Poetic Theater Productions http://www.poetictheater.com Creating a visceral, poetic theater Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:43:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.6 http://www.poetictheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/cropped-Screen-Shot-2017-10-27-at-2.05.23-PM-32x32.png Poetic Theater Productions http://www.poetictheater.com 32 32 (rebeca) Rad http://www.poetictheater.com/rebeca-rad/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 17:30:24 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2413

(Rebeca) Rad is from Brazil by ways of South Florida & Northern Michigan. Rad is a Performance Artist/ Healer/ New world builder/ activist/ educator. The​ir work has been supported by​ various NYC venues including La Mama, National Black Theatre, The Public Theater, Abrons Arts Center, Lincoln Center, The Bushwick Starr and over ​3​0​​ cultural institutions around NYC. They can be seen on screen on FOX, Discovery Channel, PBS, MTV, MTV2, MTVDesi, Multishow, The Pioneers, Blank My Life. Rad has spoken at the Peace Table at Queens Museum, A Blade of Grass: City as Partner , Working Woman of Color Conference, Dance/NYC symposium, Culture/Shift with USDAC. Rad is an EmergeNYC fellow with Hemsipheric Institute; co-founder of The Lost Collective, an artistic community organizing collective who were 2017 NYC Public Artist in Residence; Director of Outreach with You Are Here: creating space for Art and Action through happenings, research and community support. @rebecarad www.RebecaRad.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

A Quilt Square, 7PM Wednesday June 13th at the Nuyorican Poets Café

Past:

Co-Direction of Love Redefined 2016

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Salomé Egas http://www.poetictheater.com/salome/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:36:40 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2408

Salomé is an Ecuadorian actor, dancer, artivist and arts educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY. She obtained her B.A. in Dance and Theater Skidmore College (2014); attended the “Shakespeare Programme” at BADA (2012) and obtained an M.A. from NYU Gallatin focused on International Education, Performance and Mythology. Salomé’s works combine her passion for the performing arts with social justice with the goal of helping international communities to heal from the traumas created by immigration through applied dance and theater. Currently, she is part of the Hemispheric New York Emerging Performers Program focused on political performance; and, when not doing academic work, you can find Salomé having fun developing new dance/theater/film works within her newly founded FUN Collective (Fierce, Untamed Niñas). Salomé has performed nationally in venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, LaMama, Dixon Place, New York Theatre Workshop, The Elektra Theater and Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Internationally, she performed several years with Ballet Nacional Integrado del Ecuador in several venues and dance festivals in Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba and Argentina as a lead dancer and soloist.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

A Quilt Square, 7PM Wednesday June 13th at the Nuyorican Poets Café

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SaaliSi http://www.poetictheater.com/saalisi/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:34:50 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2405 SaaliSi is an NYC-based emerging artist artistically emerging through the Emerge Artist Fellowship at the Hemispheric Insitute. He is developing his private collective-ish consultancy for Fall release to the Free Market. He welcomes inquiries about it, as well as constructive criticism to deflate his ego and inflate his pockets. He sends quantum wave particles known as “light” your way.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

A Quilt Square, 7PM Wednesday June 13th at the Nuyorican Poets Café

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Aaron Marshall-Bobb http://www.poetictheater.com/aaron-marshall-bobb/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:29:41 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2403 Aaron Marshall-Bobb is a performing artist from Brooklyn, NY. He was recently seen in Dreamgirls at Yale as Jimmy “Thunder” Early. Love and gratitude to Pace Performing Arts, The Lost Collective, CHVRBZ and Mom.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

A Quilt Square, 7PM Wednesday June 13th at the Nuyorican Poets Café

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Vanessa Rappa http://www.poetictheater.com/vanessa-rappa/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:25:09 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2401 Vanessa graduated from RCNJ with a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and Theater. A few favored performances include Gravity of Me Gone, medea & medea/for medea, A Bright Room Called Day, and The Taming of the Shrew. Choreography and collaborative work credit include Gen and Getting Away With It.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

A Quilt Square, 7PM Wednesday June 13th at the Nuyorican Poets Café

Past:

Actor in Conscious Language 2015

Reading of Personal in Poetic Theater Productions Presents… September 2013

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Tori Ashley Matos http://www.poetictheater.com/tori-ashley-matos/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 16:17:02 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2394 Tori is a senior at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts majoring in theatre. She studied at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and The Lee Strasberg Institute of Theatre and Film. In addition to acting, she is a vocalist, writer, visual artist, and dancer. Born and raised in Queens, New York and a proud queer Afro-Latina making art about the struggle. Follow her at @tashaleymatos on Instagram for the latest updates and invites.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

A Quilt Square, 7PM Wednesday June 13th at the Nuyorican Poets Café

Past:

Judson Arts Wednesday’s Presents BAILOUT featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Weaving in Love Redefined: RECLAIM 2018

Dear Laramie Wyoming in Breaking Our Silence: Reclaiming Our Voices 2018

We Are Doing The Best That We Can in Love Redefined: RESIST 2017

Reading of East of the Sun in Breaking Our Silence 2017

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Adin Lenahan http://www.poetictheater.com/adin-lenahan/ Sat, 09 Jun 2018 15:58:50 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2391 Adin Lenahan is a writer, performer, and receptionist: Asher Rhys Got Married too Young (Fresh Fruit at The Wild Project, The Tank, Dixon Place); True Right (ANTFEST at Ars Nova, Ice Factory at the New Ohio); Pilgrim Notes (Planet Connections at Paradise Factory); BFA NYU Tisch; they are on the board of Undiscovered Countries, a Brooklyn-based incubator of new and developing work and pursing their MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College. adinlenahan.com | undiscoveredcountries.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

A Quilt Square, 7PM Wednesday June 13th at the Nuyorican Poets Café

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Ali Andre Ali http://www.poetictheater.com/ali-andre-ali/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 23:27:07 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=918 Ali Andre Ali HeadshotAli Andre Ali is a New York based actor writer and musician. A graduate of the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, Ali has performed in Montreal at the Centaur Theatre as well as with numerous venues and theatre companies throughout New York including The Kraine, La MaMa, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Medicine Show Theatre, the International WOW Company and Poetic Theater Productions. In 2015, Ali and his close friend began collaborating musically under the name fajjr+ali.  www.aliandreali.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Conscious Language 2014

Actor in Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates in Poetic License 2015

Vocalist and Musician with fajjr+ali in Love Redefined 2016

Ensemble Artist in THE REFUGE PROJECT in Poetic License 2016

Artist in The Artist Co-Op Pop Up

Vocalist and Musician with fajjr+ali in Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

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Barbara Allen http://www.poetictheater.com/barbara-allen/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 20:22:21 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1091 Barbara A

“Normal” is for other people. The more Barbara Allen fought to be normal, the harder life laughed at her. And just when she thought she’d got the last laugh, life turned against her in a tragedy that almost destroyed her.

Barbara was just 32 years old in 2005, when her world fell apart. Her husband had been murdered in Iraq at the hands of a fellow soldier. Barbara was left to raise four young boys – just 6, 5, 3, and 1 year old at the time their father was killed. She wanted to give up. She very nearly did. And yet, in the midst of the darkest moments, she always found some reason to take one more breath. Face one more day. Slowly, she found the strength to piece herself back together as she flew to Kuwait for one military court proceeding, and then spent years traveling thousands of miles to all the rest. She learned to navigate the military’s criminal justice system. She earned a Masters degree and wrote a book about her ordeal and the grave miscarriage of justice in this case. She learned how it could all have been prevented, and she began advocating for change so it would never happen again. Today, Barbara is deeply entrenched in veterans advocacy and her own steadfast pursuit of justice for her husband. She works as a Veterans Specialist and continues her fight to secure the Purple Heart for her husband. She has experienced impressive emotional face-plants and vast arrays of challenges- some self-inflicted, others randomly encountered. And she has acquired the skills to not just overcome it all, but to enjoy the ride.

Barbara may have learned how to turn her adversity into an advantage in life, but this lesson did not come easily. And this upper hand must be diligently maintained.  Now, Barbara brings her life lessons to her audiences in keynote speeches and custom programs. She relates to her audiences’ lives and challenges, and teaches them how to become gladiators in their own life’s arena. www.barballenwrites.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer for Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2016

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Raquel Almazan http://www.poetictheater.com/raquel-almazan/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 19:26:47 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1023 Raquel AlmazanRaquel Almazan is an actor, writer, director in theatre/film/television productions. Her eclectic career as artist-activist spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, new work development and dramaturgy. As an interdisciplinary artist she holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University – Deans Fellowship recipient. B.F.A. in Theatre from University of Florida/New World School of the Arts Conservatory.

She is a practitioner of Butoh Dance and the creator/teacher of arts programs for youth/adults, several of which focus on social justice. Her work has been featured in New York City- including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Colombia, Guatemala, Slovenia and Sweden; including several of her plays within her lifelong project on writing bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country (Latin is America play cycle). She was awarded a Professional Development residency with the Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference 2015 and is a Core Apprentice Writer with The Playwrights’ Center 2015-16. recipient of Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award for her play CAFÉ. Recipient of the Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship for The Hopefulness or La Esperanza. Her play La Paloma Prisoner was recently awarded the Arthur J. Harris Social Justice through Art Grant.  www.raquelalmazan.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Panelist for Conscious Language 2015

Playwright for La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

Playwright, Poet, Director, Actress in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017

 

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Mia Y. Anderson http://www.poetictheater.com/mia-y-anderson/ Sun, 14 Feb 2016 04:22:45 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1251 Mia AndersonA working artistic New York professional who was born in the Republic of Brooklyn. A woman of faith, published writer, an organizer for socio-economic justice , avid social networker, a burgeoning director and most importantly a committed actor. After completing my undergrad and conservatory in MA, I cast with BostonTheaterWorks, Commonwealth Shakespeare, The Theater Offensive and RadioDisney among others. Since returning to New York performed in over 11 films, including the award winning films including” Production”, “If I Leap” and most recently “Sleep”. My directing credits include an all womens’ cabaret troupe that I was the producer/founder, several one acts and a current alum of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab 2015. A burgeoning slam poet/writer, I have been featured at the Harlem Public library, the Joriga Theater and La Familia Cabaret. I have participated and placed in open mics at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Fresh Fruit Slam competition, WOW Cafe among others.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet & Performer of “Crazy Train” in Love Redefined 2013

Actress in reading of 39 Hours in The Soviet City of Roses in Poetic License 2015: Subconscious

Actress in reading of MILK in Poetic License 2015: Subconscious

Featured Artist in Judson Arts Wednesday’s BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

 

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Sojourner Brown http://www.poetictheater.com/sojourner-brown/ Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:04:49 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2166  

 

 

Sojourner Brown is an NYU Tisch graduate with a BFA in Drama and a Minor in Creative Writing. As an actor, singer/songwriter, playwright, and poet, she is continually interested in the power that words hold. She recently released a short dance/spoken word film entitled: your body is a catechism about the beauty and power of the black body. Sojourner feels called to storytelling as a platform to promote empathy, to uplift marginalized communities, and to create artistic spaces of inclusivity. She is so grateful for the opportunity to be a songwriter and vocalist on this project!

www.sojournerbrown.com

With Poetic Theater Productions: Vocalist in the music ensemble featured in Leslie Lissaint’s This is How We Heal in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

 

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Eric Aviles http://www.poetictheater.com/eric-aviles/ Fri, 05 Feb 2016 23:15:28 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1131 Eric Aviles

Eric Aviles is an actor, writer, and teaching artist and activist residing in NYC.  Eric recently completed a California tour of PLACAS starring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash and last fall My Mañana Comes at Marin Theatre Company.  He performed in a remount of Borderlands Theatre Maria Circular Dance at the first National Latino Theatre Festival “Encuentro” in Los Angeles.  In NYC, he has performed in the World’s Fair Play Festival a co-production with Queens Theatre and Theatre 167, I Like to Be Here at the New Ohio for Theatre 167.  Other NYC credits include original works; Dance for a Dollar at INTAR, and The Golden Drum Year with Radical Evolution.  In California, Eric wrote and performed In the Beginning a solo performance piece accompanied music by seven-time Grammy nominee John Santos, the world premiere of Oedipus: El Rey at The Magic Theatre, La Virgen del Tepeyac at El Teatro Campesino, and Teatro Vision in La Victima.  A native of Chicago, Eric has acted in several productions at Steppenwolf, including Jesus Hopped the A Train, world premiere of Love Medicine with Lifeline and Spider Women Theatre, and Zootsuit at the Goodman Theater.  Eric directed the world premiere Amor Cubano: In a Bottle, a Tube and Small Packet in San Francisco and New York City.  You can see him in the first Puerto Rican Chicago film production, Chicago Boricua.  Eric was involved in the Mental Health Movement in Chicago incorporating the pedagogy of the Theatre of the Oppressed to organize the community directly affected by the closing of the public mental health clinics.   He has over 15 years teaching artist experience working with youth and adults in schools community centers, and prisons.  He uses drama as a means of liberating the spirit within; advocating for those who feel voiceless to reclaim their authentic voice through writing and performance.  www.ericaviles.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in “presents…” development series

Actor in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Aya Aziz http://www.poetictheater.com/aya-aziz/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:01:44 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1272 Aya Abdelaziz

Aya Aziz is a songwriter and performance artist based between New York and Beirut, Lebanon. Aya wrote and performed her first full production, Sitting Regal by the Window, in 2014 at the Metro Al-Madina Theater in Beirut. The show then featured in both the Fringe and Planet Connections Theater Festivity festivals in New York. The re-written iteration of the show, now titled Eh Dah? Questions for my father was produced by the Hypokrit Theatre Company the following year and taken to the summer 2016 New York Musical Festival. There at NYMF, Eh Dah? won the award for Most Outstanding Book and Aya for Most Outstanding Individual Performance. Aya is a longtime member of Girl Be Heard, a nonprofit theater company devoted to foregrounding issues affecting women and girls around the world. She works with Girl Be Heard as a teaching artist for middle school girls in multiple public after school programs around the city. Aya is currently finishing her B.A in Anthropology and Political Science at Hunter College. You can follow her work at soundcloud.com/aya-aziz-music-nyc and www.facebook.com/AyaAzizMusic.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer and Performer of Eh Dah? Questions for my Father

Artist in Symphonics Live: The Fool For Love and Poetry Edition in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Featured Artist in Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

Featured Artist in Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM: Poetic Lyricism

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Tammy Barlet http://www.poetictheater.com/tammy-barlet/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:15:54 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2194
Ms. Tammy Barlet served for over 8 years in the United States Coast Guard, beginning in 1995. As an Operations Specialist Third Class Petty Officer, she served on board the USCGC Chase and VTS Houston/Galveston. She received many medals and awards, but her most significant achievement was the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for handling an incident which could quickly escalated into a Homeland Security Threat.
After separating from the service, Tammy returned to school in 2013. In 2017, she graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health. While studying at Temple University, Tammy served as Vice-President of the Temple Veterans Association in 2016. She has been a panel speaker for promoting the prevention of veteran suicides at Jefferson University, and advocated for female veterans during the Democratic Caucus at Harrisburg, PA.

To continue her mission of service, Ms. Barlet began a Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy at George Washington University. Tammy also accepted a Mission Continues fellowship as a Policy Associate at Student Veterans of America in Washington, D.C. The fellowship provides the opportunity to continue her involvement with student veterans while reinforcing her confidence within the political arena.

Although she enjoys her time in the big city, Tammy continues to strengthen her connection with the veteran community in and around her hometown in Hamburg, PA. As a member of countless VSOs, Tammy found a comradery that spans decades and services. Thorough the advice of a friend who she met through Mission Continues, Ms. Barlet found an opportunity to strength her writing skills while echoing positive feedback through the Female Veterans Empowered to Transition.
Tammy is often labeled as a bumblebee because she pollinates her time and knowledge to those she meets and makes their lives a little sweeter. She is supported and loved by her family and friends, who she finds time with her busy schedule to go hiking, kayaking and even geocaching.
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Kay Ulanday Barrett http://www.poetictheater.com/kay-barrett/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:15:35 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2136

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. When The Chant Comes (Topside Heliotrope 2016) is their first collection. K. has been invited to The White House, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln CenterQueens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society to name a few. They have been offered fellowships by Lambda Literary Review, The Home School, and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour, Lambda Literary, RaceForward, Foglifter, The Deaf Poets Society, Poor Magazine, Fusion.net, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Winter Tangerine, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, The Advocate, and Bitch Magazine. List their work at www.kaybarrett.net | @brownroundboi.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Feb 13th, 2018 at 8PM: Breaking Our Silence: Reclaiming Our Voices in Poetic License 2018 Reclamation 

 

 

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Jessica Barnhill http://www.poetictheater.com/jessica-barnhill/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:13:31 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=422 jessJessica Barnhill is a New York based director, stage manager, and producer. She was the Associate Producer of Poetic Theater Productions 2014-2016. Off-Broadway credits include Harrison,TX (Primary Stages), and the workshop of American Monkey. Off-Off Broadway Credits include Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates (Assistant Director), Poetic License 2015: subconscious (Producer), and Poetic License 2014: Shades of Love (Associate Producer).

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Associate Producer for Poetic License 2014: Shades of Love

Assistant Director for Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates in Poetic License 2015: subconscious

Producer for Poetic License 2015: subconscious

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Jan Barry http://www.poetictheater.com/jan-barry/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:09:49 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1537 Jan Barry is an award-winning journalist and poet whose books include A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Campaigns, Life after War & Other Poems and (co-editor) Winning Hearts & Minds: War Poems by Vietnam Veterans, among other works. A U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, his poetry presentations have ranged from the New York Public Theatre to high school and elementary school classes. A participant and poetry reading coordinator at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival at the NJ Performing Arts Center and the New York City Poetry Festival, he coordinates Warrior Writers workshops for veterans and family members in the New Jersey-New York area.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist reading his original poetry before the October 4th, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

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Jason Bayani http://www.poetictheater.com/jason-bayani/ Tue, 26 Jan 2016 07:26:11 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2123

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet (2013 Write Bloody Publishing). He’s an MFA graduate from Saint Mary’s College, a Kundiman fellow, and works as the Artistic Director for Kearny Street Workshop. Jason performs regularly around the country and recently debuted his solo theater show, “Locus of Control” in 2016. HIs second book, “Locus”, is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in 2019.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Feb 15th, 2018 at 7PM: Presented with Eccentric Productions: Locus of Control in Poetic License: Reclamation 

 

 

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Beatur http://www.poetictheater.com/beatur/ Sat, 23 Jan 2016 04:59:42 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1018 Kingwings portretter - Foto Svein Finneide-17Beatur is an entertainer working as a music producer, musical director, actor, DJ, comedian and as a member of various bands. He has worked with a number of brilliant artists including Björk. He has also warmed up for plenty of cool people such as 50 cent and Fatboy Slim.

With a career spanning more than 10 years, he has been on tv and stages all over Europe including his participation representing Iceland on three occasions  in the World Championship of Beatboxing.

He is currently stationed in Norway where he has played in the Norwegian Theatre, The National Theatre, and developed a script for a show he was featured in at the Norwegian opera.

With Poetic Theater Productions: Do Not Shine in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

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Zubaida Bello http://www.poetictheater.com/zubaida-bello/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:15:34 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2270  

Zubaida Bello is  a poet and member of the Urban Word NYC Youth Board. She has performed her original poetry at the Apollo Theater and New York Live Arts, and she has been honored by the Black Lives Matter club at her school. She was also a lead performer in the Page Meets Stage Series where she shared her experiences being Nigerian, Muslim, and a young woman of color in America alongside veteran poet, Amir Sulaiman. A junior at Uncommon Preparatory Charter High School in Brooklyn, in her free time, Zubaida enjoys reading and skateboarding.

Featured Artist in Generation NOW! on Sunday, Feb 18th, 2018 at 3PM in Poetic License: Reclamation

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Jerri Bell http://www.poetictheater.com/jerri-bell/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:15:32 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1549 Jerri Bell is the Managing Editor for O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. She retired from the Navy in 2008; her assignments included antisubmarine warfare in the Azores Islands, sea duty on USS Mount Whitney and HMS Sheffield, and attaché duty at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia. Her fiction has been published in a variety of journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; her nonfiction has been published in journals, newspapers, and blogs. She and former Marine Tracy Crow are the co-authors of It’s My Country Too: Women’s Military Stories from the American Revolution to Afghanistan.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist reading “Her Husband’s Stars”, flash fiction inspired by her Navy experiences, as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Kick-Off Event on September 29th, 2017 before the performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and featured on post-performance panel.

