Collaborating Artists

From Authoring Action's origins, the support and development of local professional artists has been a top priority. Authoring Action contracts with artists to teach their craft, exposing teens to their artistic visions and skills through collaboration. The result is a magical thing... a product created by both the teen apprentice and the professional artist. Artists are recognized and celebrated and often report that their connection and mentoring of teens has informed their own craft as they develop and hone their ability to be teaching artists.

Authoring Action is working hard to expand our new home at the Winston-Salem Center for Education and the Arts! It now includes a visual art room and soon to be film-making editing/screening room. In these newly created spaces, we engage with local artists in our community to provide artist workshops and film-making instruction.

Collaborating Teaching Artists - 2017/2018:  

  • Paul Douse (singer/songwriter/diverse musical genres),
  • Sylvia Smith, Vocalist (Central University, Durham,NC),
  • Frenchie LaVern, Costume and Make up for Student Films. 
  • Jennifer O'Kelly, Lighting and Scenic Designer. Teaches and collaborates with youth to develop the set, lighting and operate lighting for the Summer Intensives and Annual Winter Retrospectives at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. She also mentors teens to be the lighting technicians during performance engagements.
  • Brandon Woods teaches movement to Authoring Action youth during the Summer Intensive.
  • Eric Glenn is a collaborating musician as well as being the Program Director for the "Just Us" program.
  • Sara Graybeal is a Guest Writer during the Summer Intensive.
  • Chad Beroth directs the youth in creating a logo design for the Summer Intensive.
  • Village Yoga Outreach, Owner Bonnie Phillips provides a mindful yoga practice each morning at our Summer Intensive Youth Program, teaching basic yoga poses and breathing exercises.
  • Yoga Unplugged, Owner Audra Byers is a creative movement artist. Provides yoga instruction and yoga calisthenics during the Summer Intensive. 

Authoring Action's Summer Intensive Youth Program works with collaborating choreographers and film-makers from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Throughout the school year, visiting artists collaborate on special projects and partnerships. Each are paid via income through honoraria, donations, workshop fees, or special project grants.

Authoring Action Alumni

Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter

Winston-Salem, North Carolina native, Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter is a graduate of the 2012 High School Drama program of the North Carolina School of the Arts. There he was challenged in every aspect of his life: mentally, physically, emotionally, physiologically and spiritually. Some of his academic accomplishments include the Sharon Poindexter Citizenship award of Forsyth County Schools, Humanitarian Award of the Human Relation Committee of Winston-Salem, and Best Male Actor & Best Leading Male of the North Carolina Theater Competition.  

JJ is now a fourth year Actor at the Juilliard School in New York City, where he is a member of the Juilliard Leadership Committee. He is also the recipient of the Drama Council Scholarship, Edward F. Limato Scholarship in Drama, and the Courageous Spirit Award. 

In spite of his many talents he confesses that his life would be nothing without the mercy and love of God, stating that he is the ultimate ruler of his life and refuses to have it any other way.  J.J. is the son of Steven and Sonya Waddell (owners of Simply Soul Restaurant), and brother to Joi and Jasmine Jeter.

Dionna Daniel

Dionna Daniel is actress, vocalist, songwriter and spoken word artist who was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been a member of Authoring Action since she was 15 years old. Dionna gives Authoring Action the credit for developing her as a young artist. However, she says she wouldn’t be anywhere without the love and support from her parents.

She attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts for Visual Art her junior year of High School and graduated in 2013 with a concentration in drama.  She currently attends California Institute of the Arts for acting where she was awarded the Seavers scholarship and will be heading into her junior year. 

Tony Jenkins

Tony Jenkins is an actor/author from Winston-Salem, NC. He is entering his 4th year in Acting at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

Recent Projects include Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune, Twelfth Night, and Woyzeck.  His next play is an original work entitled The Souls Amid the Iron Partition, which will be premiering at the National Black Theatre Festival. 

Tony entered Authoring Action at 15 as part of the REACH Ensemble.  He attributes his arts activism and passion for change to his years spent as a mentor and writer. This year he is working in Engagement Development/Music Director - 2016 Summer Intensive.