Akeria Gant (Vocalist) was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is expected to graduate with a BA in Theatre from The University of West Georgia in May 2020. She was a finalist for Horizon Theatre Companyâ€™s New South Young Playwrights Festival 2019. Acting: The Gospel at Colonus, She Kills Monsters, Godspell, and Spring Awakening. Hair and Makeup Design: Evil Dead: The Musical and Home. Props Design: Mother Hicks. She is humbled and thrilled to be working on this beautiful show!
Bree Buxton (Dancer) a native of Atlanta,Â began her dance career at the age of 2 at her mother’s dance school â€œN Motion Dance.â€ She was on their award-winning competitive dance team until 2010. In 2011 she continued her technical training at Dance Makers of Atlanta and was accepted to Tri-Cities Visual and Performing Arts Magnet High School. Training under Dawn Axam, Diane Sales, Roscoe Sales, Jelani Jones, and countless others. During her time at Tri-Cities, Bree has performed in several major productions including â€œChicagoâ€ and â€œDream Girlsâ€; she was also crowned “Ms. Dance 2013.” As a high school senior, she was awarded a spot in the â€œGovernors Honors Programâ€ (GHP) and received a scholarship from Atlanta Ballet. Bree is currently a company member with the â€œAxam Dance Theatre Experienceâ€. She has performed in the professional shows “Clara and the Chocolate Nutcracker”, “Oz”,Â and “Black Nativity.” Although Bree has a love for dance, she is currently earning her B.B.A in Accountancy at Georgia State University.
Erin Smith (Dancer) is originally from Wilmington, DE where she started dancing at the age of 8. In 2006 she completed the Certificate program at The Ailey School in NYC. Since, she has traveled to Aruba to perform with Nathan Trice. She then moved to Atlanta where she has danced with companies like Ballethnic and Atlanta Dance Connection. Currently, she teaches ballet at Education Thru Dance. Erin has also had her choreography featured in Ballet Fest this year. Additionally, she works for Dawn Axam at Woodward Academy as her dance assistant. She recently became a company member with Axam Dance Theatre Experience where she trains and performs regularly. Erin is a mother of two and wishes to dedicate her performance to her children and family who always love and support her.
Corey Smith (Dancer), a 26 year old African American male who started his professional career in the arts field only a short 3 years ago! He has found his passion between both teaching the future generation, as well as performing for both television and theatre productions! This young man is an amazing asset to the team and is honored to participate as a dancer in his first ever Black Nativity Performance!
Isaiah (Vocalist) is a classically trained, singer/songwriter from Cincinnati, OH. He studied vocal performance at Central State University and was a principal soloist in the Grammy nominated Central State University chorus, under the direction of Professor William H. Caldwell. In the summer of 2011, Isaiah was chosen to be one of the top contestants on season 4 of BETâ€™s Award Winning Gospel talent show â€œSunday Best.â€ He has experienced several great successes over the years but none compare to being a husband to his wife Shannon and a father to their twin boys Isaiah V, and Josiah, as well as their twin girls Zion and Eden. In 2015, He ventured out and officially began his solo career with the release of his debut single â€œBurning Heartâ€. Since that time while recording his debut album Isaiah has released 3 singles titled â€œCoversâ€, â€œJoyâ€, and â€œOn A Treeâ€. His desire is to use his gift of music both writing and singing to encourage, and uplift the hearts of the listener.
Chelsea Long (Dancer) is a native of Atlanta Georgia and started her dance training at the early age of 6. At 16 , she began training under the direction of Allyne D. Gartrell , Atlanta Dance Connection (ADC) and became one of the youngest apprentices of the company. During 2013-2017 Chelsea Long traveled many states assisting in master classes and presented her love for dance on many stages. August 2017 she had the opportunity to become one of the featured dancers on televison network BET show “Tales” episode “You Got Me” with hip-hop known Irv Gotti as Executive Producer and worldwide choreographer Draico as Choreographer. February 2018 she joined the legendary ChantÃ© Moore in her Valentine Concert “Chronicles of Love” with a group of other talented artists. While pursing her career as a Professional Entertainer she continues to hold great passion and balance for teaching the knowledge of dance to inspire, motivate, and encourage the youth and others around her in The Performing Arts.
