Artist in Residence

CharlonAbout Charlon Turner

Charlon Turner though originally from New York considers Wilmington, NC home where she grew up and has spent most of her life.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting and Directing from UNC-Greensboro.   After graduation she moved to Atlanta, GA where she directed her first production, Our Time Has Come at the 14th Street Playhouse in Midtown and worked on several feature films.  Returning to Wilmington in 2003, she continued her love for theatre, film, and television in recent roles like the “Lady in Purple” in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf for the Multi-Cultural department at UNCW.

She serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President for the Black Arts Alliance helping to plan the annual North Carolina Black Film Festival and was appointed Festival Director in 2012.  Charlon says, “Being the 2013 Festival Director was a huge undertaking but a huge honor to be entrusted with an incredible organization and program.  It was such an enjoyable learning experience, I look forward to working with our board and committee members growing the festival and expanding the Black Arts Alliance in 2014”.   

CharlonTurner  is founder and CEO of Turner Solutions, a boutique Public Relations firm that assists non-profits, small businesses, organizations and programs with their PR, marketing, social media, and online needs.  She recently began working for Working Films as their Web and Social Media Coordinator and also serves on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.  She was honored with a Phenomenal Woman Award by the Women’s Day Committee of St. Stephen AME Church earlier this year for her work in the community.  She has been over the Drama Ministry at New Beginning Christian Church for the past 9 years overseeing and directing several holiday productions including their well known, annual New Year’s Eve production and service held at the Schwartz center in downtown Wilmington.  Charlon has worked with Outside the Walls, a faith based mentoring program of the Wilmington Leadership Foundation since 2008 in various capacities from Program Director to Director of Public Relations and Marketing.  She joins UNCW as the Upperman Center Artist in Residence for the 2013-2014 school year.

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