UPU Advisory Council
The UPU Advisory Council is a group of professionals
that enhances and helps guide the UPU Board in the overall vision and direction
of Urban Playwrights United. We are honored to have each of these distinguished
professionals on board with the great task ahead of soaring to new heights in
the coming season.
Mrs. Angela Barrow-Dunlap
Whatever the key is to achieving unrelenting theatrical success, she’s found it. To industry insiders, she’s most commonly known as the play doctor. Over the last two decades, Angela Barrow-Dunlap, has risen to the top of the urban theater world as the producer and creator of multi-million dollar grossing stage plays, such as My Brother Marvin; Deranged; Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boyz; If These Hips Could Talk; Real Men Pray; Gossip Lies & Secrets; My Sweet Potato Pie; and her latest hit, Church Girl, which is currently airing on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Netflix. Church Girl is a cutting edge musical based on true events, starring Demetria McKinney, Robin Givens, Sean Blakemore, A’ngela Winbush, Tasha Page-Lockhart and Karen Clark-Sheard. Barrow-Dunlap’s stage play If These Hips Could Talk, currently being adapted into a feature film, was one of the longest running touring plays in urban theater history. The production starred Billy Dee Williams, Robin Givens, Tichina Arnold, Darrin Dewitt Henson, LisaRaye, Chante Moore and John Henton.
Mr. Glenn Alan
Perhaps Glenn Alan is best known as the founder of the DC Black Theatre Festival, one of the nation's most sought- after theatre festivals. This ten-day festival is filled with plays, music, film, dance, workshops and ground-breaking performances by artists from around the world. It's no wonder that in a few short years, Mr. Alan has become a very sought- after producer, having produced nearly 400 plays, and building a network of actors, directors and theatre professionals. Mr. Alan seriously began pursuing his interest in writing in 1986 while attending Howard University. Since that time, he has created voluminous works, which include books of poetry, plays, short stories and concerts of jazz poetry. Mr. Alan has written 14 plays, seven books of poetry, three novels, two collections of short stories, and a blues CD with legendary Bassist BT Richardson.
Mrs. De'Etta West
As an actor, evangelist, author, singer, workshop facilitator and motivational speaker, De'Etta West is so much more than an accomplished stage and screen actor. Featured in over 15 movies on UP TV and two feature films, “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” and “The Preacher’s Kid,” she’s also known for appearances on the television sitcoms, “Meet the Browns” and “The Rickey Smiley Show.” Born in San Diego, California, Mrs. West attended San Diego State College, majoring in Music. She received a Gold Album for her vocal performance on the soundtrack of “Rocky I.” De'Etta was featured in the 14th Edition of “Who’s Who In Black Atlanta: Celebrating African-American Achievement” and on the cover of the Atlanta Tribune Magazine, along with her husband, as one of Atlanta’s “Most Powerful Couples.” DeEtta was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. She sits on the Board of the Carrie Steele Pitts Home for Children and she serves as an Ambassador for Rhiza Babuyile in South Africa. She is the sister of the late Cleavon Little, known for his starring role in the movie “Blazing Saddles”. De'Etta is presently employed at UP TV, where she is the Community Affairs Liaison.
Dr. Shelton Land
Scholar. Writer. Educator. Producer. Social Entrepreneur. Dr. Shelton Land holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Norfolk State University, Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from Walden University. Dr. Land has 20+ years of experience and practice in the theatre and performing arts field, which ranges from strategic planning, thinking and implementation, to producing plays up and down the east coast and midwest and portraying his comedic alter ego, BOSS ‘SEE'. Dr. Land also serves as the Artistic Director of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and the founder and president of Land Mindz Incorporated. Land Mindz is a leading non-profit that utilizes theatre as a therapeutic tool of motivation and inspiration with returning citizens of incarceration and homelessness, helping them rebuild their lives in a progressive, positive manner while ‘edutaining’ the public about challenges that disenfranchised people face. He has coined his efforts as “Motivational Edutainment".
Ms. Ursula O. Robinson
Ursula O. Robinson is a tenure professor who specializes in cultivating dreams by promoting education and training in the arts. As a producer, playwright, actress and educator, she is known for her unique style and progressive techniques. She has won several awards for her writing and performance skills. Along with her artistic and educational accomplishments, Ms. Robinson is an award-winning Toastmaster, with over 12 titles in Humorous and International Speech Contests. She holds a BA in Theatre, BA in English, and an MFA in Acting.