About Us

Susan Lea Gallagher is a founder of HLRP in 2014 and a veteran SAG actress from the South East. She studied for 2 years at the Acting Studio, was cast in commercials, TV, and Film in Florida and Los Angeles, where she trained at Margie Harbor Studios and Joseph Pearlman (RADA). In 2008 she moved to NYC to participate in the privilege of training with retired Broadway Actor/Director Zina Jasper (Stella Adler) and HB Studios, Holly Mandell. Susan had a supporting role and was Associate Producer on HLRP’s ‘Finding Home’

Mary Rachel Dudley joined HLRP shortly after its conception in 2014. She’s been acting in the South East for 30 years and has written and directed several of her own projects. Mary Rachel found her first supporting roles in Baitshop, as Bill Engvall’s wife and daughter to the late Harve Presnell; also in Dear John as Savannah’s (Seyfried’s) mom with Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried and Henry Thomas; Wild Things Foursome with John Schnieder.

Avis-Marie Barnes has been acting for over 40 years. A graduate with a BFA from Howard University, she made her way through roles in New York theater and under fives, until her move to Orlando in 1992. Television and film roles followed, most recently in BET’s ‘The Quad’ and recurring  in OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’.  Along the way she formed Bitter Bird Webs, specializing in Website building and design, Video Taping Services, and graphic designs.

HLRP is honored to have come on board, Dr. Lisa Mills, a 2 time Emmy award winning documentary filmmaker. An Associate Professor of Film, Documentary, at the University of Central Florida,  she was born in Jacksonville and received her BA in English from Jacksonville University (1983), her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida (1999) and her PhD in Political Communication from the University of Florida (2005). Before entering academia in 1999 she was a broadcast journalist for 25 years at several television stations in the Southeast.

The talented Desiree Moore has served as our editor on several projects and also writes and directs and teaches editing at the University of Tampa. Her passion is in the creative development of still and moving images, with a BFA in Photography and an MFA in Digital Media.

Savanna Washington teaches at Harlem College where she met Susan Gallagher who later became her associate producer and appeared in her film, ‘Finding Home’. Savanna Washington attended film school at New York University Tisch Film School and received her M.F.A. in Media Arts Production from City College. Savanna was a 2009-2010 Colin Powell Fellow, the first filmmaker to be honored. She currently teaches in the Media Arts Department at CUNY.