Bryan-Keyth Wilson (Playwright/ Director/ Producer/ Choreographer) Dubbed the Literary Prince, Bryan-Keyth Wilson is a trailblazer in theatre, screenwriting and directing. A native of La Marque, Texas, he studied Musical Theatre & Dance at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and Hunter College in New York, under the tutelage of Penelope Hasekoester, Dana Nicolay, Dr. Cindy Gratz and the late Jonathan Charles and Dr. James Miller. In the fall of his first year as a Musical Theatre Major at Sam Houston State University, Wilson released his first play, No Ways Tired, during Experimental Theatre Night and received rave reviews from his peers and instructors. The success of No Ways Tired reinforced Wilson’s belief that God called him to be a writer. He has studied dance at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and The Martha Graham School of Dance while living in New York.
Bryan-Keyth has choreographed a number of shows such as Mame, Once on This Island, Dreamgirls and Suessical the musical, off-Broadway and in Regional Theatres across the United States. He has written, produced and directed two plays Off-Broadway, Pamlet and The Subway Series Pt 1; both of which received rave reviews in Backstage Magazine. Bryan-Keyth is a classically trained actor, singer, and dancer who has traveled abroad, perfecting his craft over the years. He has published two novels, Hood Boy Chronicles and Track Changes & White Lies under his pseudonym, Brendan Gotti. Wilson served as a Teaching Artist in the La Marque Independent School District and served as director for the award-winning La Marque High School Cougarettes Dance Team. Currently, Wilson serves as a contributing editor for Broadway World and is the Founding Artistic Director of Artists In Motion Performing and Visual Arts Academy located in Kemah, Texas. Not only a Theatre and Television guru, Bryan-Keyth has developed and molded the careers of many young musical theatre and commercial music artists.
YharNahKeeShah *Ya-Ya* Smith (Associate Director) is a theatre professor at Prairie View A&M University. Ms. Smith has been acting since the age of 4 and has studied drama at Iris Siff Merry Go Round, Theatre Under the Stars, Kingwood College, Sam Houston State University, Texas Woman's University, and Louisiana State University. She has performed in a number of stage productions and independent films. Ya-Ya began directing during her post bac studies at SHSU. Stage management and costume design are also a part of Ms. Smith's repertoire. In addition, Ms. Smith is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Ya-Ya would like to thank her family, friends, and sorority sisters for all their support.
Hardy L. Bates (Technical Director/Set & Light Designer) is a native of Houston, Texas, who was raised in northeast Texas. He received his B.A. in Theatre from Southern Arkansas University and his M.A. from Louisiana Tech University, where he focused on lighting and sound design. Hardy is a firm believer in practicing “quality” theatre. He has spent over six years designing lights for multiple productions and events on the academic level and abroad. He has worked with The New Victory Theatre in New York, where he served as Assistant Lighting Designer for Chestnuts Roasting on the Flaming Idiots and has served as the Technical Supervisor for Public Awareness Theatre in Louisiana. Recent projects include scenic and lighting design for Ruined, and scenic design for The Wiz at Grambling State University, where Mr. Bates served as Interim Technical Director. He currently serves as the Technical Director for the Department of Music & Theatre at Prairie View A&M University.
Brent L. Smith (Asst. Choreographer) is a dancer/choreographer and the Creative Director of Groundwork Choreographers Showcase which is based in Atlanta and Houston. Brent has an extensive background in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Contemporary dance disciplines as well as acting, visual arts and music. Choreographic credits include: AIDA, the musical, DREAMGIRLS and FAME, the musical. Other projects and industrials include: World Aids Day, (Truth Project), Red Burlesque Experience, Feel My Pride, (Truth Project), Worn Out Soles, Between Two Worlds, Debbie Allen's Twist The Musical, Darryl Fosters Lift Men’s Showcase. Film Credits include: The Crazies, Single Ladies, The Vampire Diaries, Three Stooges and Scary Movie. Brent is making his debut with The Creative Co-Lab and is excited to work on this production of FOR COLORED BOYZ.