Dani Tapper – creator, composer/lyricist
Dani (Benson) Tapper graduated the TISCH School of the Arts at NYU in 1995 with a BFA in Film/TV Production. After leaving NY in 1997 she began a carer in Cleveland, OH as an award winning children’s performer performing under the stage name, Dani B. Her two original CD’s, Me and You and Life is Sweet won several national awards. In Cleveland, Dani also established her own program of children’s music and theatre classes and was an active member on the Board of the Heights Youth Theatre, the longest running children’s theatre in the country.
In 2007, Dani brought her music classes and concerts to Florida where she lived for two years. In 2009, Dani moved with her husband and three children to Philadelphia, PA. She was the composer/lyricist for the original musical, Class Reunion. Dani is a member of the Philly Pops Festival Chorus and is also on the Board of the Wolf Performing Arts Center in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Phillip Brown – Bookwriter.
Phillip Sean Brown is currently the Director of Theater at the prestigious Shipley School in Bryn Mawr PA. Several of his students have gone on to study at Julliard, NYU TISCH, Michigan, and many other distinguished acting conservatories in the US and abroad. Before starting his acting studio, The Ambler Actors Studio, just outside of Philadelphia, he was the dialogue coach and ‘punch-up’ writer on the hit Original Series Disney shows “That’s so Raven” and “Cory in the House”. He worked for Disney for over four years on two of there highest rated shows ever. Meticulously gleaning the scripts and finding the beats and punching up jokes for both the cast and guest star actors were his daily functions. His personal student was Kyle Massey, star of hit Disney show, “Cory in the House”. Prior to working for Disney, Phillip has led a rich and diverse artistic career including writing, acting, directing and film production. He has worked professionally in the TV, Film and Theater industry throughout the United States. Phillip wrote and co-created the hit Hip-Hop musical, “The Last Jimmy” with Dice Raw from the Legendary Roots Crew that is currently touring major cities in the US. His most recent musical, that he co-created with Dice Raw, entitled “Box” is the narrative of Henry Box Brown, is about a slave who mailed himself from Virginia to freedom in Philadelphia. It will make its world premiere at The New Freedom Theater in Philadelphia PA in the winter of 2018. Phillip has optioned screen plays in Hollywood and was also was co-creator and head writer for a live Inter-active Entertainment News/Music Video show for the Black Entertainment Network (BET) entitled AM@BET in 2000 which was BET’s first full live hour TV show.
Phillip worked with a Philadelphia based independent film company, Kino Craft Productions, to associate produce award winning documentaries, entitled “The Land of Jim Crow” (Documentary Series) 1991-1992. “Growing up Segregated” 1992. Awards: Bronze Apple Award-National Education Film & Video Festival, 1992. Red Ribbon Award, American Film Video Festival 1992. Honorable Mention- Columbus Film and Video Festival 1992. “Celebrate” (four part series) Kwanza, Indian Pow Wow, Chinese New Year and Obon, 1992-1993. However the commercial pull of main stream television was not strong enough to take him from his theatrical roots that were planted several years ago at the University of the Arts, where he majored in Drama. Since then he’s formed a non-profit theater company called Urban Artists, from which his current theater company Salt World Inc. derived. Both of his theater troupes toured several of his original one act plays to prisons, schools and neighborhood streets promoting non-violence, education and faith. His passion for creating and teaching inspirational theater arts has taken him around the world. He traveled nationally with The Covenant Players Drama ministry and has done mission/art, theater in Southeast Asia (Thailand), Central America (Limon’ Costa Rica) and Mexico.
Phillip believes that all of his writing, teaching and art/mission experience over the years have been perfectly orchestrated to prepare and cultivate him for a time such as this – the launching of a successful stage hip hop musical, “The Last Jimmy,” starring Dice Raw from the renown “Legendary Roots Crew” and Rennie Harris, founder of Obie Award winning dance company “Pure Movement.