Our Team


Janelle Headley
Creative Director / Founder / Trustee
Voice & Drama Tutor
As a young girl, on the island of Barbados, Janelle Headley would grab every opportunity to be involved in the arts. Whether it was singing, dancing, acting, painting or drawing, Janelle was always there, in the thick of things, creating. For her this was ‘home’ —the best way she could express herself. At the age of 17, music became her main focus so she made her way to The King’s University College, Edmonton Alberta. There she studied classical voice and was a member of the College’s Chamber and Concert Choirs. After spending a crucial year consolidating her music skills, soon the young artist felt a burning desire to learn more about Jazz. So in the summer of 2001 she moved east and enrolled in York University’s (Toronto) Jazz Program. Upon graduation from York University, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Specialised Honours Degree in Music, Janelle performed at numerous events including the Barbados Jazz Festival, The Beaches Jazz Festival and the TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Her performances are eclectic and breezy, warm and inviting, a voice richly smooth, possessing depth and maturity that belies her age. Some say that it’s unmistakeably a Jazz voice. However, many types of music influence her sound. Whatever the label you choose, her performance is an experience you’re not likely to forget. “After I heard her sing for the first time I became a believer!”, “She is a breath of fresh air and leaves you wanting for more”, audience members have said. In addition to performing, Janelle has always been passionate about Performing Arts Education. Her desire is that everyone can experience the joy of actively participating in the arts. In 2005 she founded Live the Music! Breathe the Music ©, a company dedicated to offering superior training to aspiring vocalists and musicians by way of private lessons and workshops. Her expertise, particularly in vocal performance technique, is often called upon by artists to enhance their shows and studio recordings. Six years after launching ‘Live-Breathe Music!’ Janelle incorporated dance and theatre through Operation Triple Threat: Sing, Dance, Act (O.T.T.), a Musical Theatre programme which provides both a summer and weekly programme for teens between 7 and 21years. Janelle Headley’s goal is to use the performing arts to inspire, question and to catalyze change. As a performer, tutor, facilitator and creative director she believes that the message is as critical as the medium, and hopes that, through the opportunities she provides, she can help other 
artists to be the best they can be.




Deborah Pennyfeather
Curriculum Development / Trustee
Barbadian national Deborah Pennyfeather is a former student of St. Michael’s Girls in Barbados and a graduate (BEd, MEd) of the University of Alberta, Canada. Deborah currently teaches at Ottewell School in Edmonton, Alberta. Throughout her teaching career she has used drama as a part of her teaching tool kit and for the past six years has co-directed the drama productions at Ottewell. She has also been a member of the St. George of England Society’s theatre and choral groups since 2000 and has performed in their annual traditional pantomime since 2005. Deborah keeps her Caribbean roots alive in her commitment to the Trincan Steel Orchestra Music Society of which she is currently the president. Deborah is very excited to be giving back to the land of her birth by sharing her passion for musical theatre with the youth of OTT.





Jamila Headley 
Trustee
Jamila Headley was recently appointed as the Managing Director of Health Global Access Project. Previously, she served as a Program Officer for the Accountability and Monitoring in Health Initiative and the Global Health Financing Initiative of the Public Health Program at Open Society Foundations (OSF). At OSF, she helped to lead the development of several new bodies of grant making focused on strengthening civil society engagement in the development, implementation, and monitoring of national and donor governments’ health budgets. Prior to this, Jamila completed a PhD at Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Jamila has written and conducted research on the development of national and regional responses to the HIV epidemic in Barbados and the Caribbean, the impact of trade agreements on health policy and access to medicines, and the role of North-South civil society partnerships in influencing the policies and priorities of large global health donors. She is a 2006 recipient of the Vermont State Madeline Kunin Public Service Award for her commitment to social justice.