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Ori Bensimhon http://www.poetictheater.com/ori-bensimhon/ Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:08:59 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=592 Ori photo

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Production Manager for Poetic License 2012Poetic License 2014Poetic License 2015: SubconsciousPoetic License 2016: A Kind of Now, and Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

Production Manager for Goliath

Production Manager for Underground

Production Manager for Paradox of the Urban Cliché

Production Manager for Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates

Production Manager for Conscious Language 2015

 

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Mickey Bolmer http://www.poetictheater.com/mickey-bolmer/ Tue, 12 Jan 2016 20:14:02 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1041 Mickey Bolmer, a New York City playwright now living in California, works weaving sewing sometimes seemingly disparate nodes of experiences, events and people into tapestries quilts. Village Orpheus, a one act history tragedy, was part of the Fresh Fruit Festival 2017, was encored for the Festival’s final night, and won best ensemble performance and best projections. Back, a 2 act tragedy party, ran, in NYC, sold out October 17-31, 2014. Verbs, Dear Lovers, a 3 min comic sonnet, was part of Love Redefined 2017 Resist. Helen and SheS, a 20 min history, was part of Culture Project’s “The War on Women.” By X Y, a 2 act bench play, was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Noah and the HOA, a 20 min comedy, ran sold out at the New Play House, October 2005.

www.mickeybolmer.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright of A Quilt Square June 13th, 2018

Playwright of Village Orpheus in the Fresh Fruit Festival

Playwright for Love, Redefined 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018

Playwright of BACK: A Tragedy Party

Playwright of A Square QuiltDuality & an excerpt fromVillage Orpheus presented in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theater featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Playwright for Uncharted in 2011 and 2012

Playwright for “presents…” development series

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Mario C. Brown http://www.poetictheater.com/mario-c-brown/ Sat, 09 Jan 2016 17:04:45 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1372 Originally from Brooklyn, Mario began acting in 2013. Since then he’s been seen in “Blues for Mister Charlie”, “Ring Round The Moon”, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, “Twelfth Night”, “Tambourines To Glory”, “Dutchman”, Raisin In The Sun”, among others.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Mickey Bolmer’s Village Orpheus in the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival

Actor in a reading of Catherine Weingarten‘s short play You and Me on a Mountain presented in November 2017 Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

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Mahogany L. Browne http://www.poetictheater.com/mahogany-l-browne/ Sat, 09 Jan 2016 17:04:03 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=968

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The Cave Canem, Poets House & Serenbe Focus fellow is the author of several books including Dear Twitter: Love Letters Hashed Out On-line, recommended by Small Press Distribution & About.com Best Poetry Books of 2010. Mahogany bridges the gap between lyrical poets and literary emcee. Browne has toured Germany, Amsterdam, England, Canada and recently Australia as 1/3 of the cultural arts exchange project Global Poetics. Her journalism work has been published in magazines Uptown, KING, XXL, The Source, Canada’s The Word and UK’s MOBO. Her poetry has been published in literary journals Pluck, Manhattanville Review, Muzzle, Union Station Mag, Literary Bohemian, Bestiary, Joint & The Feminist Wire. She is the author of several poetry collections including: Smudge (Button Poetry), Redbone (Willow Books) & is a part of the groundbreaking anthology The Break Beat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (Haymarket). She is an Urban Word NYC Poet-in-Residence (as seen on HBO’s Brave New Voices), founder of Women Writers of Color Reading Room (housed on Pratt Institute) and facilitates performance poetry and writing workshops throughout the country. Browne, NAACP Image Award Nominee, publisher of Penmanship Books, the Nuyorican Poets Café Poetry Program Director and Friday Night Slam curator is currently a 2nd year MFA Candidate for Writing & Activism at Pratt Institute.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet/Playwright for Filial Therapy in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival 2011

Producer and Host for The Encyclopedia Show NYC: Bears, The Moon, The Visual Spectrum, Explosives

Poet/Playwright and Actress for Black Girls Don’t Smile Mosaic in Front of Strangers in Poetic License 2013

Poet for Love, Redefined 2012, 2013, and 2015

Host and Poet for Black ‘N Brew with Mahogany L. Browne and Ursula Rucker

Playwright and Performer for REDBone: A Biomythography

Panelist for Conscious Language 2015

Curator for March 28th & 29th in Poetic License 2016 including:

So You Can Hear Me, SMUDGE, and for men who leave and women who stay

Playwright of SMUDGE in Poetic License 2016

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Gabriella Bruno http://www.poetictheater.com/gabby-bruno/ Sat, 09 Jan 2016 11:13:53 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1166 1276462_10201357795761076_1494652825_o
Gabriella Bruno: Upon graduating from Chapman University, Gabriella moved to Brooklyn to pursue her career in dance. She has been dancing professionally with three different companies and performing throughout the city. She is passionate about life and about creating movement and love this production with all her heart.
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Adrienne Brammer http://www.poetictheater.com/adrienne-brammer/ Sat, 09 Jan 2016 07:14:49 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1509 Adrienne Brammer is a 14-year Air Force veteran who worked as a broadcast journalist and combat videographer. She’s been assigned to South Korea, Iceland, Italy, and South Carolina and deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. Off-Broadway: Bullet Catchers (Women in Combat Theater Project), Our Trojan War (Aquila Theatre), Blueprint Specials (Waterwell); Television: Shadow of Doubt (Investigation Discovery). She is an alumna of the Veterans Immersion Program at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Adrienne is a founding member of Society of Artistic Veterans (501(c)(3)) and is currently the Project Manager for OurVeterans.nyc, the NYC Veterans Alliance’s extensive online calendar of events for NYC-area veterans. She has a BFA in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College.  AdrienneBrammer.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Performing before the October 15, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and appearing on the Female Veteran Panel after the performance as a part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Voice Actress for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home

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Matthew Thomas Burda http://www.poetictheater.com/matthew-thomas-burda/ Wed, 06 Jan 2016 14:23:28 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1502

Matthew Thomas Burda is an Actor and Producer.  Theater Producer credits include Comfort Women: A New Musical (Off-Broadway, Summer ’15), Green Card: A New Musical (Off-Broadway, Summer ’16), and Interview: A New Musical (Off-Broadway, running until March 5th, 2017) Matthew served in the USAF Security Forces, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.  MTB is a City College of NY graduate (theater) and recently completed a fellowship in the Marketing Department at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  He is currently a Creative Producer for Tomahawk Pictures and a Producer for the Dimo Kim Musical Theater Factory. www.matthewthomasburda.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Producing Consultant for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home, September 26- October 15th, 2017 at the Wild Project

Featured Veteran Artist in Veteran Voices 2017 Series

Voice Actor for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home

Actor in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theatre Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

 

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Pam Campos-Palma http://www.poetictheater.com/pamela-campos-palma/ Sat, 26 Dec 2015 19:11:45 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1505 Pam Campos-Palma is an impactful political strategist, campaigner, and leader serving on the front lines of democracy and change with a passion for international peace & security. She is the Executive Director of Common Defense, a national grassroots organization that mobilizes diverse veterans & military families and she forms part of Beyond The Choir, a strategy and training group that partners with movement leaders and organizations. Pam served in the US Air Force for over a decade as an operations intelligence analyst, specializing in geopolitical strategic analysis, mission planning, training, and counter-violent extremism and served in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, OIF and OEF. Pam has been recognized internationally for her transformative leadership and advocacy and was named to Huffington Post’s “Top 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy”. Pam has been featured on NBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR, among others and holds a Masters of Public Administration in International Policy from NYU. She is a member of Truman National Security Project’s Defense Council, an alumna of Veterans in Global Leadership and a 2017 Writing Fellow for The War Horse.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Appearing on the Female Veteran Panel after the October 15, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home, as a part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

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Sarah Cangussu http://www.poetictheater.com/sarah-cangussu/ Sat, 26 Dec 2015 18:20:22 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2170
Sarah Cangussu is a multicultural and multi-talented musician born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brasil, she has been traveling the world and is based in Brooklyn, NY. Although she is classically trained, she has a diverse musical influence and has been dedicating herself to studying traditional Brazilian music. She was a member of the Tom Jobim Youth Orchestra and a member of the Lumen serenades group for more than 10 years as violinist and singer. Sarah worked side by side with the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer as violinist and music educator, worked at the CCBB- Bank of Brazil Cultural Center as an art educator and has been collaborating in the composition, arrangement and performance in diverse music albums and recordings.
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Maya Carter http://www.poetictheater.com/maya-carter/ Sat, 26 Dec 2015 14:07:14 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2068 Maya Carter is an activist, interdisciplinary performer and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  She is committed to exploring diverse and intersectional art that gives voice to the stories of marginalized identities and communities. She strives to create work that provides a home for those who are looking. Maya holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Hofstra University. Credits include: Hedda Gabler (Thea Elvsted), for colored girls who considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (Lady in Purple), The Summer I Disappeared (Tess), Grounded (The Pilot), and The Freedman’s Lit! (Elizabeth Hunter). BFA Theatre Arts: Hofstra University. She finds joy in breath, the sun, Kehlani, and truffle fries. To connect further, follow her on Instagram: @maya_n_carter.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in a reading of Danny Rocco’s Refractions presented in Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATRE Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Actress in a reading of an excerpt from Rae Binstock’s Watch Me Burn in Breaking Our Silence Showcase in Poetic License 2017: resistance

Actress in a reading of Mickey Bolmer’s Verbs, Dear Lovers in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017: resistance

 

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Chad Chenail http://www.poetictheater.com/chadchenail/ Sun, 20 Dec 2015 03:13:01 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=817

image1Chad Chenail is a graduate of Pace University and freelance director based in Jersey City. He is also the cofounder of the monthly play reading series Playwrights at the Grand, at the Grand Bar and Grill in Brooklyn. Directing credits include: Woyzeck (The Chain Theatre), The Oddity (Theatre for A New City), Rough for Theatre II (La Mama ETC), Douche (The Player’s Theatre), Refresh (La Mama ETC), In Your Mother’s Garden (MITF), and The Family Continues (La Mama ETC). Assistant directing credits include Hildegard (St. Anne’s Warehouse), An Inconvenient Poop (FringeNYC), Latvia/Latvia (The Access), Something Cloudy, Something Clear (Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival), and Maria Celeste: Galileo (Incubator Arts).

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director of Subverted in Poetic License 2016

Director of SUBVERTED September 23, 26, 28, 2016

Director of SUBVERTED in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

 

 

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Shawn Chang http://www.poetictheater.com/shawn-chang/ Sat, 19 Dec 2015 07:13:56 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1283 Ashawnchangs a collaborative pianist, Shawn Chang has worked with the Bronx Opera, and Garden State Opera. As a composer his original compositions have been premiered by the Chromatic Voice Exchange Chorus, the Novello String ensemble, the aTonal Hits Duo, to name a few. Mr. Chang’s recent piano arrangement of the Dutch folk song, “tulpen uit Amsterdam,” was premiered by pianist Ying Feng and received critical acclaim at the Prinsjesdagconcert in Hague. www.shawnchangcomposer.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:
Music Director for Eh Dah? Questions For My Father

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Xandra Clark http://www.poetictheater.com/xandra-clark/ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 07:09:19 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=149

Xandra Clark is an actress, writer, performance-maker, and audio documentary producer based in Brooklyn. She has performed at Dixon Place, The Tank, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the BEAT Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Wild Project, the cell theatre, Connelly Theater, and Lincoln Center. She completed a BA (Honors) in Drama and MA in Journalism at Stanford University; studied with award-winning playwrights Anna Deavere Smith and Amy Freed; has worked with The Public Theater on two Shakespeare plays; and has participated in residencies at Mount Tremper Arts and Chez Bushwick.

Xandra’s original performance work utilizes a blend of mediums and artistic disciplines—including recorded interviews and live music/soundscape—to tell true stories with urgent resonance, exploring themes such as dogma, doubt, and prejudice. Her work has been presented in NYC at The Tank, The Bowery Electric, Whitehead Hall at Brooklyn College, and The Green Room (a performance salon she curates); and her projects have received funding from New York State Council on the Arts, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Community Foundation, and the Stanford Young Alumni Arts Grant.

In the spring of 2016, she presented On the Verge: A Crown Heights Anthology, a new work created with fellow Crown Heights-based artists to explore neighborhood history and present-day gentrification to mark 25 years since the 1991 riots. For the project, she is conducting oral histories with residents and writing/devising the show with her team. The show will premiere at Weeksville Heritage Center, a cultural institution of Brooklyn. For more info, visit www.xandraclark.com.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in Conscious Language 2014 & 2015

Actress in Mickey Bolmer’s BACK

Actress in reading of The History of Pigtails in Poetic License 2015

Actress in Love, Redefined 2015 in Poetic License 2015

Actress in Love, Redefined: RESIST in Poetic License 2017

Featured Artist in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT THEATER featuring Poetic Theater Productions

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Everett Cox http://www.poetictheater.com/everett-cox/ Sat, 12 Dec 2015 21:05:40 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=965 Everett CoxEverett Cox served in the U. S. Army from 1966-1969.  He served in Viet Nam in 1969 with the 245th Surveillance Airplane Company at Marble Mt. Airbase and was an aerial camera specialist. Mr. Cox has worked most of his life as a laborer. He lived and worked for 7 years at New Experimental College in Denmark and did 7 years of volunteer work with the Association of World Education, an NGO at the United Nations in New York trying to implement a global minimum wage. He is the father of a magnificent 23 year old son.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet – presented poetry before multiple presentations of Goliath

Poet for Love, Redefined 2015Love, Redefined 2016Love, Redefined: RESIST in Poetic License 2017, Love, Redefined: RECLAIM in Poetic License 2018

Co-Curator of and Artist in Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2016 and Poetic License 2017 and Veteran Voices: A Reclamation in Poetic License 2018

Artist in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT THEATER featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Featured Veteran Artist presenting his original work Omega, Talk with God, before the October 8th, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and featured on the post-performance Viet Nam Veteran Voices panel as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

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Samantha Cooper http://www.poetictheater.com/samantha-cooper/ Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:11:48 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=157 Samantha Cooper

Samantha is honored to be a part of the Poetic Theater family. With PTP: Goliath (Culture Project, Wild Project, CA tour), Foreign Bodies (Women Center Stage/Culture Project), Love, Redefined, March 4 Word, and Conscious Language. Other recent: Seussical (The Gallery Players), Twelfth Night & Julius Caesar (MaineStage Shakespeare), Cinderella (Frog & Peach), The Baker’s Wife (Gallery Players), Leah In Vegas (FringeNYC),Worldwide Plays Festival (Writopia Lab/Theatre Row), And Then They Came For Me (NCTC), As You Like It (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), the web series, Dates Like This and Lemmings, and the horror flick, The Killing of Jacob Marr. Sam is a teaching artist and voice actor, recording for Scholastic, Inc., Benchmark Education, and Amplify Media, among others. She received her B.A. from UC San Diego, and has trained at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, A.C.T., Circle In The Square, and the Lorenzo de’Medici school in Florence, Italy.  www.samanthafcooper.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in Goliath, GOLIATH was presented in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival where it was nominated for 9 awards (including Samantha’s nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress) and won 5 awards including OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION and OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE. GOLIATH was also presented in the Poetic License 2012 Festival, for its own run in spring of 2012, an encore presentation in the Culture Project’s IMPACT Festival, on tour to Sugar Loaf Performing Arts CenterUniversity of California Berkeley, Stanford University, and University of California Santa Cruz. A welcome back performance was featured in the Poetic License 2014 Festival.

Actress in Foreign Bodies in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival & in Poetic License 2013

Actress in Love, Redefined 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Actress in March 4 Word

Actress in Conscious Language 2014

Actress and Developing Artist in THE REFUGE PROJECT in Poetic License 2016

Host of Generation Now! in Poetic License 2017

Actress in reading of an excerpt from Darcy Parker Bruce’s East of the Sun in Breaking Our Silence Showcase in Poetic License 2017

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Leah Cooper http://www.poetictheater.com/leah-cooper/ Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:11:34 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1428 Leah Cooper has been directing, producing, and managing in theater for over 30 years. Based in Minneapolis, she has directed for Workhaus Collective, Mixed Blood Theatre, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Pillsbury House & Theatre, Commonweal Theatre, Theatre in the Round, Gremlin Theater, 20% Theatre, Shakespearean Youth Theatre, and The Playwrights’ Center. Leah is Co-Artistic Director of Wonderlust Productions, a professional ensemble creating new works driven by community stories. She has been the first Executive Director of the Minnesota Theater Alliance, co-founding Partner at MinnesotaPlaylist.com, and Executive Director at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Leah consults with many theaters and nonprofits in strategic planning, board governance, systems design, and training. She also spent 10 years in the corporate sector as a software engineer and business consultant.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director of Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, September 26-October 15, 2017

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Taro Vestol Cooper http://www.poetictheater.com/taro-vestol-cooper/ Sat, 12 Dec 2015 17:11:14 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1015 Taro Vestøl Cooper is an actor and a spoken word artist. He graduated from Nordic Black Xpress Acting School in 2011. He’s twice former Norwegian Champion in slam poetry, once Scandinavian champion and is the driving force behind the greatest poetry scene in Norway. He has a lot of the credit for the Norwegian slam poetry community has grown sharply in recent years.
Taro Vestøl Cooper has been the Norwegian champion in slam poetry twice, 2010 and 2013, as well as the Scandinavian champion in 2011. Trained as an actor at Nordic Black Xpress in Oslo, worked for Nordic Black Theatre since 2007, and collaborated with, among other things, The Norwegian Opera, Oslo Fill Harmony and Bugge Wesseltoft. He started the slam poetry scene in Oslo, theater group Slam Dunk Poets and tours Norwegian schools, libraries, youth clubs holding workshops in poetry writing as a member of Kamppoetene (The Warriorpoets).

With Poetic Theater Productions: Do Not Shine in Poetic License 2016

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Mateo d’Amato http://www.poetictheater.com/mateo-damato/ Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:26:11 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1366

Mateo d’Amato was born in Providence, R.I. His mother is from Argentina and his father is from New York City. He began acting after starring in his first play as a miniature Sheridan Whiteside in, The Man Who Came to Dinner. Mateo left high school at 17 to study acting at Portland State University where he appeared in Hamlet and a local production of Big Love. At 18, Mateo moved to NYC to study acting and creative writing at The New School University. During his sophomore year he was cast in acclaimed playwright, Eduardo Machado’s, Mariquitas at Theatre for The New City. He left the New School after his Junior Year to pursue acting full time and has since starred in two Indie Films and several Off and Off-Off Broadway Plays. Mateo has worked with veteran actors such as Luke Perry, Olympia Dukakis and Angelica Page to name a few… He’s studied with Fay Simpson, Deborah Hedwall Company, and is currently studying with Anthony Abeson.

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Village Orpheus in the Fresh Fruit Festival

Actor in Back: A Tragedy Party

 

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Darian Dauchan http://www.poetictheater.com/darian-dauchan/ Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:24:38 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=182 Headshot(Official)

DARIAN DAUCHAN is an award winning solo performer, actor, and poet who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century) and Off-Broadway Theatre (Jean Cocteau Rep., Classical Theatre of Harlem). TV and Film credits include Law and Order, Nickelodeon’s Bet the House as Darian the SoundFX Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film Things Never Said. He was a member of the 2006 National Poetry Slam Team for the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café, was crowned the 2007 Urbana Grand Slam Champion for the Bowery Poetry Club, was a 2008 Nuyorican Grand Slam Finalist, and was the 2009 New Word Artist for Urban Word NYC in conjunction with the Dance Theatre Workshop now known as New York Live Arts. He’s also the 2012 winner of The Jerome Foundation’s Stakeholder’s Choice Award and one of his most recent shows Death Boogie, A Hip Hop Poetry Musical, was the 2012 winner of two Edinburgh Fringe Festival Musical Theatre Matters Awards for BEST New Music and BEST Innovation of a Musical. Black Sheep, his fifth solo show was commissioned by the Kitchen Theatre Company with the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, and placed 3rd for Best Play at the 2015 Downtown Urban Theater Festival. His band The Mighty Third Rail are 2015 American Music Abroad Finalists for the U.S. State Department, and in 2014 performed at SPKRBOX, the first Hip Hop Theater Festival in Norway. Death Boogie, the album, along with their debut album Classic is now available on iTunes. www.dariandauchan.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright, Musician and Actor in Death Boogie in Poetic License 2012

Conceived by, Poet, and Performer in S.W.A.P. 2011: The Spoken Word Almanac Project in Poetic License 2012

Poet and Performer for Love Redefined 2012, 2013 and 2015

Playwright, Musician and Actor in Obamatry in Poetic License 2013

Playwright and Actor in Black Sheep in Poetic License 2014

Vocals for The Mighty Third Rail concert in Poetic License 2014

Panelist for Conscious Language 2014

Curation Team for Conscious Language 2015

Co-Curator for Poetic License 2016

Artist in Poetic Theater Productions & Musical Theatre Factory Salon

Artist for Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT THEATER featuring Poetic Theater Productions

 

 

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David Davila http://www.poetictheater.com/david-davila/ Thu, 26 Nov 2015 10:18:15 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2216  

David Davila is a writer and performer from South Texas; where 45 wants to build his idiotic wall. His musicals and song-cycles include MANUEL VERSUS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY (NYMF Best Musical Nomination 2015, Best Reading 2014, Princeton University 2016, Gallery Players BK 2018), PROMÈSA (in development at Musical Theatre Factory), VOX POP (Musical Theatre Factory, 54 Below New Musicals), PYRAMID (Lincoln Center Across A Crowded Room Series 2015), #52SONGS (Beechman, The West End, The Underground, The Triad), F*CKING BEAUTIFUL (Beachman), THE MAGIC TIME MACHINE (Beachman), NASH POTATOES & DAVY (The West End), and TALES FROM HWY 281 (Intar Theatre). His full-length plays include ANIMAL HUSBANDRY (Barn Arts, Feast, PlayGround Experiment), AZTEC PIRATES & THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS (PlayGround Experiment), ADAN Y JULIO (Lone Star), MEN OF GOD (Lone Star), CREDO (ESPA), and ABUELAS OR THE POVERTY CYCLE (Feast). His short plays have been featured by The PlayGround Experiment, NYMadness, Feast, ESPA and Lone Star Theatre. He studied vocal performance at the University of North Texas, Arts Administration at The University of Texas San Antonio, playwriting at Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of the Performing Arts and comedy writing/directing at Second City Chicago. He is the founding Artistic Director of Lone Star Theatre Company, a 2012 Rockwell Scholar, a 2016 Robert Askins Playwright Fellow, and a proud member of ASCAP. @davidodavila

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8pm: Breaking Our Silence Reclaiming Our Voices in  Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

Featured Artist Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM: Poetic Lyricism

Performer and Writer of excerpt presented in Judson’s Art Wednesdays BAILOUT featuring Poetic Theater Productions

 

 

 

 

 

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Dontonio Demarco http://www.poetictheater.com/dontonio-demarco/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 19:26:18 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=180 Dontonio Demarco

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in GOLIATH, GOLIATH was presented in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival where it was nominated for 9 awards and won 5 including OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION and OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE, GOLIATH was also presented in the Poetic License 2012 Festival, for its own run in spring of 2012, an encore presentation in the Culture Project’s IMPACT Festival, on tour to Sugar Loaf Performing Arts CenterLa Guardia Community CollegeUniversity of California Berkeley, Stanford University, and University of California Santa Cruz. A welcome back performance was featured in the Poetic License 2014 Festival.

Assistant Director & Line Producer for Underground

Actor in “Presents…” development series

Actor in Love Redefined 2013

Director for Love Redefined 2015 & Love Redefined 2016

Actor in Conscious Language 2014

Director for Conscious Language 2015

Actor and Director in Taproot: Poetic Short Plays in Poetic License 2016

Actor and Director in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST

Host for Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theater Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Host of Poetic License: Reclamation Opening Party

Actor in Gorgeousness written by Craig muMs Grant in Love, Redefined: RECLAIM

Curator of Love, Redefined: RECLAIM

Actor in Gorgeousness written by Craig muMs Grant with composition by William Thomason presented in Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2018: A Reclamation

Director of reading of short play Alba by Maurice Decaul, presented in Veteran Voices: A Reclamation in Poetic License 2018

 

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Maurice Decaul http://www.poetictheater.com/maurice-decaul/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 05:26:24 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=579 AHJ_2461

Maurice Emerson Decaul, a former Marine, is a poet, essayist, and playwright, whose writing has been featured in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, Sierra Magazine, Epiphany, Callaloo, Narrative, The Common and others. His poems have been translated into French and Arabic and his theatre pieces have been produced at New York City’s Harlem Stage, Poetic License Festival in New York City, Washington DC’s Atlas INTERSECTIONS FESTIVAL in 2013 and 2014, Odeon-Theatre de l’Europe in Paris, The Paris Banlieues Bleues Festival, The Middelhein Jazz Festival in Antwerp, The Avignon Theatre Festival in France and D’tours de Babel, The Grenoble Festival, Grenoble France, Arizona State University Gammage Memorial Auditorium, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center and the Park Avenue Armory in NYC. Forthcoming productions include The Mary L Welch Theatre at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Brown University. His album, Holding it Down, a collaboration with Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd was The LA Times Jazz Album of the year in 2013. Maurice, a Callaloo and Cave Canem Fellow, is a graduate of Columbia University [BA], New York University [MFA] and he began his MFA in playwriting at Brown in fall of 2015.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright of short play Alba presented in Veteran Voices: A Reclamation in Poetic License 2018

An excerpt of Maurice Decauls’ new play Hurt Me was featured as part of a special Veteran Voices 2017 event on Friday October 13th before a performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home.

