Reco O. Bembry is founder and CEO of Bembry Consulting.   Mr. Bembry is a graduate of the Community Fellows Program from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and holds a BFA in music performance and composition from Cornish Institute of Allied Arts.  

treavor boykin

​Actor

Participated in FESTIVAL SUNDIATA 20016-THE MAHOGANY PROJECT PRESENTS. 

Piece: Shakespeare Showcase


Treavor L. Boykin is a Seattle-based, American actor working in film and stage. Treavor received his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts and has appeared in several stage and touring productions including Romeo & Juliet, Ash Girl, and Pink and Say. He also has performed and toured as a cast member in several Book-It-Repertory Theatre productions.  Additionally, he starred in Amos, a short, award winning independent film written and directed by Taylor Bailey Maxwell. 
He received a recommended pass in rapier, dagger, and broadsword from the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). 

LASHON WATSON

Filmmaker, Actor

​INTERNATIONAL CApoeira Angola Foundation (icaf)


Participated in FESTIVAL SUNDIATA 20016-THE MAHOGANY PROJECT PRESENTS. 

Piece: Capoeira History, Music and Performance Showcase


ICAF is a non-profit educational organization committed to the cultivation, preservation, and growth of the African Brazilian cultural art form Capoeira Angola. The Seattle chapter is located in the International District/Chinatown at 8th and King.

EVA ABRAM

Storyteller/Actor


Participated in HOLDEN ON TO FAMILY ROOTS - The Emboldened Project: Unsung Heroes and 

FESTIVAL SUNDIATA 20016-THE MAHOGANY PROJECT PRESENTS. 

Eva Abram grew up collecting rainwater for drinking, for cooking food for nutrients and for bathing. Water is essential for life and Eva believes the same is true of stories. Originally from New Orleans, Eva specializes in Africa-American history stories and multicultural folktales. Recognizing the unique power of live presentations, she turned her talents to storytelling as a way to empower students through knowledge of history. 

​ASHA BINEY

Actor

Asha Biney is a seasonal actress who loves to act when opportunities arise and someday aspires to be on stage full time. Biney has had the pleasure of participating in numerous play readings with the 'New Voices Ensemble' lead by LaChris Jordan. She played The Doctor in the play Before It Hits Home. She appeared in the 2014 Value Village Halloween commercial as the 'Sexy Zebra'. Biney is excited for more opportunities to do what she loves. 

RECO BEMBRY

Actor


RACHEL FREEMAN

Visual Artist

 

Participated in CIRCLES OF LIFE

felicia v. loud

Production Coordinator/Director/Actor

 

Participated in WHO ARE WE, JUNETEENTH: FREEDOM, HUMANITY, and LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


For more information on Felicia V. Loud click here.

Qadriyyah shabazz

Director/Actor

 

Participated in CIRCLES OF LIFE

Rick DuPree

Playwright/Actor

Rick DuPree is a native Seattleite and University of Washington graduate. Although he earned his B.A. in Broadcast Communications, he has always been a wanna-be performer. Rick got his first opportunity to perform in LaChris Jordan's production of Sadie's Kitchen in 2005. Since then he has appeared in numerous​ local plays and readings.

Over the past few years his passion has become supporting quality works by and about the African American experience from the African American perspective.


Rick and his wife have two grown children and one grandson. 


Participated in OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING: VOICES OF BLACK MEN, JAZZ PRAYER-The Emboldened Project: Unsung Heroes.


Piece: The Ride (excerpt from Play)​

Alen Blake

Filmmaker

 

Alen Blake began his journey in the media industry as an independent filmmaker and has expanded his work and portfolio for over a decade into numerous areas such as photography an commercial media solutions. He is also the founder of an IT consulting company.He seeks to provide interesting and engaging stories through distinct imagery.


"Faces intrigue me. They tell us so much. They engage us, make us fall in love, tell us who we are, who we hope to be and who we might have been. They tell us things. They tell us everything we need to know." ---Alen Blake


Participated in OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING: VOICES OF BLACK MEN

​Piece: CROSSING (Screenplay)


For more information on Alen Blake click here.

Marcel Davis

Solo Performer

 

Marcel Davis is a homegrown Seattleite, who has been acting professionally for the past 13 years. However, after his first theatrical performance in 3rd grade as Dr. King, it would be 25 years later before Marcel rediscovered a lost passion and love for acting! Under the tutelage of Kibibi Monie, (Executive Director of Nu Black Arts West Theater), Marcel was honored to perform in Ghana, West Africa for 'Panfest' 05'. Upon returning from Africa, Marcel began performing in annual Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center productions, under the Directorship of Jackie Moscou. Marcel also appears in commercials, film, and T.V., with his most credited role as a Guest Star on the T.N.T. show 'Leverage', playing opposite Giancarlo Esposito, (Spike Lee Joints, Breaking Bad, etc.)


