Deidre came to Milwaukee and North Division High School as a senior. After quickly connecting with Ms. Arlene Skwierawski, a music teacher and one of the founders of CAPITA, Deidre performed with CAPITA and traveled with Kids From Wisconsin. She was recruited to direct the Boca Raton Symphony to perform for a cruise line. During this time she was encouraged to pursue a career on Broadway. After missing the audition for The Color Purple because of a snow store, she had a recurring dream that she knew was a sign of things to come.
Diedre went on to not only perform with The Color Purple until its end in 2008, she was personally complimented by Oprah Winfrey, who owns the rights to the show. She continues to perform and lives in Denver with her family. She credits CAPITA with providing her with performing opportunities and exposure she need to get larger roles. She believes CAPITA is a life line for young people who see performing as their reason to live.
A freshman at North Division High School in the 60's, Ron was inspired to perform when he met Arlene Skwierawski, his music teacher and one of the founders of CAPITA. With no experience other than singing in Church, he auditioned for the acapella choir and made it! Ron discovered his talent for speaking, and was bit by the acting bug after auditioning for a play. Without the encouragement of his teachers, Ron might never have discovered his talent and passion for the performing arts. He went on to recieve a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UW-Milwaukee while staying involved as a volunteer at North Division High School.
Ron has performed for local theatre companies and secure paid speaking, singing and choreography work including a national TV voiceover spot for Subway restaurants. Ron gives back by developing meaningful relationships with CAPITA's young hopefuls.