Our instructors are professional artists and professional educators. All activities are designed and implemented by by our staff members. Find information about our staff below.
Brittany C. Johnson, director
Ms. Johnson is a native of Augusta, Georgia and a graduate of Furman University (Bachelors - Music Education) and Florida State University (Masters - Vocal Performance). She has proven herself as both an operatic and musical theater performer, always sure to bring her truth to the stage. As an educator, Ms. Johnson has transformed the performance abilities of community youth groups, public schools, and religious organizations. Her teaching, directing, and coaching styles intertwine discipline, encouragement, and enthusiasm; connecting with students on a personal level and shaping each young artist into a skilled performer.
In addition to her work with OPAC, Ms. Johnson serves as a private voice instructor, workshop facilitator, and singer throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Marty Austin Lamar, assistant director
Mr. Lamar is an accomplished musician, actor, and educator. He is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University and received his MFA from the University of Florida. His resume is vast including several regional and New York theatre credits, building high school and elementary school performing arts programs, and writing and producing faith-based musicals that have premiered in Florida, Georgia and the Washington, DC area.
At Howard University, Mr. Lamar, serves as assistant coordinator of the Musical Theatre program. He is honored to serve as the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, DC.
Candace Foreman, choreographer
Candace Foreman studied at Montgomery College, majoring in dance. During the 2015 - 2016 season, Candace was the lead in ArtsCentric's original dance show "Snapshots." She has been featured in many other dance productions such as Atlas Intersections Festival at the Atlas theater in Washington D.C. and New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. She currently teaches for Damour Dance Company and is a part of ArtsCentric theater company.
ArtsCentric: Snapshots (Brittany Simms/Celeste) , Dream Girls (Ensemble) , Spring Awakening (Ensemble), Toby's Dinner Theater: Dream Girls (Ensemble "Dance captain"), Explicit Dance Works: Alice in Wonderland (Ensemble), Montgomery College: A Funny Thing... (Tintinabula) , In The Heights (Yolanda/Ensemble).