FOUNDER AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
HLJ has worked with the likes of Dr. Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis, Debbie Allen, Harry Belafonte and many more. His theatrical foundation began in 1974, while in college, he founded the LaVerne Players, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the companied tenure, he produced, directed, and performed in over 200 performances.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), he moved to New York City (NYC) and began working with Woodie King, Jr., successfully touring 30+ productions nationally and internationally for the National Black Touring Circuit (NYC).
Samantha Davis, an English Major at Florida International University, wears multiple hats for TheatreSouth. She has had her hands in just about every aspect of the company: acting, telemarketing, social media, graphic design, proposal writing, touring development, contract development, fundraising, and office management just to name a few. In addition to theatre, Ms. Davis is passionate about volunteering and helping those who are less fortunate. She has worked with various organizations around the country such as The Portland Rescue Mission, The Denver Rescue Mission, The Miami Rescue Mission, American Baptist Home Mission Societies Ecumenical Work Week in New Orleans and others.
Carolyn Jones has been working with TheatreSouth since its inception. She continues to support the company as the Educational Director and Event Coordinator. Mrs. Jones has designed countless gala events and receptions, is often the go-to person for costuming and has created many of TheatreSouth’s lesson plans and curricula for school students. Mrs. Jones has helped with the touring and coordination of TheatreSouth events in the following cities: Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Raleigh.
Mrs. Jones completed her bachelors at Winston Salem State University and her Masters at North Carolina Central University.
Mr. Jones has also been part of the TheatreSouth Team since its inception. He has played a number of roles for the company, however he has been instrumental in his approach as the company's President.
With TheatreSouth, his constituents rely on his innovation management, financial analysis, public speaking, and strategic decision making abilities. Jones has endured his leadership responsibilities by making sure the company’s clients and staff members keep a positive mind set and focus on the results of any business challenge.
Jones has been educated at the following institutions: Clark Atlanta University B.A. in Supply Chain Management & International Business; Columbia University in the City of New York in Masters Business Certificate – (Finance); and International MBA at Alma Graduate School hosted by the University of Bologna in Banking & Finance (Italy).