Donna Joyner Green
Your Name: Donna Joyner Green

Business Name: Techmoja Dance & Theatre Company, a studio  for trained and untrained dancers

Type of Business: Other — Performing Arts Theatre

Business Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States


Reason for starting
Originally the brainchild of Donna Joyner Green’s late husband, Lee-Y Green. It began as a tribute-gift for his son Kevin Lee-Y Green because he discovered that his son was going places in in the Performing Arts, and would lead others to greatness in the interim. Later, Donna took ill and had to have a Kidney Transplant. Kevin Lee-Y Green is the youngest of the Green’s 2 sons, the eldest child, is Nicholas Green, Sr. Of course the entire family was deeply affected by Mrs. Green’s illness and transition, but young Kevin attached himself to his Mom so tightly that it began to hinder him. After Lee-Y Green passed away and she regained her strength and the transplant was a blessed success, Donna took the reins and did all possible to help empower Techmoja. For many reasons but primarily to help provide an outlet for Kevin to embrace and teach others interested in the Performing Arts.

How do you define success?
When God allows me to get up every morning and take my 1st breathe, move my limbs and be in my “right mind” to help others, any way I can. After that, I view my success with Techmoja, when the day comes when people realize that true talent has no shape, size, gender or color; when our auditions, rehearsals and end result, production is the best it can possibly be.

Biggest Success
When our Productions win Awards, our Talent is respected and appreciated for their hard work and time invested in the auditioning process, making ALL of the necessary rehearsals. When Kevin Lee-Y Green, Producer/Artistic Director has a satisfying smile on his handsome face. When the Cast & Crew of our productions come in as “Cast and Crew” but leave as “Family”, Techmoja Family! And in knowing that if we are blessed to arise in the am, we live to do it all over again.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it?
My top challenge is when I allow my heartfelt creativity to be obstructed by others who do not see our vision. Or when Techmoja’s performers are attacked because of ignorance, their orientation, size, color or their individual religion or political belief. Any or all of this are seen as temporary obstacles that I/we work diligently to move to the side or rid ourselves of altogether. We root ourselves firmly and press on with our mission.

Who is your most important role model?
Simply put, my Family and my Beloved, Late Husband, proverbial “Partner in Crime” and Best Friend Forever, Mr. Lee-Y Green.

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