Michelle Wells: Owner and Artistic Director

Michelle is a native of Raleigh, NC, and is the Artistic Director and Founder of Sonorous Road Productions. She holds a BA in Theatre from Meredith College, an MA in History from Sam Houston State University, and an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston. She has performed, trained, and taught in Boston, New York, London and now Raleigh, acted in numerous regional plays as well as starred in the short film Try Try Again which she wrote and produced. See MichelleMurrayWells.com for more information.

Josh Wells: Managing Director

Josh brings years of experience in sales, marketing, and business development to the organization. With degrees in Electrical Engineering he spent his early career working for the Department of Defense and then transitioned to technology sales & sales management working for a clean-tech startup in Boston and now a large tech company in Research Triangle Park, NC. Josh is a military veteran with over 15 years of service in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves including a tour of duty to Iraq in 2007. He is a passionate supporter of the arts and the benefits that arts education can provide.

Zachary Roberts: Associate Artistic Director

Zachary has directed and produced over 30 theatrical productions including Desire under the Elms, All My SonsEurydiceLong Day's Journey into NightSteel MagnoliasMiss SaigonLittle Shop of HorrorsThe Importance of Being Earnest, and the inaugural production at Sonorous Road - Belleville.  While living in Chicago, he worked in the casting department of the Tony Award winning Goodman Theatre.  He was also the casting director and an assistant director at the Jeff Award winning Provision Theater Company and worked as an assistant stage manager at TimeLine Theatre (2011 Wall Street Journal's Theatre Company of the Year).  Having grown up in Raleigh, he attended Campbell University and East Carolina University.  Zachary holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Western Illinois University, and he is currently the Director of Theatre at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School where he is a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction.  He is married to the beautiful Shannon Roberts, also a Raleigh native, and has two precocious children Lila and Oliver.

Daryl Ray Carliles: Teaching Artist

Daryl is a professional theatre, film, and TV actor, receiving his training from T. Schreiber Studio in NYC where he was also a member of the Jaradoa Theatre Company. While in NYC, he was a teaching artist for the companies “Arts For All” and “Improv For Kids”.  He then went on to pursue a career in film production, earning the title of assistant director and producer of several award winning films. Having recently returned to North Carolina, he continues his acting career, while teaching Film and Theatre acting at Sonorous Road Productions.

Lorelei Mellon: Teaching Artist


Lorelei is an active member of the Raleigh Theatre Community, having been seen on stage at Theatre in the Park, NRACT, and with Seed Art Share.  A native of Rochester NY, Lorelei played the title role in Sylvia on the Geva Theatre Nextstage and was also awarded Best Leading Actress at the International Irish Theatre Festival for her role in Love in the Title. She was also an educator and actor with TYKEs Children's Theatre.

Edward Freeman: Teaching Artist


Edward studied Theatre Arts at ECU and trained and apprenticed at HB Studio in New York.  He also trained with The Studio/New York and the Mary Anthony Dance Studio.  Edward grew up in the Raleigh theatre community and has acted on stage in North Carolina and New York.

Shelley Snapp: Musical Director

Shelley Snapp is an accomplished music educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has served as Music Director and Accompanist for numerous musical theatre productions, and on staff at several churches as Choral Director and Pianist. In addition to her work as a private piano educator, Shelley has composed/arranged original songs for musical theatre, expanded into sound design work, and collaborated with Chamber musicians from the North Carolina Symphony. Shelley attended the International Academy of Music based in Indianapolis, Indiana and is a proud mother of three daughters.

Renee Fisher: Lead Film Instructor

photo credit: Daniel McCullum 

An independent filmmaker and photographer based out of North Carolina, Renée has worked in locations around the U.S. as well as abroad in Finland where she directed and filmed Sisareni (release in 2015), her first international collaboration. She holds a BA in Cinema/Television from Regent University and is currently a student at Duke University Divinity School. Among her interests, Renée values the stories of other cultures. Her collaboration with natives from the Ukraine, Russia, and Finland mark the beginning of a journey to hear the voices of others and to reach them with her own. Find out more at renee-fisher.com.

Anna Elkins: Instructor and Marketing Associate

Anna loves being creative in every aspect of her life. She has an Associate's Degree in Film and Video production from Cape Fear Community College and is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree at Liberty University Online studying Studio Art and Graphic Design. In the past, Anna has worked with EUE/Screen Gems Studios and The Walt Disney Company. She is working towards putting this knowledge to use in Set Design for theatre and film.