Board of Directors
A graduate of American Jewish University with an M.B.A. in nonprofit management and a graduate of Oral Roberts University with a B.S. in accounting. She worked 15 years as a Litigation Claims Specialist for major insurance companies. In 2006 she transferred her corporate skills into working as an independent casting director. She has cast several feature films, short films, stage plays, webisodes and live events. In May of 2009 she founded Kids in the Spotlight, Inc.
Gregory D. Metzger
Gregory D. Metzger is the Principal Consultant at GDM Coaching and Consulting, previously serving as National Practice Leader for two major global human capital consulting firms. Greg has a long history of Social Justice Advocacy, seeking justice and humanitarian relief globally and locally. He earned recognition and commendation for his work with Jail and Prison Inmates from the U.S. Congress, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors & the Los Angeles City Council. Before becoming a Rabbinical Student at the Academy for Jewish Religion, Mr. Metzger studied leadership at Harvard Business School and was a guest lecturer at a special program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Tamesha Scott, Board Chair
Ms. Scott is former foster child and ward of the court in the state of California. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Sociology and double minor in Psychology & Criminology. Following her graduation in 2005 she returned to California and began working in the entertainment industry in the area of Entertainment Marketing and PR for a major blue chip company.
She is an Emmy winner who starred in 6 ABC and CBS television series, countless MOW’s, episodics, school break specials, and started her career at age 8. She’s most notably known for starring opposite Michael J. Fox in ‘Back To The Future.’ For nearly 2 decades, Ms. Wells has owned and operated Armani Wells, (www.armaniwells.com), a high end men’s resale shop in Studio City, CA. Her proudest accomplishments are raising her son and helping those in need.
A graduate of Penn State University, Ms. Roceania Williams made the trip to Los Angeles, CA from Pittsburgh, PA by way of New York City. Immediately after graduating and during her time in New York, Ms. Williams landed the opportunity to work for Conde Nast Publications. She was then afforded an opportunity with Def Jam Records in the Publicity and Artist Relations department. With being groomed by her mentor, Chrissy Murray, Ms. Williams ventured into the Publicity and Artist Relations department for Mercury Records in their Black Music Division, after 4 years with Def Jam. There she was entrusted with not only the responsibility of publicity, but in assisting with setting up promotional tours for Mercury’s new and emerging artists, such as Brian McKnight and Vanessa Williams. Ms. Williams ended her tenure in New York in her role as Manager of Artist Relations for Atlantic Records, but it was there where she worked with recording artists such as Aaliah, Brandy, The Braxtons, Lil’ Kim, and INTRO, to name a few. She also took the opportunity to co-host an entertainment news magazine show, What’s The 411?, as well as field report and produce for BET’s Screen Sceen. It was in New York that her passion was ignited to pursue the arts and from this, she moved to Los Angeles, CA. Often described as funny, creative, and spirited, Ms. Williams credits
Our teachers work in the entertainment industry and/or have degrees in their respective disciplines.
Sharon Hogg ~ Co-Director
For the past eleven years, Ms. Hogg has taught the Meisner Method Acting Technique at the highly respected Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio in Santa Monica, CA. Her work extends to appearances in feature and independent films, television, music videos and theater, in addition to working behind the camera in production and casting. She is the founder of MONARCH Theater Company.
T. Faye Griffin ~ Executive Producer of “Movies by Kids, For Kids” Film Festival & Awards Ceremony
NAACP Image Award winner and proud product of South Central Los Angeles, T. Faye Griffin has put words into the mouths of Academy Award winners, comedians, and politicians as a speech and comedy writer. With more than 20 years experience, she has amassed an impressive list of television writing and producing credits. Griffin is a longtime member of the Writer’s Guild of America and the owner of the boutique writing service Words by Faye.
A published author and screenwriter, Mr. Nelson received his B.F.A from Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts and an M.F.A. from the University of Illinois. In Chicago, he founded the Congo Square Theatre Company in the mid 1990′s. He also worked as a teacher in the Chicago public school system. His film Fly Like Mercury, produced by David Schwimmer and directed by Harry Lennix, received an award at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles.
He is the founder and president of Jack Of All Trades, Inc. He has a B.F.A. from G.M.U. in acting and has been working in the media field as producer, director, editor and cameraman for over twenty years. He lends his skills to KITS as a director, editor and web-designer.
Antonio D. Charity
A graduate of Howard University’s Department of Theatre Arts, Mr. Charity has appeared in numerous TV shows, films, commercials and Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. He has also worked for more than 20 years as a mentor for several youth programs such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Big Brother Big Sister program.