Quentin Talley or ‘Q’ is a poet, actor, writer, director, producer and musician. He is founder and artistic director of OnQ Performing Arts. OnQ started in 2006 with a mission to produce classic, contemporary and original performance works that reflect the black experience. As a poet, Q has performed throughout the country, sharing the stage with Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, MC Lyte, Sonia Sanchez and Tavis Smiley. As an actor, he has worked professionally with Children’s Theater of Charlotte, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Winston Salem Arts Council, and New River Dramatist. His directing credits include: Rise For Freedom, Dutchman, In The Blood, Day of Absence, Rhyme Deferred and Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.) Q is the lead singer of Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers, a blues, funk and soul band. He earned a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Winthrop University.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in performing arts expressing the black experience in America.