Creative Teaching Staff

Amanda Shea

Amanda Shea is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Boston. She has performed spoken word poetry at numerous venues throughout Boston, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and the Institute of Contemporary Art. She served as an official host for the 2018 and 2019 Boston Art & Music Soul Festival and the 2019 Arts Equity Summit. She serves as a radio host on Live Free or Die Radio. Shea traveled to Washington D.C. to perform at the Peace Institute and the National Press Club in February 2020. Shea was recently named one of WBUR The Artery Top 25 artists transforming the cultural landscape. Shea was featured on WBZ TV for her poem titled “Thank you Kathrine” honoring the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon in 1967. In October 2022, she will be going on tour for the third time traveling to Africa. The “Awake” tour seeks to explore the role of art as both a revolutionary and spiritual tool for social justice and spiritual awakening in humans.  Amanda is an educator known for creating curriculum for workshops for different art forms–with a focus in poetry, public speaking, healing, and liberation throughout several schools and organizations in Boston, MA.

Wil Renderos

Bio: (he, him, his)

Wil is the Founder and Digital Media Consultant at Audio Chemists, Inc. He brings 20 years of experience and expertise in video production project management and health equity. His work focuses on supporting organizations and brands with crafting interactive video and audio products that support and strengthen communications, expand the awareness of public health issues and best practices, and build bridges with target audiences. Wil has completed the development of motion graphics for e-learning courses, videos, podcasts, and other digital media products, for several clients including, but not limited to the Dept. of Health & Human Services (subcontractor), Cambridge Health Alliance, Boston Public Health Commission, JSI Research & Training Institute, Mass General Brigham, Evolutionary Leadership, LLC, Nonprofit Quarterly and the Center for Story-based Strategy.

In prior years, Wil has served as a youth arts program manager and community organizer, at community-based organizations throughout Massachusetts, including, Roca, Inc.,The City School, Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice, Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy and Centro Presente where he managed ‘Pintamos Nuestro Mundo’ an arts-based youth development program. Some of his responsibilities have included leading outreach efforts, designing trainings on health and wellness, implementing youth engagement and evidence-based programming, and overseeing program evaluations. He has also worked at JSI on federally-funded projects such as HIV.gov and Healthy Start EPIC TA Center that aimed to provide resources to underserved and vulnerable populations and expand TA and training to grantee organizations by employing digital media strategies.

William Palacios

My name is William Palacios. I am a 31 year old Latino man, from Chelsea, MA. I like to think of myself as an artist, mentor, father, son, friend, and leader. I am the founder of a Non-Profit agency called Basement TryBe which services youth from ages 13-18.  My passion is to service the youth so they can become their best selves. In my spare time I love to spend time with my son Zane.  I love him very much.

Charles Murrell III

Charles is a sensitive composer drawn to exotic orchestral colors and the mysticism of the African folk melodies born here in America.

Over time he has coupled traditional classical elements with an introspective idea of composition. Reading “The Black Composer Speaks” contributed greatly to a coherent molding of these introspective ideas together, and too, in the further discovering of a deep passion for AfriClassical music (classical music of the African diaspora). 

Primarily self taught until his former years, he has shared experiences in performing across the country at some notable concert halls to include Jordan Hall, The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, and Murphy Fine Arts Center. Having performed under the batons of David N. Baker, Roland Carter, Charles Dickerson, William Drury and Lloyd B. Mallory, Jr. There lies a great deal of his inspiration, and he is deeply grateful for the  passionate teachings of these conductors.

 In addition to premiering his own works, Charles holds a strong passion for premiering and performing the works of other AfriClassical and  living composers. Notable mentions include Bill Banfield’s 8th symphony, Charles Dickerson’s I Have a Dream, David Amram’s Summertime and Greenwich Village Portraits as well as Roland Carter’s Hold Fast to Dreams. 

In 2017, he achieved a career dream and began working with Hannibal Lokumbe. He would also like to mention his mentors Larry Williams (The American Studio Orchestra), Nathan Carter, James Lee III and Dominique De’Lerma (Morgan State University). Charles was awarded SPOKE’s Gallery, Daniel Morrison Fellows in 2021.

Charles is a BMI artist, as well as a William Grant Still Music Artist in Residence. He currently resides in the Boston area.

Charles is self-represented and takes clients on a limited basis. Inquire about his availability:

Diamond (D.) McMillion-Williams

Diamond (D.) McMillion-Williams, Boston Native. Artist, writer, slam poet, youth advocate, recovery coach, peer support specialist, homeless and homeless youth advocate and all around super dope human being.

D. wholeheartedly believes that our situations do not dictate our outcomes, and lives by their motto: “Take from everything a lesson, nothing but forward progrssion!”