The Justice Theater Project - Art Inspiring Change
About Us
The mission of The Justice Theater Project is to use the performing arts as a way to call to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.
UNC Chapel Hill Department of Communication Studies
UNC Chapel Hill Apples Service Learning Project
Zaytoun and Associates


Our projects received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.   
Our projects are funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendations of the Raleigh Arts Commission, and by The United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Board Members
Deb Royals-Mizerk - Artistic Director
Melissa Zeph - Managing Director
Regina Brooks  -  Treasurer
Mark Schurtman- Chairperson
Jim Falanga- Vice Chairperson
Marc Kielty - Secretary
Mark Baumgartner
Kristi Vincent Johnson
Abe Jones
Marguerite LeBlanc
Tom Wolf
Advisory Board Members:
David McBriar, O.F.M
Julio De La Rosa
Richard Derrenbacher
Mike Tadych
Jeanne Tedrow
Tim Throndson
Chris Graebe
Staff Biographies:
 Deb Royals Artistic Director
Artistic Director since 2004, Deb received a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and finished her graduate work in Theatre and Performance Studies at Northwestern University.  She has worked extensively with the gang and homeless population here in the triangle area.  Simultaneous to this she has worked within the prison system, from the development of performance work at Central Prison to facilitating and teaching liturgical dance at the Raleigh Correctional Center for Women.  Deb is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Performance Studies; where she also teaches courses in performance studies, ethnography and oral traditions. Deb also teaches Performance for Social Change classes at Duke University.  In addition to her work with and around the Death Penalty and its legacy here in the state of North Carolina, she worked with the Latina/Latino youth in Durham for over a year to develop performance that perpetuates discourse around identity, agency and democratic citizenship as it manifests itself within their community.  In early April 2007 she began working with Project Levante, a component of Student Action for Farm Workers (SAF).  The performance work addresses concerns about health, housing, environmental conditions and the need for just immigration reform.  She has written extensively about this work and presented portions of this for the 2008 International Cultural Studies Conference in Kingston, Jamaica and at the 2008 National Communication Association conference in San Diego, California.  In addition to the Justice Theater Project, Deb also worked to found the town of Cary’s “Applause” Cary Youth Theatre and served as Managing/Marketing Director for Raleigh Ensemble Players. Deb produces the annual Shakespeare production for the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park.

Melissa Zeph - Managing Director
Melissa has been with JTP since January of 2006.  She holds a BA in Business from the University of South Florida and has been working in the non-profit marketing world since her career began. Melissa has worked with The American Red Cross Clearwater, Florida Chapter, The National Drowning Prevention Coalition, Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park, CC Communications Special Events Department, and the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.

John Honeycutt - Financial Manager
John has been associated with JTP artistically since 2004.  He has acted in more than 15 JTP plays, including favorite roles in "Tuesdays With Morrie" and "Frost/Nixon".  He also assisted in creating the original JTP plays "Still...Life" and "Light on the Horizon".  John's experience with theatre administration includes co-producing independent plays with colleagues and managing the finances for those productions.  John spent 34 years as a scientist, engineer, and manager in the computer and telecommunication industries before retiring in 2012.