board of advisors

Antonio Henson

Vice President of Community Development Banking - PNC Bank.  Tony Henson has over 25 years of experience in structuring project financing designed to spur neighborhood revitalization efforts in communities throughout the State of New Jersey and Metro Atlanta. 

Doris Derby

Dr. Doris Derby is a retired Professor, Georgia State University, a Civil Rights Documentary Photographer, Archivist, ​Activist, Author, Exhibitor, Speaker, Art Collector​, Professor​, ​​C​o-FounderFree Southern Theater,  ​Co-Producer, Film, “Dirt and Deeds in Mississippi” .

Jeanette Hill

Jeanette Hill is a multiple award-winning playwright/producer. Her work portrays the trials and triumphs of African Americans with an authentic voice.  She is a creative activist and founder of JWHill Productions LLC, a theater company based in Texas.

Valencia Griffin-Wallace

International Speaker/Presenter, Best Selling Author and Publisher (Motherless Child and Through The Valley), Founder of Define U, LLC which includes Define U Radio and The MOVE Experience.  Based in Louisiana. 

Keith Franklin

A multiple award winning actor and the Artistic Director of Atlanta's New African Grove Theatre Company.  Keith Franklin brings over 40 years experience in various theatrical endeavors. 

Sanika Harris

Sanika Harris is an actor, playwright, producer, Master Cosmetologist, theatre make-up artist and costume designer. Sanika Harris is also a past participant and avid supporter of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival. 

Elizabeth Wilson

Executive Director of the Georgia Micro Enterprise Network, Vice President of Economic Development COGIC Urban Initiatives, grant-writer, fundraiser, non-profit capacity builder, professional speaker, business consultant, and author.

A'ndrea Wilson

Dr. Andrea Wilson, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Board Member

 Interim Advisory Board Chair

Dr. A’ndrea J. Wilson is an award-winning author and playwright, screenwriter, publisher, and the Braida Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Grand View University. Her plays have been featured at notable theatre festivals around the country, including the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and the National Black Theatre Festival.

Taurean Blacque

Honorary Advisory Board Chair

NAACP Imagae Award and Emmy nominated actor, Taurean Blacque is the frist recipient of the ABTF Theatre Legend Award.  He currently serves as Honory Chair of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival.