is thrilled to serve as
Curator and Producer of the
Planet Connections Film Festival
June 2nd @ 9pm
Great films with great talents!
in a recent write up on “LI’s Rising Stars”…
was honored to be part of the cast of
Special Benefit Performance at Engelman Recital Hall.
This brave, non-profit organization was founded to support Voices Inside, the playwriting and theater arts program at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison in Burgin, Kentucky. The goal of Voices Inside/Out is artistic exchange between the prisoner-playwrights at Northpoint and professional playwrights. We believe everyone can benefit and expand their worldviews from this program. We accomplish our mission in two ways: presenting the inmates’ plays in New York City to a wide audience and supporting a playwriting residency for an accomplished playwright each summer at Northpoint.
Learn more about this special performance and Voices Inside/Out here!
was thrilled to be part of the cast of
THE MOST EXCELLENT (AND BUSTED) BATTLE
by DC-Based Psalmayene 24
directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
as part of the performance of original writing at
as part of Women’s History Month Celebration.
will next been in the
Industry Reading of Psalmayene 24‘s newest play,
THE MOST EXCELLENT (AND BUSTED) BATTLE.
directed by Wendy C. Goldberg
(Artistic Director of the National Playwrights Conference | O’Neill Theater Center)
featuring Segun Akande, Bobby Moreno, Deonna Bouye, chandra thomas, Calvin Leon Smith, Brian Quijada & Warner Miller.
“THE MOST EXCELLENT (AND BUSTED) BATTLE is a new American musical that uses the birth of the 1990′s East Coast/West Coast rap feud as the backdrop for a love story between a ghostwriter for a west coast label and a new vocalist with an east coast label. Inspired by the classic musical West Side Story, this “remix” uses rap, breakdancing, a live DJ, and live musicians to elegantly bridge the gap between traditional musical theater and contemporary hip-hop culture. With original music in the contrasting styles of 1990′s West Coast/East Coast rap, THE MOST EXCELLENT (AND BUSTED) BATTLE creates a new theatrical experience that, at once, feels familiar and fresh.”
Read more details on Broadway World!by ]]>
A leading organization on theatre and publishers of American Theatre Magazine, Theatre Communication Group (TCG) invited chandra to join the conversation on Diversity and Inclusion in the American Theatre (Gender Parity) in US theatre:
“I think we absolutely NEED gender-based theatres. I am of the school of thought though that we need theatre from as many different voices as possible. It seems that the aesthetics and stories we share become broad and generalized without a full spectrum of storytellers and creators, and the development of their specific and varied voices. As with everything, there are the drawbacks to “gender-based theatre” that we see in the New York theatre world. There can be a kind of compartmentalization of audiences as there are inevitably people who are less likely to go to a production that is produced by a specific theatre that presents works from voices different than themselves– how many times have we heard, “Oh, that play is about _______________ people; that’s not me so I won’t like it.” But even this can be reduced through well-orchestrated collaboration within the theatre community. When thinking about this and similar discussions I often reflect on something Anne Bogart (legendary director and one of the founders of SITI Company) would often say during my time at Columbia [University] which I paraphrase here: the more specific you can be in your work and in your storytelling, the more universal your reach as you will touch the foundation of humanity. It seems fitting to emphasize the power of specificity when considering these questions.”
Read the entire conversation here…by ]]>
joined the wonderful cast of
ALL DRESSED UP
for a special staged reading of
Cesi Davidson‘s play.
February 20, 2014
directed by Mary Hodges
with Shamira Clark, Joan Valentina & Matthew Faroulby ]]>