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.
Jeremy Weissman, Music Co-coordinator
Jeremy got his start with booking in the local music scene through the late great Conundrum Music Hall where he headed a benefit concert series that raised thousands of dollars for several South Carolina organizations and charitable causes as well as featuring many of the area's most beloved bands. While at Conundrum he also co-organized two music and arts festivals: Villa Ville Cola and Conundrumfest. Since the closing of Conundrum he spearheaded the effort to form the Infinite Room music and arts collaborative which has partnered with Tapp's Arts Center to produce a regular series of eclectic and innovative concerts and performances.
Bentz Kirby, Music Co-coordinator
A retired attorney who practiced law in Columbia and Orangeburg from 1982 until 2012. He holds degrees from Charleston Southern University and the University of South Carolina School of Law. Since 2002, Bentz has been active in Columbia’s music scene. He plays in two bands with his wife, May, Alien Carnival and Jellyroll & Delicious Dish. He also is one of the hosts of open mic at Foxfield Bar and Grille. Over the years, he has promoted a number of shows in Columbia at various venues such as the Art Bar, The Red Tub and Utopia. Bentz and his wife have also hosted a number of house concerts over the years. In October of 2012, he survived a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. His survival was thanks to an off duty paramedic with an AED machine. As a result, he has begun raising money to have AED machines installed in various businesses.
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