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Total integration of the performing arts.

Disruptive music culture.

Committed to the development of a music culture that is disruptive, exuberant, innovative, emergent, and transformative, Afro House seeks a total integration of the performing and fine arts.

Music is the thread.

The vision that directs Afro House is most clearly expressed in the music of its artistic director, Scott Patterson, whose compositions are a blend of classical, soul and rock, simultaneously futuristic and retro, emotive and luxurious.

This musical landscape forms a culture and a language that is harnessed to explore untapped and underdeveloped facets of the human story.

Collaboration is key.

Afro House is a company of professional artists whose collective skills, knowledge and craftsmanship are channeled for the creation of art that disrupts normative ideas about human being. Musicians, dancers, designers, actors, image makers and writers push the boundaries of their own disciplines so that each art form might effectively bleed into the next, creating something evolutionary.

Futro

The team

Scott Patterson, Artistic Director

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Scott Patterson, Artistic Director
scott@afrohouse.org

Scott Patterson is a pianist and composer of incomparable talent. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review describes Patterson’s playing as, “a masterly blend of virtuosity, singing style and beautiful voicing.” His blend of classical, soul and rock music is futuristic, emotive and luxuriant.

Recently, Patterson played the role of Duke Ellington in Tom Minter’s Blues for a Royal Flush. In 2013 he was music director for the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Fellowship Project, Loving V. Virginia. He was also music director for the Forum Theatre’s production of Clementine in the Lower 9 by Dan Dietz, as well as a member of the cast. As Chorus, he not only acted, but sang and played piano too. In addition, Patterson was involved in the workshopping of Stagger Lee, a musical by playwright Will Power and composer Justin Ellington. As the workshop’s pianist he worked closely with Tony Award winning music director and composer Daryl Waters.

Patterson’s work extends beyond theater and into the world of dance. Since 2012 he has toured with Camille A. Brown & Dancers as the pianist for and a composer of Bessie nominated Mr. TOL E. RAncE. Currently, he is collaborating with Brown on a new piece that will also include his original compositions.

Patterson studied under Richard Fields at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music.

Alisha Patterson, Managing Director

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Alisha Patterson, Managing Director
alisha@afrohouse.org

Alisha Patterson’s first encounter with arts management began in college. With a friend’s encouragement she worked behind-the-scenes for theatrical productions produced by student-run organizations. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Certificate of Concentration in Women’s Studies, she moved to Washington, D.C. By day she worked for a non-profit organization and by night she managed the Studio Theatre’s box office. Her experience in arts administration deepened when she packed up her belongings and moved to Shepherdstown, WV for a summer to manage the Contemporary American Theater Festival’s box office. There she oversaw the theater’s transition from manual to computerized ticket sales.

During a hiatus from her work in the arts, Patterson pursued interests in the fields of information technology and human resources through positions with a consulting firm and local governments. In partnering with Scott Patterson to create Afro House, she re-entered the realm of arts management. In 2013 she produced Scott Patterson Live at the Forum Theatre!

Patterson has a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from The George Washington University. She is a member of Women of Color in the Arts.

Eric Styles, Associate Artistic Director

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Eric Styles, Associate Artistic Director
eric@afrohouse.org

Eric T. Styles is a performance artist and liturgist. His interests and expertise lie in ritual, performance and strategic thinking, providing a locus for discerning and creating meaning.

Born and raised in Chicago, Styles began a long relationship with the arts when at age eight he landed the role of Tiny Tim in The Goodman Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. He holds a BFA in electronic media from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with an additional focus in African American cultural production. He studied video production with Kevin Burke and theatre directing with Michael Burnham. While at UC, he co-founded and was artistic director of the Black Arts Collaborative. He produced and/or directed four pieces: for colored girls …, spell #7, Straight from the Underground, and The Colored Museum.

Styles lived for seven years as a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), an international Catholic religious order. During that time he earned an MA from Loyola University Chicago in applied philosophy and theology.

Preston Patterson, Choreographer

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Preston Patterson, Choreographer
preston@afrohouse.org

Preston Andrew Patterson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Patterson began his training at the age of eight at Pioneer Valley Ballet in Northampton, MA. Patterson continued his training at Ballethnic Academy of Dance under the instruction of Waverly T. Lucas, Nena Gilreath, Jose Rivera, and Ramazon Bapov. Patterson attended the School of American Ballet and The National Ballet School before joining Ballet Austin as an apprentice and eventually the company in August 2010. Since joining Ballet Austin, Patterson has had the privilege of dancing in Stephen Mills’ Magic Flute and Firebird, as well as works by Victor Kabaniaev, Thang Dao, and Jennifer Hart.