Composer - Dwayne Fulton

Fulton Dwayne

Dwayne Fulton is the minister for music at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. He conducts one of the great gospel choirs of this country. In past years, he was the musical director for Opera Theater's production of Gospel at Colonus in 2011, and the composer for Bridal Suite in 2012 and Gospel Suite in 2013.

Fulton is an accomplished pianist and producer, having accompanied such greats as Kirk Franklin and Keith Sweat. He orchestrated and provided backup groups for artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Barry Manilow. His music and choir have been featured on CBS for Easter celebrations.



The Mt Ararat Baptist Church Choir in Dwayne Fulton's "Crown Him"


Librettist - Tameka Cage Conley

Conley Tameka

Dr. Tameka Cage Conley is one of Pittsburgh’s rising star authors. She is a literary artist who writes poetry, fiction, plays, and essays. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, residencies, and awards, including the Eben Demarest Trust Grant in support of her novel-in-progress, This Far, By Grace. She received the doctoral degree in English in 2006 from Louisiana State University, where she was a recipient of the Huel Perkins Doctoral Fellowship. In 2010, she received the August Wilson Center Fellowship in literary arts. Her first play, Testimony, was produced at the Center in May 2011. She has now been invited to be a fellow in the celebrated Iowa Writers Workshop.


Learn More about Tameka

Read her profile from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Person of interest: Tameka Cage Conley, poet and playwright"

Enjoy Three poems by Tameka Cage Conley

Experience her onstage in Redemption Sons on Thursday 08 December at the New Hazlett Theater. Tameka Cage Conley has written and will be performing in Redemption Sons with Jason Mendez, as part of the New Hazlett's 2016–17 CSA Performance series.



Stage Director - Mark Clayton Southers

Southers Mark

Mark Clayton Southers is an award-winning playwright, theatrical producer and stage director. He is the founder and producing artistic director of the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company where he has produced well over 125 full length and one act plays, including August Wilson’s complete 10-play Pittsburgh Century Cycle since 2003. Mr. Southers is in great demand as a director for Wilson's works, most recently working with the August Wilson Festival at Short North Stage in Columbus. His company just produced the 12th annual Theatre Festival in Black and White, connecting diverse writers, actors, and directors to create an environment where theatre artists cross racial lines.

Southers has served as director of drama for Pittsburgh's August Wilson Center in the Downtown Cultural District, and has directed two operas for Trilogy: an Opera Company with the Harlem Symphony. At the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, he staged the world premiere of another work about the death of a Black man (in Pittsburgh) at the hand of police, The Gammage Project by Attilio Favorini. Mr. Southers' newest play, Miss Julie, Clarissa and John, is already being produced by various regional theaters following its premiere at his company early in 2016.




Project Support

The series of community workshops that form the developmental process for A Gathering of Sons are made possible, in part, by generous support from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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Performances of A Gathering of Sons are made possible through the support of Marjorie and William Cadwallader.

The commissioning of A Gathering of Sons is made possible through the support of Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a program of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

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Additional support for A Gathering of Sons is provided by:

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation
  • The Heinz Endowments
  • Opportunity Fund
  • W.I Patterson Charitable Fund


Audience engagement and outreach activities for A Gathering of Sons are supported by a grant from OPERA America's Opera Fund.

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The Opera Fund provides technical and financial support to OPERA America Professional Company Members and their partners as part of North American effort to enhance the quality, quantity and creativity of new opera and music theater.

The Opera Fund, launched by the National Endowment for the Arts, is funded by the Helen F. Whitaker Fund, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, Lee Day Gillespie, and Lloyd and Mary Ann Gerlach.