Founded in 2006, On Q Performing Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theater company, based in Charlotte, NC, dedicated to educating and producing classic, contemporary, and original performance works that reflect the Black Experience.
On Q has a multitude of talented people working on stage and behind the scenes...
Here are a few folks that keep theatre in Charlotte and beyond On Q...
Quentin Talley is the founder of On Q Performing Arts and has served as its Executive Artistic Director for six years. Acclaimed for multiple talents, Q is an internationally renowned poet and a 2012 recipient of the Leadership U Fellowship, adminstered by Theater Communications Group and funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Thru the 18 month fellowship for emerging leaders in the field of theater, Q will be mentored by Lou Bellamy, Founder and Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company. As a poet, he has performed throughout the country, appeared in the Borders Open-Door Poetry series and Turner South network, as well as shared the stage with such luminaries as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, MC Lyte, Sonia Sanchez and Tavis Smiley. As an Actor, he has worked professionally with Children’s Theater of Charlotte, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Winston Salem Arts Council, and New River Dramatist. His directing credits include: Dutchman, In The Blood, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Day of Absence, Paul Robeson, Rhyme Deferred and Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.). On Q is currently in its 5th season of residence at Blumenthal Performing Arts and was an 2012 MTA nominee for Theater Company of the Year. Q is a 2003 graduate of Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre Performance.
2012 Metrolina Theatre Association EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR nominee, Jermaine Nakia Lee, will now be serving OnQ as Interim Managing Director. This Miami native graduated from the famed New World School of the Arts and studied Music Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mr. Lee is a multi-faceted member of the Creative Class who has achieved regional and national success as a professional actor, dancer, director, producer, playwright, master teaching artist and arts administrator. Before OnQ, Lee was a invaluable team member at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Blumenthal Performing Arts - Education Institute and the Children's Theatre of Charlotte. During it's 2012-13 Season, OnQ produced Lee's FOR THE LOVE OF HARLEM (FLH) - a stirring musical about the pioneers of the 1920's New Negro Movement. FLH draw record breaking audiences, critical acclaim and countless awards/nominations. Mr. Lee is committed to strengthening OnQ's educational programs, audience development, marketability and sustainability - that it might continue to be a rare and radiant jewel on the crown of the Queen City.
Many people talk about leaving their mark on the entertainment industry only to find space is limited. There are existing marks on the entertainment industry and they all read, “Jameka S. Whitten was here.” To call her a Renaissance woman is an understatement. And to think her storm has subsided is a huge mistake. She continues to shift the atmosphere with her fierce style, get-it-done tenacity and creative flair. Jameka served as the Co-Founder and former Executive Creative Director for SOTAC (State of the Arts & Culture) Magazine (now SOTACi) until her entrepreneurial flame was lit in 2007; and she decided to concentrate on nurturing her enterprise- JSW Media Group; a boutique public relations, marketing and brand management firm focused on the entertainment, fashion and publishing fields. In addition to owning JSW Media Group and serving as CEO, Jameka played an integral role as a founding member and former Chief Operating Officer for Amped 4-A-Cure, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports cancer research through music. When not juggling the demands of entrepreneurship, Jameka wears the hat of a seasoned speaker/spokesperson for various commercial, editorial, event hosting and television/video assignments. She holds a bachelor’s in Communication Studies with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix.
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, Davita ‘MissSwatty’ Galloway attended UNCC where she received an MSPH and Parsons The New School for Design in New York. Having created dupp&swat, LLC—an all-inclusive agency—with her brother, Dion, a product of A&T, they are involved in everything creative; from fashion show production to poetry events, from wardrobe styling to photo shoots and much more.
As the resident costumers for On Q Productions, they believe that authenticity in wardrobe selection seals the authenticity of the story and preserves the impact of the tale.
Tiffaney Moore Borgelin is a professional voice coach who offers her clients a unique holistic approach to voice. Tiffaney was the first ever winner of the MTA award for Outstanding Original Short Work for “FIRE!”, a piece she wrote and performed. She has also garnered MTA nominations as Emerging Artist of the Year and Outstanding Lead Actress for original works she wrote and performed. Other accomplishments include commissions to write and perform works for the North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women and The Lowes Pride Awards. For her work in holistic voice care, Tiffaney was recently honored by the American College of Health Sciences as an outstanding alumni. She has been the in-house voice coach for On Q Productions since it’s inception and also maintains a private clientele. Tiffaney contracts with various groups and organizations as a voice coach and travels presenting voice workshops across the country, while also providing services to clients worldwide via www.thenaturalvoice.com.