Trudy Rowe 
Director of Social Support Services
Trudy Rowe has a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology from York College of the City University of New York. Moreover; she has a Master of Social Work from New York University. Trudy is also a Zelda Foster Fellow in Palliative and End-of-life Care. Having been trained at the New York City Department for the Aging, Mountainside Hospital and New York Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Centre, her experience ranges from serving populations including geriatrics, persons living with a psychiatric diagnosis and persons of all ages living with life-threatening illness (terminal illnesses- chronic illnesses). As a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) under the state of New York, Trudy is a trained therapist and Counsellor and her specialties include Grief, loss and bereavement, Group therapy/Counselling and facilitation; Individual therapy/counselling, Mindfulness and Wellness. Since January, 2015 Trudy has served as the Social Support Services Co-ordinator at Operation Triple Threat (O.T.T) under the management of Director and Founder, Janelle Headley. In this capacity, she has assisted with the Script Analysis for the April Production of “The Wiz” and is developing the O.T.T’S Career Advancement and Parent Outreach Programmes. Trudy also evaluates and monitors the implementation and efficiency of these programmes through quantitative and qualitative research. It is Trudy Rowe’s dream to continue to experience the beauty of the human spirit.



Joy-Anne Headley
Program Officer: Development & Stakeholder Engagement
Joy-Anne Headley is a Programme Development Specialist committed to international development, and capacity building. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology/Anthropology from Saint Michael’s College (Vermont, USA), a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Boston College, (Massachusetts, USA) and is certified as a Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) Business Lab Trainer. Ms. Headley has mobilized organizations and fostered inclusive partnerships for social change, delivering community impact across South-East Asia, the Caribbean and in the United States, with international non-profit organizations such as Cuso International, Habitat for Humanity Vietnam and The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT). Her global experience working with children and youth includes children affected by sex work in Thailand and India, mentorship of children from resettled refugee families in Vermont, USA, and more recently, coordinating The Jamaica Diaspora Institute’s Diaspora Youth Connect Project, empowering youth through entrepreneurship in Jamaica. Areas of experience include: Community Organizing, International Development, Monitoring & Evaluation, Gender Equality, Training & Capacity Building, Women’s Empowerment and Youth Entrepreneurship. Since 2011, Joy-Anne has volunteered with O.T.T in a range of capacities. She currently serves as O.T.T’s Program Officer: Development & Stakeholder Engagement, to effectively mobilize and engage its key stakeholders to advance the theatre arts in Barbados.


Maachelle Farley
Voice Tutor
Her life is like a song, a melody that's sweet and free. From a young age Maachelle Farley loved music and singing.Known to laugh out loud literally, Maachelle still has a deep and pensive side seen when she pours herself into her writing, teaching and singing. She is a Music Graduate of Acadia University and is the founder of the piano school, "Piano is LIFE ". As a Piano Teacher by profession, She sees music education and exposure to the arts in general as very important ‎for overall development of the youth in society. This is her second year working alongside Operation Triple Threat.


Rene Blackman 
Dance Tutor / Choreographer
Rene Jermain Blackman began his formal dance training with Praise Academy of Dance Barbados in 2003. His early years in dance were spent with the group Second Nature and the Apostolic Teaching Centre (ATC) Dancers. In 2004 he went on to pursue further dance training as a scholarship student and company member of the Hudson Repertory Dance Theatre, New Jersey; under the artistic direction of dancer, master teacher and choreographer Freddie Moore.
Upon returning to Barbados, Blackman joined the teaching staff of Praise Academy as a Hip Hop and Modern dance instructor, and also became one of its youngest resident choreographers. As a company member he travelled throughout the Caribbean, the US, England, South Africa and Mozambique, performing and conducting workshops. His work as a dancer and choreographer has also been recognized on the NIFCA stage where he has been a multiple award winner.
In the 10+ years of his career as a dance artist, he has also worked with the Almond Resort Dancers, Plantation Garden Theatre, Zhone Productions, the Barbados Diabetes Foundation’s MoveFit Program; the National Cultural Foundation’s Dance Desk Summer Internship Program and is currently a cast member of the DL Smith Productions’ “Celebration of Rhythms.” Blackman holds an Associate Degree in Applied Arts (Dance) from the Barbados Community College and is the founder and artistic director of the Barefoot Project.onto. Danica won the costume of the year award at NIFCA 2013.

