"Dedicated to helping children succeed, not only on stage, but in life."
Felecia A. Scott
Co-Founder & Program Director
Ms. Scott studied drama in New York City at the Herbert Bergdorf Studios and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She graduated from the Berkeley Business School in New York. A veteran of stage, television and films, in New York and Los Angeles, Felecia has over 15 years of combined experience working in the industry. Ms. Scott co-founded Faith Acting Studios in 1992, and All God's Children Performing Arts Conservatory (AGC) in 1995, which was awarded the NAACP Community Service Award. During the week, Ms. Scott is the Arts Enrichment Coordinator at Vista Del Mar School in Culver City, which serves children with learning disabilities.
David W. Keller
Co-Founder & Sponsor
David's early career was spent in investment banking and venture capital. He also spent time in Southeast Asia writing speeches for the Japanese head of an international development bank, sailed his own boat with his family 18,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean and back, and produced an award-winning PBS documentary on men at midlife. In addition to his active involvement with All About Kids, David is an avid supporter of the research being conducted by the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, and he also provides funds for other Los Angeles programs that serve at-risk youth.
David received a B.A. from Yale University.
Ms. Sengpiehl is a professional opera singer, who has performed leading roles in opera and musical theatre productions, as well as orchestral concert works, throughout America and Europe. She also has performed on many soundtracks and commercials. Lillian began teaching "Opera In The Schools" with the New York City Opera. Her career as an educator blossomed when she moved to Los Angeles in 2005, where, in addition to her role as Musical Director of AAK, she maintains a very active private teaching studio.
Lillian received her Bachelor Degree in Theatre and Voice from the University of Kansas and pursued graduate work at The Manhattan School of Music in New York City.
BEACON Director/Tap Instructor
Carol holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois and danced professionally with Especially Tap Chicago and the Jazz Tap Ensemble in Los Angeles. Ms. Zee served as Halle Berry's tap teacher for the HBO film Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and received a Lester Horton Award in 2009 honoring her service to the dance community. From 2000-2017, she served as the Artistic Director for The Gabriella Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to transform the lives of under-served youth through high quality dance training.
Ms. Zee joined AAK in 2017, to spearhead the launch of the BEACON Program (Building Education And Career Opportunities Now), which is designed to assist AAK's high school students in gaining more self-awareness and in understanding their perceptions of themselves, while discovering where their true passions lie for their future.
Choreographer & Dance Instructor
Raised in Los Angeles, Jewel's career as a performer began at the ripe age of 3, when she worked as an actress in a Buick Regal commercial. It wasn't until she was a teenager that she realized dance was a career she wanted to pursue. By the time Jewel had reached her 20's, she had worked with Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Jasmine Guy, Martika, Keenan Ivory Wayans and others doing film, video and tours. Her break into hip-hop led her to work with LL Cool J, Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Master P, to name a few. She also has worked on film and television projects such as Oprah Winfrey's "Their Eyes Were Watching". She currently teaches full-time as a dance coordinator for "A Place Called Home", a non-profit in South Central Los Angeles that teaches under-served children how to empower themselves through dance.
Jewel graduated from UCLA with a degree in History.
Choreographer & Acting Instructor
Kyausha was born in Los Angeles, studied at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has played various roles on TV shows, musicals and feature films and has worked with mega music stars, such as Beyoncé, Jay Z, Rihanna, Pharrell Williams, Destiny's Child, Luther Vandross, Usher, and The Killers. Recent choreography work includes Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago The Band. Ms. Simpson has not only worked as a choreographer for iconic bands, but her experience also includes stage direction, video content coordinating, lighting collaboration and performing as a stylist for music bands. Aside from loving to display her talents, Kyausha has a passion for helping others reach their full potential.
Charlotte is a recent graduate of California State University Fullerton, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Her training prior to CSUF's acting program came from the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, as well as All About Kids Performing Arts Center. Ms. Williams has been acting for 13 years and has been in several theatrical, film and television productions, including a Verizon Wireless commercial and a production of This Property Is Condemned by Tennessee Williams. In 2009, she had the opportunity to perform in a rock musical, entitled Runaways, by Elizabeth Swados in Edinburgh, Scotland. Charlotte is the 2010 recipient of the Young Arts Silver Award, which earned her the Young Arts Presidential Scholar nomination. In 2013, she became the Irene Ryan Finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
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