Michael Dinwiddie ()
President 2012 - 2014
Michael Dinwiddie is a Playwright and an Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University. His plays have been produced in New York, regional and educational theatres. Michael was an inaugural fellow at Touchstone Pictures in the Walt Disney Writers Program, and he was a staff writer on the ABC-TV sitcom Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. He previously served on BTN’s Board of Directors from1998-2002. A TONY nominator from 2007-2010, he is currently chair of the advisory board of Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre. Michael holds the M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Dramatists Guild (DG).
Vice President 2010-2012
Areas of Specialization
Directing, Dramatic Writing & Research, Dramaturgy, Arts Management
|kb saine is a director, author, educator, and theatre historian, and proudly serves as the the Producing Artistic Director of Sycamore Rouge in Petersburg, Virginia. Professional experience includes Sycamore Rouge, TheatreVirginia, Richmond Triangle Players, Firehouse Theatre Project, Dogwood Dell, and SPARC in Richmond, VA, Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV, and the Dallas Threatre Center in Dallas, TX. She has taught at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Virginia Commonwealth University, and has led theatre programs at Wesleyan College, George Wythe High School, and Petersburg High School. Her historical and literary work has been published in Black Theatre News, Southern Theatre Magazine and Theatre Symposium.
Darryl C. Davis
Secretary 2012 - 2014
Areas of Specialization
Acting, Directing, Education and Dramaturgy
Darryl has been working as an Adjunct Professor at Kalamazoo College and Oakland Community College and completed requirements in August 20101 for an MFA in Directing at Wayne State University. He is looking forward to transferring his PhD course credits to Bowling Green State University and starting there Fall 2011. Darryl has taught Fundamentals of Acting, Black/African American Theatre History, Introduction to Theatre and Oral Interpretation. His recent directing credits includes; Hambone by Javon Johnson, Toys in the Attic by Lillian Hellman and Blues for an Alabama Sky by Pearl Cleage.
John Shevin Foster ()
Assistant Secretary 2012 - 2014
John Shevin Foster is a playwright, director and producer. An August Wilson scholar, he holds a BA in Dramatic Studies and a BS in Education from Shaw University, a MA and PhD in theatre from New York University, with additional study and certification from the University of Leeds, London. Professionally, he has served as Artistic Director of the Department of Dramatic Studies at Shaw University, for eight years as the Director of Theatre at Virginia State University and as the visiting professor of theatre at NYU. He currently serves as the Education Manager and produces at BAM/Brooklyn academy of Music and is the Founding Artistic Director of NYC Rep/New York City Repertory Theatre. His work centers on accurate and honest portrayals of African American life. His play "Plenty of Time: A Black Love Story" is currently running at the Billie Holiday Theatre.
Treasurer 2012 - 2014
Gregory was president of BTN from 2003-2006. He is presently a tenured Associate Professor of Theatre and Resident Costume Designer, at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. At A&T he teaches Costume Design, Costume History, Theatre Make-Up, Costume Construction, Theatre Production, Introduction to Theatre, and Acting for Non-Majors. Just recently he directed Tambourines to Glory at his university. His summer projects have included the Costume Designs for Crowns at the Barn Dinner Theatre, Greensboro, NC, and Costume Design for Our Theatre Project of Broadway Un- Leashed for Cinderella, Jersey Boys,
K. Zaheerah Sultan ()
Assistant Treasurer 2012 - 2014
Public Relations Chair 2012 - 2014
Andre Harrington )
Parliamentarian 2012 - 2014
Renee’ Charlow ()Areas of Specialization
Business Manager/ Interim Membership Chair 2014-2014
Acting, Directing, Children’s Theatre/Creative Drama, Theatre History
A member of Black Theater Network since 2001, Renee’ Charlow is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Bowie State University. Bowie MD. She also performs in and directs stage and film productions in the Metro Washington DC area. Her most recent acting work was a commercial for the National Glaucoma Association. The Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission commissioned her to write and direct the musical “A Tribute to Disney” for their Making a Musical Theatre Camp. Renee’ is also a founding Board Member and Education Director of the DC Black Theatre Festival, who had their inaugural festival Summer, 2010.
Kristyl D. Tift ()
Kristyl Dawn Tift is a PhD Theatre & Film Studies student at the University of Georgia. Her research foci are the cross-sections of African Diasporic theatre, Feminist theatre & Queer theatre. She holds a MFA in Acting from The New School for Drama, as well as a BA in Theatre from Georgia Southern University.
An actress and singer, her offBroadway and regional credits include Rumors (The Renaissance Project), Holy Oak (Theatre Emory), Ice Cream (Alliance), The Wiz (True Colors), Buy My House, Please! (Aurora), A Night with Langston Hughes (Averitt Arts),
Violet (Theatre Barn), Earthly Delights (Emerging Artists), Blessed Assurance (Averitt Arts), Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre Barn), The Lady of Larkspur Lotion (NSD), The Odyssey (NSD), and Blues for an Alabama Sky (Theatre South). Her television and film credits include One Tree Hill,House of Payne, Necessary Roughness, Hall Pass and Looper.