Kayce Grogan-Wallace (Vocalist) is a native of Marietta, Georgia. She is the wife of Nathan Wallace and the mother of three beautiful children Kiersten, Kathryn, and Nathan, Jr. She attended college and earned a degree from Kennesaw State University in Theatre & Performance Studies and minor in Dance. She is a Theatre Teacher for the Marietta City School System where she also earned the title of Teacher of the Year in 2013. She has performed in numerous plays in the Metro-Atlanta Area such as Hairspray (Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Motormouth – Suzi Bass Award Nominee, Best Actress), Ainâ€™t Misbehavinâ€™ (Lyric/Suzi Winner, Best Musical Ensemble), Gifts of the Magi (Theatrical Outfit, City Her), Dreamgirls (Lyric, Effie White), and recently won the Suzi Bass Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Sophia in the Actorâ€™s Express production of The Color Purple. She was the vocal producer and wrote songs for the OWN Television show Greenleaf during seasons 2 & 3 which earned her an NAACP Image Award, Stellar Gospel Music Award, a Grammy Award nomination for her own song The Judgement and a Grammy winner for the Leâ€™Andrea Johnson song Better Days. Grogan-Wallace is delighted to be a part of her first production with Robert Connor and Dominion Entertainment and looks forward to more to come in the future. She wants to dedicate her performances to her children and her students.
AC Wilson (Dancer) is a Minneapolis, MN native. AC was very athletic and energetic as a child. Participating in sports as typical as football to some as diverse as lacrosse. He was no dancer, until the summer of his sophomore year in high school. He applied for a drama intensive but the intensive required all performers to take ballet classes and from then on he knew he would be dancing for a while. In his 5 to 6 years of studying dance he has booked Broadway shows, danced for the Nelson family, and just finished dancing in his first Netflix film. AC also uses his artistry as a form of activism to support and encourage people to be themselves unapologetically.
Ronnie Anderson (Dancer) is a graduate from the University of Georgia. He received his Bachelor’s in Advertising from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He completed his dance minor May 2016 in the UGA Department of Dance. During his five years in UGA’s Department of Dance, Ronnie has performed with CORE Concert Dance Company (Contemporary & Aerial Dance) for three years, under the artistic direction of Bala Sarasvati; Young Choreographers Series (student choreography show); Guest Artistsâ€™ works for Spring Dance Company; and the Contemporary African Dance Ensemble: New Conscious Explorations (CADE:NCE), under the artistic direction of Tamara Thomas for two seasons. While participating with these various companies at UGA, Ronnie was afforded the opportunities to perform for LIMS Laban Mosaic at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Midtown, NYC (2015); American College Dance Association in Milledgeville and Tampa (2015 & 2017); Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica (2017); American Dance Festival Summer Intensive at Duke (Summer 2017); the Collegium of African Diasporic Dance at Duke University (2018); and Brooklyn Academy of Music (2018).
Brittani Hegwood (Vocalist), a classically educated vocalist, offers power packed cutting edge melodies that are bound to enrapture all within ear shot. Born and raised on the South side of Chicago, now residing in Atlanta, GA, she has proven herself to be a highly saught after studio vocalist and back ground singer. With a resume that includes Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Tyler Perry, James Fortune, J.J. Hairston, Maranda Curtis, Bishop William H. Murphy and many more, this ever noteworthy vocalist and creative is what you have been missing. She is no stranger to the stages of theater as she has landed roles in stage plays â€œWhen Loving you is Hurting meâ€ and â€œThe Raptureâ€ to name a few. She dedicates this show run to her mother and attributes ALL of her success to God.