Kelvyn Bell is a guitarist, composer and educator whose talents are frequently requested in New York’s theater, film, music and poetry worlds. He also served as Musical Director for The Harlem School of the Arts mentoring a host of young talent for over 12 years. Music Director for “Carry Me Home,” the motion picture featuring Cuba Gooding Jr., Mr. Bell has also contributed music to the film, “Black Nativity,” starring Forrest Whitaker and Angela Bassett. Winner of the 2008 Audelco Award for “Outstanding Musical Direction” of Archbishop Supreme Tartuff, featuring Andre DeShields, Mr. Bell served as Composer-in-Residence for The Classical Theatre of Harlem from 2002 to 2009. Having performed as a guitarist in various collaborations with poets, Sekou Sundiata, Amiri Baraka, Quincy Troupe, and Allison Hedge Coke, Bell has also recorded and performed extensively throughout Europe, Japan, and the USA with musical greats, Arthur Blythe, Lester Bowie, James Carter, Defunkt and his own avant-funk jazz band, Kelvynator.
Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and photographer. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and artist residencies including Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, Cave Canem Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, among others. In 2011, Griffiths appeared in the first ever poetry issue in Oprah’s O Magazine as a new emerging poet. She has published three books of poems, her latest will be published in May 2015.
Nambi E. Kelley most recently performed in her co-adaption of The Book of Living and Dying at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore 2013, and the Singapore Arts Festival 2012. Kelley made her Off Broadway debut Court Martial at Fort Devens (6 AUDELCO Awards). Notable credits: playing opposite Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad at the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival (Ifa Bayeza’s Charleston Olio), Gees Bend at Arkansas Rep. Lydia Diamond’s Harriet Jacobs (Steppenwolf Theatre, Kansas City Rep), The Good Negro (Goodman Theatre, Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination) The Glass Menagerie (Steppenwolf Theatre) The Ballad of Emmett Till (Goodman Theatre), Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Goodman Theatre, Jefferson Award Nomination, Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination). Notable television credits include: Person of Interest (CBS), Elementary (CBS) The Beast (A&E) guest-starring opposite Patrick Swayze, and City of Angels (CBS) recurring. Kelley, was a playwright-in-residence at the Goodman Theatre 2011-12, and her adaptation of Native Son will receive a production at Court Theatre in Chicago Fall 2014. Kelley holds a B.F.A. (The Theatre School, DePaul University), and an M.F.A. (Goddard College). www.nambikelley.com.
Quincy Troupe is a poet, writer, editor, and professor emeritus of creative writing from the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of 20 books, including nine books of poetry and three children’s books. Mr. Troupe’s book, The Pursuit of Happyness was a bestseller and major motion picture starring Will Smith. Mr. Troupe co-wrote the autobiography of Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography, which has been translated into twenty-three languages. He will teach youth fundamental concepts (form, meter, rhyme, rhythm) of and contemporary influences (blues, hip hop, jazz) in poetry. He is married to Gloster native, Margaret Porter Troupe, the director of The Gloster Project and the Harlem Arts Salon.
Carlos Uribe is a masterful silkscreen printer, scenic design artist, and professor of printmaking at SUNY-New Paltz, where he received his MFA in printmaking. He was director of arts education at the Garrison Art Center in New York and has a history in theater production having worked with The Berkeley (CA) Shakespeare Co., The Black Repertory Group (CA), San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Company, Harlem Textile Works (NY). His works have been shown in the group and solo exhibitions in the USA and abroad, including the Wilmer Jennings Gallery @ Kenkeleba Gallery (NY), Seoul Museum of Contemporary Art (Korea), and Site Sante Fe (NM).
The Gloster Project is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. This project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.