Founder & Artistic Director
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Kelly Morgan moved to Long Island at the age of 10
where she began playing the violin. In high school, Kelly received several awards and
honors for her musical performance as well as a scholarship to the prestigious Manhattan
School of Music’s Young Musicians Program. She has performed with several
organizations in the New York Metropolitan area including the famous Down East
Orchestra and the Long Island Youth Symphony. During this time, Kelly ventured into
other areas of performance. She was accepted as a scholarship recipient to the
internationally renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and performed in various
venues in the Tri-State Area including Lincoln Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music,
The 92nd Street Y and The Brooklyn Tabernacle.
At the same time, Kelly began acting classes at the Upper West Side Studios. This
resulted in guest appearances on PBS's Sesame Street, ABC's All My Children; and
leading roles in NBC's Another World, two ABC Afterschool Specials "Seasonal
Differences" and "Choices" and several Independent Films. She was also featured in over
50 national and regional commercials for products such as Hallmark, McDonalds, Pepsi,
Colt 45, and AT&T.
Like many women, Kelly went back to pursue her college degree after beginning her
family. She graduated the first African American valedictorian from Nassau Community
College and then went on to Hofstra University on a full scholarship. It was there that she
received the distinguished William Lawrence and Rhonda Pinsley Levine Awards for
Musical Performance. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hofstra University in
May of 2002.
In 2003 Kelly moved to South Bend, Indiana to host The Harvest Show, a live
internationally syndicated, morning show where she garnered over 2,000 hours of live
television. From 2010-2013 Kelly appeared on WBST, as the host of "Holiday Shoppe,"
a guide to the season's best bargains and "Home Sweet Home," Michiana's version of
HGTV. Currently, Kelly is the co-host of “Experience Michiana” a local show on WNIT
that showcases everything that makes this region special.
Continuing her involvement with dance, Kelly was able to start a passion project that has
blossomed into this performing arts company. As the Founder and Director of Uzima
Drum and Dance, she has made it an organization dedicated to celebrating wholeness, health and life
through the arts. She also is employed teaching African Dance and Afro Jazz as an
Adjunct Professor at IUSB.
She is the mother of three wonderful children and two little dogs.