ADMINISTRATION « The Performing Arts Project



Before co-founding The Performing Arts Project, Kim Slade served as Program Director of Broadway Theatre Project. In addition to working at BTP in various capacities for 20 years, she has also worked as a producer, director and actress. She produced and cast live Industrial shows for a huge range of national clients including companies such as Land Rover, Nortel, CNA and MacGregor Golf. As a member of Actor’s Equity, Kim’s performance credits include featured roles in Alice in Wonderland, Chicago, The Heidi Chronicles, Lies and Legends, The Music of Harry Chapin, An Enemy of the People, Christmas in New York, The Dining Room, The Fantasticks, Going to See the Elephant, Portrait of a Madonna, An Actor’s Nightmare and An Evening with Tennessee Williams. Kim has also produced and/or performed in numerous film, TV and commercial projects, including the children’s television program Big Fun, Little Playhouse and the feature film Curdled starring William Baldwin. Her commercial clients include Holiday Inn Hotels and Eckerd Drugstore chain. She is a graduate of the University of Tampa and studied theater at the University of Florida and the Burt Reynolds Institute and Theatre in Jupiter, FL, where she also performed as a Resident Company Member.



Juliet Gray is the Artistic Director of the nonprofit Key West Theater (, which she also co-founded. This past year, she has produced the musical Silence! The Musical, the world premiere of the play Locura, the short film Frances Eaton: the Untold Story of a World Champion, as well as numerous shows and fundraisers including the annual island-wide Tropic Cinema 72-Hour Film Challenge in Key West and Let Me Try That Again at 54 Below in NYC. In addition to her producing career, Juliet has written more than 1,000 articles for AOL, Delta Sky, Glamour, and NBC, among others, and a travel book on the Florida Keys published by Globe Pequot Press. Past theater highlights include: a year as a company member at the Burt Reynolds Theatre where she wrote and debuted Where’s Romeo?, which Mr. Reynolds helped develop; performing stand-up at The Comedy Store in LA; working on numerous projects with her mentor Ann Reinking, including Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp benefit and Broadway Theatre Project, which Juliet left after 20 years of involvement to co-found The Performing Arts Project; performing improv as a company member at Upright Citizen’s Brigade; directing and producing numerous shows and fundraisers including the annual Short Attention Span Theatre at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West and The Laramie Project, starring Romaine Patterson as herself in NYC with Back House Productions.



Dave Clemmons began his career as a performer on Broadway with roles in Les Miserables (Valjean), The Civil War (original company), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (original company). He was seen in the national tours of Les Miserables (Valjean) and Jekyll & Hyde, and appeared onstage at Houston’s Tony-winning Alley Theatre in As You Like It and Jekyll & Hyde. Dave is the founder/owner of Clemmons/Dewing Casting, which cast many Broadway shows including The Boy from Oz, Brooklyn, Wonderland, Driving Miss Daisy, Grumpy Old Men, In My Life, The Civil War, Dracula, and Cinderella, and countless Off-Broadway shows and national and international tours. He served as music/vocal director or supervisor for the Broadway production of The Civil War, and the national tours of Jekyll & Hyde and The Civil War, and many others. Dave is a visiting professor at Elon University, an advising faculty member at The New York School of Film and Television, and a faculty member of the Making It On Broadway Intensive Series.



Banner Huggins Banner Huggins, CMP is the founder and a managing partner of BANNER Events, a San Antonio based small business offering special event and fundraising consulting. BANNER Events was founded in March 2012 and clients thus far have included local non-profits as well as national organizations such as Spurs Sports & Entertainment (SS&E) and The Performing Arts Project. Through the years, Banner has worked in convention management, finance, and strategic planning, having served as Executive Director for various regional or national professional and trade associations. Additionally she spent four years working in the political realm of Florida during the historical 2000 presidential campaign, assisting with presidential and gubernatorial fundraising as well as inaugural event planning. Banner’s experience with SS&E ranges from golf tournaments, 5K races, and luncheons to various auctions (including online, silent, and live), as well as the city’s premier fundraiser, the annual Tux ‘N Tennies Dinner & Auction. Banner earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2013 and spends her free time with family, mostly with her husband of 20 years, Craig, and their two boys, Cole (10) and Cody Mack (6). She volunteers at her children’s school and with their baseball teams each spring where she lives and works – in Schertz, Texas, a suburb of San Antonio.





Rick Pessagno is a Las Vegas-based choreographer, director, producer, and performer with over thirty-five years of experience as a working professional in the business. He has performed on Broadway in the companies of Whoopee, 42nd Street (dance captain), and Sophisticated Ladies, and the first national tours of Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, and 9 to 5. Rick appeared in the Los Angeles company of Cats, and the Las Vegas companies of Mamma Mia! and Chicago, in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s Gypsy, Kismet, and Anything Goes, the Goodspeed’s Tip Toes and Whoopee, and in countless other regional productions including Hellzapoppin’ starring Jerry Lewis, Cinderella, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kiss Me Kate, The Merry Widow, Leave it to Jane, The Boys from Syracuse, Sugar Babies, and Pal Joey. He has choreographed over a hundred productions, industrial shows, and special events in Las Vegas and around the country.



Emily Long is originally from Melbourne, Florida. She studied American History at Hollins University and received her M.A in Higher Education and Personnel Studies from the University of Central Florida. She is currently Director of Student Activities and a Residential Coordinator at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC.


DeLisa Washington is originally from Norfolk, Virginia. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Liberty University. DeLisa had the opportunity to work with North Carolina Dance Theater for two years as their Residential Director and has her CPR, AED, & First Aid Certification. She currently works as a Residence Coordinator at Salem College in Winston Salem, North Carolina.


Hooman Bahrani is a full time photographer with Vesic Photography based in Winston-Salem, NC. As a full time wedding photojournalist, he has covered weddings from San Diego to New York to Paris. His wedding photos have won multiple international awards from the Wedding Photojournalist Association and from Brides Magazine. In addition, he photographed commercial clients from HondaJet to NPR, as well still photography on movie sets such as At Any Price with Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron. For more information, visit


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