Participated in OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING: VOICES OF BLACK MEN

 

Piece: Original Solo Play


For more information on Marcel Davis click here.

shaunyce omar

Director/Actor/Singer

 

Participated in CIRCLES OF LIFE and HUMANITY


Piece CIRCLES OF LIFE and VOCALIST

Umeme dinish

Actor

 

Participated in JUNETEENTH: FREEDOM and LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


Piece: THE PANHANDLER

the black tones

Band

 

Participated in LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS of EXCELLENCE

Tyrell Floyd

Poet

 

Participated in PLIGHT: I AM MY BROTHER'S KEEPER and LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


Piece: Response to PLIGHT: I AM MY BROTHER'S KEEPER

Adillia scott

Poet

 

Participated in OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING & LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


Piece: WAKE UP BLACK PEOPLE

Merri Ann Osborne

Actor/Writer/Director/Singer/Producer

Participated in OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING and LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE, FRONT PORCH DIVAS-Picking Up the Pieces


​Piece: CITY GIRL, COUNTRY SUMMER, URBAN POVERTY FORUM-The New Debt, Immigration Equity, 

Director: HOLDEN ON TO FAMILY ROOTS - The Emboldened Project: Unsung Heroes.


Sandra Boas-DuPree

Playwright

Participated in WHO ARE WE, OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING, JUNETEENTH: FREEDOM, LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE, UNSUNG JAZZ HEROES OF SEATTLE


​Piece (s): EDWIN PRATT and SISTER FUSION, JAZZ PRAYER-The Emboldened Project: Unsung Heroes.

Lauren DuPree

Actor

​Participated in JUNETEENTH: FREEDOM, OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING, and LET'S DO IT AGAIN: CELEBRATING 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE, JAZZ PRAYER-The Emboldened Project: Unsung Heroes.


Leroy mack iii

Writer

 

Leory Mack III is a writer. He's written short films, short stories, and has collaborated with several emerging writers. 


Participated in OUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING: VOICES OF BLACK MEN


Piece: Narrative Web Series -- HOT GARBAGE

For more information on Leroy Mack III click here.

We've had the opportunity to work with some very talented artists. Please help us continue to support these artists as they pursue their creative careers. 


The Mahogany Project
Live the Experience and Tell the Story

Artists

The Mahogany Project is a partner artist organization of Shunpike.


mISKI ALI

Actor

 

Participated in URBAN POVERTY 2016​-IMMIGRATION EQUITY.


Miski Ali has always loved stories, but didn’t discover the medium in which to tell them until taking a drama class in college. Miski has appeared in staged readings of ‘RIOT' at Freehold Theatre and ‘Feed Your Mind: The Penelopiad’ at Mirror Stage.

​LESLIE DANIELS

Actor

Lashon Watson is enjoying his journey in life as an Actor, Writer, Teaching Artist, and Licensed Mental Health Therapist. Lashon’s most notable projects are Seattle Fringe Festival performance of Connecticut as John, A Raisin in the Sun as George Muchison, touring with educational theatre companies, independent films, and participating in several stage readings. Lashon’s training and education began at Seattle Central College Little Theatre. He earned his BA from Seattle University, with a major/minor in Fine Arts, Drama/Psychology. Lashon received his MA from Antioch University in Counseling and Drama Therapy. He also received certification from the University of Washington in film and production. At the UW, he wrote, co-produced, and acted in a short film titled, Imperfect Pastor Mike. He’s also written three short films that he will precede a series of other science fiction/psychological dream works of his. You can find Lashon throughout the Seattle and King County school districts, working as a Counselor/Therapist, Teaching Artist with the Seattle Repertory Theater, and starting up his private practice.

jason sanford

Actor

Participated in FESTIVAL SUNDIATA 20016-THE MAHOGANY PROJECT PRESENTS. 


Piece: Shakespeare Showcase


Originally from San Diego, Jason received his BA in English and Theatre and a MA in Fine Arts. He also is a graduate of the USA International Stunt School. He has performed on stage with the African American Shakespeare Theatre and recently appeared at Arts West in their production of 'Death of a Salesman'. Jason is a fan of August Wilson and has had the pleasure of performing in 3 of Wilson's plays.

Taylor hyll

Musician

 

Participated in CIRCLES OF LIFE and HUMANITY


For more information on Taylor Hyll click here.

Lois mackey

Playwright

 

Participated in JUNETEENTH: FREEDOM and LET'S DO IT AGAIN 9 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


Piece: THE PANHANDLER

Leslie M. Daniels is an actor, philanthropist and founder of Urban Minds in Motion, Inc.  


Jeanette W. Hill

Playwright


www.jwhillproductions.com 
www.jeanettehill.com
www.facebook.com/jeanettehillproductions
www.twitter.com/jeanettewhill


Participated in Picking up the Pieces staged reading (Front Porch  Diva Series)

ROBIN DAWN
Actor and Writer

Participated in PICKING UP THE PIECES, FRONT PORCH DIVA SERIES (Diane Phillips)

Writer/Performer: Urban Poverty Forum 2015 THE NEW DEBT (Self)

Usher: HOLDEN ONTO FAMILY ROOTS – The Emboldened Project: Unsung Heroes

Stage Manager: PLIGHT – Delaware Fringe Festival

HAMDA YUSUF

Poet

 

Participated in URBAN POVERTY 2016​-IMMIGRATION EQUITY.


Hamda is a spoken word poet. She grew up listening to stories from her parents who saw storytelling as a means for preserving their Somali culture. This led her to discover spoken word poetry and her voice. “To the well meaning Seattlelite" and "A Letter to my Colonizer" are some of her written work.