Forging Our Own Destiny Productions, a limited liability company
Jacqueline studied acting, singing and dancing with the B.A.C.A. Organization for several
years. She is currently working as a NYPD School Safety Agent. She works with children
that are emotionally disturbed and children with autism. Jacqueline Dowd is very
dedicated to helping children that have various disabilities and her desire to learn from
them is a sincere strength. Her writing skills have led her to become a published poet in
“The National Library of Poetry” and she is writing her third story based on the school
she currently works at (Coy L. Cox). She created a mural based on African American
History entitled "Literacy through the Five Boroughs" for the Coy L. Cox School that is
currently being displayed in the school.
3FOODLLC.com, including the mural). She sponsored the cast and friends of “Stolen
Waters Are Sweet” in the 2004 AIDS WALK. Jacqueline Dowd writes under the
pseudonym the Rev. Gale Jones who is the program coordinator for “The Women of
Distinction Program”. She is also the editor of “The Womyn’s Perspective: Written for
Womyn by Womyn” newsletter whose origins began in a woman's study class (Male and
Female Dilemma: A Woman's Perspective). Jacqueline is a partner in Forging Own
Destiny Productions, a limited liability company (3FOOD).
• “The Daily Show”, with Steve Carell, on the Comedy Central (1999)
• Post 9-11 Commemorative Show on Discovery Channel (2002)
• Interviewed on WBAI (99.5 FM) in June 2004 for her role as Sister Nancy in the play
“Stolen Waters are Sweet”, which ran for 4 years. The play was performed at the
Abingdon Theater in 2002 and the Pantheon Theater in 2003.
• Sound Technician and Stage Manager for Melanie M. Goodreaux’s “Walter, Bullets and
Binoculars” in November 2004 at the Historic Nuyorican Poets Café.
• In November 2005 she appeared in “A Family Affair” production produced by the Riant
Theatre at The Producer’s Club 2 in a show entitled “Bling” by Lori Payne where she
played the pivotal role of the policewoman.
• In February 2006, she was the Stage Manager at The Producer’s Club for a play named
“Evening Gloves”, written by Lori Payne.
• In 2006, she performed at The Producer’s Club Grand Theatre along side the
Legendary music group called “The Ink Spots”.
• In 2008, she was a stage manager at the Indian Café for a staged reading of “Catherine
Street” written by Lori Payne.
• In 2008, she performed at the Teachers & Writers Collaborative Center for Imaginative
Writing. She appeared in a reading as Mrs. Louise Barnes called “Saydee and Deelores”
written by Melanie Maria Goodreaux.
• In Spring 2010, she performed at Medgar Evers College as Sister Nancy in the play
entitled "Stolen Waters are Sweet".
• In 2011 and 2012, she played the role of Annie Mae in Charles E. Drew Jr's
"Nightmare". This play was performed at Medgar Evers College in honor of Black History
Anthony Harper: (Benny/Temptation, Writer, Director, Producer) Anthony has
worked extensively in the Off-Off Broadway community and has appeared in various
Abingdon Theater and the now closed Pantheon Theater and Chelsea Playhouse. His
list of acting credits include: Ulterior Side Dishes; Saydee and Deelores; Evening
Gloves; Katrina Who?; Walter, Bullets and Binoculars; This Esther; Michael A Jones’
“Family Matters and his own “Stolen Waters Are Sweet”. His most recent appearances
were at Medgar Evers College in Charles E. Drew Jr’s “Nightmare!”, a reading of Lori
Payne’s “Thirst”, a reading of Nigel Barto’s Too Late and the debut of Sugah’s Shack
at Bedford Central Presbyterian Church. He has also appeared in a national
commercial for the "Soul 70's" CD collection.
Mysteena Akilah Saunders: (Sadie) is a native of Queens, New York and proud
alumna of Winston-Salem State University. Mysteena worked within the
entertainment/performing arts industry for a few years before transitioning into her
career as a full-time Actor, Dancer, and Singer. She has landed roles in Off-Broadway
and Off-Off-Broadway shows, and many independent and student films. She currently
studies under the tutelage of Anthony Abeson as she continues to hone her acting skills
and move forward in her career. Mysteena is very grateful to be a part of this
production. She is living a dream and strongly believes that “With God all things are
possible.” (Mathew 19:26)
Robert Starks: (Donald Lee) Hails from Miami, FL and is not new to the entertainment
industry. He has been involved in countless acting, singing and modeling projects.
Some of his works include: Four Me On A Couch written and directed by Ann Thompson-
Scretching where he played the lead character Norman, Evening Gloves written by
Helen Hill which made it to the semi-finals for the Strawberry one act film festival,
Sachalays, Catherine Street and Last Call to Miracle Grill written by Lori Payne.
Robert also appeared on a radio drama of Sachalays and Last Call to Miracle Grill which
was aired by host and journalist Dred Scott Keys of WBAI Radio in New York City.
Robert has worked closely on numerous plays with Van Dirk Fisher who is the founder
and director of the Riant Theater. Robert played the role of James, the father, in the Off
Broadway play of Don’t Let Love Pass You By written and directed by Charles Keene.
He was recently seen in Charles’ new play entitled A Christmas Without Him which was
written in conjunction with the outstanding director, Dara Braggs. In it, he played a
playful, loving father who loses his job and his first born son at the same time.
