Alumni Spotlight

Highlighting the Phenomenal Work of Our Alumni!

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SDCF: Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation announces 
Kamilah Forbes as the 2020 recipient of the Zelda Fichandler Award 

A Howard University alum, Forbes has won awards for both directing and producing, including a Peabody Award, the 2019 NBTF Larry Leon Hamlin Producer Award, and an NAACP Image Award. Perhaps what stands out most about Forbes’ work is her ability to intricately weave together contemporary art and culture in the works she curates and produces. 

Forbes’ directing credits include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, written by Lynn Nottage, at Signature Theatre in New York; Blood Quilt, written by Katori Hall, at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; Detroit ’67, written by Dominique Morrisseau, at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta; and Sunset Baby, also written by Morrisseau, at Labyrinth Theater Company in New York. She has worked closely with Kenny Leon on “The Wiz Live,” and the Broadway productions of A Raisin in the Sun, Mountaintop, and Stick Fly. Forbes has produced several works for television, most notably the seventh season of the Peabody Award-winning series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO. 

Forbes’ most recent projects include directing the world premiere, tour and theatrical adaption of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ New York Times best-selling novel Between the World and Me. In addition to her work at the Apollo Theater, Forbes is set to direct the Broadway premiere of the musical Soul Train alongside Questlove, Dominique Morrisseau, and Camille A. Brown. 


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Otis Donavan Herring

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OTIS DONOVAN HERRING is a native of College Park, Georgia, USA. He received his training and BFA from Howard University in Washington DC. He lived and performed in New York, New York, USA with numerous companies and choreographers including Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, and continues to choreograph independent works. Mr. Herring moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 2013 to dance with Black Grace dance company under the direction of Neil Ieremia. He most recently modeled "The Cube" in the World of Wearable Art (WOW) this year.  He also works closely with Joash Fahitua and Perri Exeter-directors or Trip The Light Dance Collective.


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Shoccara Marcus- Brown Girls do Ballet

Dance Atlanta: An Ode to Self Expression and ATL’s Fiercest with photographer Shoccara Marcus — Brown Girls Do Ballet®

Brown Girls Do Ballet has teamed up with photographer Shoccara Marcus to create Dance Atlanta!, a photo project showcasing the energy of Atlanta through dance with talented Black and Brown dancers during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Think Wide Open Videography by Shoccara Marcus

Click here to learn more about Shoccara and the Project!


Rahni Lindsey

Celebrating Great Work from Rahni Lindsey!

Rahni is dance instructor at Malone Studios Dance Academy in Nashville, Tennessee established in 1998. This program represents one of the few Black owned ballet oriented dance schools in the state. She teaches and choreographs ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, and aerial silks to students ages 5-17 including the multinational champion competitive teams. Rahni created the studio’s YouTube channel “Inside the Academy” where their videos have received notable recognition from Chris Brown and actor/singer Algee Smith. Additionally, she works as a medical transcriptionist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and is a medical school applicant hoping to begin school in Fall 2021 to pursue a career in sports medicine where she will work with dancers and performance artists!


For more information visit the links below:

YouTube channel

Instagram Page

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Malone Studios Website