IMPACT Repertory Theatre
IMPACT Repertory Theatre
IMPACT’s mission is to use performing arts and the dynamics of leadership training to develop
and empower youth. IMPACT believes that theater arts and education play a pivotal role in
providing opportunities and transitions for the leaders of tomorrow. IMPACT is rooted in creative
self-expression and anchored by a commitment to Safe Space, Outstanding Effort and Service to
the Community. (S.O.S.)
IMPACT promotes the positive development of young people ages 12 to 19 by providing a
learning environment that encourages, nurtures and challenges its students. It offers arts and
leadership workshops, performance opportunities, community service for its participants. The
program curriculum encourages its students to focus on life and pre-professional skills, literacy,
culture and political issues.
All of IMPACT’s music, choreography, dramatic writing and video projects are original - created
by Impact members and staff. Since it's inception over three hundred young people have taken
classes at Impact. Twenty have graduated from college. Forty are currently in colleges and
universities that include Penn State, Clark Atlanta, City University of New York, University of
Maryland, Fordham, Rutgers, Brown and Yale.
Impact’s has appeared in the films “Disappearing Acts”, “Hughes Dreams Harlem” and “August
Rush” which earned them an Oscar nomination for best song. Live performances include People
Magazines Next Great Artists Showcase, the Apollo, Lincoln Center, Major league Soccer’s Tribute
to Pele and headlining the summer series at the Great Mall in Washington D.C. and the
international arts festival in Bulgaria. Impact has been featured on “Good Morning America” and
will be presented on “Nightline” later in 2008.
Chad Hollister Band
Chad Hollister has opened for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Tom Petty and has just released his fourth CD. This self-titled disc was produced by Anthony J. Resta (Elton John, Collective Soul, Shawn Mullins).
Chad Hollister’s musical style shines original with his percussive background. His personal lyrics are appreciative of a life on Mother Earth and his music is“pure sonic alchemy” (Anthony J. Resta).
He has shared the stage with Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule), every PHISH member, Merl Saunders and Dave Mattacks (Jethro Tull, Paul McCartney, Fairport Convention).
His latest single "Grow"hit #24 on the New Music Weekly Magazine’s top 100 charts. "Grow" also took the #1 slot for Indie-Music.com's TOP 25 of 2010.
In 2003, Hollister won first place in the Billboard songwriting contest for “Jesus, Bon Jovi and Tarzan” off his Life CD, produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Dave Matthews).
Chad Hollister’s music leaves you with an appreciation for what matters in “Life”.
Kwame Binea Shakedown
As diverse and kinetic as the city they call home, Kwame & the Uptown Shakedown have been perfecting their unique blend of soulful rock n’roll since they formed in 2008. A true product of New York City, their music reflects the passion, the energy and the sounds of the city. They stand out - as a multicultural, multigenerational collective whose influences span soul, blues, classic rock, reggae and R+B. Featuring singer/songwriter Kwame Binea, guitarist/songwriter Justin Wilcox, bassist Art Vanterpool, drummer Medley, and saxophonist Quigley , the group is united by a common goal to make simple, soulful, back-to-basics music. “Our music is organic,” says London-born Ghanaian-raised Kwame, “it’s about life, love and struggle but it’s danceable. We make music that moves you and that makes you move.” After leaving blues/rock band ‘The Kause’, Kwame met songwriting partner Justin Wilcox at a recording session in Union City, NJ and the duo moved to Harlem to begin writing and playing together. Initially an acoustic act, the band’s line-up grew naturally as Kwame and Justin met and played with other New York/NJ musicians. As the group got bigger – both literally and sonically - their music began making the walls of the apartment where they rehearsed rattle and so the Uptown Shakedown was born. The band has quickly built a following as diverse as its members. Having played regularly at a number of iconic venues including Sullivan Hall, Kenny’s Castaway and Arlene’s Grocery, the band started playing shows across the East Coast this year as they complete work on their debut LP. Lead single ‘Waiting’ was released earlier this year and has been garnering the band a lot of attention. “I’ve been patient, I’ve been focused, I’ve been waiting for my time to come,” sings Kwame on the track. It seems their time has now arrived.