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hinton battle - ceo/artistic director

ceo, hinton battle, a native washingtonian, has enjoyed tremendous success as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and producer. he is considered a creative genius and is a highly sought after master teacher and choreographer. In addition to broadway credits that include leading roles in the wiz, miss saigon, chicago, dreamgirls, bob fosse’s dancin’ and the tap dance kid, mr. battle was also principal dancer with the dance theater of harlem and chicago lyric opera ballet. he has choregrapher for theater, television and films such as idlewild. as producer he has enjoyed success with road to broadway for japanese television, hinton battle’s american variety bang!  sistas the musical, st. lukes theater, nyc.



denise saunders-thompson - press rep  DdSaunders & Associates Inc.




Denise Saunders Thompson has extensive experience in non-profit and for-profit, established or start-up organizations. She has advised organizations on administrative, programmatic and fundraising issues including strategic plans, policy and procedures, communications programs, budgeting and contracts. Currently, Denise is the Chairperson/Executive Director for the International Association of Blacks in Dance, a non-profit service organization, President & CEO of D.d.Saunders & Associates, Inc., a comprehensive fine arts advisory firm offering artist management/representation, arts producing, consulting, and production services, and a Professorial Lecturer for the Graduate Arts Management Degree Program at American University. Denise recently concluded 17 years of service at Howard University in the capacities of Professor, Theatre Manager/Producing Artistic Director for the Department of Theatre Arts and Manager of Cramton Auditorium.  Mrs. Thompson has held positions at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Alliance Theatre Company, National Black Arts Festival, 1996 Olympic Arts Festival, 1996 Olympics, Lincoln Theatre, Several Dancers Core, the Atlanta Dance Initiative, the Mark Taper Forum, the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, Harrah’s Marina Hotel Casino as well as other numerous positions.


In addition, she is a grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the St. Paul Companies. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Arts Producing and Management, and a B.F.A. from Howard University in Theatre Arts Administration. Mrs. Thompson is the proud mother of her 8-year old son, Kellen, and wife to Darrin Thompson, Sr.


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