Teresa Diane Stanley, born to Rosa Lee Lewis and the late Cleauther Stanley, was raised in a single parent home along with her brother, Michael Duron Stanley. Her mother passed on her amazing gifts while singing duets in churches in her hometown, Panama City, Florida. Later, her mother moved the family to Sarasota, Florida where Teresa began her theatrical career. Starring in her debut performance in “Purlie” at the “Players Theater“. Later she became a founding member of “Westcoast Black Theater Troupe”, along with her mentor Nate Jacobs which has been showcasing productions for people of color for 21 years.