Nerryl Williams (Club Owner) is proud to be working with The Renaissance Guild again. Her previous productions with TRG includes: “Divas of Eastwood”, “Black Nativity”, “African Folktales”, and “Mississippi Delta.” Other recent productions are “Ethics Follies”, “Memphis” at the Woodlawn, and “Grease” (Miss Lynch) at the San Antonio Playhouse. She enjoys spending time her time with her family; husband James, of 29 years; 3 children- Jay and his wife Kelley, Nicholas, and Rebekah; and her little pug, Mugsy. I love you guys!
Mark Anthony Hall (Club Owner) is a singer and actor originally from San Antonio, Texas. Having enjoyed a 20 year career as an actor and singer, he has shared his gifts around the world!
His professional credits include operatic debuts that have taken him to some of the world’s most renowned opera houses from Augusta to Zürich, in more notable houses like Teatro ala Scala, Opera du Bastille, Deutsche Oper in Cologne and Düsseldorf, Opera den Norske and Teatro del Opera in Rome and Capetown Opera. His theatrical appearances have taken him to more than 400 venues, both American and abroad. His most noted roles include: Lampy Crawford in the off-Broadway debut of Richard Wolf’s “The Ebony Game”, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in “Ragtime”, Fred in “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”, The Chimney Man in “Jelly’s Last Jam”, Nat Turner in “Insurrection: Holding History”, Mister in Oprah Winfrey’s “ The Color Purple”, Escamillo in “Carmen”, Agwe in “Once on this island” and, more recently, Amonasro in Elton John and Tim Rice’s “Aida” ,Baritone Soloist in the phenomenal “Riverdance” and he was most recently as Porgy and as Jake in “The Gershwins’ “Porgy and Bess” with Capetown Opera and the Hamburgische Staatsoper, respectively.
Critical reviews have used the following superlatives to describe his performances…“World Class…”, “full of passion and fire.” “Powerful” and“ Brilliant”. Versatile as an actor and singer, he is highly sought as a performer and teacher.
Mark Anthony Hall is a member of Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Screen Actors Guild. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
Mark thanks God for the gifts he has been given and thankful for the opportunity to share these gifts whenever and wherever possible.
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.
Naybu Fullman As a first class worship leader for a burgeoning ministry, and a sought after vocalist by such artists as Byron Cage, William Murphy, Judith McCallister and Darwin Hobbs, this is a brother on the eve of fulfilling a lifelong dream, releasing his debut CD, Thank You. This is the life of Naybu.
While this Wilmington, Delaware native was uncertain of many things during his preteens, he was sure that he loved music and that he wanted to sing. But even though he was uncomfortable with his undeveloped internal instrument he opted for the next best thing, the saxophone and signed up for the school band.
Learning the jazz riffs of Coltrane and Najee by day, Naybu’s evenings were inundated memorizing and mimicking the melissma’s of Aretha, Patti and Luther until his hard work began to pay off. Naybu Fullman, quirky kid from Delware, became a one-name high school heartthrob headed to everywhere.
Upon graduation, Naybu enlisted in the United States Air Force for a six year stint. Winning several talent competitions and showcases, he began touring with the Strategic Air Command (SAC) Showcase and was eventually assigned to the United Kingdom, where he swayed military socials, London clubs and even shared the stage with U.K. favorites, Loose Ends and Miles Jaye.
In 1991 England also became his “Bethel,” the place where he met God. Naybu gave his life to Christ, united with a church and soon became a featured soloist and Minister of Music.
In 1992 Naybu was selected to travel with the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE) Showcase, touring Germany, Belgium, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and England. He was a featured soloist with the U.K. Christian Fellowship Mass Choir. After participating in the USAFE Talent Contest, he earned a spot at the Air Force Worldwide Talent Contest and was selected as a member of the renowned, Tops In Blue. This distinguished unit took him on another extensive tour of 38 states and 19 countries.
After six years of service Naybu settled in Atlanta, Georgia at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, under the pastorate of Bishop Eddie Long. Minister of Music, Byron Cage, enlisted Naybu as not only a lead vocalist with the church choir but also as a member of his own singing entourage, Byron Cage & Purpose.
Amid his regular tour of duty as a background vocalist for Cage, and session vocalist for BELL Records, Naybu has also served on praise teams with Elder William Murphy, Elder Darwin Hobbs, Pastor Gary Oliver, and Dr. Judith McAllister, and shared the stage as a background vocalist with Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Johnny Gill, Jennifer Hudson, Israel Houghton, LaTocha Scott of the group Xscape, and Lane McCray of LaBouche
In 2002 Naybu was drafted by Pastor Jesse Curney III to establish the Music Ministry at New Mercies Christian Church and was again contracted in 2004 as the staff Vocal Coordinator for Tops In Blue.
