BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jerri Dorsey-Hall - Board President
Jerri Dorsey-Hall holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Hampton University and a graduate certificate in the Core Concepts of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also has a Masters of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University.
Jerri loves community and the performing arts. She performs with the African American Dance Ensemble and was the co-founder of The Studio, for 10 years she sought opportunities to provide free dance classes to youth and adults in the Durham community. Jerri has been active, alongside her family, in DFT since it’s first production. In 2011, she volunteered to run box office for “As You Like It.” Now Jerri is in charge of the box office and front of house for all DFT productions, supervising and partnering with our front of house volunteers.
Sybil Bond Dorsey - Board Treasurer
Sybil Bond Dorsey holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the NCCU School of Law. She has worked as an assistant professor at Livingstone College and an adjunct professor in Environmental Law & Policy at NCCU. Sybil was an active member of the Toronto Theatre Ensemble in Canada. At home in Durham, NC Sybil jumped into DRT with both feet as head of props/stage manager for our first annual family musical, the world premiere of "Alice, a mad musical adventure," (based on the works of Lewis Carroll.) She has remained involved in DRT on the advisory council and the board while assisting her daughter, Jerri Dorsey Hall, in running the DRT box office. Sybil also works with press and other media to spread the story of what is happening at DRT. Sybil is employed as a Talent Engagement Specialist, OEWD, City of Durham.
Professor Kenneth Hinton
(Ken Hinton in DRT'S "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963," Nov. 2014)
Mr. Kenneth Hinton is a husband (Denise) and a father. He was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has one son 26 years old - Kenneth Hinton, Jr. Mr. Hinton earned his Masters of Art in Dramatic Art in 1995 from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Hinton is currently on the faculty at Shaw University, teaching drama in the Visual and Performing Arts/Theatre Program since 1997. Mr. Hinton has taught in the Dept. of Theatre and Dance at North Carolina Central University since 2004. Mr. Hinton enjoyed a 20 year career as an educational television Producer/Director for the University of California and has won three national awards for is documentary videos in educational television. In 2014, Mr. Hinton founded the Agape Theatre Project.
Tara-Whitney Rison is a recent graduate of the The University of NC Greensboro, holding an MFA in Acting as well as a BA in Theatre Performance with a 2nd Concentration in Business Mngmt. from North Carolina Central University. Tara-Whitney has performed in numerous productions in the Triangle and Triad including but not limited to: BRABO, Harriet Jacobs, I am the Raven, Banned Books Project, For Colored Girls, MiddleTown, Burning Coal Summer Festival and others. She has worked at numerous Durham theatre companies including ManBitesDog Theater, LittleGreen Pig, Burning Coal, Durham Family Theatre and UNC. Regionally Tara has performed with Triad State and The Hanesbrand Theatre. She consistently does film and voice-over work in the area. This past summer she worked with a Peppercorn Children's Theatre in Winston-Salem Touring, starring in an original piece on Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American Female Astronaut to go in to outer space. She was Development Coordinator for Durham Center for Senior Life. Tara currently serves as an Actor/Facilitator at UNC Chapel Hill with the Wellness Dept. Interactive Theatre Carolina, using Theatrical pieces and performances to spark discussions about different topics that affect health and well-being along with Social Justice topics including Racism, Sexism, Gender Stereotypes, Emotional Abuse, and others.
Taylor Dorsey Flowers (Teen Rep)
Taylor Dorsey-Flowers is an honors student at Durham School for the Arts. As a student ambassador with People to People, Taylor has traveled to Australia, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England. Taylor has always had a love for the performing arts, which was further fueled when she met Ms. Jenny. She has been involved in DFT since before it began. She has studied acting with Ms. Jenny for almost six years and performed in or assisted with every DFT production to date. Prior to joining the board, Taylor served on the DFT Advisory Council for three-years. She also assistant teaches for DFT classes and summer camps. In her busy life, Ms. Taylor is dance captain for Collage Dance Company and often assistant stage manager for the African American Dance Ensemble.
Francesca Suarez (Teen Rep & Clerk of the Board)
Francesca Suarez has studied acting with Ms. Jenny since 2008 and was on the first DRT advisory council. In 2013-2014, she is a junior at Durham School for the Arts where she was recently chosen to represent their theatre program in the cast of their festival play. In the fall of 2013 Francesca was nominated for application to the summer theatre program at North Carolina Governor's School. With Ms. Taylor, Ms. Francesca was part of the 2012 DRT original production of "Between the Bells," a play about surviving and thriving in public high school. She also assistant teaches in DRT acting classes and serves as an intern for our summer theatre camps.