Hilda Willis, producer, director and performing artist, began performing at an early age. In 1986 she made her directing debut in the Antilles and by 1990 had co-written and directed two musicals that were later produced in several Off-Broadway venues. Hilda has also produced and directed for several televised specials. As a performing artist her experiences have been diverse. Her acting ability ranges from playing such roles, as Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Nell Carter's role in Ain't Misbehavin to Dr. Charlotte in Falsettos. She has been the guest vocal artists with such groups as the Vibe Tribe (w/Allen Payne and Jamal Joseph), The Forces of Nature Dance Company and The Prince Bernard Trio (Saint Marteen).
Kislyck M. Halsey is an actress, singer, songwriter and dancer originally from Greensboro, NC. She received her BFA in Professional Theatre from North Carolina A&T State University and then went on to receive her MFA in Acting from the University of Florida. She then moved to Atlanta to pursue her acting career and was last seen on stage in Black Nativity with Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company as the Birth Angel/Head Usher. She served as an assistant to Jasmine Guy as she directed Brownie Points at Theatrical Outfit and was also an understudy for Kenny Leon’s production of Our Town (True Colors Theatre Company). Ms. Halsey has committed herself to becoming a well-rounded performer and is passionate about building relationships with aspiring actors of all ages. While in graduate school she was able to teach Acting for Non-Majors, Theatre Appreciation and Oral Interpretation for Literature, which is where she discovered a passion for molding the minds of young artists. She was very interested in working with PAPY and developing new acting techniques specifically for young people. She looks forward to future acting endeavors, but also hopes that God would use her in a capacity where she can act as mentor/coach for young, emerging talent.
Tenille Foust is an instructor of Theatre and Speech at Bennett College for Women. She is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas where she received her M.F.A. in Acting. Her B.F.A. in Professional Theatre is from NC A&T SU, where she appeared in numerous productions including For Colored Girls…and as “Amanda Wingfield” in The Glass Menagerie. Other onstage appearances have included “Esher” in Intimate Apparel (UNLV and Greensboro Broach Theatre), “Princess of France” in Love’s Labor Lost, “Dawn” in Criminal Conversation (both at UNLV), and most recently Mad at Miles: A Black Woman’s Guide to Truth (Triad Stage and National Black Theatre Festival). Ms. Foust feels blessed to be teaching at Bennett and says “God put me here for a reason- to not only teach, but inspire, encourage, and support”. She thanks God everyday for this opportunity.
Originally from Augusta, Ga, James A. Sims developed his love for the stage as part of the University Players Drama Club at Elizabeth City State Univ. where he graduated with a B.A. in English and starred in productions such as “Fortinbras” and “Bus Stop”. Most recently, James has been casted in productions such as, “A Test of Faith” with Reaching All Worlds, “The Lord Will Make A Way” with Gdavis plays performed at the Fox Theatre, “Why Me Lord” with Voiceness Productions and “Black Nativity” at the Barn Dinner Theatre in Greensboro, NC.