Shahida Mausi has built a career in cultural and entertainment programming, designed to serve the public. In 1996 she formed The Right Productions, Inc. (TRP). The company has managed and operated the 6,000 seat Chene Park Amphitheatre, providing food and beverage service, security, parking and other aspects of major event production since 2004. Under her direction Chene Park has increased events and attendance annually, serving approximately 100,000 in 2010.
As the president of TRP Ms Mausi has created national award winning marketing promotions, gained and sustained relationships with such clients as MGM Grand Detroit Casino, The City of Detroit, and the Greektown Casino. In addition, The Right Productions has provided talent and production services for special events including the Super Bowl XL Winter Blast, Detroit 300, the Detroit Music Festival, and Movement – Detroit’s Electronic Music Festival.
Ms Mausi has produced and booked concerts with great artists including Wynton Marsalis, Della Reese, Little Richard, Nina Simone, Deepak Chopra, Herbie Hancock, Judith Jamison, Fela, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, and Carmen McCrae, just to name a few.
A pinnacle experience occurred when Ms Mausi produced the largest event held to commemorate the historic visit of Nelson and Winnie Mandela to Detroit. Under her direction Tiger Stadium (never before used for such an event) was completely outfitted as a major concert venue, with pooled electronic media, new ticket scaling and computerization. Ms Mausi orchestrated the major technical and artistic production elements necessary for such an auspicious occasion in less than four weeks. More than 50,000 people attended the event and hundreds of thousands more viewed televised coverage. Participants included Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, a 2,000-voice choir and an array of other artistic and political dignitaries. The impact of the event was palpable for several days thereafter. It helped grossed more than $1 million, to celebrate and project the spirit of Detroit nationally and internationally.
Ms Mausi also played a pivotal role in creating of the African World Festival, later used as a model for the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta She has been involved in bringing international productions with historical significance, including Sarafina and Black Heroes in the Hall of Fame, to new audiences. She also produced the audio book of Ron Milner’s CHECKMATES, starring Ruby Dee.
Ms Mausi is a past board member of the Michigan Council of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Board, the Kellogg Foundation Youth Initiatives Committee, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre Board of Directors, and has chaired National Endowment for the Arts panels. She is the past vice-chairperson of the Museum of African American History.
Prior to going into business Ms Mausi served for ten years as Director of the City of Detroit’s Council of the Arts, a grant making, producing and an advocacy agency. Hosting and producing Detroit Creates on WJZZ – FM Detroit, Ms Mausi gained five years of radio production experience. Seeking to blend cultural and social redevelopment, she served for three years as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Detroit YWCA, overseeing the programming, and facilities of five metropolitan Detroit locations. She also produced programming for the Detroit Public Library system using a gamut of events from lectures, theatre, dance film, festivals, and exhibitions to draw record crowds and publicity into the institution.
Shahida is a graduate of the University of Detroit and the mother of four sons, Dorian, Sulaiman, Rashid and Malik, three of whom work for The Right Productions. She is married to Ray C. Johnson.