David Shackelford: Co-Writer
David is excited about making his writing debut with Port Chicago 50. As an actor his credits include such films as "Giving Worth", "Conceal", "If Not For His Grace" and his own created short film "When."
Dennis Rowe: Co-Writer, Producer, Director
Dennis is the writer of the feature films "If Not For His Grace" and "Almond Joy". He has written two television shows, eight stage plays/musicals and three books. As a producer, he produced the Port Chicago 50 stage production in five cities & Off-Broadway, as well as several stage musicals throughout the US. He was co-producer of the gospel musical God's Trying To Tell You Something which toured to 175 cities. He has directed a film and nine stage productions.
Thomas Brown: Art Director
Thomas is a visual artist, set designer and writer. As a Production Designer, he has worked on GANG TAPES for Lion’s Gate Films, I’M LOOKIN’ OUT FOR YOU - Clever Films, VOICES AND CHOICES - Center for Latino Health, PRETTY WOMEN, TOO - Troy Beyer Prod., LA PIETA - Pieta Prod., and ATTACK OF THE ROCK N’ ROLL ALIENS for Interplanetary Prod.
For television, Thomas has worked with NBC, CBS, Fox, BET and Paramount as Art Director on various projects.
He began his career in 1975, after graduating from The University of Georgia with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. He taught Set Design and Technical Production at Spelman College where he designed for over 300 theatrical, dance and musical concert productions. While there he worked with such notables as Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, director and writer Spike Lee, theater educator and writer Dr. Baldwin Burroughs, screenwriter and playwright Lanie Robertson of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, blues playwright Ray McIver and noted Atlanta film actress and theater producer Georgia Allen.
Thomas left Spelman for UCLA where he received his Masters degree in 1992, in Set Design for Theatre, TV and Film. He did double duty, school and entertainment work. Some of that work included designs for DISNEYLAND:ENTERTAINMENT ART, THE McDONALD’S GOSPELFEST,
FRIEDA PAYNE, OLETA ADAMS and THE MINORITY AIDS PROJECT.
In 2000, he began a six-year relationship with the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) as Production Art Director. In 2003 he began work with the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as their in-house set
designer and Technical Director. In 2009 he was hired as Production Art Director for a project called, The Caribbean Classic Golf International (CCGI).
Thomas has continued to work in film, television and theater. He is a four-time winner of the NAACP THEATER AWARD and a three-time winner of THE DRAMALOGUE AWARD for theater set design.