Olivia Hall 
Dance Tutor / Choreographer
Olivia is the Managing and Artistic Director of the local dance school and performing company ‘Of Another Nature’. She holds an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts and Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (Creative Arts) majoring in Dance and Theatre from the University of the West Indies. Olivia has performed in several productions such as the Amen Corner, When Hope Smiles, Memories of Forgotten Children, and ‘From Bussa to Barrow’ production, devised and directed by Sonia ‘Omisola’ Williams. She has graced the local stage with Zhone Productions, DL Smith Productions, and other dance companies, and has contributed to local performing bands and acts such as the One Love Show as dance coordinator and choreographer- 2015- 2017. On the international stage, she set voyage to festivals such as Decades of Dance held in Trinidad and Tobago, The Jamaican Dance Umbrella, the Shanghai Expo in China, ‘Barbados to Baragua’ in Cuba, and Carifesta XIII held in Barbados. Olivia has worked with many dance and drama groups within Barbados such as Dancin Africa, Mustardseed Productions Inc, Youth on Stage Productions, Operation Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy, the Ebcci Diaspora Festival and Dance Ensemble, and the Community Dance Festival. Her contribution also extends to tertiary institutions and the church community. Olivia has worked as a dance tutor within the Physical Education Associate Degree Programme at the Barbados Community College, dance coordinator for the Errol Barrow Centre Summer Arts Programme, choreographer and movement director for the 2015 Ursuline Convent School Pantomime- ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, and 2016 - 2017 Theatre Arts Portfolios, ‘Red Harvest’ and ‘De Tempest’. Olivia holds many prestigious awards to her name including the Creator’s Prize Award, the Prime Minister’s award of Excellence for Best Original Choreography, the Prime Minister’s Scholarship of 2010, the Madame Ifille Award, the Arden Clarke Trophy, the Unicef Award (Of Another Nature) of 2009 and the Award for Culture & Arts from the Christ Church South Constituency Council of 2013 for her dedication to youth work in the community. She continues her path focusing on Dance Anthropology, Physical Theatre, The Body in Performance, and The Aesthetics of Movement Directing. 


Shakera Williams
Stage Manager / Technical Theatre Tutor
After obtaining an Associate Degree in Theatre Arts at The Barbados Community College, Shakera, a young woman who is passionate about the Arts  and is desirous of succeeding, satisfactorily completed an internship at the Frank Collymore Hall. Subsequently, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience through her work  with various  production companies and organizations including Laff-It-Off Production Inc, Cross Caribbean Productions, Gale Theatre of London and Barbados, Light House Foundation, Field Tech Staging Solutions, and most recently  Operation Triple Threat.



Neil Newton
Sound Design 
Neil Newton is known as one of the grooviest and most versatile bass players in Barbados with his ability to fit into and enhance many styles of music ranging from afrocuban, funk, soca, reggae and swing. He has established a reputation for being a solid yet sensitive musician having played at international events such as Gospelfest, The Barbados Jazz Festival, Naniki Jazz Safari, Rock The Rock, with artists such as The Original Unit, Kite, Arturo Tappin, Guy Marc Vadeleux, Omar Puente, Mya Daniel, Stitchie, Biggie Irie, Gabby, Eddie Bullen, Junior Tucker and Kay Morris to name a few. His main influences include Janice Millington, Nicholas Brancker, Marcus Miller, Hubert Eaves IV, and Roger Gittens. He has been blessed to learn from many great musicians both in Barbados and overseas and looks forward to more opportunities to grow and evolve as a musician.