Meet The Founders

PASSION FOR THE ARTS

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Amazing Founders

In 1997, Amazing Grace Conservatory (AGC) was born out of the passion for the arts and love for children by co-founders, the late Mr. Tracy Lamar Coley (1964-2002) and Executive Director, Wendy Raquel Robinson. Growing up in inner cities, Atlanta and Los Angeles, these artists experienced firsthand the socioeconomic disadvantages that face African-American and children of color and realized the need to cultivate, nurture and bring the arts back to the community. Two decades later, AGC has grown from a small dream with 75 initial students to serving more than 300 students annually and thousands since its inception.

Wendy Raquel Robinson

One of the most talented, professional actresses in the entertainment industry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, is best known for her groundbreaking role as the sexy and feisty sports manager ‘Tasha Mack’ from BET’s #1 syndicated series, “The Game,” which earned her a 2015 and 2016 NAACP Image Award nomination and a win in 2014 for “Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also starred for six seasons of “The Steve Harvey Show” as the no-nonsense diva principal Regina Grier.

Wendy starred in the highly acclaimed Disney Channel film “Descendants,” where she portrayed the iconic role of Cruella DeVille, under the direction of Emmy Award-Winning choreographer Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical,” “This is It”). Wendy also starred in TV One’s “Here We Go Again.”

 Wendy’s artistic background in acting, dancing, directing, writing, producing, and choreographing displays her passion as she strives for excellence in her career as an artist/scholar. She is a cum laude graduate of Howard University with a BFA in Drama, and has since been a successful working actress and entertainer in Hollywood.

Tracy Lamar Coley

Tracy Coley lived on the northwest side of Atlanta just outside of an area called Collier Heights where he attended Frederick Douglas High School. His genius in music coupled with his natural talent as a singer was immediately recognized and thus propelled him to the front of the stage and into the spotlight as an outstanding soloist. Following his high school career, the train of Tracy’s life carried him to prestigious Morehouse College. Tracy was not only accepted into Morehouse, but he also received a full four-year scholarship in music and became a featured soloist in the Morehouse College Glee Club. In 1987 Tracy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Vocal Performance. There had been a growing desire within Tracy to not only make use of his musical gifts, but to also foster his highly recognized acting skills.  In 1989 Tracy moved to Los Angeles.  He worked in the gospel play arena as an actor, soloist and musical composer.  He was a featured vocalist on Spike Lee’s School Daze soundtrack; he made appearances on The Wayans Brothers, In the House, Martin and The Jamie Foxx Show.

AGC grew out of the founders’ love and passion for working with young people.  Together they assembled a sterling staff of dedicated professionals to quickly build AGC into a prestigious performing arts school for aspiring young actors, singers and dancers.  Tracy served as AGC’s Co-Artistic Director, Musical Director and Producer.  Under his guidance, AGC produced The Prodigal Sister, Grease, Fame, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors and The Wiz.  But the train was not stopping there.  In 1996 Tracy Coley wrote, produced and directed Annie May and Asbury.  This production received rave reviews and garnered eight NAACP Theatre nominations.

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