CULTURE. DIVERSITY. INTIMACY.
WE HAVE YOU COVERED.
We are encouraged by the ancestors to foster and produce commercially successful stories that liberate us, spread our joy, and share the love we have as Black people
to the wider world.
WHO WE ARE
Black Bee Entertainment utilizes over 40 years of experience in The Arts to analyze your team dynamics, concept, treatment, outline, libretto, or script for cultural competency, diverse casting focus and brave space for intimacy in all forms.
With the expertise of a Cultural Coordinator, Diversity Editor, and Intimacy Specialist, BlackBee assesses your materials and teams to ensure the production of new stories in safe and equitable spaces from the ground up.
and Goddess Energy
Black women have run this country from the bottom since the beginning.
The stories we hold dear have passed down through us
and about us for generations.
Our ancestors are the original blossoms of human art and creativity.
We honor them with every fruitful collaboration
and success we help foster.
Meet the Intimacy Specialist, Diversity Editor, and Cultural Coordinator behind BlackBee Entertainment.
Ann James has an extensive career in theatre education, stage direction and conflict resolution in corporate and artistic environments. As an internationally certified educator she has had the opportunity to teach theatre on 4 continents. Ms. James has been featured as moderator in "Intimacy and Covid-19" with Theatre Communications Group and HowlRound, "Intimacy and Theatre Practice" with The Los Angeles Theatre Alliance, "How Intimacy Impacts the work of Artistic Directors" with The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and "Intimacy and the Pandemic" with Lincoln Center Director's Lab West.
Ann is a published author on HowlRound, and has been a featured Intimacy Specialist on many other theatre affiliated panels during Covid-19. Ann is devoted to making both stage and screen safer places for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to practice their craft. Her company, Intimacy Coordinators of Color has solid collaborations with Actor's Equity, ArtsEquity, Theatre Communications Group, TimesUp and A.R.T./New York. To that end, Ms. James is pursuing America's first MFA in Performance Pedagogy with emphasis in Intimacy Direction for People of Color at Loyola Marymount University.
She is a speaker and educator on the topic of Diversity & Inclusion in the entertainment industry and applies her unique perspective to bring added integrity to scripts, production teams, networks, and theatres. She is a Judgment Index Agent and is trained and authorized to provide assessments and interpret those results for individuals, teams, and companies. Marisa currently consults exclusively for HBO within TV and film and is developing training for theatres.
A member of both SAG and Actor's Equity, Marisa has performed on Broadway (MATILDA at the Shubert Theatre) and in dozens of plays around the country (including the national tour of BILLY ELLIOT). She has been seen on television with appearances in MR. ROBOT (USA), GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS), and the scripted sketch comedy FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE (TruTV). She is the voice of Olivia, the Kahuna of Akala Island on the popular animated series, Pokémon.
As an educator, Marisa has taught for Lincoln Center Education, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Broadway Classroom to name a few. In 2016, Marisa was named Music For Autism's Spotlight Artist for spearheading concerts for autistic children in the New York City area.
Tavia began her arts career as a child actor in New York. After earning her B.A. in Communication Studies from Chapman University, Tavia contributed her public relations skills to the City of Anaheim City Manager’s Office and as Communications Coordinator for the LA Chamber of Commerce. She ultimately returned to NY to continue pursuing her love for the arts, adding credits like Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One, Motown the Musical, and most recently, Disney’s workshop cast of Aida, with directing mentor, Schele Williams.
In 2019 Tavia served as Associate Director on “Freedom Summer” at New York Musical Festival where she was able to merge her expertise in communication, mediation, and performance to effectively facilitate discussions on cultural sensitivity within the production. As a response to the latest demands for inclusion within the theater industry, Tavia structured that experience to build the new essential role in theater, Cultural Coordinator. Her clients as a consultant include The Studio Theater at Tierra del Sol, A.R.T/New York, ArrayNow, and Broadway Inspirational Voices.