Maurice Decaul’s Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates was presented by Poetic Theater Productions as part of the 2015 Poetic License festival of new poetic theater.

Playwright for Love, Redefined 2013

Playwright for work shared in Conscious Language 2014 & 2015

Playwright of work presented in Poetic Theater Productions “Presents…” 2013 series

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Ashley Dorce http://www.poetictheater.com/ashley-dorce/ Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:24:09 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2163

Ashley Dorcé is a child of God, musician and all around creative. She is a believer with a passion for helping people. Ashley lives each day with this thought – Be A Better You Than Yesterday”.

With Poetic Theater Productions: Feb 17th, 2018 at 7PM & Feb 18th,  2018 at 7PM: This is How We Heal in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

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Sarah Duncan http://www.poetictheater.com/sarah-duncan/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 18:24:53 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2210  

Sarah Duncan is a cis white chronically ill queer femme, organizer, writer, performer, teacher, Buffy fan, and graduate student at the University of Wyoming. She studies poetry, nonfiction, race, queerness, history, and power. Her poetry has been published by The Racial Imaginary Institute, Pelorus Press, Ghost House Review, nin poetry Journal, Souvenir Lit Journal, Us for President, Heavy Feather Review, Asinine Poetry, and in the anthology, States of the Union. Her plays, Come Back Up and Bees and Lions, were produced by Sanguine Theatre Company in NYC. Her play, Beat Parable, was produced at the Baruch Center for Performing Arts as part of a fundraiser for the Gay Men’s Health Clinic in NYC. In addition, her poetry and plays have been performed in various arts activist spaces and events, and she also curates and hosts performance poetry events. Learn more about her work at www.sarahmduncan.com. & Please check out & support the #WYoSayNo Campaign to Shut Down the Uinta County Immigration Prison at www.wyosayno.com.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Feb 13th, 2018 at 8PM: Breaking Our Silence: Reclaiming Our Voices in Poetic License 2018 Reclamation 

Featured Poet in Breaking Our Silence in Poetic LIcense 2014

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Natalia Duong http://www.poetictheater.com/natalia-duong/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 17:13:44 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=178 DUONG headshot color copy2-1

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in GOLIATH, GOLIATH was presented in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival where it was nominated for 9 awards and won 5 including OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION and OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE, GOLIATH was also presented in the Poetic License 2012 Festival, for its own run in spring of 2012, an encore presentation in the Culture Project’s IMPACT Festival, on tour to Sugar Loaf Performing Arts CenterLa Guardia Community CollegeUniversity of California Berkeley, Stanford University, and University of California Santa Cruz. A welcome back performance was featured in the Poetic License 2014 Festival.

Actress and Choreographer in “Presents…” development series

Actress in Love Redefined

Playwright & Director for “Untitled” in Poetic License 2013

Actress in Conscious Language 2014

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Edgar Eguia http://www.poetictheater.com/edgar-eguia/ Tue, 20 Oct 2015 11:18:53 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=174 image (1)Edgar Eguia is a NY-based actor.  He has affiliations with The Flea Theater, The Amoralists Theatre Company, and Poetic Theater Productions.  Notable NYC credits include Goliath; Conscious Language 2014 – 2015; Taproot: Poetic Short Plays (PTP); She Kills Monsters; Job (The Flea); The Bad and the Better; The Cheaters Club (The Amoralists).

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in GOLIATH, GOLIATH was presented in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival where it was nominated for 9 awards and won 5 awards including OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION and OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE. GOLIATH was also presented in the Poetic License 2012 Festival, for its own run in spring of 2012, an encore presentation in the Culture Project’s IMPACT Festival, on tour to LaGuardia Community CollegeSugar Loaf Performing Arts CenterUniversity of California Berkeley, Stanford University, and University of California Santa Cruz. A welcome back performance was featured in the Poetic License 2014 Festival.

Actor in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

Actor in Conscious Language 2014 & Conscious Language 2015

Actor in “Presents…” development series

Actor in André J. Smith’s “9” in Taproot: Poetic Short Plays in Poetic License 2016

 

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Karen Eilbacher http://www.poetictheater.com/karen-eilbacher/ Sun, 18 Oct 2015 20:25:52 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=577 Karen Eilbacher played thKarenEilbacher_HSe original role of Kia Clark in Chisa Hutchinson’s SHE LIKE GIRLS (GLAAD Awards, Outstanding NY Theatre: Off-Off Broadway); LA Web Fest, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama (“Parallels”); Appeared in Academy Award winning, Short Film (Live Action) Curfew, directed & starring Shawn Christensen. Stage: Uniform Justice (Fringe), a cautionary tail (Flea), Tostitos (EST), i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it (Spookfish), Negative Is Positive (TFNC). Regional: A.R.T., Straz Center, UAlbany, Near West Theatre. Film: City of Dogs, Coward, Angeline, Shrink Shrank Shrunk. Company member at The Flea Theater, TE’A, Poetic Theater Productions, Manhattan Theatre Works, The WKSHP and Playwrights Gallery Acting Company. Training: B.F.A. Honors Scholar, Founders’ Day Award: New York University Tisch School of the Arts, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, StoneStreet Studios and University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. Karen was nominated for Outstanding Costume Design by Midtown International Theater Festival Awards for THE BAUER SISTERS (Dorothy Strelsin Theatre).

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in Underground in Poetic License 2012

Actress in Foreign Bodies in Poetic License 2013

Actress in Love, Redefined 2014, and 2015

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Teresa Fazio http://www.poetictheater.com/teresafazio/ Sat, 26 Sep 2015 06:18:31 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1473 Teresa Fazio was a Marine Corps officer from 2002-2006, deploying once to Iraq. Her essays and fiction have been included in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, The War Horse, Task and Purpose, Vassar Quarterly, Consequence Magazine, and Penthouse, and the anthologies Retire the Colors, The Road Ahead, and It’s My Country, Too. Her awards include the 2015 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize and a fellowship at Yaddo, and she is a current MFA candidate at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist in the Veteran Voices 2017 Series, opening for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home performance on September 27th 2017.

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Dominique Fishback http://www.poetictheater.com/dominique-fishback/ Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:19:10 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=821 Dominique is a TV, Film, Stage actress and Poet from Brooklyn, East NY. Selected TV credits: HBO’s “Show me a hero” (Billie Rowan) and most recently, her first series regular role on HBO’s “The Deuce” (Darlene). Theater: original work for Girl be Heard including with the United Nation and tours to England, Switzerland, The White House, The Chicago theater, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Texas. @domfishback

www.dominique-Fishback.com

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer and Actress in Generation Now with Girl Be Heard in Poetic License 2013

Host and Featured Poet in Generation Now in Poetic License 2014

Playwright and Actress in Subverted in Poetic License 2016

Actress in Dominique Morisseau’s Jezelle The Gazelle in Taproot: Poetic Short Plays in Poetic License 2016

Playwright and Actress in Subverted

Playwright and Actress in Subverted in Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

 

 

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Zoë Flowers http://www.poetictheater.com/zoe-flowers/ Tue, 15 Sep 2015 17:04:09 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=947 10929215_10206178488844171_7438458147668994462_n

Zoë Flowers is an author, poet, actress, Reiki Master and seasoned domestic violence expert. Zoë teaches poetry and theatre at an arts based high school in Brooklyn, NY. Her poetry can be found in Stand Our Ground; Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander, and Dear Sister: Letters From Survivors of Sexual Assault and several online journals.

Dirty Laundry: Women of Color Speak up about Dating & Domestic Violence emerged from interviews Zoë conducted with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood (FA2AD) is a ChoreoDrama that uses monologues; poetry and vignettes to breathe life into the original stories shared in Dirty Laundry and includes new stories about racism, same sex violence, body image and the journey to self-love. Zoë wrote, produces, directs and acts in the powerful ensemble piece, which has had a number of successful performances across the country.

With almost fifteen years of experience in the domestic violence field, Zoë worked at several state domestic violence coalitions where she provided training and technical assistance to local and state domestic violence programs and community partners across the country. Zoë also collaborates with the Joyful Heart Foundation as a holistic healing practitioner for their survivor retreat program and continues to work on behalf women of color advocates, survivors and their families at the Women of Color Network.

Zoë has appeared on National Public Radio, works nationally and has spoken internationally on the issue of domestic violence. In 2014, Zoë launched Soul Requirements, which combines artistic projects, domestic violence expertise, and her holistic healing practice. Her first book of poetry Sex, War and The Girl is due to be released in 2016 and she will appear in the documentary, Sacred Women of The Anti- Violence Movement that same year. Zoë will also be presenting on the issue sexual assault and women of color at Yale University’s Fearless Conference on April 9th 2016.

For more information: www.souldrequirements.org & IAMZOEFLOWERS

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer, Producer, Actress in From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Poetic License 2012

Actress in Shatter the Sky in Poetic License 2013

Actress in And Then Came the Word presented in Conscious Language 2015

Writer, Producer, Actress in Relate-ta-tive Landscapes: Black Womyn Magick

Artist in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT THEATRE featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Artist in Love, Redefined: RESIST in Poetic License 2017

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Fun http://www.poetictheater.com/fun/ Sun, 06 Sep 2015 18:13:20 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1179 IMG_20160219_143118“I go by the name of Fun in which everyone would agree fits perfectly for me. I love to smile and bring positive energy to almost any and everyone around me. I am an NYC poet/spoken word artist attending events all over the NYC area. Back in November 2014 I created my own monthly Open Mic called Sunday FunDay. I knew it was time to create something I would love to be apart of. Sunday FunDay has grown very organically and is now one of New York City’s best events to showcase incredible raw underground talent (iloveyoufunday). I’m honored to have created an atmosphere where people instantly feel the love and acceptance to be themselves. My goal is to awaken the slumber especially the younger generations by inspiring them to love themselves and be the change they wish to see in the world. I’m also a natural model putting out a positive image of self love and self courage for ALL women. If I’ve learned anything on my journey I know that ‘I Can because I Am'” – Fun
With Poetic Theater Productions:
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Shanelle Gabriel http://www.poetictheater.com/shanelle-gabriel/ Wed, 26 Aug 2015 06:09:58 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2264  

Shanelle Gabriel is a poet, singer, lyricist and advocate for Lupus. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Shanelle is widely known for both opening and featuring on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott & DMX. She has shared the stage with artists such as Talib Kweli, Nas, Eric Benet, Baratunde Thurston, and more. A member of the 2006 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Slam Team and competitor in the Individual World Poetry Slam, Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, HuffPost Live, in a promo for the NFL Draft, and she narrated Jennifer Hudson’s audio-book of her biography I Got This. She was  named one of “8 Millennial Feminist Poets That Deserve Recognition” by BET.com, a “Powerful Indie Artist Activist You Should Know” by Blavity.com, and starred in a mini-documentary on living with Lupus for the American College of Rheumatology. Shanelle presently  while continuing to perform throughout the US and abroad. Visit www.shanellegabriel.com for more information, videos, and more.

 

Featured Artist in Poetic Lyricism, on Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM in Poetic License: Reclamation

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Tamara Geisler http://www.poetictheater.com/tamara-geisler/ Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:08:34 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1382

Tamara Geisler is an Actor, Producer, Teaching Artist and Associate Director of Yonder Window Theatre Company and Audition Prep Intensive. Recent Theater credits include: The Dream Project (Mexico), Digna (Planet Connections), Enemy (Mexico, directed by two-time Emmy winner, Dorothy Lyman), World Wide Plays Festival (Theater Row), Pillowman (Columbia University). Other Poetic Theater Productions shows include: Conscious Language, Love Redefined, Back: A Tragedy Party, Taproot: Poetic License 2016. In the summer of 2017 she  presented her newest co-production Places at 59E59 and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Education: Barnard College, BADA/London. tamarageisler.com. 

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Village Orpheus in the Fresh Fruit Festival

Actor in Back: A Tragedy Party

Actor & Host in Judson Arts’ Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theater Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Host for 5th Annual Generation Now! in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Actor in and Producer of Taproot in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Actor in Love Redefined: RESIST in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

Actor in Conscious Language 2015

Actor in Conscious Language 2014

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Julie Geisler http://www.poetictheater.com/julie-geisler/ Sat, 22 Aug 2015 23:08:04 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1334 Julie Geisler Headshot

Julie Geisler splits her time between Manhattan and a small town in the Catskills with her husband Philip Milio.  She works as a management consultant, as well as a facilitator of corporate events. In her free time, she participates in triathlons, and volunteers as a Mounted Auxiliary Officer with the NYC Parks Department.  As a writer, Julie’s first works were inspired by her husband, who is a US Army Vietnam Veteran.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer and Presenter in Kicking Down Doors: Veterans And Their Families in Poetic License: Resistance

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Katherine George http://www.poetictheater.com/katherine-george/ Sat, 22 Aug 2015 17:09:32 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2329  Katherine George is an Afro-Latina performer, director, writer, and educator from the Bronx, NY by the way of the Dominican Republic. She received a BA in Theater from Brooklyn College.  Upcoming and recent acting credits include: Locked Up B*tches (Flea Theater), The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby (NYC Fringe Festival). She has recently become an alumni of the 24-Hour Plays: Nationals program. As a director, she has assisted directors such as Liesl Tommy and Niegel Smith. As a writer, she has won several titles within national and international spoken-word poetry slams. She also co-wrote, Black and Blue, which was produced by the NYC Fringe Festival. As a vocalist, she has performed on stages such as Carnegie Hall, the Paradise Theater, the Apollo Theater, and most recently was a background vocalist for Jennifer Lopez for her 2017 NBC Fourth of July performance. She made her directorial debut with Leslie Lissaint’s This Is How We Heal
With Poetic Theater Productions:
Director of Leslie Lissaint’s This is How We Heal in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation
Performer in Poetic Theater Productions & Musical Theatre Factory Collaboration The Factory Salon
Director of the staged reading  of Mahlaney Wilson’s short play STOOP presented in Conscious Language 2015
Performer in Teniece Divya Johnson’s short play An Amazon’s Prayer (Amerikkkan Assault on Blackness, a Ballet) presented in Conscious BODY in Conscious Language 2015
Poet & Performer in Words That Drive Movements featured in Conscious Language 2014
Writer and Actor in “Black Ink” excerpt presented in Generation NOW in Poetic License 2013
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Keelay Gipson http://www.poetictheater.com/keelay-gipson/ Tue, 18 Aug 2015 16:08:35 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1058 Keelay GipsonKeelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an actor, filmmaker, director and award-winning playwright. His play What I Tell You in the Dark is also a Premiere Stages Play Festival Finalist. His work as a playwright has been seen at the Wild Project, HERE Arts Center, Loft227, 133rd Street Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory, Pace University, SCENE, The University of Houston, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater and New York Theatre Workshop. He is a playwriting fellow with The Amoralists Theater Company’s ‘Wright Club, a Lambda Literary LGBTQ Emerging Voices Playwriting Fellow and a Rising Circle Theater Collective INKTank Semi-Finalist. As Co-Artistic Director of The Oneness Project he means to explore questions focusing on social injustice through various performance based mediums.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright for “presents…” development series

Poet/Playwright/Actor for Love Redefined 2016

Playwright for What I Tell You in the Dark in Poetic License 2016

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Ebony Noelle Golden http://www.poetictheater.com/ebony-noelle-golden/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:23:05 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=914 Ebony Ebony Golden Golden is a Houston, TX native now living in the South Bronx. Ebony is an accomplished performance artist, poet, director, and choreographer who stages site-specific rituals and live art performances that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now. Recent projects include: Aurin’s Squire’s ZooHouse (director), Zoë Flowers From Ashes to Angels’ Dust (director/choreographer), a retrospective of Nina Angela Mercer’s plays (director/choreographer), and a full-length performance project she is currently devising, 125th and Freedom, slated for a 2017 world premiere. She is exceptionally excited to support Zoe and the Ashes ensemble with fulfilling their creative vision and voice. www.bettysdaughterarts.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director of From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Relate-ta-tive Landscapes: Black Womyn Magick in Poetic License 2016

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Nicole Goodwin http://www.poetictheater.com/nicole-goodwin/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:23:28 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1516 Nicole Goodwin is a veteran, author,  performance artist, and award-winning poet.  Her book Warcries is a collection of poems inspired by her experiences in combat theatre. She is a 2013-2014 Queer Art Mentorship Queer Art Literary Fellow, and the winner of The Fresh Fruit Festival’s 2013 Award for Performance Poetry. Her articles “Talking with My Daughter…” and “Why is this Happening in Your Life…” (Personal essay/Review for award-winning documentary Tough Love) was featured in the New York Times’ parent blog Motherlode. Nicole’s play Desert Flowers was shortlisted and selected for performance by the Women Playwriting International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been featured in multiple years of Poetic Theater Productions’ Love Redefined.

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Artist in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theatre Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Featured Veteran Artist reading her original poetry in a special Veteran Voices 2017 event before the Friday October 13, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home.

Previously with Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet and Reader for the Poetic Theater Productions “Presents…” Series 2012 and 2013.

Co-Playwright and Performer in From Table to Stage in Poetic License 2012

Writer and Performer in Love, Redefined 2013, 2015, 2016

Co-Playwright for reading of Ideals At War: Love in Poetic License 2013 

Presenting Artist in Breaking Our Silence 2014 in Poetic License 2014

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Jesse Goolsby http://www.poetictheater.com/jesse-goolsby/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 17:15:24 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1519 Jesse Goolsby is the author of the novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), winner of the Florida Book Award for Fiction and long-listed for the Flaherty-Duncan First Novel Prize. His fiction and essays have appeared widely, including The Literary Review, EPOCH, The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine,Salon, and Pleiades. He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Short Story Prize, the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction, and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. His work has been listed as notable in both Best American Essays and Best American Short Stories, and selected for Best American Mystery Stories. He serves as Acquisitions Editor for the literary journal War, Literature & the Arts.

A US Air Force officer, Goolsby holds an English degree from the United States Air Force Academy, a Masters degree in English from the University of Tennessee, and a PhD in English and Creative Writing from Florida State University. He was raised in Chester, California, and now lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist reading his original work in a special Veteran Voices 2017 event before the October 13, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home.

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Anna Gothard http://www.poetictheater.com/anna-gothard/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 12:19:57 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=627 Aimage1 (1)nna is a performer, musician, teacher and a half of folk-pop duo, Anna/Kate. Anna has performed widely in music venues and theater festivals in NYC. Anna/Kate’s song-cycles, composed of text and conceptualized folk-pop concerts, were featured in festivals at Culture Project’s Women CenterStage, Dixon Place’s LGBT HOT! Festival, La MaMa’s Poetry Electric, NY Poetry Festival and FIGMENT Festival on Governor’s Island, as well as Poetic Theater Production’s Festivals. Their song-cycles include “How To Stay” (2013), “I Run With You” (2013), and “Fear City/Fun City” (2014). BA in Theatre and Music from Muhlenberg College and Accademia dell’Arte.
www.annakateband.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer, Musician, Vocalist for How to Stay in Poetic License 2013

Writer, Musician, Vocalist in Love, Redefined 2013

Writer, Musician, Vocalist in Breaking Our Silence 2014 in Poetic License 2014

Developer and Actor in The Refuge Project in Poetic License 2016

Artist in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT THEATER featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Featured Artist in Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM: Poetic Lyricism

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Chelsea Gregory http://www.poetictheater.com/chelsea-gregory/ Mon, 10 Aug 2015 03:20:19 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1083 PinkChelsEdtd

Chelsea Gregory is a community-engaged dance theater artist, writer, educator and cultural organizer originally from Atlanta, GA. She was recently part of the touring cast of Cornerstone Theater Company’s “California: The Tempest”, a community-engaged adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Tempest” that addressed issues such as food equity, immigration reform, climate change and the prison industry. Other recent performances include “Mapa Corpo” with Guillermo Goméz-Peña, a workshop performance of Andrea Thome’s “Necklace of the Dove,” and a performance piece called “Body Stories” based on research by somatic psychologists on how oppression impacts the body. Recent choreography projects include Working Theater’s “Bamboo in Brooklyn” by Ed Cardona, and PopUP Theatrics’ site-specific immersive “Broken City: Harlem” written by Sandra Daley Sharif and Peca Stefan. She also developed and directed a street theater initiative for the Berkeley VS Big Soda campaign, which led to the first successful soda tax measure in the US. She was a contributing writer for Oregon Shakespeare and One Minute Play Festival’s “Every 28 Hours,” a community-engaged theater project addressing the impact of police violence on Ferguson, MO. She is currently serving as a member of the Cultural Competency Team for Every 28 Hours, supporting host communities to ensure that the project is produced with integrity and accountability to those most impacted by these issues.
Her original work has been presented at venues such as The Culture Project, LaMama ETC, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, The Living Theater, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance and Brooklyn Arts Exchange in New York City; LA Women’s Theater Festival in Los Angeles; La Pena Cultural Center in the Bay Area; and 7 Stages in Atlanta, GA. Her solo performance piece “The 6 Project” explored how cultural identity shapes our point of view, and is based on interviews conducted around the Jena 6 Case, where 6 young black men were unjustly sentenced after racial conflicts initiated by white students. 6 Project performances, workshops & dialogues took place in 12 US cities, engaging over 2000 people in the work of racial healing. From 2005-2008, she was part of the touring cast of Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda’s co-production “We Got Issues!” and worked as a choreographer for Cornerstone Theater Company’s Summer Institute, Yadira De La Riva‘s “One Journey” and several other theatrical productions. Directing credits include Dance Me Free, play devised with Bristol Riverside Theater’s Teen Company exploring the transformative power of dance, “Future Academy” for Queens Theater in the Park’s youth theater festival, and Girls for Gender Equity’s “Yo Shorty”, a performance piece about young women’s safety in public schools.

