"You become what you believe."
- Oprah Winfrey
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
- Maya Angelou
"All is well and everything is under control."
- O.C. Allen, III
Monique D. Shaw
Executive Artistic Director
Monique has loved the arts since she was a child. Initially, her interest was music where she played instruments and sang with various groups and choirs. Her focus later changed to writing, then producing and directing theatrical productions. Not only is Shaw creative, but she’s a savvy business woman. Her experience dates back to 1998 and she’s held a variety of positions within the entertainment world including Director of Theater & Fine Arts, Business Manager, Executive Director, Playwright, Producer, Director, and Executive Producer to name a few.
Aside from her love of theatre, Monique is an accomplished Human Resource professional with over 25 years experience in HR management for small businesses and large corporations. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management – Organizational Learning & Performance. Most recently, Monique was named the winner of the 2017 Amazing Entrepreneur Contest – Pre-venture category for writing a business plan to develop a new arts and entertainment center.
Maquita has loved the arts since she was a young girl. She believes being able to connect to another’s soul while being able to entertain is such an amazing gift. She attended Howard University where she earned a BA in Journalism, minored in Theatre Arts, and was a part of a few student film productions, as well as, helped with set design for stage productions. While at Howard, Maquita interned at the college radio station, a local radio station, and TV station where she assisted with programming, promotion and social media management. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Moreover, she received theatrical training at the Chicago Actor’s Studio.
Maquita's 10 years of experience in Media and Marketing and passion for the arts give ETAC a unique edge in reaching our desired target audience in a meaningful way.
Queshan attended Furman University where he studied writing and journalism. Upon moving to Atlanta, he worked in various customer service management positions while pursuing acting and writing. He later joined Delta Air Lines in 2002 as a Performance Leader for customer service and ticketing agents. In 2007, he transferred to In Flight Field Service Manager where he served as a leader of 175 Flight Attendants. Currently, he is a flight attendant where he continues to work as the Flight Leader on many flights.
Creatively, Queshan has published two books; one novel and one book of poetry. He enjoys acting and spoken word poetry. He has received a certificate of achievement from Harvard University online course: “Prediction X,” received The Good Life Literacy Merit Award, completed a Six Weeks Intensive Author Bootcamp and is also certified in the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling developed by the CDC. Writing continues to be his passion along with helping others to see that the best is yet to come!
"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."
- Booker T. Washington
Dante Sellers has been incorporated in arts since he was five years old. From acting, hosting, or speaking, he has a been passionate about being a servant for the community on stage or in front of a camera. Dante has also focused his life on fighting social injustices and establishing equality for all. Founder of Stay Smooth LLC, he uses his creative vision to produce events, workshops, and productions to highlight black excellence while “re-educating” communities on the importance of African American history.
Sellers received his of Bachelor of Arts in Theater & Film Production at the prestigious Saint Augustine’s University in 2012. He was also Spectacular Magazine 2011 Man of The Year: Emerging Leader category. Dante currently reside in Stone Mountain, GA.
"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, I'm possible."
- Audrey Hepburn
Darrlynn is an avid supporter of the arts and was a valuable team member of Monique Shaw Productions (MSP) since 2009. She came to MSP's first production and became one of their biggest cheerleaders. Turner held many roles with MSP to include Executive Assistant, Props Manager, House Manager, and Stage Manager.
Turner is also an experienced customer service professional with expertise in customer support, office management, program coordination and management, and property management.