Meet Our Jurors
Kim Estes, an Emmy Award winner for “Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series - 2017, for his role as Sergeant Amanda Smith in “Dicks.” His impressive list of TV appearances includes “Criminal Minds, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fresh off the Boat, Pretty Little Liars, The Real O'Neals," and "NCIS". You can also see him in the season six Private Practice episode Apron Strings where he plays a mediator. This list continues with character parts in “400 Days, Crossroad, The Bachelor Next Door,
5 Hour Friends, Night Eyes, Removal and a host of other films.
While born and raised in Los Angeles, Kim has spent time in Vallejo, where he attended college at CSU, Cal Maritime Academy before continuing his post-graduate work at the University of Southern California. We are thrilled to have Kim Estes as a member of our juror panel.
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Kim Estes, Actor
Emmy Award Winner
Luella Hill-Dudley, Poet, Spoken-Word Artist, Publisher, Host of "It's Luella" Talk Show
In 2012 Luella Hill-Dudley was spiritually inspired to start her own company named, Sistahs With Ink Foundation, where she brings artists of all talents together and creates a platform for them to gain exposure and be connected with others just like them. She has created many projects that allow them to explore new ideas with their talent. She has helped new authors with book trailers, featuring them in the foundation’s calendar, published “Sistahs With Ink Voices,” which was a collaboration of writers within the Sistahs With Ink Foundation’s online group. Luella has mentored many new up-and-coming artists globally.
Luella has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) Award by OML Productions; the Knights of Peter Claver awarded her “Outstanding Community Service.” 2017 -2018, the National Association of Professional Women inducted Luella Hill -Dudley as VIP Woman Of the Year Circle.
She has been featured in Upscale Magazine, The Sun Reporter newspaper, The Oakland Post newspaper, and many more.
Luella launched her first production titled “2014 Black Fire and Ice, A Poetry and Music Affair,” which brought Bay Area artists together to perform at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. As a keynote poet, she brought in local artists to share the spotlight with her at the Railroad Book Depot in Pittsburg, California, and Barnes and Noble in Brentwood, California.
In May 2017, she published the book “Blackballed Twice,” written by Mike Norris, ex-Oakland Athletics’ pitcher.
Dave Kilgore, Actor
Composer, Playwright, Author
Dave has lived in and around Detroit, Michigan his whole life, took four years of theatre in high school, and worked as a pianist/singer/entertainer for twenty years before going into film
acting. He has appeared on camera in over one hundred projects in the last ten years, including feature films, shorts, commercials, and industrial films, playing roles that range from a police detective to mob boss to mayor to the Grim Reaper. He has also produced a handful of his own short films and music videos that have screened at festivals across the country.
Dave, always more than happy to share his life experience, enjoys most watching his students
grow and learn. He has taught piano, theatre and film acting and was a mentor for the 2018 Capstone film class at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan, where he instructed students on the auditioning, directing, and handling of talent on set.
Dave has written over one hundred songs, two musical plays for kids, and multiple books, including a book of monologues and scenes for young actors. His three books of monologues for
adult actors are available online.
Wanda Sabir, Writer & Founder of Longest Running Celebration of African American Poets in Oakland.
Wanda studied Literary Journalism & Short Fiction at the University of San Francisco. Past studies have also included Humanistic Studies, History, English, and Philosophy BA 1991 at Holy Names College, Francisco, and UC Berkeley: Arabic, Linguistics, Art 1976-78 and at USF: Writing MA 1997.
Wanda’s Picks’ radio program is all about black art and culture. LISTEN IN.... Wednesdays 8-10 am (Pacific time) Fridays 8:00-10:00 am (pacific time) Past interviews have included Margo Hall Artistic Director at Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and her new appointments at SF and SF Playhouse. Michelle Browder, Mothers of Gynecology, artist, visionary. Sarah Crowell, Dance Brigade’s Dance in Revol(ting) Times, DIRT. Randall Kline, SFJAZZ Founder & Exec. Artistic Director.
A Virtual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry with special tributes to poets Adam David Miller and QR Hand. For the past 31 years, the West Oakland Library has hosted the longest consecutive program in the City of Oakland. This year’s virtual event in collaboration with Dr. Kim McMillon & “Wake Up America!”. The afternoon of poetry celebrated the theme of The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity and honored the legacies of the late poets Adam David Miller and QR Hand. Featured poetry performances by Ishmael Reed, Devorah Major, Karla Brundage, Tongo Eisen-Martin, Avotcja, Kim McMillion, Raymond Nat Turner, Halifu Osumare, James Cagney, Makeda Esi, Zakiyyah G.E. Capehart, Amos White, Nia McAllister, and others. This year, 2021, the program was co-sponsored by the Oakland Public Library, Wanda’s Picks, WO2WA, Wake up America!, Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley, San Francisco Public Library African American Center, and MoAD, Museum of African Diaspora.
Victoria Lee Williams
Stage and Screen Actor
Victoria spent her youth onstage from 4 years old, attending many schools in multiple states.
After moving to the east coast for about nine years, Victoria gained more theater experience there. However, it wasn’t until a chance meeting with Robin Williams in the early 80’s that she convinced herself to seek training from theatre schools.
She began with Robin Williams alumni COM (College of Marin) in Kentfield, California, and after graduating, continued to receive a Bachelor’s from UCSF.
“I figure I have been in hundreds of plays and maybe a dozen films, videos, etc. In my opinion, is that theatre is the boot camp of acting. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve as a juror for this amazing project.” - Victoria Lee Williams.