|Rev. Stephanie Butler Adams, Director Liturgical Dance Ministry
holds dual undergraduate degrees in Journalism (B.S.) & Dance (B.A.) from the University of Maryland, post graduate (M.A.Th.) in Theology from the United Theological College of the West Indies, and Certification from the University of CA Cecil Murray Center for Religion and Civic Engagement . Prior to her transition from professional dance performance and corporate consulting in Quality Assurance for Fortune 500 companies, to full-time missions ministry 12 years ago, Stephanie sat under the tutelage of some of the best choreographers, dancers, movement analysts, and institutions across the nations including the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NYC), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), Kei Ta-kei & Moving Earth (Japan), Improvisations Unlimited (Washington, DC), the Laban Institute of Movement (NYC), and many others. Rev. Stephanie is the Founding Director and CEO of Spirit of Praise Sacred Artistry International, International Director of Liturgical Dance for the AME Church under the directive of the Music & Christian Arts Ministry (MCAM), and creator/producer of The Dancer In Me Annual Performing Arts & Music Training Institute. IGuest Presenter at the World Conference Against Racism (Barbados – 2001), the United Nations NGO Women’s Conference (New York, 1999), and many print media articles. To date, Stephanie is the longest-serving African American female minister from the AME Church to serve in a full-time international missions capacity outside of the United States. Recently, Stephanie and Stephen Adams were nominated for the Gordon Lentzner Humanitarian Award through the California Conference for Equality and Justice for the outstanding work in the areas of community engagement and the Arts. She serves as an Assistant Minister on staff with Christ Our Redeemer (COR) AME Church in the 5th Episcopal District under the leadership of Pastor Mark Whitlock.
Adrian Dunn, Voice class. Is an accomplished singer, composer & vocal coach. Native of Cleveland, Ohio Mr. Dunn recently won 4 awards including Album Producer of the year for AME LIVE from the Rhythm of Gospel Awards. Mr. Dunn is a Mac Arthur Foundation and Richard Dreihaus Foundation award recipient for his original work, HOPERA: A Hip Hop Opera. The Chicago Sun Times hails “Dunn’s [Hopera] score is hugely impressive…Superb and powerfully sung”. Mr. Dunn has presented lectures & performances on HOPERA & Black music at Clark Atlanta University, Illinois State University, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College Chicago & Bowling Green State University & West Virginia University. He is the former Artistic Director of the Legacy Black Music Project at Roosevelt University, former music director at Grant AME Church & Bethel AME Church. He has sang in Italy, Finland, Estonia, South Africa, England and throughout the US. As an active singer choral director & vocal coach he has worked with Tremaine Hawkins, Myron Butler, Melonie Daniels, Troy Bright, Higher Ground Gospel Choir (Finland), Damien Sneed, Tony Momrelle (UK band Incognito), Rena Darling (EU), Max C (EU), International AME Church Mass Choir, Northwestern University Gospel Choir, West Virginia University Gospel Choir, Walt Whitman & Soul Children of Chicago & the Chicago Children’s Choir. He has sung with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, & numerous orchestras throughout Chicago. Currently Mr. Dunn is completing his most recent album Hopera: Live from New York and releasing his first book Your Voice Unleashed. Mr. Dunn’s private vocal clients can be seen on Broadway in Lion King, Ghost, RENT, BET show Sundays Best, Black Ensemble Theater & on tours throughout the US. Mr. Dunn holds a Bachelor of Music & Master of Music (in progress) from Roosevelt University Chicago with additional studies at Sibelius Academy of Music, Finland.
DAVID MITCHELL, Drama Ministry Director David N. Mitchell leads the International Drama Ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. David N. Mitchell is a native of Chicago, Illinois and began an extensive 27 year career in drama and the arts at an early age at the Greater St. John AME Church on the Southside of Chicago. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Business from Grambling State University where he won numerous national awards for acting, directing and technical theatre. Most notably, David was a three time recipient of the coveted Irene S. Ryan Best Actor Award of the American College Theatre Festival and the National Association for Dramatic and Speech Arts for two years. He founded the theatre program at St. Augustine’s College of Raleigh, North Carolina and produced a number of award winning theatrical productions.
Rev. Maurice Wright, II. Clergy & Arts Ministry Leadership instructor
Maurice Wright II serves as Senior Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Alexandria Louisiana. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having grown up in Tacoma Washington and Portland Oregon. Rev. Wright is a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School in Portland Oregon. He also studied at Wilberforce University and Portland Bible College. He completed his undergraduate studies at Morehouse College, Atlanta Georgia in the area of Choral Conducting and Voice Performance. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. Rev. Wright believes is a gifted musician, preacher and dedicated servant leader. He has traveled the country spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the preached word and the gift of song.