F.A.M.E's 2015 Finalists.
Remember to come and see all of these great contestants compete for the grand prize on May 1st. 2015
Shantel Cribbs: is a singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer studying Musical Theatre at Columbia College of Chicago. Her musical theatre journey started as a member of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit when she was cast in the leading role as Gladys Horton in Mosaic’s Now That I Can Dance, Motown 1962 production. While at Columbia, Shantel was a lead singer and dancer in Columbia’s It’s All Happening production, lead singer at Paint It Black, vocalist for ConSoul band at I Am Showcase and RHA Restock Benefit Concert, I Love the 90’s Millennium Show dancer, and member of Gospel Repertory Ensemble. Shantel performed with Grammy Award winners Allee Willis and Don Was. She sung with Mosaic as the opening act for Tyler Perry and for President Barack Obama. She had the pleasure to audition for Debbie Allen for Fox’s Empire. Shantel loves to perform and is greatful for family and friends who have encouraged her to follow her dreams.
Sara Eichmeier: was born and raised in Valparaiso, IN. She began dancing at age 3, and has been performing with Indiana Ballet Theater for 12 years now. She has been casted in roles such as "Clara" from The Nutcracker and "Spring Fairy" from Cinderella. Sara has spent her summers attending The Joffrey Summer Camp and Ballet Chicago's Advanced Ballet Intensive. Upon graduating high school, currently a junior, she hopes to attend Butler University and major in dance. When Sara isn't dancing, she is an honor student Valparaiso High School and teaches ballet and tap at Indiana Ballet Theater.
Donielle Logan: is a freelance Choreographer who has a passion for mentoring youth in developing their artistry via dance. Donielle received her dance training at Northern Illinois University in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Program. Donielle was formerly with Diva Le Dance Company and has just recently been signed under contract with Ascension Performing Arts Dance Company. Some of Donielle’s most recent accomplishments include being featured in the Tales of Herror Art Festival, being a guest master teacher for UDC Dance Company and choreographing for the KISS FM Calvin Harris Opener at the Aragon Ballroom. Donielle is ecstatic about performing in F.A.M.E. this year.
Madison Magiera: has been performing ever since she can remember. She has been singing and acting her whole life and has been featured in close to ten plays and musicals around the Northwest Indiana area. She has more than six years of training in classical ballet, modern, jazz and contemporary dance at Indiana Ballet Theatre (IBT) and is currently a member of their first company. Besides being a company member and performing in IBT’s modern and ballet productions, Madison also teaches creative dance and tumbling there. Madison loves to volunteer and share the beauty of the arts with everyone she meets!
Abraham Mellish: They say the people who exhibit the most kindness understand the true sting of pain. Abraham Mellish has seen a lot in his 24 years, but he still remains a hopeful and jubilant spirit. After surviving two civil wars in his homeland of Liberia, he found refuge in music. Influenced by Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Lucky Dube, and Fela Kuti, Abraham developed his own sound, combining Western Folk, Funk, and Blues with an African pulse.
Ashley Mondisa: aka Mondisa graduated from Columbia College Chicago in Spring 2014 with a Bachelors Degree is Musical Theatre Performance. Mondisa grew up singing in the Apostolic church starting at age 3. She competed in NAACP-ACTSO as a vocalist and dramatist between the ages of 14 and 18. She has been seen in 17 musicals and plays. Mondisa started an artistic production company, Mondisa Monde Productions, in 2012. Through her company she has produced and directed a musical and produced a dance flashmob in 2014. She also focuses on acting, directing, and producing for tv, film, and commerical. She is currently producing, directing, and starring for a short film called "Life After Death". Mondisa is currently in search for an agent for her acting career and hoping to get signed for her Gospel recording artist career. Meanwhile Mondisa is a nanny and writing two books based on love and spirituality. She would love to thank God, her parents, and her family and friends for all their support throughout her journey!
Malika Petty: also known as Onyx Mari, was born and raised on Chicago’s south side. From a young age she developed a love and passion for music and the arts. Malika has sung in the Holy Name of Mary Voices of Praise, the Kenwood Academy Concert Choir, and presently sings in the Oakdale Covenant Church Choir. She has performed at the Tonic Room in Lincoln Park and more recently has appeared on Fox’s hit TV show Empire as an extra. Her ultimate goal in music is to encourage and uplift those that need it most; to be a voice of hope and change.
Danielle Wilder: has been dancing for 22 years and has a Bachelor’s in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College. Danielle has worked with choreographers such as Kevin Iega Jeff, Frank Chaves, Crystal Frazier, David Ingram, Casey Trail, and Vantenia Kelley. Danielle’s previous work includes dancing in a flash mob for a McDonald’s Commercial, dancing and choreographing for musician, Shuree, as well as being featured in her “One Girl Can Change the World” music video, and was also a member of DLD Dance Company. Danielle is now a free agent and directs a dance company at Niles North High School.