Ms. Gregory’s poetry is published in anthologies such as The Charis Review, Steve Cannon’s “Gathering of the Tribes” and “We Got Issues: A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life.” She also contributed a chapter to Jlove Calderon’s book “Occupying Privilege”, discussing theater as a vehicle for racial justice and healing. As a dancer she has performed with Movement for the Urban Village, ASE Dance Theatre Collective, Beacon Dance Company and Ned Williams Dunham Dance Company, and studied with The Limón Institute, Urban Bush Women, the Boston Ballet, Ron K. Brown and Baba Richard Gonzales. She received her B.A. in “Community Empowerment and Creative Culture” from New York University, and her M.F.A. in “Theatre and Contemporary Performance” from Naropa University.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Artist in March4Word

Actress in Murder the Machine in Poetic License 2014

Choreography Consultant with THE REFUGE PROJECT in Poetic License 2016

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Craig ‘muMs’ Grant http://www.poetictheater.com/craig-mums-grant/ Sun, 09 Aug 2015 07:13:48 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=162 muMs green

Craig muMs Grant is an American Playwright, Poet and Actor best known for playing Poet on the HBO hit show ‘OZ’. muMs is also a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Company, where he has workshopped three of his plays, Paradox of The Urban Cliché, Loveness: I will only love you once and the premiere of A Sucker Emcee. He is also a proud member of Poetic Theater Productions which produced the premiere of Paradox of the Urban Cliché.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright of Paradox of the Urban Cliché

Playwright & Performer of Sucker Emcee in Poetic License 2014: Shades of Love

Curator for Conscious Language 2014 & Conscious Language 2015

Curator for Poetic License 2016

Playwright for Taproot: Poetic Short Plays in Poetic License 2016

Poet/Playwright & Performer in Do Not Shine in Poetic License 2016

 

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Zuleyma Guevara http://www.poetictheater.com/zuleyma-guevara/ Fri, 07 Aug 2015 03:05:28 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1153 Ms. Guevara is a huge fan of Raquel Almazan’s work and honored to be collaborating on this production of La Paloma Prisoner. She was last seen in Columbia Stages The Hour of The Star. Past productions include: the world premiere of Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), La Ruta (Working Theatre) and De Novo (Houses on the Moon); performing in different venues throughout the five boroughs this spring. Other New York stage credits: Quail (Clubbed Thumb); Animus (Intar) performed at Playwrights Horizons, and Shi*hole (DUTF). Previous film/TV credits include Sonia’s Choice for the #imhere campaign, Rope Art, Legend of the 13 Suns for Kraft, as well as Law and Order. She will appear in the upcoming CBS pilot Limitless. Ms. Guevara earned a BA from Fordham University and interned with Vinette Carrol in Florida.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Sean Hagerty http://www.poetictheater.com/sean-hagerty/ Mon, 27 Jul 2015 01:22:08 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=629

Sean Hagerty is a composer, violinist, and sound designer specializing in music for theater and dance. Previous productions with Poetic Theater include Foreign Bodies and Faith (Living Theater, Wild Project), Redbone, and Poetic License (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017). Sean has worked extensively with Third Rail Projects, creating sound and music for multiple large-scale immersive projects such as Ghost Light (LCT3), Then She Fell (Kingsland Ward), The Grand Paradise, Sweet and Lucky (DCPA), Midnight Madness, and Roadside Attraction. Other credits include the off-Broadway revival of Around the World in 80 Days (Davenport Theater) and Hit the Body Alarm (Performing Garage).

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Sound Design for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home

Sound Design for Village Orpheus

Musician and Audio Engineer for Love Redefined 2013 and Love Redefined 2014

Sound Design for Foreign Bodies

Sound Design for faith

Sound Design for REDBone: A Biomythography

Sound Design for BACK

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Sentell Harper http://www.poetictheater.com/sentell-harper/ Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:11:05 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=885 Sentell Harper recently had his one man show Seek and Ye Shall Find premiere in New York City in the United Solo Festival. Sentell is the recipient of the 2014 United Solo Festival’s Emerging Actor award. After receiving his MFA in Acting from Arizona State University where he worked with Tim Miller, Laurie Carlos, Anne Bogart and SITI Company he was awarded Links Hall Chicago artist mentorship with Tim Miller where he performed with Miller in a night of new work. Sentell has performed in Chicago productions at Gorilla Tango Theatre, The Bailiwick and, Mortar Theatre’s Company.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer and Performer in Breaking Our Silence in Poetic License 2015

Writer and Performer in Breaking Our Silence: Showcase in Poetic License 2016

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Brigitte Harris http://www.poetictheater.com/brigitte-harris/ Sun, 26 Jul 2015 14:09:00 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1122 Brigitte Harris

Brigitte is currently an apprentice carpenter with the NYC District Council of Carpenter’s but studied to be an actress in the Community College of Rhode Island and took film and theatre in the Bedford Hills Marymount Manhattan College program. While in Bedford she also worked with a group called R.T.A. or Rehabilitation Through the Arts – an organization that brings theatre to 5 prisons in New York. She is a client of STEPS to End Family Violence, an organization committed to helping women dealing with domestic and family abuse, and has been working with them since 2007. She is also an advocate for children dealing with emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and is currently working with TELL, a non-profit organization that talks to family members about the importance of speaking out if they know there is a child abuser in the family.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Kenneth Heaton http://www.poetictheater.com/kenneth-heaton/ Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:07:27 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=166 Kenneth287

Kenneth Heaton appeared as Paul in Poetic Theater Productions’ award-winning Goliath at The Wild Project and in the 2014 West Coast tour. Prior to that he played H.F. Sullivan in I Will Go, I Will Go, at The Barrow Street Theater. His other roles include Harold in In Vino Veritas at La Mama, Werner Heisenberg in The Company’s production of Copenhagen in New Jersey. John Proctor in The Crucible, Lennie in Of Mice and Men, and Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy, all for the Phoenix Theater in Arizona. Other credits include Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Ferdinand in The Tempest for the Arizona Shakespeare Festival, and as Gary Gauger in The Exonerated for Connecticut Heritage Productions. He was a regular performer and writer for the New York City-based sketch comedy troupe Oculingus. In short films, he has been seen in Big Muddy and Going South, both at the Cannes Film Festival; Esther (Best Short, Athens Film Festival); Old Bay (Best supporting actor nomination, St. Tropez Film Festival). He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in GOLIATH at The Wild Project on the 2014 West Coast tour and at special performances in Culture Project’s IMPACT Festival, at La Guardia Community College and at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center.

Actor in staged reading of Untitled in Poetic License 2013

Actor in reading of 39 Hours in the Soviet City of Roses in Poetic License 2015

 

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Jen Hinst-White http://www.poetictheater.com/jen-hinst-white/ Sat, 18 Jul 2015 18:08:01 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1527 Jen Hinst-White is a fiction writer and essayist whose work has appeared in The Common, The Missouri Review, The Southampton Review, Image Journal, Consequence and elsewhere. After working in the peace movement, she wrote a novella, A Fortune, about a girl whose mother serves in the 1991 Gulf War (published by Big Fiction, 2014). She blogs (and posts songs and quirky sermons) at jenhinstwhite.com.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist reading her article from Consequence Magazine “Fifteen Eggs” a weaving together of a first-person account of a Hiroshima survivor, the history of nuclear weapons, and meditations on nuclear danger as seen through the eyes of children-and parents. The reading is presented before the October 7th, 2017 matinee performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

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Joanna Hoffman http://www.poetictheater.com/joanna-hoffman/ Mon, 13 Jul 2015 02:21:08 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=170

Joanna Hoffman (www.joannahoffman.com) is a spoken word poet and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a 15 year veteran of slam, or competitive performance poetry, who has competed on 5 National Poetry Slam teams, ranked 4th at the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam and was the 2012 champion of Capturing Fire, an international LGBTQ poetry competition. Her full-length book of poetry, Running for Trap Doors (Sibling Rivalry Press) was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and featured in the American Library Association’s list of recommended LGBT reading for 2014. In 2015, she was named a White House Champion of Change for LGBT advocacy through art. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming on Upworthy, Buzzfeed, Winter TangerinedecomPPANKThe Offing, Union Station MagazineThe LegendarySinister Wisdom and in the Write Bloody Publishing anthologies We Will be Shelter and Multiverse.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet in S.W.A.P. 2011 The Spoken Word Almanac Project in Poetic License 2012

Playwright and Actress in the reading of Off the Record in Poetic License 2012

Co-Creator and Poet in Breaking Our Silence in Poetic License 2013, Poetic License 2014 and Poetic License 2015

Poet in Encyclopedia Show NYC: Vice-Presidents

Poet in Love, Redefined 2014 in Poetic License 2014

Poet in Conscious Language 2014

Playwright, Poet and Actress in The Personal is Political: These Simple Truths in Poetic License 2016

Featured Artist in Breaking Our Silence 2016: Showcase

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 8pm: Breaking Our Silence Reclaiming Our Voices in  Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

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Eboni Hogan http://www.poetictheater.com/eboni-hogan/ Mon, 13 Jul 2015 01:26:12 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1037 12804360_10104725616019419_649353546_nEboni Hogan is a Brooklyn-based poet, playwright, screenwriter, actress and arts educator. She studied theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. In 2012, her play “Foreign Bodies” was produced by the Culture Project and Poetic Theater Productions as part of the Women Center Stage Festival at The Living Theater. Her most recent play “30,000 Teeth” had its first reading at the National Black Theatre of Harlem as a part of their I Am Soul reading series. As a performance poet, she has toured extensively, performing in over 65 U.S. cities, as well as internationally in Germany, Austria, India and Ghana. In 2010, she was crowned the Women of the World Poetry Slam champion. As an actress, she has appeared in the indie film “Moon & Sun” and the short film “Where You Go” which will be screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. The pilot episode of her web series “The Pudding Club” is currently available online. Eboni is also the English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator for Fresh Ed (Urban Arts Partnership). When she isn’t writing curriculum or making art, she’s trying to convince her 3.5 year old son to eat actual food.

Photo Credit: Demetrius Wren

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright and Actress for Foreign Bodies in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival and in Poetic License 2012 and 2013

Poet/Playwright in “Presents…” development series

Director of REDbone: A Biomythography in Poetic License 2014

Actress for The Encyclopedia Show NYC: Bears; The Moon; The Visual Spectrum; Explosives; and Vice-Presidents

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Ish Islam http://www.poetictheater.com/ish-islam/ Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:26:58 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2147 Ish raps, writes, and makes records. A rapper and producer from Brooklyn, New York, Ish’s artist development has led him to have a concert with the Brooklyn Philharmonic, perform in cities such as Los Angeles, California and Johannesburg, South Africa, and serve as the 2012 NYC Youth Poet Laureate. Fresh from graduating with a BA in Music from The City College of New York, Ish’s next endeavors are the completion of a new EP, “aisles” for spring 2018.

Connect with Ish at rapwritemake.com and on all social media at @rapwritemake.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Wednesday, Feb 14th, 2018 at 8PM: Love, Redefined: RECLAIM in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

Previously with Poetic Theater Productions:

Poetry before Goliath, representing Urban Word NYC at the Planet Connections Festivity in 2011

Playwright and performer in Urban Word NYC’s Moments in Words featured in Poetic License 2012

Poet & Performer in Love, Redefined 2012, Love Redefined 2013, Love Redefined 2015, Love Redefined 2017: RESIST.

Poet & Performer in the Encyclopedia Show NYC: Vice Presidents

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Joell Jackson http://www.poetictheater.com/joell-jackson-2/ Tue, 26 May 2015 05:16:03 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=424 Joell Jacksjoellon has performed with the off Broadway show STOMP on tour and in New York for five years. Immediately after that he was seen at Madison Square Garden as the Musical Director for the Knicks Drum Line for 3 years. Working with Poetic Theater Productions on plays like “Underground”, “Foreign Bodies”, and skits from “Conscious Language”, gave him a sense of pride and appreciation for the company. He can be seen singing and 1950’s classic in the 6th episode of the new HBO series “VINYL” which is produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. The season premier is February 14th. Joell would like to thank God, family and friends who support his endeavors all across America.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Underground

Actor in Foreign Bodies in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival & Poetic License 2013

Poet and Actor in Love Redefined 2012, 2013, and 2015

Actor in Conscious Language 2014 and 2015

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Josh Jacobson http://www.poetictheater.com/josh-jacobson/ Tue, 26 May 2015 05:12:12 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1369

Village Orpheus is Josh’s first production with Poetic Theatre Productions. He has appeared in a number of plays and musicals in New York, including “Beware the Chupacabra” in FringeNYC 2015 which was selected for an extended Off-Broadway run as part of the FringeNYC Encore Series at the Soho Playhouse. Regional credits include the role of Peter in the Southeastern Regional Premiere of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Adrienne Arsht Centre for the Performing Arts in Miami.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Village Orpheus in the Fresh Fruit Festival

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Kim Jinhyoung http://www.poetictheater.com/kim-jinhyoung/ Mon, 18 May 2015 18:19:52 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2367

Kim Jinhyoung, is a writer and composer based in New York. Kim started his career as a composer from Seoul, South Korea, debuting with musical Where Is Jesus’ Dick? (Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture residency), Sheman (Seoul Youth Art Institute residency) and Wonderhuman. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree at New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Having artistic background as a cellist, painter and graphic designer (BA in Graphic Design), Kim holds the keys to the heart of the audience when it comes to presenting his art works. As a writer Kim is working on his song cycle Wait…ing alongside with other ongoing musical projects. Kim seeks to find aesthetic ways to narrate stories in any form of Art. Instagram @mynameiskimyeah

With Poetic Theater Productions:

The 3rd Annual Poetic Lyricism presented in collaboration with the Musical Theatre Factory in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

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Teniece Divya Johnson http://www.poetictheater.com/teniece-divya-johnson/ Wed, 13 May 2015 00:13:39 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=427 tenieceTeniece Divya Johnson is an activist, capricorn, stunt performer, henna artist and student of life. A MFA graduate of the University of Florida and now Harlem resident, Teniece Divya is also Lehigh University alum twice over having played division I basketball for a marketing degree then earning masters in sociology. She fell in love with performance and began a hip hop theater production company, Redsun productions, with tenured professor of theater at LU, Kashi Johnson. Since moving to NYC Teniece has performed on stage and on film and is honored to be a part of Poetic Theater Productions and the Black Latina Movement. Teniece Divya is also a spoken word poet, yoga teacher and founder of Fire And Finesse Fitness, cultivating wellness in our communities. www.FireAndFinesseFitness.com

A proud member of ASC Productions, she’s currently training in mixed martial arts with a bo staff specialty in preparation for her next action film The Rise of Onix Devoe. Special thanks to all!! IG @TDivyaJ

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in Underground

Poet & Actress in Love Redefined 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016

Actress in She Who Struggles in Poetic License 2013

Actress & Playwright for Conscious Language 2014 and 2015

Actress & Playwright of An Amazon’s Prayer (Amerikkkan Assault on Blackness, a Ballet) in The Oneness Project

Poet & Performer in March 19th performance of Love & War: Battle of the Heart in Poetic License 2016

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Hayley Johnson http://www.poetictheater.com/hayley-johnson/ Wed, 13 May 2015 00:13:23 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1543

Former Military Police Officer in the United States Navy, Hayley Johnson volunteered to serve in the Gulf War and was stationed in Sasebo, Japan at the age of 19. After her service, she returned as a single injured parent with a sick child stemming from a military birth. In need of better medical care for her daughter, Hayley worked at American Express. Years later, she moved to New York in need of better veteran care for herself and in the process had to leave her family behind. In 2015, Hayley experienced homeless firsthand, living in a shelter after fleeing a domestic violence. In New York, she became a part of Bedlam Outreach, a program designed to help Veterans overcome traumas of war through Shakespeare and acting. Hayley found her voice by using the stage to explore her own personal experiences. She has performed at The Sheen Center, The New Ohio Theatre, The Wild Project, and Interfaith International. At The Lucid Body House she has written for the stage, directed, and performed her own work. Hayley is now moving into film and television, working on the upcoming series “The Neighborhood” created by William DeMeo, about the Brooklyn Mob in the 80’s, and the feature length action film “Bare Knuckle Brawler” starring Martin Kove (“Karate Kid”), created by Peter Passero and directed by Joe Gawalis. Hayley worked with Movie Entertainment to promote the film “Little Boy”. She credits Housing Plus Solutions, Samaritan Village, HERO’s, DECRUIT and The WYCA as integral stepping stones for her success. Hayley’s lifelong mission is to encourage and empower women, including veterans, to let them know that all things are possible, and to never give up in the face of adversity. Hayley is currently working with Victor Film Productions to see this vision come to life.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist presenting her original work before the September 30th and October 15th performances of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and a featured panelist on the Female Veteran post-performance panel on October 15th as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Featured Veteran Artist in Kicking Down Doors in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

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Ryan F Johnson http://www.poetictheater.com/ryan-johnson/ Wed, 13 May 2015 00:13:11 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=159

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Underground

Actor in “Shatter the Sky” in Poetic License 2013

Actor in Conscious Language 2014 & Conscious Language 2015

Actor in Love Redefined 2013 & 2015

Playwright of “We Lost Ourselves” in Poetic License 2015

Actor and Developer in THE REFUGE PROJECT in Poetic License 2016

Actor in Special Reading of Underground in Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

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Kevin Kantor http://www.poetictheater.com/kevin-kantor/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:07:16 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2293  

Kevin Kantor (They/Them) is a genderqueer actor, director, and spoken word poet. As a poet Kevin’s writing has been featured in Button Poetry, Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue and has been published in the anthology We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out (Holt Paperback). Kevin has also worked as a content supervisor and contributor on the second season of John Ridley’s ABC drama American Crime and was featured alongside Lady Gaga at her 2016 Oscars performance. They have toured their work to over 75 colleges and universities across the country. As an actor The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield (Humana Festival); Macbeth (Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Legend of Georgia McBride (Hippodrome Theatre); Flights (24 Hour Plays: Nationals); Acting Apprentice of 2016-2017 Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company. @Kevin_Kantor

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM: Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

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Jeremy Karafin http://www.poetictheater.com/jeremy-karafin/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:26:29 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=172 Jeremy Karafin founded Poetic Theater Productions in February 2010 and, as artistic director, has produced over 160 productions, showcases, gallery shows and readings including GOLIATH (2011 Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Production of a New Play), faith (2012 Planet Connections Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Solo Show), Paradox of the Urban Cliché, Dijla Wal FuratUndergroundForeign Bodies, BACK, Redbone: A Biomythography, Taproot: Poetic Short PlaysVillage Orpheus, Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, the Veteran Voices 2017 Series, 9 Art Gallery Shows2 years of Conscious Language and 6 years of Poetic License festivals of new poetic theater. Jeremy founded and produced the first three seasons of the Kinetic Poetics Project, an annual spoken word and poetry festival on the west coast, now in its thirteenth season. Jeremy produced a web-video in support of gay marriage with Alan Cumming and associate produced the Off-Broadway Production of No Place Called Home at 3LD-Art Center, the Wild Project, MileSquare and the cell. Previously Jeremy was the Assistant Director of Student Media and Television Broadcast Adviser at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz where he received the Chancellor’s Award for his thesis work with the Kinetic Poetics Project. Jeremy was the Wild Project theater’s Venue Operations Manager in New York City’s East Village. As a director, he has directed work by Danny Mitarotondo, David Davila, Darren Blaney, Kristina Goodnight, Timothy DuWhite, Mickey Bolmer, Teniece Divya Johnson, and Diana Son. He is the proud director of two of J. Julian Christopher’s plays including Rebel Judy and the award winning rock musical ¡Oso Fabuloso and the Bear Backs!

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Chris King http://www.poetictheater.com/chris-king/ Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:20:23 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1511 Chris King is a creative artist in several media and a lifelong friend of J.A. Moad II. He has two linocut handprints from numbered, signed, small editions in the Veteran Voices gallery show, and is opening J.’s October 14 performance with a few of his war poems. Recent publications include “Why We Didn’t Kill Abacha” in Transition 121 (Harvard University), and poems and translations of Orhan Veli in So It Goes 6 (the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library). He cofounded Poetry Scores, an all-volunteer international artist collective based in St. Louis that translates poetry into other media, and has directed two feature films for Poetry Scores, Blind Cat Black and Go South for Animal Index. His band Eleanor Roosevelt has released three records available wherever music is streamed or downloaded: Walker With His Head Down, Crumbling in the Rain, and Water Bread & Beer. He has published two chapbooks of poetry, A Heart I Carved for a Girl I Knew and Shape of a Man, and is currently negotiating the publication of a memoir, ‘And Let Him Ply His Music’: Adventures in Post-Punk and Amateur Folklore. He served one year in the U.S. Navy Reserves as an NROTC cadet, including the summer of 1985 in active duty in the Mediterranean aboard the U.S.S. Saipan. He’s on Twitter @chriskingstl and Instagram @chriskingmakesprintsnow.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Art by Chris King was featured in the Veteran Voices 2017 Series Gallery Show running at the Wild Project 195 East 3rd Street September 27th-October 15th 2017 connected to the run of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home.

 

 

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Vicki Lynn Kohhepp http://www.poetictheater.com/vicki-lynn-kohhepp/ Mon, 13 Apr 2015 00:19:45 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2337  

Vicki Lynn Kohhepp, has proudly served fourteen years in the New Jersey Army National Guard. During those fourteen years she has deployed twice to Iraq 2004-2005 and 2008-2009.  Currently she lives in Lehigh High Valley PA. In her spare time she volunteers with Operation Hero’s and her church Metropolitan Community Church of the Leigh High Valley on their community outreach mission team. She is going to Leigh High Carbon Community College for Social Work.  Her goal is to obtain her master’s degree in Social Work and work for Veteran Affaires.  Story telling is a common cure of our culture to share our life experience. She feels that theater gives her the chance to tell her story about being a women veteran.

