Rodrick is a veteran of the film and television industry with more than 33 years’ experience in front of and behind the camera. At age 10, he starred in the Emmy-award winning film, The Marva Collins Story. His career has included a host of nationwide commercials for multinational corporations Coca-Cola and McDonalds; acclaimed stage plays at the renowned Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago with such theater legends as writer Eric Carter and director Chuck Smith; as well as independent and short films in Chicago and Boston. His acting credits include work with Morgan Freeman, Cicely Tyson, Paul Winfield, Ving Rhames, Glynn Turman, Kadeem Hardison, and Giancarlo Esposito and trailblazing directors including Stan Lathan. In addition to his acting success and talents, Rodrick chose to pursue another dream career in law. After graduating magna cum laude from Boston University, he received his Jurist Doctorate in 1995 and has been a practicing attorney in Chicago for almost 19 years. Though Rodrick’s focus has been the law, he never lost his love for film, turning his attention to behind the camera, becoming a producer of short films, trailers and music videos for local musical artists and local directors. Rodrick’s love for, and understanding of, the art of the film industry is enhanced by his knowledge of the law regarding the various complex issues of the business of film; the negotiation and drafting of contracts, labor issues, considerations of intellectual property and corporate formations and business entities for films.
Senuwell is an actor, screenwriter and director with more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Senuwell studied film and theater at Columbia College in Chicago and is a graduate of Video Symphony in Burbank, CA where he studied television and film editing. He last appeared in Pullman Porter Blues at the famed Goodman Theater in Chicago in 2013. His prior appearance at the Goodman Theater was in The Edward Albee Festival during the 2003/2004 Season. He appeared in the Blind Faith Theatre Company's production of “Streamers,” for which he was nominated for a Black Theater Alliance Award. Other theatrical credits include The Little Prince at Touchstone Theatre; Old-Timer’s Game at the Theatre Building; Union Station and Going to the Club with ETA Creative Arts; Master Harold and the boys at Steppenwolf; and a Jeff-nominated ensemble performance in Union Boys at Wisdom Bridge. He spent six seasons with The Black Ensemble Theater performing in Anna Lucasta and The Sammy Davis Jr. Story. He made his national tour debut in The Buddy Holly Story with Dodger Productions of New York. Film credits include Bad Boys, Sweet Perfection and Serenade in Blue. Television credits include the ABC series Lady Blue and Brewster Place. Through his independent production company, Senuwell has directed several music videos for a wide array of artists.
Vonda is a business executive with more than 20 years of experience in management, marketing, media and public relations. As the executive director of the Tavis Smiley Foundation, she has led the organization for nearly 10 years managing the organization’s $500,000 annual budget, setting and implementing its strategic plan, creating programs, cultivating relationships with donors and partners, managing a staff and volunteers as well as the brand management and marketing of its mission and its founder – media personality Tavis Smiley. She is an award-winning journalist and public relations and media expert having worked for The Associated Press and serving as a communications consultant for PECO Energy. She has been listed three times as a member of Who's Who in Los Angeles. She has a degree from Virginia Tech.