Angela Wilson is the founder and CEO of the AngelWing Project, Inc. She leads the non-profit organization in their mission to “positively impact the community by providing uplifting, entertaining shows and events to inspire appreciation for and participation in the arts.” She is a producer, director, an award-winning playwright; and an independent artist with a vision. She states, "since the inception of the AngelWing Project, the journey has been nothing short of amazing." The AngelWing Project has touched many lives since its beginning in 2015.
Angela is an innovative artist who has always loved the performing arts. Growing up she performed on a regular basis, singing, and acting as a child, taking drama classes in high school, and continuing to perform into her adult years. A natural teacher and artist, Angela found her niche in writing plays that are based loosely on actual events and tell stories of African American cultural experiences. She ensures that audiences are learning as they are being entertained and inspired.
The AngelWing Project is in residence at the Chesapeake Arts Center, a premier arts center in the region and they collaborate on many projects. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused AWP to be more innovative, looking at ways to perform and offer programming in an online format.
Angela's critically acclaimed stage play, Tears of the Soul, which premiered at the Chesapeake Arts Center in 2018, and has been very well received by audiences has recently been published and licensed by Heuer Publishing. Established in 1928, it is one of the oldest publishing houses serving the educational, community theater markets from amateurs' to stock performances. They are a pioneer in commissioning and publishing unique works from a broad range of playwrights, which are entertaining and yet thought provoking, family appropriate and edgy. Tears of the Soul went on to win the DC Black Theater and Arts Festival in Washington, DC as it was voted the Festival Favorite in the full length play category.
Angela's work has been widely recognized and she was one of 69 artists from across the state selected to receive an Independent Artist regional award from the Maryland State Arts Council for literary arts, acknowledging her latest work and popular stage play, Clay's Place: Inside My Blue Mind which premiered at the Chesapeake Arts Center in 2021 and is scheduled to be performed in November of 2022.
Angela has spent over 23 years as an HR professional. She possesses a BS in Business with a concentration in Management, and a MS in Organization and Human Resources Development and has obtained several professional certifications. Although having a full time professional career, she tried to find the time to dedicate to her craft and passion - the arts. In 2020 at the height of the pandemic, Angela decided to leave her career and dedicate herself to her life's pursuits, the arts being top of list, but also continuing to her experience, skills and expertise to become an independent consultant. She is currently a member of the Dramatists Guild and the American Association of Community Theater as well as other local Arts organizations.
Angela says that she is out here trying to make the world a better place and uplift her community through art and giving back. She believes she offers a unique perspective that people can easily relate to. While there is nothing new under the sun; she believes that what makes someone a true artist is that he or she is always finding new and different ways to express life.
Angela's advice to aspiring artists: “Understand what makes you unique, which is what makes you great. Identify your distinct perspective on things, and then figure out how to tell that story to the world through your creative, artistic lens and abilities.”