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Eastwood Project: Cast & Crew Bios

Cast Bios

Nerryl Williams (Ms Williams/Club owner) is delighted to return to the Eastwood Country Club. Recent credits include Men of Eastwood (ATAC Best Supporting Actress), and Divas of Eastwood at The Renaissance Guild. Memphis and Sister act at the Woodlawn, Hairspray at the San Pedro Playhouse, and Ethics Follies. She has been an Ultrasound Technologist at STRIC for the past 9 years and is grateful to have a part of sharing in the Eastwood Journey. Nerryl is thankful for the support of her husband of 30 years and her three beautiful children. Welcome to the Eastwood everybody, Watch your step!

Edward L. Burkley, IV is a native of Houston, TX. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Alcorn St. University in Lorman, MS. Edward has performed in numerous productions while achieving his degree such as Porgy and Bess, Treemonisha, and Showboat just to name a few. While living in San Antonio Edward has been in numerous productions such as; The Wiz (Lion), Black Nativity(Wise Men/Soloist), A Raisin in the Sun( George Murchison), Miss Evers’ Boys( Willie Johnson), and Ragtime(Coalhouse Walker Jr.). Edward has also done Regional work in Austin at Zachary Scott Theater with shows like: Gospel at Colonus and Who’s Tommy (Hawker/Judge). He was most recently seen in the production of Memphis (Delray) at Woodlawn Theatre.

Evonne Nathaniel (Writer) “They actually put the youngest Diva in charge!” Evonne Nathaniel was born in Ft. Ord California to military, native Texan parents. Recognizing their children’s natural harmony and singing ability; Evonne’s parents pushed her and her two older siblings to develop their own musical style, which Evonne honed while attending Texas Southern University. While in a meeting of the board Evonne expressed a desire to create a show centered around strong vocal performance. This concept married with her LOVE of history and the Eastwood series was born. This is Evonne’s first time writing a main stage production. “Thank you to my TRG Divas for trusting me with this responsibility. Thank you to my phenomenal co-writers; DeLaine and Jessica. Thank you to the cast for working with me. Thank you to my family for giving me these words.”

In loving memory of my heats MC Washington and Novel Joe Williams, and our QUEEN Allionia Ball.

Jessica Mitchell (DJ Vicky G) is a counselor, spoken word artist, lover of new beginnings, and actress. Hailing from the small but well-known city of Daytona Beach, in the sunshine state of Florida, she got her taste of theater as a child in school plays. Since, she has been popping up on stages in California, Georgia, Florida and Texas, appearing in titles such as You Passed Me By; Trials and Tribulations: Silhouettes of a Woman’s Story; and the Renaissance Guild productions of The Mountaintop, for which she won an ATAC award; From the Mississippi Delta; and African Folktales. She has also spent two seasons as a cast member for Ethics Follies in both Chicago and Being Walter Decent. Her aspirations include not only continuing to grow in theater, but to create the scripts she so much enjoys bringing to life.

Naybu Fullman is a Wilmington, Delaware native loved music. Learning to play the saxophone by day, evenings were spent honing his singing talent. Entering the U.S. Air Force, Naybu won talent competitions, touring with the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and United States Air Forces In Europe (USAFE) Showcases while assigned to the UK. He performed military socials, London clubs and shared the stage with U.K. favorites, Loose Ends and Miles Jaye. In 1993 Naybu was selected as a member of the renowned, Tops In Blue. Settling in Atlanta, Naybu recorded with Byron Cage & Purpose and has also ministered with renowned worship leaders, and sang behind Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Johnny Gill, Jennifer Hudson.

Jeremy Bilbo has been singing and dancing since the age of three. His vocal training developed from growing up in church. This is Jeremy’s second show in his theater career, after coming from under the sea playing Sebastian in the Woodlawn’s production of the Little Mermaid this past summer. He is extremely excited to step as one of the Men of Eastwood. He would like to first thank God; whom with all things are possible, his mother and family for supporting him. Also the wonderful Renaissance Guild for allowing him this opportunity. Lastly you the viewer for making the show a success. God bless!

