Hello and welcome! Being a Person Of Color (POC) in the entertainment industry is like walking into a dark wooded area with no flashlight expecting to find the magical tree house of artistic expression (while the majorities have their flashlight and their map.) The tools we have are limited as people of color in this industry. We want BlackLight to be what lifts the idea that we must abide by the conventional rules of how to make a living in an industry that wasn’t built for us in the first place. BlackLight is here help guide each other, inspire one another, and grow together! We’re a community bridging gaps from one artistic community to another. This site is to help excel you through your artistry and we want to help out.

  Thank you and welcome to our virtual home!

Meet the Team

India Shanelle

Executive Director 

"The Arts allow people to shine through without discrimination or judgment. We're a beacon for those who seek to be heard in their authentic light."

Kaylin Kellin

Artistic Director 

"Feeling alone is common in the entertainment biz, but having a team around you makes you feel closer than family. Blacklight is my creative family."

Kanisha Kellum

New Talent Outreach Administrator

"It brings all POC together in the art of theatre! I can truly be my full self with the support of my wonderful artists around me!"

Karl Hawkins 

Communication Director

"We provide community  for our POC family to step into their full authentic self without fear or judgement, so they can realize their full power and shine their light for all to see."

Jordan Davis

Technical Producer

"Theatre is the ability it has to bring so many different walks of life together, and the things you’re able to take away from those moments."

Darryl Jones

New Talent Outreach Director

"We are a beautifully sewn artistic family that loves when it’s needed, advises when asked for, and pushes forward regardless of disenfranchisement, or circumstance. This feels like home!"

Meet the Interns

  • Image%20from%20iOS%20(1)_edited.jpg

    Iliana Mejia


    Hi! My name is Iliana Mejia, I am 16 years old and a junior in high school. When I grow up, I either would like to work in the journalism or computer science field. One thing that I pride myself on is my creativity and as an intern for BlackLight, I can use that creativity to help others, which I am excited to explore. 

  • Image%2520from%2520iOS_edited_edited.jpg

    Zaniab Gai-Balden


    Hey guys! I am Zainab Gai-Baldeh, an African American whose descendants come from The Gambia in Africa. My cultural background gives me the morale to pursue my career in the performing arts. I am a very uplifting, optimistic, generous, and caring person and my goal is to learn more about the ins and outs of the arts.

We believe all people of color can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world.

Our Mission

Minorities in the Arts coming together to empower one another through life, performance, and well being.

We Need Your Support Today!


BlackLight is a community for people of color to empower one another through life, theater, performance, and well being. 
Entertainment Specialists


Are you an Ally/Member that wants to support the culture?

Quick Links



Support Us




© 2023 by Blacklight. Proudly created with Wix.comTerms of Use  |   Privacy Policy