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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 2022-2023
Sharia Benn, President, Executive Artistic Director
Donald Alsedek, Vice President
Micah Simms-Gantt, Treasurer
Dr. Jean Corey, Secretary
The Founding Committee
Lee Kenneth Richardson
The Founding Community Advisory Committee
Rev Nate Gasden
Dr. Pat Gasden
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