about us

GOT YOUR BACK CREATIVE is home base for the work of artist and counselor Deborah Allen in conjunction with the artists and craftspeople working to create film and theatre grounded in our belief that the arts play an important role in healing trauma and creating wholeness.

Currently, we have two film projects in development and a theatre production preparing to tour after two sold out shows in Long Beach and Santa Cruz, CA.

 

Our mission as a group of artists, counselors, and educators is to help create resilience in our inner lives, build strong communities, help young people think in new ways, change attitudes, and, most of all, be part of a world that is paying attention to how we heal and what it means to be part of the repair of the world.

All of our projects are designed to take pressing (and personal) social issues and let the arts weave the stories so that our audiences can tolerate confronting difficult issues, and still come away with a model for human decency and the ability to survive and thrive even after trauma.

Who We Are:

Deborah Allen

Director, Producer, Writer, Actor, Counselor Screenwriter, JANE the movie, a feature film in development about how music and poetry anchor a 15 year-old-girl in the face of sexual violence, family upheaval and change she cannot control. As a rape survivor, artist, and counselor, Deborah teaches workshops that nurture the development of a creative inner life. She has been teaching mid-life professionals in the healing arts for the last twenty-five years, with an emphasis on depth psychology and trauma repair.  She teaches in the USA, Europe and Japan.  In her “first career” as an actor and director, Deborah worked in the San Francisco Bay Area and as an Arts America director at the National Theater of Uganda, where her production of August Wilson’s FENCES with the actors of the National Theater, won Best Production. She was also the executive director of Theater Bay Area in San Francisco for five years. Jane-themovie.com/healersforum.com

Professional Artists on Our Steering Committee

Delores Burgess

Director, Actor, Award Winning Gospel Artist. Delores Burgess, founder and President of Tri Action Life Center in Stone Mountain, GA is an Ordained Minister, Award Winning Gospel Artist, Actor, Author, Playwright, , Speaker, and IT Business Owner. The 2002 Atlanta Gospel Choice Award’s Best artist toured her music across the U.S. opening for gospel legends as Dottie Peoples and the Mighty Clouds of Joy! She performed with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera conducted by Bob Bernhardt and began starring and making cameos appearances in gospel stage plays until she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. As she advocated for survivorship knowing the power of healing through drama she wrote, produced, and starred in her own autobiographical one-woman stage play musical entitled Fighting For The Title. Fighting, originally directed by 7-time Broadway veteran Bob Garrett and now by Tony nominated award-winning actor/director Michele Shay, to date has played over 15 stages from California to Alaska to Tennessee. deloresburgess.com

Brittney Buffo

Actor. Brittney is a writer, actress, producer and teaching artist. With her husband Michael Buffo, she is currently producing commercial projects with their company House of 8 Media LLC. She has been working on JANE alongside Deborah since 2013. Examples of her work, including a short film she wrote and directed starring Deborah Allen, called “Truant Moon,” at http://houseof8media.com and http://www.haramotionpictures.com/

Becca Hunnicutt 

A precocious student of life and graduate of Lionheart Institute of Transpersonal Energy Healing, who having healed herself from physical, emotional and sexual abuse, now helps others to heal from the PTSD of childhood abuse bringing them safely into the present moment.  Her overwhelming compassion for those who understand this first hand, is her guiding force in her healing work and her life.  Music, poetry and choir are the art forms that helped save her life.  She is beyond honored to be a part of such an amazing voice for this work in the way of this performance.  So grateful to Deb for her consistent drumming into the deep, offering a loud voice of healing in the face of despair. http://www.healingconsciousness.org

Lisa Lancaster

Cellist. Has concertized extensively through the United States with the Amabile Piano Quartet, Alexander Scheider’s Brandenberg Ensemble, and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared in many of the country’s major concert halls, including Lincoln Center, Symphony Hall in Boston, Orchestra Hall in Chicago and Carnegie Hall in New York. A graduate of The Julliard School, Ms. Lancaster is passionate about the healing arts and the relationship between sound and consciousness in particular.  She plays a 2015 David Weibe cello made especially for her. lancastercello@gmail.com

Tom North

Award winning and best selling author,of True North, the shocking truth about Yours, Mine and Ours  is one of the eight North children, who together with the ten Beardsley children, became the family that was featured in the 1968 film, Yours, Mine and Ours, starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, and again in the 2005 version starring Rene Russo and Dennis Quaid. The book begins when Tom’s mother, Helen North, became a widow when she was just thirty years old and pregnant with her eighth child. Not long after, Helen North met and married Frank Beardsley, a man with ten children and the North children were adopted and their names changed to Beardsley. But it wasn’t one big happy family, as the movie depicted. When Tom finally left home, he traveled on a journey of survival, self-discovery, and healing. Miraculously, years later he led his family to counseling sessions where shocking truths were revealed and healing began. He came full circle, reclaiming his father’s name and was finally, True North. http://truenorthbytomnorth.com

Gina Rene

Artist/singer, songwriter/storyteller, mentor, community activist and mom. She uses her love of Hip Hop, in its truthful, real and raw self-expressive form to inspire and connect people of all ages with the power of using our words and expression to reclaim and re-frame our voices and lives for the better. She works tirelessly to represent the needs of young women and men today, lost in a sea of media misrepresentations.  Gina is currently training to offer vocal coaching via Forte Vocal Academy beginning in March of this year. http://ginanrene.com

Stephan Terry

Received his early music training as a child,. Singing in church choirs and playing classical piano at age 5. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park with a B.A. in Music. A gifted singer-songwriter, music director, and arranger, he endeavors to bring musical joy to audiences everywhere. Music director credits include: Seussical the Musical, The Wiz, Peaches, Beauty and the Beast, Bonita and Billie: Recorded in Hollywood, and Sarafina, for which he was nominated for best song, “How Many More Lives,” an anti-violence anthem he composed to help end the cycle of murder and senseless violence in our nation. As an educator. Stephan has taught music for over 20 years throughout California, Atlanta, Maryland and Washington, D.C. A man of faith and a believer in the Gospel of Jesus. Stephan’s heart is to encourage others. With the love and support of his wife Monica, he fulfills his purpose. For more info http://stephanterry.com