing in Bare Theatre’s 3rd reprise of Let Them Be Heard, February 23-March 15.
SHANA TUCKER (Sound Designer)
SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist, originally from New York who has made North Carolina her home since 2003. Composition credits include two commissioned works for The Washington Ballet (Washington, DC), and the release of SHiNE, her self-produced CD (2011 – MamaGooch Music/ASCAP) of jazz-inspired, pop-infused ChamberSoul songs for cello, voice and rhythm section. I LOVE MY HAIR (2012) was Shana’s maiden voyage into the world of sound design/composition for theatre, and is thrilled to return for The 2014 Remix with a score co-written and compiled with musical collaborator Emily Musolino. When she is not on tour playing her original compositions, Shana performs nightly as mezzo-soprano/cellist for KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. www.shanatucker.com
EMILY MUSOLINO (Assistant Sound Designer)
Emily Musolino is a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Durham, NC. After graduating with honors from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production in 2012, Emily released her self-titled debut CD, a genre-spanning collection of original compositions on her own label, Honeylove Music. In addition to her production and engineering work at her “lab”, Blue Moose Recording Studio, Emily has performed, recorded and collaborated with various local and nationally-recognized artists, including Vinx, Shana Tucker, Anna Wise (SonnyMoon, Kendrick Lamar, Cunnylinguists), Mission South, Supatight and Eric Hirsh (The Beast, Orquesta GarDel, Eric Hirsh Quartet). She currently fronts the Emily Musolino Band and regularly performs as both bandleader and soloist around the Triangle area. www.emilymusolino.com
AYA SHABU (Choreographer)
Aya “Hope” Shabu is a wife and mother of two residing in Durham NC. Mrs. Shabu is an alum of the nationally recognized African American Dance Ensemble, and is currently a performing artist with The Magic of African Rhythm. A teaching artist with Creative Arts in Public and Private Schools Aya enjoys sharing African American history through dance. Passionate about preserving Durham’s history, Aya is the co-creator of the Historic Hayti Walking Tour: Fayetteville Street.
JEWELL GREEN (Set & Graphic Designer)
A freelance designer who has recently returned to her hometown of Raleigh from Los Angeles, California, Jewell operates her self-titled boutique graphic design firm and focuses primarily on promotional & identity design, providing logos, collateral and additional brand development services to both corporate and entrepreneurial clients.
In addition to design work, her creative energy also manifests through photography, designing jewelry, and screen printing. She is a founding partner of Frolab, a multi-medium creative collective of “Frolaborators” and online destination that celebrates music, art, design and Afros! Frolab’s mantra “Pick Fros Not Fights™” has been spread worldwide to encourage “afronistas” & “afrolisionists” to embrace and not resist their own individuality. Its bigger than hair! jewellgreen.com / frolab.com
JIM HAVERKAMP (Video Designer/Editor)
Jim Haverkamp is a freelance video editor and filmmaker based in Durham. Previous video for theater designs include The Narrowing, Stealing Home, and Out of the Blue (Archipelago), A Doll’s House (Duke Theater Studies), Goin’ a Buffalo, Fistful of Love, The Wooster Group’s Diary of Anne Frank, and Europe Central (Little Green Pig). See more of his work at jimhaverkamp.com
MICHAEL DEVEREAUX (Video Designer/Editor)
Michael Devereaux combines his fourteen years of technology experience with ten years of filmmaking to deliver a unique understanding of film and video technologies. He has a rich resume of projects including music videos, short films, features, award winning projects and web series. You can see some of Michael’s work on various local and national campaigns. Currently he is a freelance Cinematographer, Director and Steadicam Operator. Michael is also the Managing Partner of Lagniappe Motion Pictures lagniappe.co
ANDREW PARKS (Lighting Designer)
Aside from designing I Love My Hair in 2012, recent designs include Best of Enemies, The Homosexuals, Middletown; Oh, the Humanity and Other Exclamations; Breadcrumbs; and Blackbird. Andrew is a guest artist at Durham Academy Upper School, and has designed for several area companies including Long Leaf Opera, Bare Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, Little Green Pig, Duke Theatre Studies, Archipelago Theatre, and Ghost and Spice.