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Veteran Voices: A Reclamation on Feb 16, 2018 in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

 

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Abena Koomson http://www.poetictheater.com/abena-koomson/ Sun, 12 Apr 2015 17:14:33 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=864 Abena HeadshotAbena Koomson is a Harlem- based performer, educator and wordsmith. She is bandleader and composer for Abena Koomson’s Blacksmith Orchestra (AKBO), and a featured vocalist for funk rock band Van Davis and Afro-beat sensation Zongo Junction. Since 2004, she has been a member of Saheli, an a cappella trio which features her arrangements and original compositions. After an eleven-year teaching career, Abena originated the role of Fela Kuti’s mother to rave reviews in the Off- Broadway production of FELA! directed by Bill T. Jones. Abena went on to become a member of the original Broadway cast, where she also served as vocal captain. As part of One Big City, an innovative international program, she collaborated with Croatian visual artist Kristina Leko to create CEZNJA: BORN LONGING tales and songs from Croatia, a multimedia oral history project featuring Croatian natives and New York City artists. Abena appeared in Red Hot + Fela at Lincoln Center with Kronos Quartet, and is featured on the album of the same name. In May 2015, she performed at the Joburg Theatre in South Africa for this year’s Africa Day celebrations, and taught poetry and performance workshops in Johannesburg and Durban. Abena holds a Masters in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University and currently serves as Dean of Students at Harlem Village Academies High School in New York City.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Performer & Panelist for Conscious Lyrics in Conscious Language 2015

Performer in Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2016

Playwright and Actress: Cozi Sa Wala: Redux in Poetic License 2016

 

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Robert Lambert http://www.poetictheater.com/robert-lambert/ Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:25:21 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1525 Robert Lambert is a director, writer, actor, singer and founder of Trampled Rose Productions. Born in Brockton, Massachusetts and currently living in Brooklyn, New York. A US Army Veteran-Rob is no stranger to the spotlight. From the early days of spinning records at the Youth Center on  Loring Air Force Base, to touring around New England as a hip-hop artist for SHO-NUFF RECORDS. As an adult he began competing in amateur body building- eventually winning first place, at the ANBC Massachusetts Body Building Championship, it is pretty apparent that his niche, is to be on stage, in front of people. As an actor, he has played lead roles in small budget films and video, and has appeared as an extra in television series such as “Law & Order” and HBO’s “Brotherhood”, plus films such as “The Other Guys” and “Underdog”. He is most recognized for the musical Born in Brockton Born again in Brooklyn one man act and musical he wrote, directed and stared in.  As a new believer, Rob wanted to be involved in his church and began to serve on the Worship Team, as well as write/perform short skits that would portray the Gospel in a more contemporary light. This was the genesis of Trampled Rose Productions Inc.

Playwright and actor in te amo Mas que mi vida featured in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theater Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Featured Veteran Artist performing in a special performance of his original short play Te amo mas que mi vida before the October 7, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

 

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Jacqueline Jones LaMon http://www.poetictheater.com/jacqueline-jones-lamon/ Thu, 26 Mar 2015 19:12:22 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=924

Jacqueline Jones LaMon is the author of two award-winning collections of poetry, most recently, Last Seen (University of Wisconsin Press), and a novel, In the Arms of One Who Loves Me (Ballantine Books). A professor at Adelphi University, where she teaches in the multi-genre MFA program, she has received fellowships from Yaddo Foundation, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others. A finalist for an NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literature: Poetry, she has contributed to Love, Redefined 2016 and 2015, as well as Conscious Language 2014. She is the immediate past president of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., and lives in New York.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright in Love Redefined: RECLAIM, Wednesday, Feb 14th at 8PM at the Wild Project

Playwright in Love, Redefined 2017, 2016, and 2015

Playwright in Conscious Language 2014 and 2015

Playwright of MILK in Poetic License 2015

 

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Sam LaRoche http://www.poetictheater.com/sam-laroche/ Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:12:17 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=889
Sam LaRoche is a spoken word poet and rap artist out of Brooklyn. In college Sam was signed to an independent record label in Hartford and began touring the state as their spoken word artist. In 2007 Sam moved to NYC where she began frequenting open mic nights and entering in slam competitions. Sam has toured with Cupid Ain’t @#$%! poetry show over the past four years as well as being the featured poet at different venues and Universities. Still active in the spoken word community, Sam is currently working on her EP album as the follow-up to her mixtape.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Artist in Breaking Our Silence 2014 in Poetic License 2014

Featured Artist in Breaking Our Silence 2015 in Poetic License 2015

Featured Artist in Breaking Our Silence: Showcase in Poetic License 2016

Representing Poetic Theater Productions in the New York City Poetry Festival

Artist in the 2nd Annual Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

Artist in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT THEATER featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Featured Artist in Breaking Our Silence Showcase in Poetic License 2017

 

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Sandra W. Lee http://www.poetictheater.com/sandra-w-lee/ Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:27:51 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1507 Sandra W. Lee is an 8-year Army combat veteran in the Special Operations Command, having deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from ’03-’04.  Upon returning from her deployment where she sustained injury, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations/Social Sciences with a minor in Music. Off-Broadway: Blueprint Specials (The Public Theater), Bullet Catchers (Judson Memorial Church), Comfort Women: A New Musical (Theatre at St. Clements). Selected New York: The Home Show (Lincoln Center), Interabang (Ars Nova), The Telling Project (Bay Street Theatre). Selected Regional: Rent (Ivoryton Playhouse), Next to Normal, South Pacific (LTM), Avenue Q (OHP), Addams Family (CCT), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Diamondhead Theatre). Sandra splits her time between NYC and Manchester, CT, where she is on the Governing and Artistic Boards of The Little Theatre of Manchester 501(c)(3), and is often a guest/keynote speaker as a disabled veteran for corporations and organizations regarding Military Sexual Trauma (MST), PTS, TBI and her service in the military. She also performs around the country for organizations such as Got Your 6 (501(c)(3)) and The Veteran Artist Program (501(c)(3)). www.sandrawlee.com @sandrawlee

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in a reading of an excerpt from Maurice Decaul’s Hurt Me presented in the Closing Weekend Celebration event in the Veteran Voices 2017 Series on October 13th, 2017.

Featured Artist as vocalist, playwright, and actress before the October 15, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and appearing on the Female Veteran Panel after the performance as a part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Featured Artist for Veteran’s Voices in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

 

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Sharifa Linton http://www.poetictheater.com/sharifa-linton/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:07:19 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1163 IMG_4874Sharifa Linton is born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her love for dancing started at the age of 3 and she became a professional dancer during her years in high school. She is a 2012 graduate of Queens College with her B.A. in Dance and Theater. Ballet, Modern and Jazz are her favorite genres of dance and she teaches them at New Waves Dance Company. Her former dance training consist of teachings from Nathan Trice, Edisa Weeks, Joseph Mills, Marshall Davis, the Martha Graham School and Ballet Hispanico. She glad to be a member of aBunDANCE and Kowteff’s African Dance Company. She plans to trail her dancing around the world.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Dancer in Keomi Tarver‘s Love & War: The Battle of the Heart in Poetic License 2014

Dancer in Keomi Tarver‘s Love & War: The Battle of the Heart in Poetic License 2016

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Leslie Lissaint http://www.poetictheater.com/leslie-lissaint/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 13:08:49 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2185

Leslie Lissaint is a world traveler and international performance artist, actress, dancer, and writer. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is an alumni of the First Wave Program -a spearheading program that recruits and awards young artists from across the U.S. with full-tuition scholarships as members of the First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble. She was also a team member on the UW-Madison College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI) winning team in 2010. Leslie has trained and taught ballet, tap, African, modern, Hip Hop, and contemporary dance. She has also trained as an actress at the prestigious Eugene O’Neil Theater Institute and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. She has toured as a performer and choreographer in “Redbone: A Biomythography” written by Mahogany L. Browne.  As a youth educator, Leslie has worked as the choreographer for the Journal to Journey Program, presented by Urban Word NYC and Hi-ARTS/HHTF, a program that helps young poets write fully realized and produced plays. Lissaint was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and has called Brooklyn home for the past five years. She gives all glory to God. Currently, she is touring her one woman show “This Is How We Heal” and teaching workshops.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright & Featured Performer in This is How We Heal  headlining the Poetic License 2018: Reclamation festival on Feb 17 & 18, 2018

Actress in Conscious Language 2015

Co-Choreographer and Dancer in REDBONE: A Biomythography

 

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Sarah Livant http://www.poetictheater.com/sarah-livant/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:26:14 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=569 SarahLivant_Headshot_ID

Sarah Livant is a native Alabamian. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and began stage managing in New York City upon graduating in 2010. She began working with PTP when she stage managed Goliath in 2011, and she has since then happily continued working on Goliath. Sarah has also stage managed faith by Caroline Rothstein and Foreign Bodies by Eboni Hogan. She is currently Technical Director for the New York Neo-Futurists.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Stage Manager for GOLIATH in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival, in Poetic License 2012, at the Wild Project, in Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 Festival, at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, at LaGuardia Community College, on tour to Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz, and in Poetic License 2014

Stage Manager for faith in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, Planet Connections Theatre Festival, and Poetic License 2013

Stage Management for BACK: A Tragedy Party

Stage Management for Taproot in Poetic License 2016

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Daisy Long http://www.poetictheater.com/daisy-long/ Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:20:01 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1728

Daisy Long (Lighting Design) is a lighting designer for theater, dance and concerts. Recent credits include: Men on Boats; The Scottsboro Boys (Speakeasy Stage Company, Boston); The Heart of Robin Hood; Evita (Interlochen Center for the Arts) We Are Proud to Present…. (Yale Dramatic Association); The Mother of Invention; STET (Abingdon Theatre Company);  Tranquil; The Brothers Size (Luna Stage); The Winter’s Tale; Macbeth (Amerinda); Top Girls; The Carthaginians (NYU); Keen Teens (Keen Company); DISCOTROPIC (niv Acosta/PS 122’s COIL Festival);  Carousel; Cloud 9 (Connecticut College); The Elephant in Every Room I Enter (LaMaMa ETC); Dry Land (Company One, Boston); United Front (Primary Stages/Fordham University); The Nomad; Smoke (The Flea). She won an IRNE award for Speakeasy Stage Company’s 2016 production of The Scottsboro Boys Upcoming: Company (Farleigh Dickinson University);Bobrauschenbergamerica (Connecticut College). www.daisylong.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Lighting Designer for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home by J.A. Moad II, Sept. 26- Oct 15, 2017

Lighting Designer for Love Redefined 2013

 

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Natalie Lovejoy http://www.poetictheater.com/natalie-lovejoy/ Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:22:06 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1521 Natalie Lovejoy is a composer, lyricist, and author from Annapolis, MD whose work has been heard in New York at Lincoln Center, 54 Below, The Duplex, Laurie Beechman Theatre, The Flea Theatre, and Greenwhich Music House, as well as in San Diego, LA, and Nashville. She wrote the music, book and lyrics to Deployed, (Off-Off Broadway), which she began writing when she was married to a soldier who deployed to Iraq in 2008.  Other work includes: Walk Across a Wire, Hall Pass (“Flyers and Fryers”), and The Big C., Her short-story “Two Roads” was published in the anthology Incoming (So Say We All Press) which examines the transition from military to civilian life. Natalie is listed in The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatres Writers at Contemporary Musical Theater.com. Education: New York University (MM in Music Composition), Catholic University (BM in Musical Theater), the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and the Johnny Mercer Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University. Professional Member: ASCAP, the Dramatist Guild. www.natalielovejoymusic.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Natalie presented an excerpt from her musical Deployed before select performances of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

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Kid Lucky http://www.poetictheater.com/kid-lucky/ Fri, 06 Mar 2015 05:16:36 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=975 Kid Lucky HeadshotKid Lucky is a hip hop vocalist who specializes in beatboxing, floetry and scatting. Since 1996 Kid Lucky has been considered one of the most cutting edge hip hop vocalists in the world. He moved to Prague for two years and there he developed a vocal style he calls BEATRHYMING – beatboxing and rhyme flow at the same time. Kid Lucky’s musical style blends hip hop, floetry, jazz and folk music. Lyrics are thought provoking and sometimes controversial, while the rhythms are deep and memorable. His entertaining, thought provoking performance highlights why Kid Lucky is one of the best mixed vocal artists in the world. Kid Lucky has performed with Cee Lo Green, Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, in the movie Begin Again, Stevie Wonder at The Anehiem Convention Center, Doug E Fresh at Madison Square Garden, Rahzel at The Rock The Bells Tour, Nile Rogers, at at the Bitter End. Quest Love at Webster Hall And more. He has solo played Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Manhattan Center, P.S. 122, Overseas is has performed at Archa Theater in Prague, Czech Republic, Contact Theater in Manchester, England, Mama’s Shelter in Paris, France and more! Kid Lucky has appeared on MTV, Vh1, BET, Movie Channel, MTV2, NBC with Cat Greenleaf, Fuse TV and more

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Producer & Conductor for Nu Voices in Poetic License 2016

 

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Camillo Mac Bica http://www.poetictheater.com/camillo-mac-bica/ Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:59:51 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1006 Camilo BicaCamillo Mac Bica, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy and ethics at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His philosophical focus is in Applied Ethics, particularly the relation between war, morality, and healing. Dr. Bica is a former United States Marine Corps Officer and veteran of the Vietnam War. While recovering from his experiences in war, he founded and coordinated for six years, the HOOTCH Program, a therapeutic community of veterans suffering from PTSD and Moral Injury at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Bica serves on the National Advisory Board of the Soul Repair Center, a research and educational center whose primary mission is to further understanding and treatment of war related Moral Injury. In addition to his two books “Worthy of Gratitude: Why Veterans May Not Want to be Thanked for their ‘Service’ in War” and “Beyond PTSD: The Moral Casualties of War,” articles by Dr. Bica have been published in numerous philosophical journals and online alternative news sites.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Performer for Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in Poetic License 2016

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Alex Mallory http://www.poetictheater.com/alex-mallory/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:15:59 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=184 Alex Mallory is a theatricAlex Mallory Headshotal director and creative leader in New York. She directed Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates by Maurice Decaul with Poetic Theater Productions and Telling: East End andTelling: Stanford with the The Telling Project and the Joseph J Theinert Memorial Foundation. She has directed for Poetic Theater Productions, Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, Writopia Worldwide Plays Festival, Working Theatre Director’s Salon, and more. Her production of Takeo Rivera’s Goliath has been performed for veterans, family members and civilians across the country. She received a B.A. in Drama from Stanford University, where she was the recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in Creative Arts and the Sherifa Omade Edoga Prize for work involving social issues. More info at: www.alexmallory.me

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Co-Artistic Director of Poetic Theater Productions 2011-2015

Director of Filial Therapy in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival

Director of GOLIATH in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival, in Poetic License 2012, at the Wild Project, in Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 Festival, at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, at LaGuardia Community College, on tour to Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz, and in Poetic License 2014

Director of faith in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage Festival, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and in Poetic License 2013

Director of reading of Off The Record in Poetic License 2013

Director of reading of The Will to Knowledge in Poetic License 2013

Director of reading of Love in a Time of Blood Quantum in Poetic License 2013

Director of Ideals At War: Love in Poetic License 2013

Director for Love, Redefined 2014

Director in “presents…” development series

Director of Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates in Poetic License 2015

Director in Conscious Language 2014 & 2015

Director of THE REFUGE PROJECT in Poetic License 2016

Director of Jezelle the Gazelle in Taproot in Poetic License 2016

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John D. Manley http://www.poetictheater.com/john-d-manley/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:15:16 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1113

Major John D. Manley, US Marine Corps Reserve (retired) is an Army civilian currently serving as the Director, US Army Public Affairs, Northeast Region. Deployed with the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce in March 2013, John served a 15-month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan as the deputy director, public affairs for the International Security Assistance Force. During his 21-year career as a Marine Corps officer, John worked in finance and public affairs in California, Hawaii, Virginia, Okinawa and Korea. His civilian career includes working as a newspaper editor, director of marketing, freelance writer and in television production. He also established Manley Communications, focusing on strategic communications and business development. He is married to Heidi Mathis and has five children. John performs improv with the Yes Show and is a member of the Warrior’s Chorus.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2016

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Rebecca Martinez http://www.poetictheater.com/rebecca-martinez/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:07:51 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2304

Rebecca Martínez is a Brooklyn-based director, writer, choreographer, and deviser. She has worked with Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre, PlayMakers, Poetic Theater Productions, New Ohio, Pregones/PRTT, INTAR, the Lark, Radical Evolution, Teatro Visión, Working Theater, Milagro Theatre, and Profile Theatre among others. Rebecca is a member of Sojourn Theatre and with them has worked as a lead artist for multiple national projects. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, INTAR’s Unit52, the 2015-16 SDCF Observership Class, the Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee, an Associate Member of SDC, and a 2017 Drama League Directing Fellow. Awards include four Drammy Awards and the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists. Rebecca is an artist with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice.  rebeccamartinez.org

With Poetic Theater:

Wednesday, Feb 14th at 8PM  Love, Redefined in Poetic License: Reclamation 

Director of Reading of Underground in Poetic License 2017
Director of José Rivera’s Sermon of the Senses in Taproot in Poetic License 2016
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Safiya Martinez Connell http://www.poetictheater.com/safiya-martinez/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:07:41 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=828 Safiya EditorialSafiya Martinez Connell is a performer, writer and educator. She is an alumni of the New York Teaching Fellows program and has served communities in New York City and San Francisco. Safiya holds an M.S. in Urban Education from Mercy College, and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Her solo show based on her experience as a first-year teacher So You Can Hear Me was received with critical and audience acclaim on both coasts. Look out for her debut as a filmmaker, a short film titled You Are Here, which tells the story of a young artist on the rise– prominently featuring Urban Word NYC alumni alongside New York creatives.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor and Playwright for  So You Can Hear Me in Poetic License 2016

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Jazzy Mason http://www.poetictheater.com/jazzy-mason/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:13:55 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1140 Jazzy MasonJazzy is an advocate, actress, and entrepreneur. She is currently affiliated with the women in prison projects reconnect leadership and advocacy training program.  She previously worked with the coalition for the homeless which provides advocacy youth services housing a mobile soup kitchen crisis intervention voice mail and job training. Past acting credits include Momma in I’ll Cry Today and Dance Tomorrow with the Afrikan Woman’s Repertory Theater and Margaret in Amazing Grace the Musical. Jazzy will also play a role in an up-coming play regarding criminal justice.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Chantal Maurice http://www.poetictheater.com/chantal-maurice/ Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:09:43 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=907 Chantal has been blessed to work in a variety of acting mediums including Theatre, Film, TV, Industrials and Commercials. In 2014, she made her Off-Broadway Debut in the NAACP Award Winning production of ‘The Girls of Summer’, written by Layon Gray. She has also been featured in several commercial campaigns including Burger King, Air Fast Tickets and Assurance Wireless.

In 2015, she added writer and producer to her resume, after she co-wrote and co-produced an original 5 episode comedic series, The SeanTAL Show

She has appeared on multiple television shows including: USA’s ‘Mr. Robot’, TVLAND’s ‘Younger’ and TVONE’s ‘Born Again Virgin’.

In January 2016, she graced the small screen once again on an episode of ‘Blue Bloods’ on CBS. Check out www.ChantalMaurice.com for updates and more information.

With Poetic Theater Productions:
Actress in From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Poetic License 2012
Actress in From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Relate-ta-tive Landscapes: Black Womyn Magick in Poetic License 2016

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Jennifer McGrath http://www.poetictheater.com/jennifer-mcgrath/ Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:51:27 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=631 Jennifer McGrath is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts who currently serves as the Stage Manager for American Ballet
Theatre while continuing to pursue her passion of directing for the
stage. Recent directing credits include Sipiwe Moyo’s “My Friend
Nina” at Dixon Place, the world premiere reading of Aissa Martell’s
“The History of Pigtails” in the 2015 Poetic License Theater Festival,
and Darian Dauchan’s “Voicepower!,” “Obamatry,” and “Death
Boogie.” Death Boogie is the winner of Best New Music and Best
Innovation in Musical Theatre at the 2012 Edinburgh International
Fringe Festival and has also toured to Pittsburgh, Chicago, Ithaca, and Norway where it headlined the first ever Hip Hop Theater Festival.
“Voicepower!” was commissioned by Arts for All as a piece of theater
for young people and has toured to underprivileged NYC schools in all
5 boroughs. In addition to recent work at the United Nations stage
managing the 2015 Sustainable Goals Summit and the Pope’s Historic
Visit and Address to the General Assembly, Ms. McGrath previously
staged managed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater touring across the country and around the world. Her event planning work includes non-profit benefit galas for SAY: The Stuttering Association for the Young, United Way Worldwide, and the NYC Arts In Education
Roundtable. In the summer of 2011, Jennifer was the director of
NYU’s Summer High School Drama Program. She is a director, stage
manager, teacher, event planner, and producer and believes strongly
in the power of the arts to educate, inspire, create change, and
rehabilitate.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director of Death Boogie in Poetic License 2012

Director of Obamatry in Poetic License 2013

Director of The History of Pigtails in Poetic License 2015

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Edward McWilliams http://www.poetictheater.com/edward-mcwilliams/ Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:18:20 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=176 EdwardMcWilliams

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet and Performer for Love Redefined 2010, March ForWord and Uncharted

Graphic Design for One Brave Thing

Playwright of Underground presented in Poetic License 2012, for its own run in Spring of 2012, and as a special reading in Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

DJ for Opening Party of Poetic License 2013

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Sarah N. Mess http://www.poetictheater.com/sarah-n-mess/ Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:08:59 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1535 Sarah N. Mess’s poetry and art are featured in Warrior Writers’ most recent anthology, titled Warrior Writers. Sarah served in the U.S. Army from 1992-2000, including a combat tour with the 42nd Field Hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993. Her poetry presentations have electrified audiences at Cooper Union, New York City Poetry Festival, Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival at the NJ Performing Arts Center and other locales in New Jersey and New York City. She lives in Branchburg, NJ with her husband and two children.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist reading her original poetry as the before the October 4th, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Actress in Everett Cox’s Omega, Talk With God, presented before the October 8th, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, and featured on the Vietnam Veteran Voices Panel with Everett Cox and J.A. Moad II after the performance as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Art by Sarah N. Mess was featured as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series Art Gallery throughout the run of Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, September 26-October 15, 2017.

Poet & Performer in Judson’s Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theatre Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

 

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John M. Meyer http://www.poetictheater.com/john-m-meyer/ Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:22:34 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1101 John Meyer

John M. Meyer is an artist studying at the University of Texas at Austin. His work as a playwright-performer has been featured in theAustin Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman, KUT radio, and the BBC online. His stage-play “American Volunteers” won the 2010 Mitchell Award at the University of Texas, and subsequently made the long-list for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the United Kingdom. Much of John’s work draws on his experiences as an Airborne Ranger. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright and performer presenting an excerpt from Kuroneko: Vengeance in the Grove, an original theatrical piece presented on October 13th, 2017 as a part of a special Veteran Voices 2017 Series event before a performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home

Playwright & Poet for Love Redefined 2016

Performer for Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in Poetic License 2016

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Philip Milio http://www.poetictheater.com/philip-milio/ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:18:48 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1119 Philip Milio has pursued the art of photography since graduating high school. His skills progressed working for the Dept. of Defense with satellite imagery for mapping the moon followed military service as part of an Army intelligence unit in the Vietnam war. Upon his return to civilian life he enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), SUNY, where he graduated with an AAS in Fashion Photography followed by a BA in Photography as Art from SUNY Empire State College.

