Salondia is a native of Ft. Gaines, GA and a graduate of Fort Valley State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. She began her artistic career at the tender age of nine as a dancer with Patti Rutland Simpson, a student of the legendary Gus Giordano and director of the critically acclaimed dance company Patti Rutland Jazz. Salondia relocated to Savannah, GA in 1997, began teaching dance, and became a member of Sankofa Dance Theatre. During her time with Sankofa, she served as a choreographer, Rehearsal Director and Assistant Artistic Director for the company. As a professional dancer she had the opportunity to work with world renowned choreographers, perform on national and international stages, and study traditional West African Dance in Senegal, West Africa. In 2006 she made Atlanta her home and began working in television as Director of Entertainment for Teen City Productions. In 2008 she transitioned back into theater and is currently the Production Manager for the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture’s Southwest Arts Center Performance Theater and Gallery. She is proud to be a part of the Black Nativity 2012 production team and looks forward to continued service in this industry.
Kim J. Bright, PMP
Kim is a digital marketer and social media consultant with over 20 years experience in information technology and software development. She is an honors graduate of the University of Florida, with a B.S. in Business/Computer Information Science, and a minor in Economics. As a certified Project Management Professional, Kim specializes in managing million dollar IT project portfolios for government and corporate customers in telecommunications, insurance, and manufacturing; she is excited to blend her expertise in collaborative project teams and social media marketing with her love for the arts. When she’s not posting, tweeting, or working on BlackNativityAtlanta.com, you’ll find Kim building emerging brands through her digital marketing boutique, Starborn Media, and promoting Christian events as the publisher of Team Jesus Events.
André C. Allen
André C. Allen is a native of Queens, New York and has been a lighting designer for 20 years. He attended Morehouse College where he founded Blacklight Productions Inc, a full-service production design firm, in 1990. He has served the Atlanta arts community as Production Manager with the Rialto Center and Operations Manager with the Ferst Center. He has worked with critically acclaimed artists Savion Glover, Ravi Shankar, Twyla Tharp, Herbie Hancock and Yolanda Adams. André designed the True Colors premieres of Fences, The Wiz, Resurrection, Swimming Upstream, For Colored Girls and Our Town.
Based in Atlanta, GA since 2000, Kat has designed scenery for The Arena Theater, The Kennedy Center, The Alliance Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Georgia Shakespeare, the Atlanta Ballet, Actor’s Express, The Center for Puppetry Arts, 7 Stages, and Theatrical Outfit, among others. She is an Associate Artist with both Georgia Shakespeare and Actor’s Express. For the past 15 seasons Kat has also served as the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theater. Whether dramatically challenging, visionary or escapist, all theater and art is important, thank you for supporting it in your community.
Kappitola Williams, a graduate of Bethune Cookman University, and founder of Kappitola Inc., is an International Costume Designer, Wardrobe Stylist, and Set Designer for a variety of theatrical stage and film productions. Born with a creative spirit, she has been decorating and designing characters and creating set designs since the age of six. Kappitola’s costume design credits include WAITING FOR GODOT performed at The Horizon Theatre, Atlanta, GA, and HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT JESUS produced by Kappitola Inc. She has also costumed for principal character actors in a variety of stage productions including BLACK NATIVITY, MADAM C.J. WALKER, and SOLOMON, an Ameri-Color Opera production. She created extensive costume designs for the North Georgia Youth Choir, “Cantemos” and The Northside School of the Performing Arts Tour Company. Kappitola served as the Lead Costume Mistress for the Opening Ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics. She has created original designs for Bishops and Clergy for international conferences. Currently, Kappitola serves as the Creative Design Production Coordinator for Onaip Productions and Entertainment Group, LLC. Her latest set design credits include a short film production, IR-Reconcilable, directed by Gabbrielle Fulton Ponder. She currently serves as wardrobe stylist for International Jazz Artist Yolanda Rabun among many other performing artists in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.