Spending most of her childhood pretending to be a movie star, she seemed predestined for the stage. But, after struggling in a British literature class in her undergraduate studies, Brenda Lindsey Womble (stage named “Brenda Rose”) was about to drop the class when her professor talked her into staying. “You were meant to be among us scholars. Never take the easy road,” the professor said. From that point, Brenda Rose became an award-winning actress who has traveled nationwide with her one-woman shows in theater. After landing a role in a children’s theater, “The Traveling Menagerie” under director Jim Henson of Sesame Street, fear and self-doubt about taking on a new challenge returned and caused her to turn down the role and continue as a university instructor.
“I saw failure, but Mr. Henson saw greatness, and from that experience, I vowed never to shy away from a one in a lifetime opportunity, again,” she says. With renewed courage, Brenda Rose’s acting talent won in seven eastern states where she went on to Denver, Colorado and placed 7th in the USA of 250 participants in her category or prose dramatizations.
Brenda Rose has written, directed, and produced over 36 stage plays and sketches. With excerpts from her unpublished novel, “A Crack in the Wall”, she won a Broadway showcase in New York, NY. One of her stage plays, “A Crazy Kind of Love” aired nationwide and parts of Europe and Africa. She later worked on a feature film, “There’s My Angel” as casting director, script supervisor and associate producer.
Her recently published book, Guns of Ava, is creative nonfiction, and it has been written as a stage play and screenplay. “Never in a million years did I think I would write this true story based on the life of my best friend, Ken Dula. But, while writing it, I cried most of the time, because of what I learned about the plight of combat soldiers.”
As owner of Omega Theatrics, Brenda Rose has toured the stage play version of “Guns of Ava” in multiple cities with sold out and packed audiences. In past years, she has appeared on a local ABC news special with anchorman, Steve Daniels and on a local inspirational talk show, “Fishers of Men”. She has been featured in Endeavors magazine, and in several news articles for her theatrical talent.
When not in the classroom, you might find Brenda Rose in her favorite café with a chocolate chip cookie, a cup of coffee and laptop working on the next literary project. Her son, Dedrick, teaches at the American United School of Kuwait where he lives with his wife, Kimberly, and Brenda Rose’s adorable grandchild, Sydni Kai. Brenda Rose resides in Chapel Hill, NC.
“The Voice of the Past” is how many refer to the musical artist, Kenneth (“Ken”) Dula. Born in the foothills of North Carolina, he became a high school baseball All-Star athlete, well sought out and headed for the pros until he was caught by the draft. Leaving his aspirations behind, he joined his comrades in the war of South Vietnam.
After returning home with honorable medals, including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, he left his love for baseball and pursued his second passion of singing. His rendition of Jerry Butler’s “Brand New Me” landed him number one of the top 10 billboards. From there, he traveled extensively throughout the United States, performing classical love ballads and gospels. Quiet in spirit, but bold and full of vitality in performances, Ken appeared on platforms with multiple vocalists and speakers, including Shirley Caesar, and Bishop Earl Paulk, and opened events for such artists as Branford Marsalis, Five Blind the Boys, Luther Barnes and Judith Jameson. In recent years, he was a call-back for the TV show, “The Voice”. As a graduate from Bull City Barber College, he received his license and has worked as a barber for over thirty years. He holds an associate degree in Business from Kings Business College, Durham, NC. Ken resides in Durham.