Soon after that, Philip earned his MA from NYU in Higher Education Administration and Counseling then continued post grad courses in Fine Art and Photography at Hunter College, CUNY. Philip worked as a Professor/Counselor in the Student Life Department at FIT for 40 years, teaching leadership, human relations, and managing extracurricular educational programs in the FIT arts and crafts center.

Recently retired from FIT, Philip now devotes much of his time to photography, and writing; several memoirs of his military experiences were published in an anthology as well as on-line journals.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer for Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2017

Writer for Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2016

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Patrice Miller http://www.poetictheater.com/patrice-miller/ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 20:15:32 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1183 Patrice MillerPatrice Miller is a director-choreographer and writer currently directing Mad Jenny’s Love und Greed in residence at Pangea. Her work has been presented by La MaMa, 3-Legged Dog, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, The Brick, Bowery Poetry Club, and in Canada at the Edmonton Fringe. Some recent/favorites credits include work on Untitled Theater Company 61’s City of Glass (New Ohio), Dead Cat Bounce/Money Lab (HERE/The Brick), The Pig or Vaclav Havel’s Hunt for a Pig (3LD); Tux and Tom’s In Pieces (The Brick), ELE↓↑TOR (The Brick); Sarah Jane Johnson’s Devil in a Box (The Wild Project), Maggie Cino’s Decompression (FRINGENYC). Her installation performances include work at/on: The Brooklyn Museum, Prelude/CUNY Grad Center, SUNY Stonybrok (with the IPA); 571 Projects, 68th Street subway stop, NYC Fashionweek. As a performer: UBW’s Place Matters, DTE’s Angels and Accordions, Gemini Collisionworks/Richard Foreman’s George Bataille’s Bathrobe.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director in Conscious Language 2015

Director of piece in Taproot: Poetic Short Plays in Poetic License 2016

Director of piece in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017

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Ellen Mischinski http://www.poetictheater.com/ellen-mischinski/ Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:24:33 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1396

Ellen Mischinski is a stage manager, producer, and theater administrator. She has worked with Poetic Theater Productions as a Producer or Associate Producer for Poetic License: RESISTANCE 2017 festival of new poetic theater, Dominique Fishback’s Subverted, Aya Aziz’s Eh Dah? Questions For My Father and for Poetic’s curation of the Judson BAILOUT series. She produced the Rapture, Blister, Burn with the Columbia University Players. She has also stage managed with Red Caravan for their production of Rubber Match at the The Barrow Group Theater; with Barefoot Shakespeare Company for their productions of Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth in Central Park; with Barnard Theater Department’s productions of Faust 2.0 and Chokher Bali at the Minor Latham Playhouse; for Brooklyn Actor’s Troupe’s productions of The Last Poet on Mars and Theatre Throwdown at the Wild Project.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Stage Manager, Associate Producer, Graphic Designer for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Stage Manager for Village Orpheus Tuesday July 11th & Friday July 14th

Producer for Poetic License 2017 festival

Associate Producer for SUBVERTED

Associate Producer for Eh Dah? Questions For My Father

Associate Producer and Host for Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theater featuring Poetic Theater Productions

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Pooya Mohseni http://www.poetictheater.com/pooya-mohseni/ Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:08:39 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2323 Pooya Mohseni is an Iranian/American actor, Transgender activist and writer.

Pooya appeared in an award winning one woman show, titled “One Woman”, in United Solo Festival at The Theatre Row, written by Cecilia Copeland & directed by Joan Kane.

Her other recent stage performances include “The Good Muslim” by Zakiyyah Alexander, directed by William Carden at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage’s “The White Snake”, directed by Natsu Onoda Power, Madame in The OUTLIERS’ production of “The Maids” directed by Ben Gunderson and the title role in “Death of a Persian Prince” at NYMITF & SAIPAF, directed by Dewey Moss.

She’s a recurring guest star on the new crime drama “Big Dogs” produced by Choice Films & Theatricals, directed by Mathew Penn and Tony Glazer, to be released in 2018. She’s also a recurring guest star in the first season of the USA network’s “Falling Water”.

Follow @Pooyaland on Twitter/Instagram

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in Love, Redefined: RECLAIM, Feb 14th, 2018 at the Wild Project in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

 

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Peter Molin http://www.poetictheater.com/peter-molin/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:18:59 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=999 Peter Molin

Peter Molin is a retired US Army infantry officer who served in the 2nd Infantry, 10th Mountain, and 82nd Airborne divisions. Besides deployment experience to the Sinai, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, he taught in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.  Molin blogs at Time Now: The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in Art, Film, and Literature and is an active participant in both local and national veterans-in-the-classroom and veteran-artists programs and conversations.  He currently lives in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and teaches at Rutgers University.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Performing in Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2016

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Charan P. Morris http://www.poetictheater.com/charan-p-morris/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:09:44 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=896 Charan P. MorrisCharan P. Morris is a New York based poet/educator. A 2011-12 LAMBDA Literary Foundation Fellow, recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Scholarship for the Fine Arts Work Center 2013 Summer Program and participant in the 2014 Callaloo Workshop Retreat, her work has been published in Sinister Wisdom, Kweli Journal, InDigest Magazine,The Mom Egg, Stand Our Ground anthology and Liberator Magazine. Charan has performed as a feature poet for various audiences along the East Coast & Midwest. She has shared a stage with Gill Scott-Heron, The Last Poets, Staceyann Chin and others. Poetry takes its rightful place in her life–neck and neck with teaching. In addition to being a ten-year NYC public school educator, Charan has facilitated poetry workshops with diverse groups of writers including formerly incarcerated youth and graduate students at Columbia University. Her work fuels public dialogue around colorism, homophobia and the effects of war. Of course, sometimes she writes about being human.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet in S.W.A.P. 2011: The Spoken Word Almanac Project in Poetic License 2012

Writer and Performer in Breaking Our Silence 2013 in Poetic License 2013

Writer and Performer in Breaking Our Silence in Poetic License 2015

Writer and Performer in Breaking Our Silence: Showcase in Poetic License 2016

Writer and Performer Representing Poetic Theater Productions at the New York City Poetry Festival 

Writer and Performer in Breaking Our Silence Showcase in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

Feb 13th, 2018 at 8PM: Breaking Our Silence: Reclaiming Our Voices in Poetic License 2018 Reclamation 

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J. A. Moad II http://www.poetictheater.com/j-a-moad-ii/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 07:23:15 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1419 J. A. Moad II is a  former Air Force C-130 pilot with over 3000 flight hours and more than 100 combat sorties. He served as an English Professor at the United States Air Force Academy and continues to serve as an editor and blogger for their international journal, War, Literature & the Arts (WLA). His short stories, poetry and essays have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, and he is the recipient of the 2014 Consequence Magazine Fiction Award. In addition to writing, he has performed on stage at the Library of Congress and at The Guthrie Theater as part of The Telling Project – Giving Voice to the Veteran Experience. His play, Outside Paducah – the Wars at Home debuted in Minneapolis, at the Bloomington Center for the Arts in 2016. He is the driving force behind the Veterans’ Voices Initiative in Minnesota to teach the stories of Veterans and their families in schools, colleges and community discussion groups. He currently resides in Northfield, MN where he flies, writes, reads, and spend as much time with his family and friends as possible.

With Poetic Theater Productions

Playwright and Actor in Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, September 26-October 15, 2017

Curator of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series presented with Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home

Playwright, an excerpt of Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home presented in the Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theatre Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Panelist in post-show discussion after performance of GOLIATH in Culture Project’s IMPACT 2012 Festival

 

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Olivia Nice http://www.poetictheater.com/olivia-nice/ Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:22:05 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1363 Olivia Nice first worked with Poetic Theater Productions playing Cookie Mueller in Mickey Bolmer’s BACK Back: A Tragedy Party. Other Poetic Theater Productions: Conscious Language, Taproot, Love Redefined. New York: #WhatHappenedToDavid (Classical Theater of Harlem), Woyzeck (Dixon Place), Treasure Hunting in Dawnland (4th Street Theater) Regional: Fool for Love (May), God of Carnage (Veronica), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (The Player).Trained at The Studio/New York, CSSSA at Cal Arts, and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. B.A. Princeton University, Religion, Minors in French and Theater.
www.olivianice.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in Village Orpheus in the Fresh Fruit Festival

Actress in Love, Redefined 2016

Actress in Taproot: Poetic Short Plays in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Actress in Conscious Language 2015

Actress in An Amazon’s Prayer in THE ONENESS PROJECT

Actress in BACK: A Tragedy Party

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Jevon Nicholson http://www.poetictheater.com/jevon-nicholson/ Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:19:03 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1202 Jevon Nicholson HeadshotJevon is a New York based actor, lover and hugger. Born in Harlem, raised in Brooklyn, He received his acting training at the School for Film and Television and The Barrow Group and BA in Psychology from Howard University. He has since worked in a variety of film, television and off-broadway productions.

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Love, Redefined 2015

Actor in Gina Femia’s What Happened Before & Craig muMs Grant‘s Maxine’s in Taproot: Poetic Short Plays a part of Poetic License 2016

Actor in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017

Actor in a reading of Catherine Weingarten‘s short play You and Me on a Mountain presented in November 2017 Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

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Nkosi Nkululeko http://www.poetictheater.com/nkosi-nkululeko/ Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:15:14 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1219 Nkosi_NkululekoNkosi Nkululeko, the 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate, is a Writer, Performer and Musician who has been featured in venues such as Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, The Schomburg Center and has performed his works in spaces as far as California to Copenhagen. Nkosi has received fellowships from Callaloo and The Watering Hole as well as a nominee for the Independent Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize. He is an artist of the I Sell The Shadow collective and has collaborated with organizations such as Urban Word, Poetic Theater Productions, Black Girl Ensemble, etc. Nkosi’s work can be found in VINYLpoetryandprose, No Token, decomP, and other publications. He resides in Harlem, New York and you can reach Nkosi at musicmannkosi@gmail.com.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright for Conscious Language 2015

Poet for Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2016

Artist in The Artist Co-Op Pop Up

Actor in Special Reading of Underground in Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

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Nancy Elkin Nygard http://www.poetictheater.com/nancy-elkin-nygard/ Sat, 03 Jan 2015 01:26:22 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1097 Nancy Elkin Nygard
Born in the Bronx, raised in Jersey.  Before marrying my Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and way before becoming a military mom,
I went to college, worked in Manhattan as a secretary, traveled to Paris and London, hitchhiked to California and back, went to Woodstock and lived in a tent on the Gulf of Aqabah which leads into the Red Sea.
It was only later that war and peace became something other than headlines in the news.
With Poetic Theater Productions:
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Autumn Oftedal http://www.poetictheater.com/autumn-oftedal/ Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:22:20 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1172

Autumn OftedalAutumn Oftedal is from Yakima, WA and graduated cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. She is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, as well as creative movement and choreography. After graduation Autumn traveled through Central Europe attending Impusltanz and Tans im August. This inspired her to move to NYC where the art scene is always bubbling.

Autumn believes there is nothing more important than movement, whether it be to fuel a serious passion, or just for fun after a day long day of sitting. People, children especially, benefit both physically and mentally from moving their bodies, and it gets the creative juices flowing, too. The goal and challenge is to inspire that lifestyle.

Occasionally Autumn performs on the streets of NYC, bringing a mix of performance art and dance to the public. Autumn is currently a ballet instructor for ages three to 15, in addition to teaching beginners tap and creative movement.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Dancer in Keomi Tarver‘s Love & War: The Battle of the Heart in Poetic License 2016

Dancer in Keomi Tarver‘s Love & War: The Battle of the Heart in Poetic License 2014

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Vinny Eden Ortega http://www.poetictheater.com/vinny-eden-ortega/ Tue, 09 Dec 2014 12:22:00 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1239 IMG_79452Vinny Eden Ortega is a New York City based director/writer/actor. Acting credits include No Entiendo (Pace School of Performing Arts), Gathering Sparks (Theatre Row), and Uzume (LaMama Galleria), and the upcoming web series BFA In. Recently he received Outstanding Featured Actor at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity for the role of Dolon in the world premiere of DRONES. Directing/writing credits include More Than Just Skin, (Poetic License Festival), Gathering Sparks (Exploriment Festival-Bangkok, Thailand), HOPELESS (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), and 4.48 Psychosis (The Dare Tactic). Ortega will be directing The Dare Tactic’s production of Macbeth this October. He is the Founder/Co-Artistic Director of the non-profit theatre company The Dare Tactic thedaretactic.org. With The Dare Tactic Ortega has written and directed several productions as well as served as Director of Outreach Programming where he has blended the worlds of theatre and medicine, creating original work with dementia patients at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director & Writer of More Than Just Skin featured in Generation Now in Poetic License 2015

Judson Arts Wedensdays presents BAILOUT THEATER featuring Poetic Theater Productions

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Monique Paige http://www.poetictheater.com/monique-paige/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:20:07 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=164 Monique HeadshotWith Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in GOLIATH in the Planet Connections Festival where Monique’s outstanding performance earned her a nomination for a festival award for Best Lead Actress. GOLIATH won festival awards for Outstanding Overall Production of a New Play, Outstanding Direction, and Outstanding Ensemble and was a New York Times Community Affairs Pick of the Week.

Actress in GOLIATH in Poetic License Festival in winter of 2012, for its own run in the spring of 2012, and on tour in 2014 for performances in California at Stanford University, University of California Berkeley and University of California Santa Cruz.

Actress in “Presents…” development series

 

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David J. Palmer http://www.poetictheater.com/david-j-palmer/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:14:28 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=991 David J. PalmerDavid J. Palmer is an award-winning lighting & video/projection designer based in New York City. Recent Designs: Oso Fabuloso: A New Rock Musical (Projection Design; Chain), Paradox of the Urban Cliche (Projection Design; Poetic Theater Productions), Geo Tree & Lobby (Light Art Installation; Metropolitan Pavilion, NYC), The Flying Dutchman (Projection Design; Princeton Festival & Piedmont Opera), Fear City/Fun City (Lighting & Video Design; Dixon Place, NYC), Poetic License Festival 2014 (Lighting; NYC). Off-Bway: Soul Doctor (Asst. Projection Designer & Programmer); How I Learned What I Learned (Assoc. Projection Designer; NYC). www.dplighting.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Festival Lighting Designer for Poetic LIcense 2014

Associate Video Designer for BACK: A Tragedy Party

Projection Designer for Paradox of the Urban Cliché in Poetic License 2015

Lighting and Projection Design for Conscious Language 2015

Promotional Video Production for Conscious Language 2015

Festival Projection and Lighting Designer for Poetic License 2016

Lighting Designer for Subverted

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Catherine Parnell http://www.poetictheater.com/catherine-parnell/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:14:00 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1551 Catherine Parnell, Senior Associate Editor for Consequence Magazine, is an independent consultant as well as an instructor at Grub Street in Boston. Her non-fiction chapbook, The Kingdom of His Will, explores the culture of war, and her short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in a wide variety of publications including Redivider and TSR: The Southampton Review.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Co-Curator of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series and host for the Veteran Voices 2017 Kick-Off Event on September 29th before the performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and moderator of the post-performance panel.

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Jenny Pacanowski http://www.poetictheater.com/jenny-pacanowski/ Wed, 26 Nov 2014 05:26:53 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=581 2015JennyHeadPurple5fav

Jenny Pacanowski is a poet/combat veteran/facilitator/public speaker/actor/curator.

In the Army while deployed to Iraq, Jenny was a combat medic and provided medical support for convoys with the Marines, Air Force and the Army. She also did shifts in the Navy medical hospital. In Germany, she was part of a medical evacuation company.

Currently, she collaborates with Impact Theatre, Aquila Theatre, Intersections International, One Fight Foundation, CUNY, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, Poetic Theater Productions, Bedlam Outreach, and The Military Resilience Project along with many other organizations. In this past year, Jenny has founded and is the director of FVET; Female Veterans Empowered to Transition which is held at Camel’s Hump Farm in Bethlehem, PA. Most recently, Jenny has performed at the Lincoln Center Atrium, The New York Cultural and Ethical Society, Poetic License: Kicking down Doors, Veterans Special at the Lucid Body House, LaGuardia Community College Veteran Week and Aquila Theatre@ GK arts center. She has been published in, “Reflections; Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing and Service Learning,” “Journal of Military Behavioral Health,” “The Indypendent, online magazine,” “The I’mpossible Project,” and multiple poetry anthologies. As a veteran herself, Jenny’s goal is to help veterans and civilians by healing the wounds of war and military culture through the arts.  Jenny hopes by creating smoother reintegration programs; it will facilitate lowering the suicide, homelessness and addiction epidemics that plague our veterans.  Jenny’s Female Veterans Empowered to Transition is on Facebook at facebook.com/femaleveteransempowered2transition. She is on Twitter @jennyfootsteps.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Associate Producer: Veteran Artist Curator & Presenting Artist for Outside Paducah: The Wars & Home & Veteran Voices 2017, performing as a part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Kickoff Event on Friday, September 29th and on Sunday, October 15th and as a featured panelist on the Sunday, October 15th Female Veteran Panel.

Poetry presented before GOLIATH at the Wild Project and at Culture Project’s IMPACT Festival

Poet and Performer in From Table to Stage in Poetic License 2013

Playwright for Ideals At War: Love in Poetic License 2014: Shades of Love

Playwright in Conscious Language 2014

Poet/Playwright for the Emotional Competency in Policing Pilot Project presented in Conscious Language 2015

Poet for Love, Redefined 2015 and 2016

Curator and Performer for Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2016 and Poetic License 2017

Curator for Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Artist in The Artist Co-Op Pop Up

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Drew Pham http://www.poetictheater.com/drew-pham/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:14:06 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1547 Drew Pham is a Brooklyn-based writer and contributing editor at The Wrath Bearing Tree. In 2010, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division. You can follow him on twitter @drewspeak.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Reading “After Action”, a story about the search for meaning after killing a man, as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Kick-Off Event on Friday, September 29th, 2017 before the performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home.

 

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Corinne Proctor http://www.poetictheater.com/corinne-proctor/ Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:24:30 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1288 proctor_corinne_04_xret

Corinne studied theatre at Ithaca College where she was a founding member of IC Teatro a Spanish language theatre group. She directed and performed in the group’s inaugural production, Aída Bortnik’s Papá Querido, which was performed at Cornell’s Teatrotaller Festival in 2006. Corinne has worked in many theaters across the country (primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area) as an actor, dialect coach and dramaturg. Her work has been nominated for awards by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and by the New Hampshire Theatre Awards.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director of Eh Dah? Questions For My Father

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Sherri Pullum http://www.poetictheater.com/sherri-pullum/ Thu, 06 Nov 2014 20:15:39 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=942 sherri pullum

Sherri Pullum is a versatile actress with stage, independent film and television credits. She has received positive reviews for her work, including favorable mention from the New York Times for her role as Hermia in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2014, Sherri created Turning Scars into Stars, a one woman show in which she shares intergenerational stories of women cancer survivors.

Sherri is also a producer, writer, director and seasoned marketing professional who combined her love of the performing arts with her marketing experience to birth Pullum Productions, a company that specializes in creating, cultivating and producing imaginative work for stage, video and television.

Through her company, Sherri co-produces From Ashes to Angel’s Dust: A Journey Through Womanhood with author, playwright and poet Zoë Flowers. Along with performing in this emotionally charged ChoreoDrama, Sherri is the dramaturge and co-writer of the vignettes. Together Zoe and Sherri have presented many successful readings, showcases and performances throughout the country including the Harlem Book Fair’s Phillis Wheatley Awards at Columbia University, Bergen Community College in NJ, Nuyorican Poets Café in NYC, the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Biennial Statewide Conference, the DC Theatre Festival just to name a few.

Throughout her career, Sherri has been dedicated to teaching and inspiring through Arts Education through local and national community outreach programs and after school programs. In 2010, Sherri launched Drama-Cize, an arts education program that uses drama as a tool to increase self- esteem, nurture creativity, promote tolerance, and build communication and presentation skills.

