Houston Theatre Company Hosts Grand Opening During March to Commemorate National Theatre in Our Schools Month and World/National Theatre Day

As 1 Akins Productions’ grand opening festivities feature a panel of movie industry professionals and a full itinerary for aspiring actors and theatre lovers


Phylcity and  Gabriel Silva (Hollywood Actor)

HOUSTON, March 22, 2018 – Houston-based production company, As 1 Akins, opens its doors to the public during the month of March, which also commemorates the celebration of National Theatre in Schools Month as well as World and National Theatre Day, which is held annually on March 27. Both recognitions are commemorated with national and international theatre events organized to mark the occasions and reinforce the importance of theatre arts to entertain, heal and enrich lives.

Deloris Akins, owner of As 1 Akins Productions, will host the company’s open house and ribbon cutting, along with the Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce, at their new studio space. The festivities kick off on Saturday, March 24th with the open house from 1-4 pm. Special guests include child actor Gabriel Silva who has appeared in Hollywood films including “Live by Night” co-starring Ben Affleck and the upcoming movie “Godzilla” co-starring Academy Award nominees Vera Farmiga and Sally Hawkins. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, a live scene from the company’s upcoming stage play “Wrath Of A Broken Man,” industry talks with professional actors, giveaways, and information about upcoming training for children and adults. The following Monday, March 26th marks the official Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting from Noon-1 pm.

Birthed out of a vision to realize Akins’ own acting aspirations, her production company offers acting classes and stage productions tailored for all ages from aspiring actors looking to develop and hone their skills to individuals seeking to develop confidence through creative expression.

“When I started seeking acting jobs, I really had no clue on how to get started. So I thought to myself, why not write and put myself on stage, and I did,” Akins shared. “I always wrote plays as a child but never thought I could make a business out of it. I really want to help others’ dreams come true who are in the same situation I was in years ago.”

The family-owned and operated acting and production studio – run by Akins and her husband and children – offers year-round introductory acting training, including Auditioning Classes, Introduction to Method Acting, Improvisation, Monologues, Scene Study and Technique Classes, and Commercial Acting. After taking Akins’ classes, her students have gone on to appear in films and TV roles.


Since turning her passion to a profession in 2012, Akins has directed and produced five stage plays and in 2016 hosted “So You Want To Be An Actor,” an acting workshop featuring panelists, Charnele Brown (Kim from A Different World) and Nakia Dillard (founder of Aikan Performing Arts) who has appeared in the movie, Split and the TV series, The Wire.

The New York native aims to provide the Houston community with positive performances through plays and acting courses and to provide a stepping stone for individuals looking to get into the acting industry or boost their communication skills, power and presence.


“Our mission is to bring great entertainment and acting classes to Houston and surrounding areas,” said Akins. “We want to help youth and adults in the community grow their talent and get a head start on making their dreams come true; whether their dream is acting professionally or for fun, or to learn presentation skills and boost confidence, As 1 Akins has something for everyone. We would love to connect with the community at our grand opening events”

The new studio space where both events will take place is located at 1525 Lakeville Drive, Suite #102, Kingwood, TX 77339. For more information, visit www.as1akins.com. RSVP to attend via www.as1akinslaunch.eventbrite.com.



“Image Me” Self Esteem Workshop, with guest appearance “LIL BRI” Season 4 of The Rap Game

On March 18, 2018 Devine Creations debutantes held a awesome workshop on self esteem for young ladies. This year’s debutantes must attend a 8 month program which covers etiquette, manners, table etiquette, self esteem, self confidence,posture and poise and a host of other empowering workshops. This event was held at a private location, and it was great.

With a special appearance from “LIL BRI” from Season 4 The Rap Game. LIL BRI spoke so eloquently about being humble and never changing. This young lady makes us Houston pride, by empowering youth everywhere to be themselves no matter what.

Ms. Verna Caddie, The Founder of Devine Creations Debutante/Cotillions also, gave out “The Amazing Youth Award” to Journie Bell, who is an awesome young lady.  Journie Bell. Journie is an 8 year old actress, model, dancer, and entrepreneur. Also, making an appearance was LiL Miss. Happy Head Samyria Spriggs.




“LIL BRI” and Devine Creations Phylicity


“LIL BRI” and Miss. Devine Creations Amiya Doss


LIL BRI and Maghan McDermott


Ms. Verna Caddie and Journie Bell

For more information about Devine Creations Debutante Program, please contact:





Ms. Verna Caddie = Offers Self Esteem Workshop for young Ladies. “Imagine Me” Self Esteem Workshop

Join, Devine Creations on March 18,2018 for a time to reflect on self esteem, and self worth. Founder of Devine Creations, Ms. Verna Caddie, will offer a workshop to young ladies ages 8 to 21 years of age.

Place: Ramada

Time: 2pm to 5pm

All material will be included.


“HOUSTON- Blink Movie Premier”

  “Blink” is the latest film project from Houston, TX native Courtney JáPaul Glaudé. The movie was released earlier this year, to industry professionals, at the 2017 Los Angeles Short Film Festival, and is now set to premier in select AMC theaters in Houston & Atlanta March 2nd through 8th. Allstate insurance recently backed the film as an acting sponsor to help shine a light on such a serious topic. Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner has declared March 2nd as “Courtney Japaul Glaude” Day with a proclamation honor. This public honor will kick off on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 and will continue with annual recognition.
Allstate is committed to “Blink” as part of the company’s “Purple Purse” initiative, which is led by spokeswoman Serena Williams with the purpose to help empower domestic violence survivors by offering resources and tools for them to stay free from abuse. Further, the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV) has a “Every 9 Seconds” campaign that piggybacks on the theme of “Blink”, which includes having a spokesperson for PADV attend and speak at Blink red carpet movie premiers.

“Blink” is the dramatic story of Nailah Belle as the character tries to navigate the depths and effect of domestic violence. Belle discovers that the calmest seas are often the most turbulent below the surface. From the outside, the meticulous facade of Nailah and husband Chris’s relationship looks perfect. The community doesn’t suspect domestic violence exists in the home, but the violence is unbearable as Nailah seeks out perfection and is looped into a life of a domestic violence victim, showing how everything can change in just one blink.

“It’s a serious subject matter addressed with tact, but in a manner that gets your attention. Courtney JáPaul Glaudé does an amazing job with the writing of what sadly is reality for many women. The ThinkZILLA team is proud to help garner national awareness of this film and hopefully help victims reach out for help,” said Velma Trayham CEO of ThinkZILLA PR & Consulting Group.

Domestic Violence in America is a prominent topic, which can be circumvented with proper education – like media tools in motion picture form such as “Blink”. Currently, and according to the TheHotline.org, “1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) aged 18 and older in the United States have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.”  Bianca Siplin and Will Scott star in “Blink”. A full list of theatrical showings may be accessed by visiting www.blinkthemovie.net