Donnie Smith / Executive Director

Donnie Smith brings over 10 years of experience as an educator, writer and youth advocate. Donnie has served as an English teacher in the Chicago Public School District in both alternative schools and Magnet Schools.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith / Creative Director

In 2005, Che won a Grammy for co-writing the historic record “Jesus Walks,” performed by his childhood friend Kanye West. He has served as co-writer on many of Kanye’s albums including Late Registration, Graduation, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus.

T.L. Williams / Studio Recording Coordinator

Born and raised in the west suburbs of Chicago; T. L. Williams was introduced to the piano by his father at age 4 In the summer of 2013, T. L. released his latest LP, Life In Your Mid-20’s. Its lead single, "Gettin' Mo' Money Than You", is currently reaching number 1 on several radio charts throughout the country.

Kristofer Bryant / Staff

As graduate of the Donda's House Spring 2014 Got Bars Program, Kristofer Bryant brings his experience as recording artist and music video director to the Creative Writing classes. As rapper Thunderbolt Jones, Kris has collaborated with many Chicago artist including Sir Michael Rocks of the Cool Kids,