This year, Sherri is starring in and co-producing with Soundbooth TV, a television series pilot, Cherri Red’s Sweet Escape about family, love, purpose and manifestation. Sherri is currently writing Why Not Me, a theatrical performance that explores addiction and examines its effect on self, family and community.  sherri.pullumproductions.com – pullumproductions.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:
Actress in From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Poetic License 2012
Actress, Co-Writer & Co-Producer in From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Relate-ta-tive Landscapes: Black Womyn Magick in Poetic License 2016

Writer of a piece in Love, Redefined: Resist in Poetic License 2017

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Danielle Puretz http://www.poetictheater.com/danielle-puretz/ Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:22:18 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=809 danielle_puretzDanielle Puretz comes to Poetic Theater Productions by way of the John Gardner Fellowship. She works as the company’s Artistic Associate. She facilitated the PTP Artist Collective and Assistant Directed Love Redefined 2016. Danielle has worked in various capacities of devised and socially engaged theater including work with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Urban Bush Women, and her own theater company, Change Theater Collective. She graduated UC Berkeley in May 2015 with degrees in Theater and Performance Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Global Poverty and Practice.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Artistic Associate 2015-2016 via the John Gardner Fellowship

Assistant Director Love Redefined 2016

Assistant Director The Refuge Project

Director for The Artist Co-Op Pop Up

Director of piece in Love, Redefined in Poetic License 2017

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Wade Ray http://www.poetictheater.com/wade-ray/ Fri, 26 Sep 2014 07:00:21 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=151 With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in “Presents” development series

Actor in Underground

Actor in Love Redefined 2012 & 2013

Actor in “Untitled” in Poetic License 2013

Presenter of Warrior Writer poetry before presentations of GOLIATH

Actor in reading of Underground in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

 Rod Goodman 2008 All Rights Reserved

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Marcus Scott http://www.poetictheater.com/marcus-scott/ Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:07:22 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2276

MARCUS SCOTT is a journalist, playwright and musical theater writer whose work has appeared in Out, Elle, Trace, Essence, Playbill, Uptown, Hello Beautiful, NewsOne, Madame Noire, Clutch, Broadway Black, Edge Media Group, Backstage, among others, and served as a writing fellow for Ryan Scott Oliver’s Crazy Town Blog. Scott has also appeared in interviews and features conducted by NPR, American Theatre, Broadway World, Stage Buddy, Hotspots!, and Very Good Light. Scott was the 2016-17 Musical Theatre Fellow at Playwrights Horizons where he assisted Kirsten Childs on the New York Premiere of Bella: An American Tall Tale. Plays include Tumbleweed (finalist for the 2017/2018 Humanitas Play LA Workshop, the Playwrights Foundation’s 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the 2017 Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays; semi-finalist for the 2017/2018 New Dramatists Princess Grace Fellowship Award, etc.), Cherry Bomb (recipient of Drama League’s 2017 First Stage Artist In Residence; 2017 finalist for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre), Malaise (2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival at Cherry Lane Theater), Double Rainbow (2018 Downtown Urban Arts Festival at Theater 80 St. Marks). His work has been developed or performed at NYU, National Black Theatre, The Bechdel Group, Theater for The New City, New York Musical Theatre Festival’s Mint’d Inheritance Series, Goodspeed Opera House, The Actors Company Theatre (Musical Theatre Factory), PIT Underground (MTF), PIT Loft, New York Theatre Barn, Fresh Ground Pepper (Judson Memorial Church), Exquisite Corpse Company (Mister Rogers), Micro Theater Miami, Midtown International Theater Festival, Emerging Artist Theatre New Works Series at TADA! Theatre, Fresh Fruit Festival (Nuyorican Poets Café, Wild Project), Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Playwrights Playground/Reading Series, The Tank and others. Scott is a two-time finalist with for The Civilians’ R&D Group, two-time finalist for NBT’s “I Am Soul” Residency and finalist for Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. Scott is a graduate of Buffalo State University, with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications (Print Journalism) and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts (Acting), and is alum of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a co-moderator for Musical Theatre Factory’s POC Roundtable (w/ Natasha Sinha; LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and Beehive Dramaturgy) and a member of Athena Writes 2018.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Artist and co-curator in Poetic Lyricism on Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM in Poetic License: Reclamation

 

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Lisa Renkel http://www.poetictheater.com/lisa-renkel/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:16:02 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1377

Lisa graduated from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2015 and has since been working as a Video and Projection Designer in the NYC area. Select associate design credits: Bring It! Live (Tour), Interruption! (BRIC Arts). Select assistant design credits: The Spoils (The Signature Theatre), Ever After (Paper Mill Playhouse), WikiMusical (NYMF), On The Town (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), In Your Arms (New York Stage and Film), Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, The Linda Duci Dance Ensemble, and Broadway Bares / Equity Fights Aids. Check out her work: lisarenkel.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Projection Design for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home September 26-October 15th at the Wild Project.

Projection Design for Village Orpheus in the Fresh Fruit Festival

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Yadira de la Riva http://www.poetictheater.com/yadira-de-la-riva/ http://www.poetictheater.com/yadira-de-la-riva/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:26:56 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=635 Yadira

Yadira De La Riva is an artist/educator from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz and was an intern for Theater of the Oppressed in Brazil in 2002. Yadira recently obtained her Master’s Degree in Artivism: Performance as Cultural Resistance at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study as a Newington-Cropsey Fellow. As part of her Master’s thesis she wrote, performed and produced ‘One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican American Border’. One Journey was performed as part of Emerging Identities Solo Performance Collaborative; Emerging Artist Theater: One Woman Standing Theater Festival; and Gallatin’s Master’s Thesis Showcase in Spring 2010 in New York. In 2011, One Journey was performed in to California, Illinois, Georgia and Wisconsin as well as Repertorio Español and Project Reach in New York. The show has gathered momentum for a 2012 nationwide tour with dates soon to be released. Yadira is an intellectually fierce and multi-faceted performer whose passion is to write, perform and produce performances that represent and empower marginalized voices nationally and internationally. For more information go to: www.yadiradelariva.com and www.onejourneychronicles.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

One Journey was presented in Poetic License 2014

Poet for Love, Redefined 2010 and 2015

Poet, Playwright & Actress for March 4Word 2010 and 2011

Poet for Uncharted 2010

Part of the Curation Team for Conscious Language 2015

Actress in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

Feb 14th, 2018 at 8PM: Love, Redefined: RECLAIM in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

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Takeo Rivera http://www.poetictheater.com/takeo-rivera/ Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:22:21 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=155 takeoWith Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright of GOLIATH, GOLIATH was presented in the Planet Connections Theatre Festival where it was nominated for 9 awards and won 5 including OUTSTANDING OVERALL PRODUCTION, GOLIATH was also presented in the Poetic License 2012 Festival, for its own run in spring of 2012, an encore presentation in the Culture Project’s IMPACT Festival, on tour to Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center, La Guardia Community College, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, and University of California Santa Cruz. A welcome back performance was featured in the Poetic License 2014 Festival.

Playwright of The Will to Knowledge in Poetic License 2013

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Caroline Rothstein http://www.poetictheater.com/caroline-rothstein/ Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:19:39 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=982 Caroline Rothstein

Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based award-winning writer and performer. She has been performing spoken word poetry, public speaking, and facilitating workshops at colleges, schools, and performance venues worldwide for over a decade. Caroline was a member of the 2010 Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team, which placed second at the 2010 National Poetry Slam, and is a youth Mentor at Urban Word NYC. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Narratively, The Jewish Daily Forward, Williams Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a producer on the forthcoming documentary “The Kids,” about the inside story of the real kids who inspired the 1995 cult classic film “Kids,” and her award-winning one-woman play ‘faith‘ about her experience with and recovery from a decade-long eating disorder debuted as part of the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage 2012 Festival. She has a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

www.carolinerothstein.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet for Love, Redefined 2010 and 2014

Poet, Playwright and Actress for March 4Word 2010 and 2011

Poet for Uncharted 2010

Poet for S.W.A.P. 2011: Spoken Word Almanac Project in Poetic License 2012

Playwright and Actress in Off the Record in Poetic License 2012

Playwright and Actress for faith, reading in Poetic License 2012, premiere in Women Center Stage, encore in Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, special presentation in Poetic License 2013

Playwright and Performer for “Presents…” development series

Performer and Panelist for Conscious Language 2014

Co-Host for panel in Conscious Language 2015

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Daniel Roberts http://www.poetictheater.com/daniel-roberts/ Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:22:13 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1387 Daniel Roberts has directed multiple pieces by Mickey Bolmer with Poetic Theater Productions. Recent directing credits include: The Tempest (Ophelia Theater Group), Drowning Ophelia (EagerRisk Theater and Ensemble Atria at the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival). Daniel was assistant director to Red Bull Theater’s election year production of Coriolanus (Barrow Street) this past fall. Future projects include his adaptation of Coleridge’s epic The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Daniel is a board member of Ophelia Theater Group and a past Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab member.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director of Village Orpheus Tuesday July 11th & Friday July 14th

Director and Actor in Love, Redefined: RESIST in Poetic License 2017

Director in Love Redefined 2012

Director in Uncharted Series in Poetic License 2013

Director and Actor in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT Theatre Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

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Monique A Robinson http://www.poetictheater.com/monique-a-robinson/ Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:18:24 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2289

Monique is a shape shifter,  poet, playwright, screenwriter, big kid, and a master of make believe. Robinson was born and raised in sunny Fort. Lauderdale, Florida, where her passion for drama began. While in Elementary school, Robinson discovered that she could make her peers laugh while bursting into song or making random jokes in the middle of class. From that moment on she was committed to captivating attention and making others laugh. Monique graduated with High honors, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Theatre from Smith College. While contemplating further graduate work in politics she decided to fully pursue a more solid, selfless, and stable career…and went in to acting. To further sharpen her skills, Robinson attended the University of Washington’s Professional Actors Training Program, where she received her MFA in Acting. Sans graduation, Robinson has performed in Regional Theatre’s across the country: The Oregon Shakespeare festival, The Folger Theatre (DC), and The Signature Theatre (NY).

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM: Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

 

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Elise Santora http://www.poetictheater.com/elise-santora/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:07:26 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1128 Elise Santora

Recently appeared in the pre-Broadway run of Gotta Dance directed by Jerry Mitchell. Broadway credits: In The Heights with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Paul Simon’s The Capeman and Adventures of Tom Sawyer directed by Scott Ellis. National tours: In The Heights (Abuela Claudia), Man of La Mancha with John Cullum and as Morales in A Chorus Line with Bebe Neuwirth. She toured with such legends as David Bowie, Julio Iglesias and one of the first Latina dancers on Soul Train. Additional credits: elisesantora.com.  She is a veteran teaching artist for Manhattan Theatre Club and professional speech coach for entrepreneurs (elisestorycoach.com).

With Poetic Theater Productions: Actress in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

 

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Jay Santiago http://www.poetictheater.com/jay-santiago/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:07:21 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1137 Jay SantiagoTheatre and Acting has been my passion since my childhood in my native Puerto Rico, appearing in Telemundo’s Noche De Gala weekly variety show as my first professional endeavor. Attended SUNY @ New Paltz with a concentration on Theater Arts/Acting which led me back to New York City where I continue to pursue my dream. TV Episodic credits include: Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, All My Children among other Film appearances. I’m grateful to my Manager Brandon Cohen of BAC Talent, Inc. for his support, encouragement and believing in my potential. 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Alyssa “Lady Logic” Saunders http://www.poetictheater.com/lady-logic/ Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:13:54 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1262 Lady Logic

Alyssa “Lady Logic” Saunders is a 19 year old poet emcee from Brooklyn. With Hip hop and blues as her native tongue, she knows no other language better than music. She has perform at American Airlines theater on Broadway, The Apollo, SVA theater, Poetic Theater, Nuyorican Poets Café and many more! Her art, music, and black girl magic have always been her north star so she will be starting a movement called Black Venus using all three. Black Venus is a movement for supporting homeless mothers in shelters by selling quality clothing with various black girl magic logos that can be seen on our Black Venus facebook page. “I was born with an umbilical cord as my mic and I will die with a mic in my hand. I live for this, I live for us.”

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet in Generation Now in Poetic License 2015

Actress in Conscious Language 2015

Vocalist in Love Redefined 2015

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Tony Schwalm http://www.poetictheater.com/tony-schwalm/ Mon, 25 Aug 2014 00:04:04 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1545 Tony Schwalm is a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Special Forces (a.k.a. the Green Berets). A veteran of multiple combat deployments, he returned to the Special Operations community in 2012 as a Department of the Army civilian assigned to the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan, where he led a group of social scientists supporting special operation forces in that war-torn country. Since his return in 2013, he has continued to write and work in various positions supporting agencies in the Department of Defense to include DARPA. He makes his home in Tampa, Florida, with his wife Stephanie and daughter, Sydney.  www.guerrillafactory.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist reading “Combat Anthropology,” a treatise on the process of trying to understand the people of another culture while trying to kill them, as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Kick-Off Event on September 29th 2017 before the performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home.

 

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Katelyn Sheehan http://www.poetictheater.com/katelyn-sheehan/ Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:22:02 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1106 Katelyn Sheehan

Katelyn Sheehan spent 4 years active duty in the US Air Force repeatedly deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After service she worked as a rape crisis counselor and as a sex trafficking aftercare specialist in the US and across Asia, and as a veteran peer support specialist. She is a department of state Hindi Critical Language Scholar and hope to be selected to learn another language. Katelyn spent the last year traveling Across Asia biking, climbing and kayaking. This January she became an EMT and instructor of Wilderness Emergency Medicine in New Hampshire. Katelyn is stoked to be part of the Veterans Expeditions leadership team getting veterans outside for epic adventures. She is about to finish a 4 year degree (that’s been 10 years in the making) in Human services. After that she intends to work in international adventure guiding and wilderness therapy.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Performer in Kicking Down Doors: Veterans & Their Families in America in Poetic License 2016

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Mshi Siyhanda http://www.poetictheater.com/mshi-siyhanda/ Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:19:31 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1186 MshiAn Atlanta native who is currently residing in New York, Mshi Siyhanda majored in African American Studies at Georgia State University and is a passionate early childhood educator. Mshairi is one of the founding members of The Nalo Movement, an Atlanta based theater collective. She is also one of the founding members of Wildseeds Octavia Butler Emergent Strategies collective in New Orleans and an active member of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement. She practices ARTivism as a poet, writer and artist who is committed to social justice as a proud Black feminist, woman of color and nationalist.
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Sofía Snow http://www.poetictheater.com/sofia-snow/ Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:04:54 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1067 Sofía SnowSofía is a Boston-raised performance artist, educator, and community organizer. Her work has been featured in a range of literary publications, as well as in The Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Generation Progress, and elsewhere. Prior to her arrival in New York, Sofía was the Outreach Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin’s pioneering First Wave program, the world’s first and only full-tuition scholarship program for hip hop and urban arts. She is the co-founder of the Not Enough Mics Collaborative, a nationwide network of womyn artists and is currently the Associate Program Director of Urban Word NYC. www.sofiasnow.com

Photo by Felicity Cesaire

With Poetic Theater Productions: For Men Who Leave, For Women Who Stay in Poetic License 2016

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Monica Steuer http://www.poetictheater.com/monica-steuer/ Fri, 08 Aug 2014 03:05:09 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1147

Latest credits include: Muses (Fringe Festival, NYC); The Vagina Monologues (Peekskill, NY); The House Of The Spirits (Gala Theater, Washington DC); Carrots (The Duke Theater on 42St, NYC); to mention a few. TV and Film credits include: Law & Order: SVU; Destiny Has No Favorites (Best Actress Award at Via del Mar International Film Festival, Chile); America with Edward James Olmos; Sleeping With the Fishes with Gina Rodriguez and 200 Letters with Tony & Grammy Award winner Lin Manuel Miranda; amongst others. She is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a trilingual award-winning actress, and recipient of 3 ACE Awards and 4 HOLA Awards for her excellence in theatre. Monica is also a VO artist with many years of experience doing commercials, audiobooks, industrials and more. For a full bio, please visit: www.monicasteuer.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Ian Fields-Stewart http://www.poetictheater.com/ian-fields-stewart/ Fri, 08 Aug 2014 03:04:41 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2224
Ian Fields Stewart (pronouns: they/them/their) is a black, queer, and Transfeminine New York based storyteller working at the intersection of theatre and activism.  A native of Birmingham, AL, their work is centered in deconstructing mainstream media forms and rebuilding them to amplify and include the voices of marginalized people in our local and global communities. By day, Ian works with viBe Theater Experience helping young black women create original work about issues that effect them and their communities. As a performer, Ian has worked consistently in productions at NYC venues such as Manhattan Rep, NYC Fringe Festival ’16, Shapiro Theatre, and more. In the spring of 2017, Ian performed an excerpt of their one-person show, On the Train to Nowhere in Particular, at the legendary Joe’s Pub. Ian can also be seen on Buzzfeed LGBT, the You Had Me at Black podcast, the #Safewordsociety podcast, and the Is it Transphobic Podcast. When they’re not in the theatre or studio, Ian serves on the council of the group @Salon which is a monthly discussion group that invites thought-leaders to introduce LGBTQ-centered topics through personal narrative. One of Ian’s most transformative experiences occurred in the summer of 2017 when they were selected out of over 500 applicants to be one of the 15 US Fellows for Humanity in Action’s 2017 John Lewis Fellowship. For the month of July, Ian shared space with and learned from various historic and current civil rights leaders in Atlanta, GA in order to better understand the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement and develop strategies for implementing effective change in contemporary political and social movements.
To Learn More Please Follow Them At: https://www.ianfieldsstewart.com 
With Poetic Theater Productions:
Director of viBe Theater Experience’s performance in Generation NOW! in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation
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James P. Stanton http://www.poetictheater.com/james-p-stanton/ Thu, 07 Aug 2014 07:13:22 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1529 Col. (USAF, Ret.) James P. Stanton is a 2014 graduate of the Hunter College Department of Theatre’s Master of Arts.  He was a recipient of the CUNY Vera Roberts Fellowship for his anti-war play A Fortnight at Tripler. Most recently he performed in Frog and Peach’s Macbeth, Shields of Blue at the Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival, Aquila Theatre’s five state tour of Our Trojan War finishing at BAM, and The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park season finale production of As You Like It at Central Park’s Delecorte.  A native New Yorker, Colonel Stanton is a combat veteran who served in the Air Force as a fighter and bomber pilot, commander, accident investigator and strategic international analyst.  He is now an actor, playwright, attorney, alternative dispute resolution mediator, and an administrative law hearing officer for the City of New York.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist presenting his original work before the October 6th, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

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Sokunthary Svay http://www.poetictheater.com/sokunthary-svay/ Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:02:43 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1531 Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were sponsored to come to the United States and resettled in the Bronx where she grew up. She is currently poetry editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens, a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), an adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York (CUNY) in Harlem, and the recent recipient of the American Opera Projects’ Composer and the Voice Fellowship for 2017-19. Her publication credits include Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time, FLESH, Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and The Margins. Her first collection of poetry, Apsara in New York, will be published this September by Willow Books.     

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist presenting “Re-Education Building”, a sequence poem about a Cambodian soldier who survived the Khmer Rouge regime and who resettles in NYC as the before the October 5th, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

 

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Sheila Tapia http://www.poetictheater.com/sheila-tapia/ Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:18:03 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1150 Sheila TapiaOff-Broadway: CQ/CX (Atlantic Theater Co.), La Ruta (The Working Theater), ReEntry (Urban Stages), Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue (Culture Project/P73), Welcome To Arroyos (Lark/NYC Hip Hop Festival/NYTW). Regional: Speed The Plow (Shakerbridge Theater), ReEntry (Baltimore Center Stage), Private Lives, ReEntry (Two River Theater Co.), How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Round House Theater), Havana is Waiting, A Christmas Carol, A Flea in Her Ear, and The Wrestling Season (Cincinnati Playhouse). Film: Side Effects, Gimme Shelter, and The Cycle – TV: The Mysteries of Laura, Royal Pains, Rubicon, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Days of Our Lives. Member AEA.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Keomi Tarver http://www.poetictheater.com/keomi-tarver/ Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:05:03 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=853 KeoHeadshot2016

San Diego native, and Brooklyn transplant, Keomi Tarver is a dancer, writer, lover, teacher and friend. She began training at the age of 12, and is skilled in Modern, West African, Hip Hop, and Interpretive Dance. Throughout the last decade, Keomi has showcased her work on various stages and respected institutions including San Diego State University, Yale University, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. In 2010, while performing in ‘Hip Hop Saved My Life’, a celebration of Hip Hop through spoken word, dance, music and art, Keomi was inspired to continue the journey of combining spoken word and dance. In 2014, Keomi wrote, choreographed, and directed ‘Love & War.’ Infused with dance and poetry, ‘Love & War’ welcomed the vulnerability and work that love and war can bring to the surface, leaving us exposed and, eventually, free. Also in 2014, Keomi directed, produced, and starred in ‘Superpower’, a powerful video showing the power of choice. Inspiring our communities to be loving, courageous, and free. 

Keomi is the Director and Choreographer of abunDANCE with Keo, where she uses movement, facilitation, workshops, and love to encourage her community to create, live, and love abundantly. She is known for her strong and unapologetic movements, her transparency, and her smile. Her purpose is to use her gift to remind others how valuable and beautiful they are. You can find Keomi teaching her students the elements of Hip Hop throughout the 5 boroughs of NYC, creating affirmations with her friends, and hugging her mother. For more: www.keomitarver.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Choreographer & Dancer in Filial Therapy in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage 2011

Choreographer & Dancer in Black Girls Don’t Smile Mosaic Infront of Strangers in Poetic License 2013

Choreographer & Dancer in Encyclopedia Show NYC: Bears, The Visual Spectrum, and Explosives

Producer, Choreographer, Poet, Dancer in Love & War in Poetic License 2014

Choreographer, Writer, Dancer in Love, Redefined 2015 in Poetic License 2015

Choreographer & Dancer in The Factory Salon

Producer, Choreographer, Writer, Dancer in Love & War: The Battle of the Heart in Poetic License 2016

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Candace Tabbs http://www.poetictheater.com/candace-tabbs/ Sat, 26 Jul 2014 06:25:31 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1169

Tabbs_mvmt_1Dancer, Choreographer and Fitness Professional, Candace earned her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior and minored in Dance at Barnard College. She has performed at venues such as New York Live Arts (formerly DTW), Ailey Citigroup Theatre, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, the Highline Ballroom and the Atrium at Lincoln Center in works ranging in style from Hip Hop and Street Jazz, to Modern and Afro Brazilian. Candace has the pleasure of performing with Jamie J & Co. and teaching and performing for Movement of the People Dance Company and Dances for a Variable Population. Candace is also a certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, bringing mental and physical wellbeing to the forefront of people’s lives. An original cast member of Poetic Theater’s 2012 production of ‘Underground: Vignettes from a Manhattan Bound Train’. Candace is excited to join the PTP family once again in Love & War: Battle of the Heart!

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress and Dancer in Underground in Poetic License 2012

Actress and Dancer in Underground, Spring 2012

Dancer in Love & War: Battle of the Heart in Poetic License 2014 & 2016

Dancer in Musical Theatre Factory & Poetic Theater Productions Salon

 

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Mei Ann Teo http://www.poetictheater.com/mei-ann-teo/ Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:12:16 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1143 Mei Ann TeoMei Ann Teo is a theatre/film maker whose work has toured globally, including Belgium’s Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, “Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining” -New York Times), Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, “Stunning” -Scotsman), M1 Singapore Festival (The Shape of a Bird, “Superb staging” – Straits Times), and Beijing International Festival (Labyrinth – Top 8 in Beijing News). She has directed and developed work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, and the National Black Theatre. She is a Professor of Theatre at Hampshire College. 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director of La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Colby Thompson http://www.poetictheater.com/colby-thompson/ Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:14:58 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1125 Colby ThompsonColby is a 62 year old prison reform activist, re-entry advocate. She is a speaker and is writing her first book, which will be published this summer titled, “Do As I Say, Not As I Did (learning to take our own advice)”, and is creating an online course to teach empowerment. A rock and roll singer for 15 years, Colby’s own tumultuous life after being abused as a child brought her to prison for the death of her childhood abuser. She is a strong and determined warrior against child abuse and domestic violence.

