Kelli Koontz Wilson is a native and resident of Newark, New Jersey. She has majored in both Theatre and Spanish at Rider College and Rutgers Newark respectively.
She is the founder of Project PULSE: Presentations for Understanding and Learning through Skits and Expression. This program allows her to perform as well as to provide students with a forum in which to create their own presentations that will focus on the needs of the community. She utilizes poetry and storytelling in her workshops as a way to engage students and adults in the discussion of local and global issues which impact our society, and how they can use their voices in a positive way. Other workshops include: Conflict Resolution, Diversity Training, Drug prevention and Goal Setting.
The stage show Titled: A Mother’s Cry, is a 60 minute presentation, filled with Poetry, Prose, and music. It has been developed for all audiences, but the primary purpose of the show is to promote Self-Esteem, Gang Prevention, as well as Drug and Alcohol Prevention.
She has written skits and plays for El Club del Barrio’s Survivors Group in Newark, as well as for Horizon Health Center in Jersey City’s C.O.P.E Community Outreach through Peer Education group. She has personally designed an entire curricula of Programs for school aged children such as: Dr. Gekls, Three Kings and a Queen—It’s All About Self-Esteem, Life Uninterrupted-- Life Interrupted, Thick as Thieves, and short stories designed to teach the importance of Self-Esteem, and Purpose, like Mr. Willoughby, and A very good day. She is currently writing a T.V. Pilot, and Feature Film.
Her other writings also include two books published by Author House: the novel, The Color of My Skin as well as an Anthology of Poetry, Hookers in The Playground: A Newark Mother’s Cry for Peace. Her semiautobiographical novel: Finding Rhythm, deals with a Newark Poet, determined to educate and inspire her three children while dealing with family addictions, and corruption.
She and her husband Tim have 3 children and one grandchild: Latoya Wilson, Giavonni Darlena Davis, Timothy Wilson Jr. and Jailyn Brown. Melanin Enterprises LLC is a Newark based Performing Arts Company which helps develop and produce educational and artistic programming for all NJ based schools. www.melaninenterprises.com