EYTE Visiting Teaching Artists
Theo Perkins is the Founder of the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble (EYTE) and Snikrep Productions. EYTE has recently partnered with HBO’s Corporate Social Responsibility division to expose high school students in New Jersey to the theater and filmmaking process. His producing credits include the short film “Train(ed),” the documentary “Damn Wonderful,” directed by Nelsan Ellis (“True Blood” “Get on Up”); and the new web series “Jackson & Lewis.” As an actor, his TV credits include guest star appearances on “Lie to Me,” Raising the Bar,” and “N.C.I.S.” Broadway credits: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat” Off-Broadway: “It’s a Matter of Pride.” Theo was recently seen in the LA Times Critics Pick production of “The Brothers Size” (2014 Ovation Nominee). He has earned a Bachelors of Arts from Morehouse College and a Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA’s TFT. His recent drama “Hands to the Sky,” (directed by TFT alum Kimberly Townes) confronts autism in the urban community, and is playing at festivals across the country.
Angela Kariotis (Director/Writing/Spoken Word) is a Greek- American, writer, performer, educator, and mother. As an extension of her activist work, Angela’s creative works provoke thought and entertain, while aimed at cultivating social change. While Angela pulls much of her material from life, she sharpened her skills at Seton Hall University (Winner, Paidea Award for Excellence in Performance) and The University of Texas at Austin, Masters in Performance Studies and Communication Studies (Winner, Most Artistic, Texas Revue). Angela is an alumna of The Austin Project, Macondo Writers Workshop, and Poetic People Power. In 2011, Angela’s show about bullying for very young students, BULLIEZ, will be published in an anthology by Teatro V!da, Bullying: Voices Beyond the Schoolyard. To learn more about Angela visit her website at
George Peters (Director/Social Activism) is a master of ceremonies, an actor, a writer, a producer, a teacher, a poet, a rapper, a singer, and an only child. It is perhaps the last of these that explains how he came to wear so many hats. Most recently, you may have spotted George 2.0 on stage opening up for the inimitable Ms. Janelle Monae. Over the past few years, George has honed his skills as an MC, hosting benefits and concerts all over the country. Known to audiences as “2.0″, he has made several television cameos and has released a “sitcom mixtape” of original songs and sketches, called “Turn off the TV.” This series has recently been developed into curriculum for schools across North America with participant ages ranging from 7-22 years old. The program is designed to encourage artists of any age and skill level to produce competitive content with little to no resources and even fewer excuses.
Safiya Grimsley (Dance/Movement) is a very enthusiastic actress and choreographer, who entered the entertainment world through community theatre. A budding young talent hailing from Elizabeth, New Jersey, started performing in any capacity she could. Her performances in “The Journey” and “Pandora” which both played at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) during its opening year. She also was a member of the W.H. Halloran School #22 choir that was selected to perform in “A Christmas Carol “ on dance and started teaching. Thus, beginning what would become a 12 year career as a teaching artist. Safiya has been and continues to teach for several of the regions area. She has amazing talent continues to audition for both stage them to let their voices be heard and to always be the best they can be.
Omar Scroggins (Acting for the Camera) is an accomplished working actor for 17 years has worked with some of the biggest names in this industry. Directors such as Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Bill Duke, Ernest Dickerson, Levar Burton, and Sylvester Stallone. Actors like Jeffrey Wright, Samuel L. Jackson, Melvin Van Peebles, and Anthony Andersen just to name a few. This young man was also a regular guest star on “Law & Order” sell products from McDonald’s and Cingular to Sprite and Hershey’s throughout the years. Omar’s goal is to awaken our youth, ultimately helping them unlock their true potential, using his many talents and vast experience.
Genese Martin (Acting/Production) is a graduate of Rowan University with a BA in Communications a Minor in Theater and a Concentration in African American Studies. She was 1st runner up in Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens 1996. She has studied African, Jazz, Ballet, Point, and Hip-Hop dance at Maria Priaka, Freedom Theater in Philadelphia, PA, the NJ School of Ballet, and Broadway Dance Center. Her Television/Film credits include documentaries, educational and pop culture programming. She has worked for WHYY Ch12, Philadelphia, PA; Viacom/MTV Networks; and various independent production companies. As a teaching artist she has worked with the following organizations teaching theater, dance, and film: Boys and Girls Clubs Union County, Steve Adubato’s Stand and Deliver. Newark Youth Leadership Program, East Orange Charter Schools, Newark Symphony Hall; Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble, Montclair Summer Broadway camp, NJIT/Rutgers – Upward Bound ESL Programs, Paper mill Playhouse, Playwrights Theater NJ, RESTORE Ministries, Institute for Arts and Humanities, IHAD – I Have a Dream Foundation, Sharon Miller Dance Studio, Summit School of Dance, The Connection for Women and Children – Summit, Yendor Productions, Winceyco. Inc.
Pierre Coleman (Cinematographer) is the founder of Solid Brick Entertainment. His passion for film dates back to his childhood and he has been pursuing it ever since. He attended Howard University’s School of Communication, earning his degree in Film Production and during his time there, he met a myriad of people that influenced and challenged his perspectives in filmmaking. Along with working hard at the University, Pierre ventured outside of school to gain additional experience. He worked on the television show Crossing Over with John Edward and also worked with MTV Networks, Discovery Channel and Ventana Productions. Pierre worked on the critically acclaimed HBO series The Wire and films starring Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Tina Fey, Steve Carrell and Taraji P. Henson, just to name a few. He is presently funding and developing his own independent films and working on projects for other Indie Filmmakers as well. So far in the independent filmmaking world, he has done short films, a documentary and currently has several projects in development including a few series and feature length films. Pierre knows that his hands-on knowledge along with his formal education are invaluable, but he also knows that his passion and drive for the business make his success inevitable.
DuBois Ashong – Writer/Director/Teacher Native of East Orange/Newark, NJ, DuBois Ashong is a filmmaker with roots in the arts, starting from early childhood as an actor and apprentice at the world famous Harlem Theatre Company. Under the tutelage of founder James Pringle and Executive Board Director Harry Veronica Stubblefield, DuBois began his early development in the world of theatre. As a high school student, DuBois worked at Harlem Theatre Company in nearly every capacity as a support employee. Those years of hard work led DuBois to Hampton University, where he studied both Political Science and helped institute the Film Studies Department in 2008. Upon his graduation in 2009 with a B.A in Political Science and minor in Film Studies, DuBois set upon the world of filmmaking, taking his college film project THELONIOUS HANDS and turning it into a legitimate film. Over the last 4 years, DuBois has developed an independent docu-series entitled “Road to Production”, which followed him and his team along the entire process of the film’s early creation. The docu-series to date encompasses eleven episodes, and has been featured in several magazines including Graegram Mag, and J’adore. In both cases, DuBois was featured as “Emerging Young Artist”. To date, Thelonious Hands has been read, screened and features in several festivals to sold-out audiences in both Harlem NYC, and Los Angeles California, as well as being a featured project at the Aljira; A Center For Contemporary Art in Newark, New Jersey 2010, with special performing guest, Amiri Baraka. Professionally DuBois has also worked at Paper Brown Clothiers as Senior Media and Brand Manager, developing and directing commercials brand series ARTISANS as well as Details: a comprehensive look at PAPER BROWN BAG.