Joyce Barnes, Creative Director and Playwriting Teacher
Native Daytonian Joyce A. Barnes has been involved in theatre since graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Journalism and English. Joyce is a published award winning playwright. Joyce Barnes has written and directed plays with community theatre groups in Baltimore, Atlanta, and in Dayton. Her love of theatre was inspired by a production of Lorraine Hansberry’s To Be Young, Gifted, and Black, and her works reflect her interests in African American history and culture as well as the universal themes of the search for identity, the struggle for justice and dignity, and the need to find purpose in life.
Carolyn L. Seymour, Acting Teacher
Carolyn L. Seymour has been an educator for 7 years in the Dayton area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Theatre & Dance and a minor in Education. She has been an instructor of Theatre and Dance for the Dayton Business Technology High School. She is an actress, poet, dancer and songstress. Some of her works include a published book of poetry entitled The Place Within. In collaboration with Dayton Business Technology High School and Basim Blunt, Carolyn wrote and directed a short film called Famous Scars. She has been a dancer with the Kuumba: Drama, Drum & Dance Company. She continues to work in the community. She is very passionate about the youth and their success.
Nicole Pritchett, Executive Director
Working with teens, teachers, child welfare specialists, advocates, and professionals, Nicole has led the development of the Hope Road Corporation to help youth and young adults succeed through self-advocacy education. Nicole is a certified project manager professional (PMP) skilled in technological services and community support. A graduate of Miami University with a Bachelors of Integrated Studies with a dual focus in Information Technology Strategies for Organizations & Understanding Media and Culture. She has served as a project manager for organizations in performance improvement, team development and effective planning.