Hilda Willis appointed Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director of the NCBRC Teen Theatre Ensemble (TTE)
"Hilda Willis appointed Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director of the NCBRC Teen Theatre Ensemble (TTE)
The North Carolina Black Repertory Company’s Board of Directors announce the appointment of performing artist, producer, director, and arts educator Hilda Willis as the Company’s new Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director of the NCBRC Teen Theatre Ensemble. Willis formerly served as Executive/Artistic Director ofPAPY, The Performing Arts Program for Youth founded by Jane Fonda in 1993. She has also served as Artistic Director for The CityKids Foundation, Michael Bolton’s Safe Space of New Haven, National Black Theater’s Children’s Theatre, and The Positive Youth Troupe.
Most recently, Ms. Willis served seven years as Education Consultant for Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, where she was responsible for developing the pre-professional training mission of the company, which included her successful expansion of the August Wilson Monologue Competition, both regionally and nationally. Ms. Willis also works in the music industry and has served as Director on multiple national and international tours for Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter India Arie.
Artistic Director Jackie Alexander is very excited and grateful to have Ms. Willis join the NCBRC team, stating: “Ms. Willis has dedicated her life to teaching through the arts. Her passion and experience make her the ideal selection as NCBRC looks to continue building a professional training academy and developing artists who are well rounded in all areas of the business.”
As Director of Education and Associate Artistic Director of the NCBRC TTE, Ms. Willis plans to continue working with professional artists, colleges, universities, and community organizations to help develop an award winning and highly skilled arts program. She notes, “I am excited to be a part of NC Black Rep and look forward to expanding the artistic work of the Teen Theatre Ensemble and building upon the solid foundation created by Mabel Robinson.”"