Briana Foster (Diva) Briana performed in the first installment of The Eastwood Project; “The Divas of Eastwood” production in 2016. She began singing at an early age in church, which fostered her passion for music and the arts. She is an alumni of the Children’s Chorus of San Antonio where she was trained to sing classically in many languages. Briana earned a B.S. in Communications Studies from Prairie View A&M University in 2009, where she was a member of the University Concert Chorale, she also became a member of The Lambda Zeta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women Inc. She has performed at numerous sporting events including singing the national anthem for the Spurs. She looks forward to future performances with the Renaissance Guild. She sends her love and thanks to her family, friends, and supporters!

Walter Sanders III is stoked to be continuing his journey with the Renaissance Guild. He was last seen on the Renaissance Guild stage last season in Men of Eastwood. Walter, a Fort Worth, Texas native, has only been in San Antonio for three years but has been seen across a variety of stages in the city. Some of his favorite roles include Gator in Memphis at the Woodlawn Theatre, Minister Jackson in Karen Chattum’s Sixteen, Pastor in Latoya Garrett’s The Devil is a Lya, and Walter Decent in Lee Cusenberry’s 2017 Ethics Follies, Being Walter Decent.

Crew Bios

Danielle King (Director) is honored and excited to work with this extremely talented and loving group of people! She is a Co-Founder of The Renaissance Guild-San Antonio’s Premiere Black Theatre Company, and her own cooking company, Aunt Dani’s Homemade Goodies! She is an accomplished, multi-award winning actor and singer and has worked in professional entertainment for over 20 years at numerous theaters. Some of her most recent endeavors include “Hairspray” (Playhouse San Antonio), “The Divas of Eastwood” (TRG-ATAC Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical) “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Classic-ATAC Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy), “Smokey Joe’s Café” (Woodlawn-ATAC Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), “Ragtime” (Playhouse San Antonio), “Steel Magnolias” (TRG); and “Ethics Follies” (ACC). Besides being on stage, she has a passion for training and inspiring others in theatre, entertainment performance, and getting through this thing called “life!” She enjoys conducting theatre classes for children and adults whenever possible. Jer 29:11. Visit TheRenaissanceGuild.org

Darrin Newhardt (Musical Director) is happy to be back at the Eastwood having music directed both the Divas and the Men of Eastwood over the prior 2 years. Some of Darrin’s other favorite shows he’s worked on are “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “The Last 5 Years” and “Ragtime” for the Playhouse San Antonio. “West Side Story” and “Into The Woods” for the Woodlawn Theater. Darrin is also the music minister at the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Helotes.
He is known around town as a top vocal coach working in theater, jazz and pop styles.
You can follow is musical adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

DeLaine Starks (Producer) has been an avid supporter and contributor to the arts most of her life. She is an accomplished writer and poet who has participated in many events around the San Antonio Area. In addition with acting in TRG’s African Folktales for two years she also assisted with the TRG’s recent hit “The Mountaintop”. She Co- Produced the Divas and Men of Eastwood as well as had submissions to and performing with the Act One series. Writing and the Arts are a passion that she will continue to pursue.

Andrew Jacobi Jeter, (Asst. Dir/Choreographer/SM) has been involved in productions as an actor, director, choreographer, stage manager, and technician. Andrew has a creative arts company called Creative Circuit Studios. He would like to express gratitude to every person who has helped him to continue his dreams. For Andrew’s future shows and projects visit www.andrewjacobi.com.

Kathrine Johnson (Costume Designer) specializes in custom sewing for costumes and weddings. She studied Master Design Tailoring in Philadelphia and has operated her own company, New Creations, making Fabric Fit Fantasy here in San Antonio for over 20 years. She has worked with families and theatres in San Antonio including The Playhouse, Harlequin, the Carver and Woodlawn and is now Costume Designer for TRG. Some corporate clients include: Top Chef, HEB and IBC and many production companies. Recently she received the Costume Design award from ATAC for “When Pigs Fly,” with Woodlawn Black Box Theatre. She is very excited to be working on this production.

Karen McPeters: (Prop and Back Stage Manager) Started her acting career at Kingwood College in Kingwood TX in Quadroom Ball. Her acting skills led to several Fine Arts Scholarships. She made her debut with TRG in Black Nativity. Her work also includes Prop and Back Stage Manager in Steel Magnolia, Mountaintop and “A Raisin in the Sun”. She’s looking forward to writing and directing in the near future.

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