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‘The Beacon Deacon’: Watts-Andrews Takes Kids From the Streets to the Stage




Parlisha Watts-Andrews, gospel singer, dance instructor, and public speaker, has always been interested in bringing the arts to youth.

She opened Parlisha’s School of the Arts while in Houston, Texas that offered programs in math and reading tutorials, theatre, pageant training, modeling and etiquette, tap dance, ballet, praise dance and gospel hip-hop.




Watts-Andrews attended Franklin High School in Stockton and later went on to Delta College and graduated with an A.A. in Theatre/Communications in 1981.

After graduating, she moved to Texas where she worked for the Houston Independent School District and Klein Independent School District as a computer lab technician and school secretary.

She recently returned to the University of the Pacific to finish her Theatre Arts Degree and will be graduating in May, with honors. She says her goal after graduation is to expand her school of the arts in the Stockton area, taking kids from the streets to the stage, instilling discipline through math and reading tools while sharpening the talents of those who have a gift for theatre, dance and music.

Watts-Andrews has also competed in pageants, winning Ms. Black USA 1996, Ms. Black Texas 1994, and Miss San Joaquin County 1979. She holds the title of Mrs. California United America 2013 and will be competing in June for Mrs. United America in Austin, Texas

“God has blessed me to reach many through pageantry, Gospel music, praise dance, and public speaking,” she said. “I’m blessed to be 53 years young, as a wife, mother, and student, reaching the masses with the good news of Jesus Christ through the Arts.”



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