During a successful career in music and theater, the dynamite duo; drummer Damon Mendes & singer/actress Elisabeth Withers decided they wanted a change of pace. The two moved to beautiful Orlando, FL where they dovetailed their northern efforts with a southern twist and created a production & performance company; ORLANDO EYE ON TALENT, INC.
As fate would have it, the city embraced the two talented artists and they began partnering with colleges and universities, middle schools and department stores such as Bloomingdale’s to bring another level of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & music) to the city. Offering keynote addresses, in-school field trips, talk-back concerts and live performances which gives opportunities to the most talented.
The outcome of their efforts has a wide-spread effect. For the past several years, the couple has mentored several Orange County Public School students. As a results, Nikosi Ellison of Oak Ridge HS was awarded a day of education and fun when he won the OEOT 2017 essay writing contest. Because of Orlando Eye on Talent’s long standing relationship with the NBC band: THE ROOTS, the partnership afforded Ellison entry to the LIVE taping of The Jimmy Fallon Show at Universal in Orlando to hobnob with celebrities. Nikosi will study law at Rollins College this fall as an honor student.
Another example of their passion for the youth lay in Jasmine Cephas Jones. She took stage performance & voice lessons from the company and soon after won the Radio Disney’s 2009 N.B.T. competition. Her most talked about contributions to the arts to date is her role in the hit Broadway musical HAMILTON. Other talented artists who have been mentored through work experiences with Orlando Eye On Talent, have booked jobs with Nickelodeon & are currently on tours throughout the world.