JOMA Arts & Consulting, LLC
Was founded in 1998 by John L. Moore, III and Mary (Imani) Drayton-Hill, - formerly applied economics consultant - as the JOMA Arts Group in Washington D.C. The two worked together in the early 1990’s towards the growth and development of the African Continuum Theatre Coalition (formerly African Continuum Theatre Company).
Originally conceived as an independent, commercial-theatrical production company, JOMA was to focus on works from the African diaspora and be locally based but nationally focused. In December of 1998, JOMA offered its first project as a test of the concept: a staged reading of Kenneth Carroll’s “Make my Funk the P-funk”, in cooperation with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. In 2000, John Moore accepted an offer to serve as the Executive Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center (now the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts+Culture) in Charlotte, NC. Yet he left two years later to refocus his attention on the development of JOMA.
From 2005-2010 JOMA became a full-time endeavor and achieved a national profile of successful consulting engagements. Through that time the company favorably navigated several transitions including changing associates and partners, geographic separation, and becoming a sole proprietorship. Throughout its history, JOMA has proven that its core strength - utilization of the small team/niche market concept - can be successful.