Meet the Team 

Co-Founder

Executive Director

Rochelle Person

Rochelle Person has over 17 years of experience in education. She began her educational career in 2000 as an elementary teacher with Shelby County / Memphis City Schools District. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Memphis and a Master’s degree in Education Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. While discovering a passion for graphic arts and multimedia design in 2012, Mrs. Person earned a second Masters, MFA  in Media Design.

Founder

Creative Director

 

Roberto Person

Roberto Person is a graduate of the University of Memphis School of Social Work. He has over 25 years in vocal ministry and is an award winning song-writter and producer. He has served as a worship leader and minister of music for several Memphis congregations, including Memphis Urban Ministries (M.U.M). Currently, he teaches voice and vocal health to the YADA students and oversees the management of Stellar Awards Nominated teen Gospel duo, Personal Praise.  

Olivia "OJhaye" Johnson is no stranger to theater. She found her way to the stage at age 13and has been going ever since. She was last seen in Ron Gephart’s …Someday for a Crown(Judith)   at   Southwest   Community   College.     With   ETC,   Olivia was in  Cabaret   Noel III ( Ensemble) and  DuPont (Pearl).   She was also in the Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis'(WTFM)   production of  Courtin'   Time as a   memorable church lady.   In   Bluff   City   Tri   Art’s (BCTC) Civil   Rights and   Civil   Wrongs   (Dottie), The   Great   Cable   Show   Cooking   Contest(Shauntay)   and Fittin'   Inn  (Millicent). These days   Olivia also programs lights for various productions at both TheatreWorks and Evergreen. She enjoys working behind the scenes as much as on stage.  A gifted portrait and cake artist, Olivia still thinks her best creation is her daughter Amaia, a gifted artist who "is better than her mom". Check out her FB page under Jhaye The Artist.  

Director 

Theatre Education 

Olivia Johnson

Dance Instructor

Choreographer

Terranice'a Cotton

Experienced and artistic dancer/instructor with 10+ years of professional dancing. Ability to break down choreography in a creative and learnable manner that not only allows the youth to be strong as dancers but to also be strong as individuals. I have been apart of an abundance of performances as a dancer and choreographer. Obtained great knowledge in many forms of dance such as contemporary, liturgical, hip-hop, majorette, and ballet.

DEVELOP > EMPOWER > CONNECT > EMBRACE

We Develop youth as artists by providing opportunities for youth to find their artistic voices and proclaim themselves as artists. Each individual has their own unique gifts and talents to contribute to the greater good of society. 


We Empower youth as individuals to chase and conquer their fears by providing tools to confront life challenges. The lessons learned through our process translate not only to one’s artistic growth but directly impacts one’s sense of confidence 


We Connect youth to our community to affect change by focusing on the collaborative nature of art - that empowers the individual’s understanding and connection to the community in which they live. 
 

We Embrace Youth and the importance of passing along the evolving knowledge to the next generation.

 

We believe that learning and teaching go hand-in-hand: