Each season Hattiloo establishes an ensemble of local actors to further their training in theatre.
Hannaan Aisha Ester is a native Memphian and graduate of Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, AL. Ms. Ester completed her undergraduate degree in vocal performance and made her stage debut as Frasquita in Georges Bizet’s Carmen.
Nyasha Hill began her performance training as a child in the Arts Program at her church. She earned her Bachelors degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she studied film and theatre. Nyasha is a trained dancer and is excited to launch her professional acting career with Hattiloo Theatre.
Frank Johnson received vocal training at Overton High School and then at the Rudi E. Schedt School of Music at The University of Memphis. Opera credits include Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ (First Armored Man), and Samuel Barber’s ‘Hand of Bridge (Bill). Hattiloo appearances include ‘Once on this Island’ (Agwe) and ‘In the Heights’ (Benny).
Emmanuel McKinney is a native Memphian and a very passionate actor. Some credits include Radio Golf, Stick Fly, Hurt Village, and A Raisin in the Sun (all at Hattiloo). Emmanuel's other passion is working with Memphis' youth. He is currently a high school administrator at The Soulsville Charter School.
Jacki Muskin is grateful for the opportunity to be working with the Hattiloo family again. Credits include Purlie Victorious (Idella Landy), Steele Magnolias (Ouiser Boudreaux), and The Convert (Prudence), all at Hattiloo Theatre.
Mary Pruitt’s debut as in Hattiloo’s first production of Mahalia. Credits include Amen Corner, Crowns, A Raisin in the Sun, Piano Lesson, If Scrooge was a Brother, and Hurt Village (all at Hattiloo). She has also worked as stage manager to many plays, and acted in other surrounding theatres in Memphis.
Maya Geri Robinson’s studied theatre at Overton High School. She graduated Rollins College with a B.A. in Theatre. She has performed in several productions for Circuit Playhouse, Inc. and Hattiloo for over 15 years. When she isn't teaching high school, Maya serves as Drama Club sponsor for The Soulsville Charter School, to acting, directing, and instructing for the stage.
Courtney Williams Robertson is a native Memphian. His Hattiloo credits include The Brothers Size (Oshoosi); In the Red and Brown Water (Ogun); Who Will Bell The Cat (Benjamin L. Hooks); the Ostrander Nominated Seven Guitars (US Floyd Barton); and If Scrooge Was A Brother (Fred) - all at Hattiloo Theatre.
Johnathan Williams’s theatre credits Include ‘Fittin In’, ‘Purlie Victorious,’ ‘Sisters Born to Sing’, - and ‘Journey Into Paradise’. Hattiloo credits include ‘The Convert’ (Uncle), King Hedley II (Stool Pigeon), and ‘If Scrooge was a Brother’ (Eb Scroo).