Our Founders

Sharia Benn- Founder, President & Executive Artistic Director is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and graduate of Towson University.  Sharia holds a special passion for combining acting and historical studies to engage  audiences through productions highlighting historically significant African-American people and events. She is highly sought after for her original play and performance Voices of F.E.W" that chronicles the life of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825 - 1911); famed abolitionist, literary figure, and champion for civil and women’s rights.  As a contemporary champion for civil engagement, Sharia has worked tirelessly to birth and grow the Sankofa African American Theatre Company of Harrisburg to authentically and honorably amplify Black voices, artists, and stories on stage.

Donald L. Alsedek - Don co-founded Open Stage of Harrisburg in 1984. He first served as the theatre’s Artistic Director and in 2006 assumed both the organization’s artistic and administrative leadership as its Producing Artistic Director. Upon his retirement from the organization in June of 2017, Donald was recognized by the theatre’s Board of Directors as Artistic Director Emeritus.

The Board of Directors
2020-2021

Sharia Benn, President, Executive Artistic Director 

Don Alsedek, Vice President 

Micah Simms, Treasurer 

Sunada Roberts, Secretary


 

Dr. Jean Corey

Jesse Hyche

Neeka Jones

DeAnna Williams

Johntrae Williams

The Founding Committee

Sharia Benn 

Leonard Dozier 

Lee Kenneth Richardson 

Anne Alsedek 

Donald Alsedek

The Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council

Anne Alsedek

Don  Alsedek

Sharia Benn

William Benn

Aaron  Bomar

 

Gilinda Cousar

Marian Cannon-Dornell

Jesse Hyche

Neeka Jones

Dana Kinsey

Kelly Summerford

DeAnna Williams

Johntrae Williams

Sankofa African American Theatre Company

1425 Crooked Hill Road, P. O. Box 61183

Harrisburg, PA 17106-11183

sankofa@sankofaaatc.org         717-214-3251        Facebook.com/SankofaTheatre

Sankofa African American Theatre Company receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, and Dauphin County.