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a STAR’S Journey

Updated: Apr 30, 2020

I am forever grateful to the community who make the Star Center a joy. I’m thankful to our Board of Directors, volunteers onstage and behind the scenes, our supporters and you the audience. Most importantly, I thank God, for the inspiration, in giving this little girl from Miami by way of Detroit a spirit of tenacity and perseverance. It's easy to jump on someone else's train, but when you lay your own tracks, you create a path for others to travel and continue moving the vision forward.

Star Center is moving into its 20th season with a fantastic crew and we are not done yet! Our mission is to continue providing a platform where youth and families can continue to learn, grow and enjoy the beauty of the arts. We hope to see you SPARKLE and SHINE with us!


Rhonda's work has been recognized Nationally, Regionally and Statewide. The awards include:

Finalist for the Excellence in Theatre Education presented by the Tony


Allstate National Champion for Good

National Special Recognition - American Association for Community


National Youth Director of the Year - American Alliance for Theatre and


Southeastern Theatre Conference Sara Spencer Award for Child Drama

Governors Award for Investment in Youth

State Diversity and Inclusion Award

Distinguished Career Award from Florida Theatre Conference

Spirit of Gainesville Award City of Gainesville Arts Award

Alachua County Culture Award

Women of Vision and Purpose Award from Gainesville Black Professionals

Gainesville Impact Award from Business Magazine

Girl Scouts Women Who Make a Difference Award

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