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 #OnQ...
Acclaimed for multiple talents, Quentin Talley is an accomplished poet, actor, director, and producer. Quentin is Founder and Artistic Director of OnQ Performing Arts, a 2012 recipient of the inaugural Leadership U Fellowship, administered by Theater Communications Group and funded by The Andrew Mellon Foundation, and 2003 graduate of Winthrop University with a BA in Theatre Performance. 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: Rise For Freedom, 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 (.) As a founder, artistic director and producer, OnQ Performing Arts is currently in its 6th season of residence at Blumenthal Performing Arts and was an 2012 MTA nominee for Theater Company of the Year. OnQ started in 2006 with a mission to educate and produce, classic, contemporary and original performance works that reflect the black experience.
Sheri “Bernie” Borges joined OnQ Performing Arts as Managing Director in the fall of 2014, and has taken a strong leadership role at Charlotte’s premier African American theater production organization. Prior to joining OnQ, Sheri spent over ten years as an executive in IBM’s marketing division. As a Project/Marketing Manager, she has; developed, structured, implemented and executed marketing campaigns in the areas of: Retail, Wholesale, Gaming & Entertainment, Industrial, Chemicals & Petroleum, Electronics, Aerospace & Defense. Generating win revenue as high as $150 Million while managing, simultaneous, budgets of up to $5 Million. Sheri is currently the Database Marketing Program Manager for IRA accounts at TIAA-CREF Financial Services. The daughter of a Jazz musician, and with a substantial family history in the arts, Sheri humbles herself as a 'novice' despite being a published poet, ghost writer & composer and instrumentalist, now developing her skills in the visual craft.Sheri brings her extensive career experience in the Arts, Business, Finance, Retail Management, Planning, Compliance and Sustainability to bear in her role as Managing Director to ensure OnQ Performing Arts remains not only the premier African American theater production organization in Charlotte, North Carolina but to also bring OnQ’s mission to the nation and the world.
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.
Kashaad Kraus is a recent Theatre Performance graduate from Winthrop. He has been in productions ranging from Marisol, Body Maps (work-shopped by Tim Miller), and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well directing Hush, Little Baby. This is his first year working with OnQ and he is excited to bring his skill set to the company. He would like to thank his family, friends, beautiful girlfriend, and the Lord for all their support.
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.