Sandria Jones-Stubblefield – Co-Playwright, Director and Co-Producer of the featured stage play “Tormented Desires.” Born in Chattanooga, TN. She always knew she had a gift for the performing arts. She decided to utilize her singing abilities by participating in the Chattanooga city-wide gospel choir “Sounds of Unity.” Even though singing was her first love, she stepped out on faith and relocated to Chicago, Illinois where she premiered in the stage play “The Hustler.” While in Chicago she was introduced to the entertainment industry and its various areas of concentration. At that time she was given an opportunity to have her first Director’s debut in the stage play “Harriet Tubman”. She continued to pursue a variety of singing and poetry gigs at area churches and city functions throughout Chicago. She believes every opportunity will enhance and create personal growth. A graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a business owner, she has learned that it’s not about what you receive in this lifetime but it’s all about how much you can give to others through living out your true purpose.
Kelvin Stubblefield – Co-Playwright and Co-Producer of the featured stage play production “Tormented Desires.” Author of the book "AMERICAN REPROBATE: God's Curse and Restoration of the African American.” He is a webmaster of "LOVE IN THE BLACK @blogspot .com which gives a depth analysis on African American social and economical issues. He has over 14 years of experience in the social services industry which helps give him a good perspective on issues involving relationships and the challenges they bring. He is very excited to perform in his first stage play production " Tormented Desires!"
Sherry Bentley-Dunham – A graduate of both Chattanooga State Technical Community College and The University of TN of Chattanooga. The mother of one has an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies along with a Bachelor’s in Applied Legal Studies. Although her educational background is in the legal field, she has always loved singing and acting. She joined the choir in elementary school and participated in small plays. Her parents took notice of her talent and encouraged her to audition for the school play. When she did she became part of a group called the Choo Choo Kids II. There she studied musical theatre and was a part of many productions that included scenes from Grease, Puttin on the Ritz and Beauty and the Beast. She became a part of the Choo Choo Kids high school group. During her high school years in musical theatre she played in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat by Tim Rice with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as Stephen Flaherty’s Once on This Island. She also appeared in Aladdin, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma and The Lion King. In August 2011 she was diagnosed with Lupus Nephritis. Doctors said that she would have to be on dialysis for the next 3 years. She was hospitalized for weeks. Several years later Lupus caused her to have a heart attack. After that, she had to do rehab for her heart and the recovery process was a long one. At the end of 2018 she was reunited with her first love, acting. After all she has been through, she continues to fight. Lupus ain’t stopping no show! This play,” Tormented Desires,” has been a huge opportunity for her to continue doing what she always wanted to do. One of her favorite quotes she lives by is “I have Lupus, it doesn’t have me.”
T. J. Jones - Born in Chattanooga, TN this martial artist specializes in individual self-defense techniques. He is an avid book reader and loves to explore the mind through meditation. This is his first stage play production. He believes that if you feed the mind with positivity you will enhance your true spiritual growth.
Phyliss Holiday - She is a true believer that facing the unknown can be challenging. But with encouragement and support from family and friends, she decided to break her shell and explore something different. She is excited to join the cast and premiere in her first stage play. In her professional life, she works with parents and students as a mentor/teacher for headstart and early childhood education. Her motto is "Live for today for tomorrow is not promised and yesterday is gone."
Monica LaJoria Rucker - A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, loves to act out characters that are opposite of her reserved behavior. She has never performed on stage and has never attended acting classes. The only on-stage performances she ever done are church performances at St. Mary’s CME Church. She graduated from MTSU with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communications and has two talented teens, Chace and Onicah, that share the same passion for acting as Monica does. She is very blessed and excited to work alongside her children during this production because she can share her talent with her family and with the world.
Chace Hunter Rucker - A creative dramatics major at Center for Creative Arts in Chattanooga, TN. He was inspired to act because of his deep love of film and movies! He also enjoys hip hop, dancing, playing video games and eating lots of pizza. He loves math and science and enjoys to build. His favorite film productions include, “The Avengers,” “The Dark Night" and “The Mist.” Chace’s previous productions consist of “You Can’t Take it with You,” “The Jungle Book” and “Peter Pan and Wendy.” We look forward to seeing Chace do well as an entertaining actor and engineer.
Onicah Payge Rucker - A spunky 12-year-old 7th grader who attends Center for Creative Arts in Chattanooga, TN. Onicah enjoys helping make people laugh by creating silly voice impressions of people. For Onicah, laughter is a great way to help people emotionally. That is how she caught the acting bug! Her mother, Monica Rucker, who has a natural love for acting, inspired Onicah to hone in on her craft and become trained in creating different characters with her voice and through emotions. After, she decided to perform in school plays, church plays. Once accepted into CCA, other teachers saw the same talent, as her mother, which lead to an opportunity to perform in high school plays, which are normally played by upper classmen. Because of her recognition, Onicah was invited to perform roles in, Shakespeare’s, “A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, and Fences. Her Acting teacher was so impressed with her acting ability and professionalism. He wrote Onicah a letter of recommendation on her behalf to present for future audition opportunities. Onicah will be one little girl the world will come to see as a great actress.
Erica Flowers- She is a mother of three beautiful girls and has 2 grandchildren. She loves spending time with family and friends and is considered the life of any party she attends. Her outgoing personality enables her to never meet a stranger. In her spare time, she loves to sing and do practical jokes. With her quick-witted style, she can give you an “impromptu” of any dance move. This is her first time acting and she is glad to premiere in her first theater production. She believes “You should live life to the fullest and stay positive.”
Jeff Williams - He is an awesome Aries and a father of 10 children and 9 grandchildren. He has over 30 year's experience in the fast food management industry and spent most of those years receiving dialysis while still providing for his family. He is a Seventh-day Adventist and firmly believes that "God is still in the healing business." He has a strong will and loves to sing a tune every chance he gets. He is considered a comedian to people who he loves and know him well. He is very delighted to be cast in his first featured stage play production "Tormented Desires."