Beyond the Stage

Pictured: Ross Jackson.

The following is a list of incredible Black artists who work behind-the-scenes to craft and create some of Los Angeles’ finest productions.

Because this list is ever-evolving and so many in our community are multi-hyphenates, please help us to obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information. Email us at [email protected] with any corrections, suggestions, and helpful input.


Chris Anthony

Jozben Barrett 

Ahmed Best 

Shelli Boone

Wren T. Brown

Andi Chapman 

Gregg T. Daniel

Nancy Davis 

Sheldon Epps

Khanisha Foster

Ben Guillory

Kimberly Hebért 

Derek Jackson

Camille Jenkins

Donna Simone Johnson

Bryan Keith

Richard Lawson

Bruce A. Lemon, Jr.

Justin Lord

Roger Q. Mason

Rondrell McCormick 

Patricia McGregor

Jemal McNeil 

Judith Moreland

Herb Newsome

Arnell Powell 

Larry Powell 

Carolyn Ratteray

Keiana Richard

Celia Mandela Rivera

Jon Royal

Deena Selenow

Michele Shay  

Roger Guenveur Smith 

Bernadette Speakes

Dominic Taylor

Desean Terry

Don B. Welch

Jayongela Wilder

Sabra Williams

Charlayne Woodard

Costume Designers

Wendell Carmichael 

Mylette Nora (contact Mylette through SBT)

Naila Sanders

Hair/Makeup Designers

Shelia Dorn 

Lighting Designers

Natori Cummings-Haynes

Christian Epps

Donny Jackson 

Ebony Madry

Derrick McDaniel

Kathy A. Perkins

Props Masters

Ina Shumaker

Set Designers

Ed Haynes

Herb Newsome

Sound Designers

Kenneth Cosby

Stage Managers

Rita Cofield

Camella Cooper 

Ed De Shae

Jessica Moneà Evans

John H. Freeland, Jr.

Jonel Hudson

Kristina Jackson

Ross Jackson

Savanha Moore


Lindsay A. Jenkins

Intimacy Directors 

Joy DeMichelle

Ann James

Tiana Randall-Quant

Voice/Dialect Coaches

Damian D. Lewis 

Denise Woods

Acting Studios

The Last Acting Studio 

Richard Lawson Studio

The Robey Theatre Company

Acting Coaches

Bernard Addison

Ben Guillory

Sharon Hogg 

Derek Jackson

Richard Lawson

Jemal McNeil

Michele Shay 

Desean Terry

Elaine Williams





Venues (rental)

Ebony Repertory Theatre

Maroon Arts & Culture

MKM Cultural Center

The Vision Theater

WACO Theater Center

Willie Agee Playhouse