Founder, Artistic Director and Executive Producer
Herman LeVern Jones began his theatrical foundation in 1974, when he founded the LaVerne Players, Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina during his college years. He produced, directed, and performed in over 200 performances as the company’s director. He later graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. Jones then moved to New York City (NYC) and began working with Woodie King, Jr., successfully touring 30+ productions nationally and internationally for the National Black Touring Circuit (NYC). In 1989, Jones helped create the National Black Theatre Festival, the world’s largest black theatre festival that attracts over 60,000 attendees and has raised $700 million for the City of Winston-Salem. He has also taught at several prestigious universities such as the University of North Carolina, the Ohio State University and Yale University. Jones’s 46 years of work in the theatre industry has afforded him the opportunity to work with many influential figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Dr. Maya Angelou, Sidney Poiter, and Samuel L Jackson.
Yonnick Jones has been part of the TheatreSouth Team since its inception. He has played a number of roles for the company, however he has been instrumental in his approach as the company's President.
With TheatreSouth, his constituents rely on his innovation management, financial analysis, public speaking, and strategic decision making abilities. Jones has endured his leadership responsibilities by making sure the company’s clients and staff members keep a positive mind set and focus on the results of any business challenge. Jones has been educated at the following institutions: Clark Atlanta University B.A. in Supply Chain Management & International Business; Columbia University in the City of New York in Masters Business Certificate – (Finance); and International MBA at Alma Graduate School hosted by the University of Bologna in Banking & Finance (Italy).
Samantha Davis received her Bachelor's Degree in English from Florida International University. Ms. Davis wears multiple hats for TheatreSouth. She has had her hands in just about every aspect of the company: acting, telemarketing, social media, graphic design, proposal writing, touring development, contract development, fundraising, and office management just to name a few. In addition to theatre, Ms. Davis is passionate about volunteering and helping those who are less fortunate. She has worked with various organizations around the country such as The Portland Rescue Mission, The Denver Rescue Mission, The Miami Rescue Mission, American Baptist Home Mission Societies Ecumenical Work Week in New Orleans and others.
Carolyn Jones has also been working with TheatreSouth since its inception. She continues to support the company as the Educational Director and Event Coordinator. Mrs. Jones has designed countless gala events and receptions, is often the go-to person for costuming and has created many of TheatreSouth’s lesson plans and curricula for school students. Mrs. Jones has helped with the touring and coordination of TheatreSouth events in the following cities: Atlanta, Miami, Pittsburgh, New York City, and Raleigh.
Mrs. Jones completed her bachelors at Winston Salem State University and her Masters at North Carolina Central University.
Associate Director and Acting Instructor
Bianca Laverne Jones has an extensive list of accomplishments and credentials. Ms. Jones has studied at prestigious schools such as the North Carolina School of the Arts, Purchase State College, and Yale School of Drama. She recently receive a Master’s in Directing from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Ms. Jones has carried many of TheatreSouth’s productions through various lead roles, most notably as Coretta Scott King in “I Have A Dream” Gospel Musical on Martin Luther King, Jr. She has helped many of TheatreSouth’s actors improve in the areas of speech, movement and dance. Click below to view Bianca's website:
Senior Business Developer
Jacovia Farrington is an asset to TheatreSouth in many ways. While TheatreSouth has many Business Developers, Ms. Farrington stands out from the rest through her hard work and willingness to tackle the many challenges that come with running a theatre company. Ms. Farrington has helped with fundraising, telemarketing, social media and more. She is currently expanding TheatreSouth into the national marketplace by launching TheatreSouth’s tour of “I Have A Dream” Gospel Musical on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.