He also portrayed Roger who was a ruthless, cold hearted womanizer in the popular
play Stolen Waters Are Sweet written and directed by Anthony Harper and he is happy
to be back in the role that he originated in Sugah’s Shack.
He has also filmed several TV and Movie Pilots to air in the near future. He has several
mottos that he lives by that he holds dear to his heart. However, two (2 ) that he
embraces on his journey to success are: Reach for the moon and if you miss you will be
amongst the stars and what you won’t eat, I will because I’ll never stop being HUNGRY.
So if you make it to the top before he does save a seat for him because in the eyes of
Robert…he’ll be right behind you. So look out for this budding actor. Check him out on
Facebook or his website at robertlstarks.com and leave him a comment.
Cara Knowles: (Georgia LaFleur) Attends York College, and majors in Psychology.
Her hobbies include drawing, reading and writing. Another area of enjoyment for her is
music, which is why she is a member of the Gospel For Teens Choir in Harlem founded
by Vy Higgensen. Additionally, she assists in Beginner’s Violin classes at the Bedford
Central Presbyterian Church. She is a proud CHANGE Agent, in the Creative Arts
Team –Project Change Program under CUNY. Their objective there is to promote
sexual health amongst teens through drama, in the Crown Heights Brooklyn, and
Jamaica Queens areas. Making a difference and change for the better is really
important to her.
As you can see she loves every aspect of The Arts, hence her involvement therein.
Stella Tate: (Stage Manager) Stella is a native New Yorker, born March 6th in
Brooklyn. She was born into a religious family with a grandmother who was a minister
with a golden voice and a mother who played piano and also sang. Stella’s first
experience with the stage was in 1961 when she performed with her grandmother and
mother at the Apollo’s Amateur Night and won first prize singing gospel, at the age of
4. As a young child Stella was very active in the church, singing in The Young People’s
Choir and directing The Mass Choir at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Queens,
As a teenager, she was involved in numerous activities in the community including The
Young Alliance of Businessmen, Junior Achievement and New York City Junior Bowling
Association where she was a certified coach.
Stella’s passion has always been to be a comedienne. Although Stella has never had
any professional acting training, she is a natural talent and she has become an
audience favorite in her role as the all seeing, all hearing but rarely speaking usher in
Stolen Waters Are Sweet.
Stella also originated the roles of Lettie and Temptation in the debut of Sugah’s Shack
at Bedford Central Presbyterian Church but was unable to commit to those roles for
this production. She has graciously stepped in as Stage Manager and will reprise the
role of Temptation in the future.
Heather DeLeon: (Lettie) Associate Artistic Director, Soul Steps, LLC, hails from
Brooklyn, NY. She received her BA in English Communications in 2005 from
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Heather is a Teaching artist specializing in
African American Step Dance and Theater. When not on tour, she works with a number
of New York City arts in education organizations. Performance credits include Jacob’s
Pillow, Celebrate Brooklyn, New York Music Theater Festival, Ars Nova, Skena up
Festival/Kosovo, Step Show/ Dublin, Ireland, Step Show/Cameroon, Africa. She has
been the creative advisor to a number of After School programs for inner city youth
including the Beacon program of The Department of Youth and Community
Development. As a teaching artist she uses the vehicle of step to empower
disenfranchised communities locally and abroad. Her mission is to expand the presence
of Step Dance in the arts and entertainment industries, while creating avenues for
cultural exchange and awareness among diverse communities.
Atieno Ayo Hawkins: Atieno is a multi-talented performer who we are blessed to have
join the cast of Sugah's Shack. Coming from a multi-talented family background, Atieno
honed her craft at an early age which led her to receive a recording contract as a young
adult. With a strong sense of faith, she has embarked on exploring additional talents and
for the past several years, she has performed in a variety of inspirational productions
throughout New York City. Some of her credits are as follows: Lead role and inspiration
for Selema Hawkins in “Dream Babies” directed by Van Dirk Fisher; Actress/Reporter in
“E. Ricard’s Wide World of Color Internet Show” written and directed by Eric Ricard and
produced by Lenis Guess; and Lead role and Host (Crush) in “Jesus is All The God That
I Need” directed by Margaret Leone and written by Lenis Guess.
Glen Murphy: (June/Salvation) (Writer/Actor) Glen's first passion is writing and his first
play, "New York Nights", made its debut in an earlier incarnation at the Lower East Side 's
House of Tribes Theatre. This showcasing of his production allowed him to recreate and
hone "New York Nights" to the point that the play was picked to be showcased during
Absolute Theatre's Urban Fairytale Festival along with a short play that was co-written
with Charles E. Drew Jr. entitled "A Rican Piece". Aside from his writing, Glen acting is
intense in its realism as he takes a character and delves into the deepest part of their
psyche to deliver a memorable performance. As always, Glen is happy to be able to
connect with the audience through his talents and is extremely proud to be a part of this
production. Plays written by Glen Murphy include: "New York Nights", "New York Nights II -
The Baby", "A Rican Piece" with Charles E. Drew Jr., "The Letter", "Love Thy Father",
"Rip and the Van Winkles" and "The Trip To Heaven".