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 a graduate of Monroe College in New York. Simpson also is the founder of Sis to Sis Productions, I Am Awards, and serves on the Fulton County Arts board.
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Drama & Arts Academy Staff
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 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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PianoTeacher Rhonda Bell-Kelley
Rhonda Bell-Kelley received the Master of Arts in Church Music (MACM) from Gammon Theological Seminary of The Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in May, 2003. She received the Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College. She is completing requirements for the Doctor of Worship Studies, concentrating on sacred choral music. As a student at Spelman College, she was a member of the renowned Spelman College Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. Roland Allison, and studied piano with Dr. Grace Boggs Smith.
Hip-Hop DanceTeacher Semaj Cottle
My name is Semaj Cottle. I was born and raised in North Philadelphia. I’m an Actor, Dancer, Model, Screenwriter and much more. I have love for the arts but dancing always helps me best express myself.
Performing Arts Initiative 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.
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.