About Us

Hazel Simpson

Founder/Owner Hazel Simpson

Hazel Simpson founded Drama & Arts Academy in 2009 and continues to provide childcare services to children throughout metro Atlanta, with a new location in Fayetteville, Georgia.  Simpson takes pride in the arts and believes that the arts yield lifelong learning in any capacity.  She also is an author, producer, director, and film writer that is claiming her spot among the elite women in film and media in the emerging southern capital of entertainment, Atlanta, Georgia.  Simpson's most recent film release is "Sisters and the Shrink 2" which is available on Amazon Prime and RokuTV-Sis to Sis TV.


Simpson is also the founder of Sis to Sis Productions, I Am Awards, and serves on the Fulton County Arts board.  


Hazel Simpson links:


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Drama & Arts Academy Staff
Site Director-Di'Mera Melvin
Di'Mera Melvin

Di'Mera Melvin has twenty years of experience working in the field of education.  His educational experience includes early childhood and higher education.  He currently also serves as a Department Chair for a college and a professor.  His passion is teaching, business management, professional development, public relations, and media production.

Performing Arts Director-Brandon Ellis

Brandon Ellis began training in the performing arts at age 7. Ellis’ career spans well over 29 years of professional experience in dance, teaching dance, choreography, acting, and singing.

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Dancer/Singer/Actor LaTrisa Harper
LaTrisa Harper

LaTrisa Harper is a multi-talented actor, singer, and dancer.  Her background consists of years working in Broadway theaters and traveling extensively pursuing her career goals in the performing arts.  Career highlights include being a dancer at The Ailey School and acting experience gained from Susan Batson Studios.  Harper also has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Townson State University.  

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Drama Teacher-Jamika Davis*
PA Teacher-India Richards*
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Excellence and Purpose

Drama and Arts Academy is an educational environment that teaches children through an academic and art-based curriculum. Our environment commits to fostering and maintaining high academic standards that will ensure the growth of our children is both mentally and physically sound.


Our vision is our commitment to encourage the expression of talent through the arts and embrace the innovative approaches to excellence.

The Projection

Drama and Arts Academy understands that creativity and innovation (arts) are rightbrained activities, in comparison, to left-brained activities in areas such as reading, writing, and math that are equally important for the full development of children. Studies have shown that for the brain to be efficient, both parts of the brain must work together. Drama and Arts Academy has developed a fun and fully functional educational model that explores all areas of the arts through classes in acting, theater, media, and visual arts. Despite the lack of arts in many school curricula due to instruction time or lack of resources, our learning environment is available and ready to assist each child.