Our Artists in Residence

The Neighborhood Center is proud to host the following of artists in residence.



Artist in Residence – Teen Jazz Band and Orchestra

Born in Philadelphia and raised in Camden, Jamal Dickerson started playing trumpet in second grade. By high school, he was studying with Leon Mitchell and Terrell Stafford. He graduated from Morgan State University in 1999, and earned his master’s in public administration at Rutgers University in 2010. He returned to Camden  to give back to young people. Married and the father of six, Dickerson has his seventh-degree master belt in karate. He teaches martial arts at the community center and directs the UCC Royal Brass Band.

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Artist in Residence and Founder of Camden’s Sophisticated Sisters

The mission of the Camden Sophisticated Sisters (CSS) Drill Team is to motivate, educate and empower youth through the structure and discipline of a drill team and the performing arts. CSS believes in the potential that exists in each child, and it is our mission to cultivate, nurture and inspire every single one of them. CSS is a drill team, one of the best in the United States, specializing in various styles of dance including Drill, Step, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern and Jazz. The structure, discipline and fun of the drill team are just the beginning.

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Artist in Residence and Founder of the Camden Repertory Theater

Camden Repertory Theater was founded by Desi Seck, a Camden, NJ native, in 2005 and initiated their inaugural season in August 2006. While working on her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College, Desi noticed the urban female voice was missing from the theatrical canon. Upon returning to Camden, residents began building on her premonition expressing to her they were not welcome at the local university venues and did not have an artistic home nor outlet in Camden, thus leaving their stories untold. This prompted Desi to begin Camden Repertory Theater.

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