Indigo Blue: A reimagining of the Pied Piper
Howard L. Craft (Playwright)
Craft is a poet, playwright and arts educator. His poetry appears in Home is Where: An Anthology of African-American poets from the Carolinas, edited by Kwame Dawes. He is a recipient of the NC Arts Council Playwriting Fellowship and is the author of several plays including: Caleb Calypso and the Midnight Marauders, and Feelin Free: An Evening With Nina Simone. Craft is the creator of the first African-American Super Hero.
Lenora Zenzalai Helm (Composer)
Lenora Zenzalai Helm is a vocalist, composer, and educator. Her latest of 6 solo CDs, I Love Myself When I’m Laughing was listed on Independent Ear’s 30 Recommended 2012 Record Releases amongst an esteemed list of jazz artists, and elected for placement on the GRAMMY ballot in several categories. Composer credits include compositions on the ESPN network; music for the film, After Life, previewed and awarded at the Arizona Black Film Festival and the Village D Cinema festival in Lisbon, Portugal. She received composer awards from Chamber Music America, Meet The Composer and is a MacDowell Composer Fellow. She has been a composer for the youth and young adult program, Def Dance Jam Workshop in NYC and is delighted to return to working with youth to write music for Indigo Blue. She directs the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble as Assistant Professor, Department of Music. www.LenoraHelm.com
Mariana Gomez (Choreographer)
Mariana was born and bred in Durham, NC. She began coming to Walltown Children’s Theatre at the age of 8 beginning with Hip Hop. Not soon after, she began taking other styles of dance including ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap. She joined the Walltown Dance Company at age eleven and began her pre-professional training. She has traveled with WDC and performed in Lynchburg, VA, Myrtle Beach, and in various statewide festivals. Mariana has worn many hats at Walltown Children’s Theatre including stage manager for Indigo Blue, rehearsal director and choreographer for the Walltown Dance Company, instructor, as well as production coordinator for the holiday production of the Durham Nutcracker. She has received classes from Kristin Taylor, Geo Huebla, Twitch, Fikshun, Comfort, Angel Roberts, Gev Manoukian, and Dena Rizzo where she served as Ms. Rizzo’s assistant in the WCT 2019 Dance UNIversTY.
Dilsey Davis (Director)
Dilsey is a writer, producer, director and actor who enjoys using the magic of storytelling and the moving image to shape and influence culture. She has been working in the film and television industry for over 18 years. Mrs. Davis has studied acting at UNC-Chapel Hill, HB Studio in New York, Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and Lesly Khan Studios in Los Angeles. She is the founder and president of Café con Leche Media (CCL Media). CCL Media is an independent media production company in Atlanta, GA and Durham, NC dedicated to creating high quality projects. Mrs. Davis has created television programs and short films that combine both entertainment and messaging to effectively reach underserved audiences. Her work includes the award winning short film The Other Side, adapted from a children’s book of the same name. She also created, produced and directed the African short Wedding Day starring the popular South African actor Kenneth Nkosi (District 9, Tsotsi, No 1 Ladies Detective Agency). Most notably, she was the creator, producer and director of the award-winning “Nuestro Barrio” (Our Neighborhood), the first Spanish language series to air on English language television in the United States. In addition, she has produced a children’s short animation series entitled Adventures with Fit and Newt, as well as a multiple commercials, public service announcements, and industrial videos. She is currently writing and developing two new film projects under her company’s banner, while working as a story consultant for a Los Angeles based production company.
Cara Williams (Singing Coach)
Cara has been touring for over 15 years both domestically and abroad as a co-director and soloist/lead vocalist for the One Human Family Choir. A respected choir clinician, facilitator, organizer, and mentor, Cara has presented choir clinics and music workshops across the United States and in Canada. Cara specializes in bringing singers and musicians of diverse backgrounds/populations together to present musical models of unity to the wider community. Although Cara is best known for her work with groups that include both children and adults, Cara has conducted children’s choir workshops in Kelowna, British Columbia, Columbus OH, Conway/Myrtle Beach SC, and Durham NC. In addition, Cara annually travels to Louhelen Bahai School in Flint, MI to serve as Musician in Residence where she conducts age specific music workshops daily, culminating in a music concert presenting each class separately and the entire group as a whole. Participants aged 4 to 80 travel from across the US and Canada to participate in her workshops at the School. Cara always explains to audiences that music has a way of touching hearts before the mind has a chance to alter the message – which is why she continues to use her musical abilities as a vehicle to bring diverse peoples together