Teresa Michelle Lasley co-founded Under the Spell Productions in 2005 and is an accomplished actress, writer, educator, and arts professional. She oversees all aspects of the company - programming, marketing, development, key partnerships, and day-to-day administration. Ms. Lasley began her path in the performing arts as a dancer, which in time led her to theatre. A native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area, she is a graduate of Spelman College with a BA in Drama and English, with additional training at the University of London and New York University.

Ms. Lasley has worked in the literary department of the Signature Theater, and as a teaching artist with Lincoln Center Theatre.  She has been blessed with many opportunities to perform and to train and she seeks to provide the same career opportunities for her fellow theatre artists.


Rhonney Greene co-founded Under the Spell Productions with Ms. Lasley in 2005. He is a man of many talents, with achievements as an actor, singer, dancer, writer, director and costume designer both on stage and in TV and film. He works in all areas of Under the Spell Productions’ activity, with a focus on artistic vision and production development.  A graduate of Morehouse College, where he received a BA in Drama, Rhonney Greene continues to put God first in his efforts to change the world for the better through his art.

Recent performances include a starring role in the equity showcase, Dance Bojangles Dance, and a vocalist in a tribute concert to Mariah Carey. As a key costumer and wardrobe manager in the entertainment industry, he has worked on projects such as The Lovely Bones, Why Did I Get Married Too, Nurse Jackie, and many more.


Derek Lee McPhatter joined Under the Spell Productions in 2005 and is a successful dramatic writer and arts professional. He works with Ms. Lasley and Mr. Greene on all areas of the company’s management, with a focus on fundraising and capacity-building. He holds a BA in English from Morehouse College, and a Master’s in Humanities from NYU. 

He is a Harlem Arts Alliance/Columbia University Dramatic Writing Fellow, in partnership with New Heritage Theatre. Plays include The Lattice Crashes, Bring the Beat Back, On Troubled Waters and Citizen Jane.  Other writing credits include finalist placement in the New York Theater Workshop Emerging Artists of Color Fellowship as well as pieces in the journal, Anamesa, and the Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History.  Mr. McPhatter also hosts the Apollo Theater’s new works development program -- the Apollo Salon Series.