Coming full circle, the title of Naybu’s debut, urban contemporary worship CD “Thank You,” for which he is writing and co-writing all the songs is not just a track on the project, nor the sentiment of his heart, it is his signature on this love letter to the Lord for an incredible journey so far.
Walter Sanders, III is a Fort Worth native who developed a passion for singing, dancing, and acting at a young age. He has been seen on various stages across Texas and nationally. This is Walter’s first time on the Little Carver stage and he is ecstatic to be incorporated into the Renaissance Guild family.
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!
Paul Bradshaw is a native Texan and making his debut with the TRG this year. He has had a passion for writing and singing since he was 6 years old. He discovered his deeper love for performing and entertaining when he enlisted and won his first talent contest at an improv acting competition at Hoffman Middle School in Houston, TX.
He then tackled different forms of his art. He created scripts to help teach inner city youth, provided vocal lessons to local youth choirs, and even went on to win a rap competition. He has performed at festivals and events locally with attendees of up to 10,000 and is ready to share and encourage others with his story of abuse, pain, and overcoming obstacles with the world. His ultimate philosophy in life is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Darrin Newhardt (Director/Musical Director/Writer) is so pleased to be back at the Eastwood Club. Last year, he was honored to be the music director of TRG’s Globe Award winning “Divas of Eastwood” show here at the Carver. Mr. Newhardt has become a “go-to” music director here in town. Some of his other favorite shows to date have been “Ragtime” and “The Last Five Years” for The Playhouse San Antonio; “West Side Story” and “The Little Mermaid” for The Woodlawn Theater; and “James and the Giant Peach” for the Magik Theater. As a director, Mr. Newhardt has directed “Rockin’ at Rockville High” for Six Flags Fiesta Texas and many of the Christmas and Halloween shows for Sea World San Antonio. Darrin is also the music director at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church. He rounds out his musical endeavors teaching private voice and piano lessons. He can be found every Saturday night at the Woodlawn Theater as the pianist for the award winning cabaret show “Broadway Nights”. Darrin would like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to his supportive wife and son for putting up with the crazy schedule of a working artist.
Lee Cusenbary is a writer, director and performer who has worked in theatre for the past thirty years. He has written shows to both raise awareness of social issues and funds for nonprofits, with productions at The Playhouse San Antonio, The Carver Center, The Charline McCombs Empire Theatre and The Tobin Center. He is honored to work with The Renaissance Guild on this production.
Antoinette Lakey Co-writer is an accomplished Author most previously under Strebor Publications. Antoinette has participated in 6 RG productions, this is her 3rd project behind the scenes. Antoinette is a seasoned actress who has enjoyed being a part of such an exemplary company as the Renaissance Guild. “The ability & experience of doing the research for Divas was exciting. I remember Eastwood as a kid & being a part of this project was an honor.” Antoinette, says working with the Legends was an honor & a joy. Antoinette would like to thank The Renaissance Guild for this awesome opportunity to keep the Chitlin Circuit alive.
Andrew Jacobi Jeter (Choreographer, Stage Manager) has been involved in productions as an actor, director, choreographer, stage manager, and technician. He was last seen in a parody of Chicago with Ethics Follies. He has taught kids acting classes with River City Kids in Motions, Triuno Productions, Spotlight Academy, and the Woodlawn Theatre. Andrew is also a acting coach and teaches dance classes as well as a Theatre Clinician. Andrew has a creative arts company called Creative Circuit Studios. Some of Andrew theatre credits include his appearance in the Original Musical A Place to Stand, Arsenic and Old Lace, Grease, You Can’t Take it with You, and Disney’s High School Musical. His technical work in tells Woodlawn Theatre’s TheTaming of the Shrew, A Diva’s Christmas, Forever Plaid, and Grease (Light/Sound Design) Robert E. Lee Theater Department’s Arsenic and Old Lace (Set Design). 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. Also, follow Andrew on twitter @andrewjacobi!
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.
DeLaine Starks (Co-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” as well as submissions and performing with the Act One series. Writing and the Arts are a passion that she will continue to pursue.
Danielle King (Co-Producer) 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 20+ years at numerous theatres. Her most recent works include “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 on the weekends, and her next performance is later this month at the Tobin Theatre in “An Adventurer’s Journey: A tribute to Phil Hardberger”. Visit TheRenaissanceGuild.org