Who's Running the Show?
Dave Britt, Festival Director
Dave is a longtime Columbia resident and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He has been and continues to be, a hard working proponent for developing the city’s cultural assets. This work has been done through many of his entrepreneurial enterprises such as All In Entertainment which promoted successful national show throughout the southeast, Headliners MainStage in the Vista and The White Mule, a popular music venue and restaurant on Main St.
After selling interests in his personal businesses he went on to become the lead event planner on many of Columbia’s largest festivals including The Rosewood Crawfish Festival, The River Rocks Festival, Viva La Vista, and has worked in partnership with many others.
Currently, Dave serves as the Executive Director for the Greater Rosewood Merchants Association. Along with Introducing new events to the area such as The Low Country Craft Beer Jamboree and new public safety initiatives he continues to grow and improve the Rosewood Crawfish Festival. He feels strongly that the Rosewood area is a great asset to the city and wants to make sure that the voice of the community is heard as the city continues on its path of rapid growth and development.
Alexandra White, Visual Arts Coordinator
For more than 20 years visual Artist & Artists Advocate (Abstract) Alexandra White has been showing her adventurous style of abstract art in galleries, festivals and public spaces.
Seeing a need to showcase women in art she started the She Festival in 2001. The She Festival featured talented women in the arts from 2001-2007 and promoted events in towns throughout SC, Georgia & NC.
In response to decreased support for the arts and a desire to grow a better artists community, she created the South Carolina Artists group. Artist/members are able to work together to provide emotional support, encouragement, professional exhibits and promote awareness of art appreciation, together.
Currently Alexandra organizes multiple art openings and pop up galleries, inviting the public to show their support for the arts.
Stephanie Suell, Director of Poetry
Life is a Canvas for Spoken Word Artist, Stephanie Suell. “Virtuous” as she is known in the poetic community is a writer, visual and performance artist, playwright, poet and workshop facilitator. She is the author of two books of Poetry, I Speak Female Poetically and Songs From My Soul. Her work has been featured in Jasper Magazine and the Home Is Where: Anthology of African American Poetry of The Carolinas. While stationed in Europe and deployed, she has written articles for the “Stars and Stripes” and the “Sand Lapper” in Saudi Arabia. Shaw AFB recognized her with the Highest Honor in Poetry in 2010. Stephanie has conducted creative writing and performance workshops at numerous military bases worldwide and several local elementary, middle and high schools throughout South Carolina. She currently conducts Poetic Therapy classes with women and at-risk youth in the Correctional Facilities. She is a member of South Carolina Artists Group. She is also a Graduate Fellow of The Watering Hole and Cave Canam South and was a 2015 White House Prayer Featured Author.
A lifelong South Carolinian, Maryann “Missy” Curls graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina, majoring in Mass Communications with minors in Sports and Entertainment Management and Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. As a student, she received the University's prestigious Hall of Leaders award for her efforts in attracting and securing some of the most diverse, unique, and revolutionary entertainment in the University’s history.
After graduating, Missy toured internationally with multiple Grammy Award-winning artists and entertainers, providing top-tier production, merchandise, and hospitality management services. Today, Missy owns and operates Carolina Signs and Designs, a local apparel, design, screen-printing, embroidery, sign, promotional item and marketing shop. As one of the few locally and woman-owned design businesses, Missy understands the importance of community involvement and giving back. She volunteers her time and expertise with countless charitable organizations, events, and festivals, including: Columbia Opportunity Resource (COR), Girls on the Run, Serve & Connect, Special Olympics, Girls Rock, Congaree Riverkeeper, River Rocks Festival, Women of Distinction, Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Drift Jam & Reggaetronic Lake Murray Music Festivals, Rosewood Art & Music Festival, South Carolina Oyster Festival and many more.
Missy truly has her finger on the cultural pulse of the Midlands, and is always excited to share her talents with organizers, artists, and coordinators who are looking to positively shape the trajectory of our community. When she is not volunteering, Missy enjoys playing pinball, poetry, creativity, drive-in movies, page-turning books, local cuisine, good conversations, encouraging friends and colleagues, and of course, making people smile.
We'd love to have a chat with you about participating in the Rosewood Art & Music Festival!