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Sandra A. Daley-Sharif
Founder & Producing Artistic Director
Sandra is an Afro-Caribbean writer, director, actress, and dramaturg living in Savannah, GA. She is a recipient of the Josephine Abady Award, commending her for her contribution, as a producer, of Diversity to the American theater landscape. Sandra is founder and Producer of the OBIE Award-winning Harlem9, Inc. She is currently Professor of Dramatic Writing at Savannah College of Art and Design and previously taught at Sarah Lawrence College. Her recent TV credits include Dr. Death, Blue Bloods, and Madam Secretary. The Fire This Time presented a reading of her full-length play Hedda: A Portrait of a (Young) Woman and a production of her short play Anonymous, which was also produced by the EstroGenius Festival. Sandra’s play Straddling the Edge is on The Kilroy List, a Barbour Award finalist, and was recently workshopped at the cell theatre, directed by Kira Simring. Les Fréres is a Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, on the Kilroy List, and a Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist. She is in workshop with her sci-fi play Chasing the Storm directed by William Steinberger and working on a new draft of Hedda and George with The Road Theatre Company (Under Construction).
Spencer Scott Barros
Founder & Associate Producing Director
Spencer Scott Barros is also a founding member of HARLEM9, an alliance of black theatre producers. He has been working professionally in the New York Arts community for over 25 years as a professional actor, director, coach and teaching artist.
In addition to being Associate Artistic Director of Blue Diamond Productions for 8 years, he was also an Associate Producer for the Evening Shades Black History Month Festival for 5 years. He has been a member of The Workshop Theater Company, New Perspectives Theater Company and Partial Comfort.
As an actor he has appeared on Broadway and off, as well as in many regional theaters. He has worked with some of the best directors in theatre, including: George C. Wolfe, JoAnne Akalaitis, Marion McClinton, Rob Urbinati and Robert O'Hara, to name a few. He has a successful career in commercials and voice overs.
Spencer is an accomplished director. He also facilitates global discussions on creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.
Bernard J. Tarver
Associate Producing Director
Bernard has been in the entertainment industry in a variety of capacities for the past 25 years. He has been a part of the production team at The Castillo Theatre on W. 42nd Street in New York, for several years. In August 2010, he was a financial backer of A Raisin in the Salad, by Kevin R. Free, presented at that year’s FringeNYC festival. Bernard is also currently writing his first stage play Brother From the Other Side of Town, as a member of the Liberation Theatre Company’s Black Playwrights’ Group. He serves on the Advisory Board of A Mile in My Shoes, Inc., an entertainment production company, and is a member of Theatre Communications Group, Theatre Resources Unlimited and the Harlem Arts Alliance. Outside of the industry, Bernard has worked extensively in nonprofit management and training, with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Bailey House, Inc., a supportive housing provider for people living with HIV/AIDS. Bernard is a graduate of Syracuse University and a native of Poughkeepsie, NY. He lives in Harlem.