Actress in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Temesgen Tocruray http://www.poetictheater.com/temesgen-tocruray/ Sat, 12 Jul 2014 05:09:59 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=153

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in: Underground

Actor in reading of Shatter the Sky in Poetic License 2013

Actor in Love, Redefined 2013

Actor in Romeo & Juliet, All Chopped & Screwed by Aziza Barnes in Love Redefined 2014 

Actor in Conscious Language 2014

Actor in reading of We Lost Ourselves in Poetic License 2015: subconscious

Host of Generation Now in Poetic License 2015: subconscious

Actor in Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates

Actor in Taproot in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Actor in Special Reading of Underground in Poetic License 2017: RESISTANCE

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Becca Travis http://www.poetictheater.com/becca-travis/ Wed, 09 Jul 2014 07:05:21 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2045 As a multidisciplinary artist working out of Brooklyn, Becca constantly has her hands in a different project. She fluctuates between designing, crafting, blogging, bee keeping, writing, dancing, modeling, and is always on the lookout for a new creative collaboration. With a background in dance, and a degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute, all her work stems from a strong connection to the physical, and a fine tuned kinesthetic awareness. Becca has participated in Sacred Circle Theatre Company’s production of  Salome (2016), and their original work Rondeau: A Beauty Masked (2017). She performed unique word-meets-movement pieces in Word Made Flesh (2016+2017), a festival of new works, and is happy to have had the privilege to join Poetic Theater for Love, Redefined (2017), as well as Judson Arts Bailout Theater.

Upcoming with Poetic Theater Productions:

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017: Poet & Performer in Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet & Performer in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017: resistance

Actress in reading of an excerpt from Rae Binstock’s Watch Me Burn presented in Breaking Our Silence Showcase in Poetic License 2017: resistance

Poet & Performer in Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet & Performer on Feb 14th, 2018 at 8PM: Love, Redefined: RECLAIM in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

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Colista K. Turner http://www.poetictheater.com/colista-k-turner/ Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:13:58 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=921 Colista K. Turner-HeadshotColista K. Turner is a New York based Social Worker, Actress, and Performer. She co-facilitates a therapeutic Art Group in a Supportive Residence for Older Adults.

With Poetic Theatre Productions:

Co-Host for Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

Actor in Love Redefined 2015 and 2016, and in Love, Redefined 2018: Reclaim

 

Actor in a reading of Danny Rocco’s Refractions presented in Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Co-Host for Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

Performer in Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Ensemble Member for THE REFUGE PROJECT in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now

Actor in Conscious Language 2015

 

 

 

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Nicole Ventura http://www.poetictheater.com/nicole-ventura/ Wed, 21 May 2014 18:07:40 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1080 Nicole Ventura is an actor and kickboxer from New Jersey. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with a number of talented artists while working on projects at The Kraine, Theatre for the New City, The Brick, Under St. Marks, the Red Room, La Mama, Joe’s Pub, and, of course, The Wild Project. She has completed the undergraduate improv program at the Upright Citizens Brigade and has also dabbled in sketch writing. She is a member of Less Than Rent Theatre, Realize Your Beauty, and is a teaching assistant with Child’s Play NYC. She is a proud alumnus of Fordham College at Lincoln Center and the Bergen County Academies Performing Arts Program.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actress in Shatter the Sky in Poetic License 2013

Actress in “presents…” development series

Actress in The History of Pigtails in Poetic License 2015

Actress in 39 Hours in The Soviet City of Roses in Poetic License 2015

Actress in and Developing Artist with THE REFUGE PROJECT in Poetic License 2016

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Nabil Viñas http://www.poetictheater.com/nabil-vinas/ Sun, 18 May 2014 18:26:04 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=585 Nabil Vinas - HeadshotNabil Viñas is an award-winning actor born, raised, and based in NYC. He’ll appear at the 55th New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center in short film “Program” by Gabriel de Urioste. And he has a lead role in award-winning feature film “Tomorrow Ever After” which screened in select theaters May 2017.

His performance in “The Cat’s Cradle” earned acting awards from Atlas & Aeris, Sanford Int’l Film Festival and IndieWorks NYC. Television appearances include Benito Mussolini in Emmy-nominated miniseries “The World Wars” (History Channel) and “A Crime to Remember” (Discovery) directed by Lisa Robinson.

Producing credits in film include “Tomorrow Ever After”, it’s sequel which is set to shoot winter 2017, and “Come Back Hailey” for which he also wrote the screenplay.

Nabil’s love for Poetic Theater Productions was cemented in a transformational experience with GOLIATH by Takeo Rivera. He’s also a proud Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble Member and co-founding member of The Seven Collective for which he’s done arts education.

Proud to be Dominican, Nabil’s parents came to NYC in the 1970’s from Moca in DR. He speaks fluent Spanish and currently lives in his hometown of Washington Heights.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in:

GOLIATH

GOLIATH On Tour

Love, Redefined 2013

Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates in Poetic License 2015

Conscious Language 2014 & 2015

Taproot in Poetic License 2016

Excerpt of Hurt Me by Maurice Decaul, presented in a special Veteran Voices 2017 event on October 13th before a performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home.

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Steph Walker http://www.poetictheater.com/956-2/ Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:16:43 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=956 Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 1.14.57 AMSteph was born and raised in NYC. A lover of many genres of music, Steph has trained in technique and performance at The Singers Forum, and in vocals and music theory at Jazzmobile. She is inspired by singers like Lena Horne, Jean Carn, Chante Moore, Valerie Simpson, Phyllis Hyman and Nancy Wilson.

She has performed in several bands in the genres of R&B, Jazz, Blues-Rock, alternative, and choirs. For the past three years, she has been the vocalist for the jazz quartet, MakerzMark (Reverbnation/MakerzMark.com). YouTube videos of the band can be found by searching MakerzMarkJazz.

She also acted as a backup singer for the music video “Look Out Love” for recording artist Lauren Robert (November 2012 – Watch Here).

Steph also performs poetry from her own life experience, and is one of three winners for the 2015 Harlem Poetry Book Fair and will be a part of the upcoming Harlem Book Fair Midwest event in Kansas City.

Facebook.com/Stephnosis

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Vocalist in Relate-ta-tive Landscapes: Black Womyn Magick

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Vesta Walker http://www.poetictheater.com/vesta-walker/ Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:16:32 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=911 Vesta_WalkerVesta Walker hails from a family of artists and performers. Inspired by her family’s artistry, Vesta developed into a skilled actress, singer and choreographer. Her strong love for being a vehicle for other people’s stories resonates in her portrayal of characters. Vesta is also a reiki practitioner and licensed mastered social worker. She feels strongly about aiding her community in the healing process through creative expression & storytelling. Vesta continues to evolve as a creative being and is exceedingly grateful to all those who have contributed to her journey.

Feel free to follow her process on instagram/twitter: @envisionvesta www.envisionvesta.com

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:
Actress in From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Poetic License 2012

Actress in From Ashes to Angel’s Dust in Relate-ta-tive Landscapes: Black Womyn Magick in Poetic License 2016

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Brendan Walsh http://www.poetictheater.com/brendan-walsh/ Sat, 26 Apr 2014 20:08:47 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1554 Brendan Ryan Walsh was honorably discharged from the U.S.M.C. and came home to N.Y. to pursue his love for theatre. He is a graduate of Esper Studio’s two year conservatory and continues to study at the renowned HB Studio under the tutelage of Austin Pendleton. He is obtaining his degree in Dramatic Studies from Columbia University. Brendan has performed in theatre regionally and nationally winning awards in acting and ensemble work as well as for his work in Irish Theatre. He also has multiple Film, T.V. and Commercial credits.A proud member of Equity and SAG-AFTRA, Brendan is honored to be a member of The Forge at Hudson Theatre Group.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist before the Thursday September 28, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as a part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Voice Actor for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home

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Catherine Weingarten http://www.poetictheater.com/catherine-weingarten/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:13:13 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2042

Catherine Weingarten is a NYC based playwright and a recent graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Ohio University, studying under Charles Smith and Erik Ramsey. She graduated from Bennington College in 2013 studying under Sherry Kramer. She has taken workshops in playwriting with Samuel D. Hunter, Kara Lee Corthon and Branden Jacob-Jenkins.

She regularly collaborates with Poetic Theater Company, Less Than Rent and Piper Theater Productions. Catherine’s summer camp play “Are You Ready to Get PAMPERED!?” had a reading at 59E59 with Less than Rent and also was part of Dixon Place’s Bingo Lounge. Some of her other plays include: Pineapple Upside Down Cake (KCACTF:national semi-finalist), Janis and the Big BAD World (Semi-finalist at Wide Eyed Productions), A Roller Rink Temptation (NOLA Fringe), This Car Trip Suckss ( Piper Theater Productions Emerging Artist Reading Series), Karate Hottie (OU Seabury Quinn Play Fest) Love Potion Number Slut (Tiny Rhino) and You Looked Hot When You Stole that Dress from Walmart (Fresh Fruit Festival.) She has been involved with Abingdon Playwrights Group as well as New Perspective’s Women’s Work Short Play Lab. She is the recipient of the Scott McPherson award given to a graduate playwright at Ohio University that is a kind and supportive collaborator in the program. catherine-weingarten.squarespace.com

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Playwright of Carry presented in Love, Redefined 2013

Actress in reading in Uncharted 2013

Playwright of Pineapple Upside Down Cake: a virgin play, excerpt presented in Presents… New Works Development Series

Playwright of Feminine Adventures in Reality presented in Love, Redefined 2015

Playwright of I Think About You Way Too Much presented in Love, Redefined 2016 

Poet: Good Enough presented in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017

Playwright of work presented in Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Playwright of You and Me on a Mountain presented in November 2017 Judson Arts Wednesdays BAILOUT THEATER Featuring Poetic Theater Productions

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Adam Wennick http://www.poetictheater.com/adam-wennick/ Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:13:23 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=792 Adam010

Adam Wennick is an actor specializing in voiceover and a producer.  Select Voiceover credits: Nicktoons’ Yu-Gi-Oh, commercials for Fanta, Death Battle on YouTube, audiobooks for the Emergency Ad Council, and many independent video games. Select NYC Theater Credits: Back (Poetic Theater Productions); Twelfth Night (Modern Shakespeare Project); Henry VI (MSP); The Internet Abridged (Sauce and Co.); Worldwide Plays Festival (Writopia). Adam received his BFA in Theatre from Bucknell University. For voiceover demos and more information – www.adamwennick.com

 

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in BACK

Actor in Love Redefined 2015

Actor in 39 Hours in The Soviet City of Roses in Poetic License 2015

Producer for Poetic License 2015, 2016, 2017

Actor and Producer for Conscious Language 2015

Producer for SUBVERTED

Actor in Village Orpheus

Director and Actor in Love, Redefined 2017: RESIST in Poetic License 2017: Resistance

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Lauren Whitehead http://www.poetictheater.com/lauren-whitehead/ Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:07:19 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=639 LW for PTP WebsiteLauren Whitehead is a writer, performer and MFA recipient in Dramaturgy (Columbia University). Recent performances include a workshop of We Shall Not be Moved (Apollo Theater, Dir. Bill T. Jones) and Zillah in A Bright Room Called Day (Connelly Theater). She recently directed How Bodies Reclaim Light (New York Live Arts) and was playwright/adapter of Three Sisters: Tulsa 1921 (The Secret Theater). An excerpt of A Tribe Called Blessed, her one-woman musical, debuted at the Women Center Stage Festival (Lynn Redgrave Theater) and her play, stunning, still was read at Naked Angels after a residency at Vineyard Arts Project. In addition to co-curating the Conscious Language Festival at The Wild Project, Lauren has performed her work in various venues around the country including The Sundance Film Festival, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and The Nuyorican Poets Café. She was featured on HBO’s documentary, Brave New Voices. Her poems have been published in selected anthologies and an excerpt of her nonfiction manuscript, Virtuosically Invisible was published in Union Station Magazine. Lauren teaches dramaturgy at The New School and facilitates a poetry and performance workshop at Juilliard.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer and Actress in “Presents…” development series

Dramaturgy and Assistant Director for Paradox of the Urban Cliché

Co-Curator and Workshop Director for Conscious Language 2014 and Conscious Language 2015

Associate Producer for Poetic License 2015

 

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Andrew Willis-Woodward http://www.poetictheater.com/andrew-willis-woodward/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:15:56 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=565 ANDREW-1Andrew Willis-Woodward is a New York based director, actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, dialect coach, writer, and deviser. He is a founding member of Red Caravan, and a graduate of Stanford University and the CAP21 Conservatory. www.andrewwilliswoodward.com, www.redcaravanco.com

 

 

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Actor in Uncharted 2013

Actor in Poetic Theater Productions’ “Presents..” development series

Director of BACK: A Tragedy Party

Co-Director of Love, Redefined 2015

Director for Conscious Language 2015

Project Director for Poetic Lyricism in Poetic License 2016

Associate Director for Village Orpheus Tuesday July 11th & Friday July 14th

 

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Tanaya Winder http://www.poetictheater.com/tanaya-winder/ Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:23:07 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2230
Tanaya Winder is a poet, vocalist, writer, educator, and motivational speaker from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She received a BA in English from Stanford University and after completing her MFA in cre
ative writing from the University of New Mexico. Her advocacy also includes working with Native youth and reservation communities as the Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Upward Bound program, which serves approximately 103 Native youth from across the country. She is a 2016 National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development “40 Under 40” list of emerging American Indian leaders recipient and a 2017 First Peoples Fund Artists in Business Leadership fellows. Her debut poetry collection Words Like Love was published in 2015 and her chapbook Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless was released in 2017. She believes in creating the spaces that are needed in this world and so she founded an Indigenous artists management company and collective called Dream Warriors, where they can uplift and empower others.
Instagram: @tanayawinder
Twitter: @tanayawinder
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Hollie Wright http://www.poetictheater.com/hollie-wright/ Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:20:52 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=2181  

 

Hollie Wright is a Philadelphia native, Miss Wright began her career at The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco!). Miss Wright enjoyed her Broadway debut in Maurice Hines’ Hot Feet as a featured member in the ensemble and doing the leading role before the show closed. Miss Wright has gone on to perform in a number of shows including The Color Purple and Sophisticated Ladies. Miss Wright has done some television and film work including Beloved, The Great Observer, A Bridezilla Promo, and a podcast go project. With her Bachelor’s in Education, Miss Wright found time to teach while dancing at Philadanco. While in New York, Miss Wright has choreographed for Universoul Circus, a commercial for Party City, and a production of Dreamgirls. Currently Miss Wright is on faculty at The Ailey School teaching in the Professional Division.

 

With Poetic Theater Productions: Feb 17th, 2018 at 7PM & Feb 18th,  2018 at 7PM: This is How We Heal in Poetic License 2018: Reclamation

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Donte Wright Da Storyteller http://www.poetictheater.com/donte-wright-da-storyteller/ Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:20:45 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1523 Donte Wright Da Storyteller is a Desert Storm veteran. He is a member of “Warrior Writers NYC,” and has been a featured poet on Sex & Politics Radio and the Vets Chat Show. He has performed at the Wild Project with Poetic Theater Productions as a part of Love Redefined, and was featured in Warrior Writers’ poetic theatrical production of From Table To Stage at the Puffin Cultural Forum. He was a featured opening poet for the the presentation of Takeo Rivera’s GOLIATH at Laguardia Performing Arts Center.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist as a Poet & Performer presenting his original poetry before the October 9, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Poet & Performer before a performance of GOLIATH at Laguardia Performing Arts Center

Co-Playwright & Performer in From Table to Stage in Poetic License 2012

Poet & Performer in Love, Redefined 2013

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Kryssy Wright http://www.poetictheater.com/kryssy-wright/ Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:20:36 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1412 Kryssy Wright is a lighting designer in Brooklyn. Since relocating to Brooklyn she has designed and built sets, designed and hung light plots, stage managed, set up audio and video systems, production managed, tech directed, and swept a lot of floors. While in NYC, Kryssy has worked with the Esemble Studio Theater, Columbia University, INTAR, Noemie LaFrance, PS122, Danspace, Wild Project and many others. Outside of NYC she went on tour with The Civilians. Currently Kryssy is the Technical Director/Resident Designer of the Theater at the 14StreetY. She is an Associate Artist with Third Rail Projects, whom with she was awarded a Bessie, Avant Media, and LABA. Her degree is from Bennington College.

With Poetic Theater Productions

Lighting Designer for Village Orpheus in the Fresh Fruit Festival

Master Electrician for Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home

Master Electrician for Paradox of the Urban Cliché in Poetic License 2015: subconscious

Master Electrician for Dijla Wal Furat: Between the Tigris and the Euphrates in Poetic License 2015: subconscious

Master Electrician for BACK: A Tragedy Party

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Stephan Wolfert http://www.poetictheater.com/stephan-wolfert/ Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:18 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1541 Stephan Wolfert, Actor/Writer/Director, MFA, (AEA, SAG) (US Army, ’86-’93, Medic & Infantry Officer) Stephan left a career in the military for a life in the theatre after seeing Shakespeare’s Richard III. Stephan Received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, Rhode Island. On Broadway, Stephan created and directed the military segments for Twyla Tharp & Billy Joel’s Tony-Award winning production Movin’ Out and a character coach for Cirque du Soleil’s, Mystere. He also co-created a touring Shakespeare Company for Trinity Rep Company, directed and taught acting Shakespeare at Cornell University and at Antelope Valley College.

Currently, Stephan is based out of NYC where he is an actor and the Director of Veterans Outreach for the critically-acclaimed, award-winning off-Broadway company Bedlam. He is also the creator of DE-CRUIT®–a program to reintegrate military Veterans using Shakespeare, psychology and classical actor training.

For more than a decade Stephan has worked with two Native American theater companies: Native Voices in Los Angeles and Native Earth in Toronto, Canada. Stephan was also the Founding Artistic Director for: Shakespeare & Veterans, and the Veterans Center for the Performing Arts (V.C.P.A.) in Los Angeles. For his work with Shakespeare & Veterans, Stephan has received a certificate of appreciation from the City Council of Los Angeles, presented by fellow veteran and councilman the late Bill Rosendahl. He has been published in the fields of art and science for his work, and is also a member of the NYU think tank PACH (Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity).

As an actor Stephan continues to perform his critically-acclaimed, award-winning, one-man show CRY HAVOC off-Broadway, nationally and internationally. His most recent off-Broadway productions for Bedlam were The Seagull, Sense & Sensibility, Hamlet and Saint Joan. His favorite Shakespeare roles performed include: Richard III, Richard III; Pericles, Pericles; Petruchio, Taming of the Shrew; Antony, Antony & Cleopatra; Cassio, Iago, Othello; Leontes, Polixenes, The Winter’s Tale; Antonio, Measure for Measure; Cassius, Julius Caesar; Mercutio, Paris, Friar Lawrence, Romeo & Juliet; Andrew Aguecheek, Orsino, Twelfth Night. His favorite Shakespeare plays he has directed are: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Coriolanus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Othello, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, and an all-female production of Henry V.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Featured Veteran Artist with Robert Stuart performing before the October 1st performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home and featured in a post-show discussion with J.A. Moad II about veterans and the arts as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.

Host and Actor for Bedlam Outreach “Open House” – A Sneak Peek Into Bedlam Outreach’s Monday Night Classes for Military Veterans: Macbeth in Poetic License 2016: A Kind of Now.

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Kat Yen http://www.poetictheater.com/kat-yen/ Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:16:36 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1073 Kat Yen headshotKat Yen is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Director of Spookfish Theatre Company. Recent NYC productions she directed and set designed are References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (HRDC-Harvard University/ART), Nowhere/Now-here (Theater Lab), Aokigahara/dontlookforme (Yangtze Repertory); am i? am i? am i? (The Flea); Destination: Oasis (Columbia University); i wrote on ur wall and now i regret it (Wild Project), Advance Guard (Kraine); The ABC’s Guide to Getting Famous (C.O.W./FringeNYC, Kraine, Red Room); Pornography for the People (TNC, Horse Trade, HERE Arts); Relax! Alice (Under St. Mark’s, June Havoc); WABI SABI! Not Wasabi (TNC) and The Privilege of Death (Gene Frankel). She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, an alumnus of LAByrinth Theater Intensive Ensemble, a former Resident Director at The Flea Theater and has also directed at INTAR and Poetic Theater Productions.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Director for Conscious Language 2015

Director of SMUDGE in Poetic License 2016

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Donna Zephrine http://www.poetictheater.com/donna-zephrine/ Wed, 22 Jan 2014 16:19:56 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1539 Donna was born in Harlem New York and grew up in Bay Shore, Long island.  She went to Brentwood High School, graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in May 2017 and currently works for the New York State Office of Mental Health at Pilgrim Psychiatric Center Outpatient SOCR (State Operated Community Residence).  She is a combat veteran who completed two tours in Iraq. She was on Active duty Army stationed at Hunter Army Airfield 3rd Infantry Division as a mechanic. An article featured Donna’s story in the Wounded Warrior Project After Action Review Report Fall 2015. Donna has participated in multiple writing workshops including the Veterans Writing Workshop at Fordham Lincoln Center. Her writing has been published in Radvocate Literary Magazine, the “Afterwords” anthology, the “9 lives” New York University’s Veteran’s Writers Workshop anthology, Bards Annual 2017, The Local Gem Press, War Writer’s Campaign, Poets and Writers, and Blogground. She is a contributing member to other writing workshops including the Voices from War and Project 9 Line workshop. Currently Donna is studying for her licensing in social work. She is involved in World Team Sports, Wounded Warrior Project and Team Red White and Blue.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Read her original writing to open for the Monday, October 2nd, 2017 performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series

Art presented in the Art Gallery as a part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series

Voice Actress for Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home

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Fernando García http://www.poetictheater.com/fernando-garcia/ Mon, 26 Aug 2013 14:24:26 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=1134 Fernando García is a drummer, percussionist, and composer well versed in a wide variety of musical styles. Born in San Juan and raised in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, García started in music at a young age, and by 16 he was already playing gigs in Puerto Rico’s reggae scene. He also performed, as a student, at the Tito Puente Amphitheater on various occasions for the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest. These early experiences inspired him to study music further at the Inter American

University of Puerto Rico. During his time there, he had the opportunity to take lessons with Héctor Matos, who would go on to become a life long mentor and friend. Fernando was awarded the Juan Luis Guerra scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music’s graduate campus in Valencia, Spain. Berklee Valencia gave Fernando the opportunity to study with great artists such as Victor Mendoza, Mariano Steimberg and Alain Pérez, and Yoel Páez, among others. This proved to be a time of great focus and personal development in performance and composition. He then moved to New York City where he established himself as a drummer, percussionist, composer and educator. Along his career, he has had the opportunity to play as a sideman with many great artists such as Abraham Laboriel, Perico Sambeat, Ricardo Pons, Pepe Rivero, Alain Párez, Guillermo Klein, Julio Montalvo, John Benitez, and Ximo Tébar, among others. As a bandleader he has two albums out: Desde Arriba (Fernando García Music 2012) and Subidor (Fernando García Music 2013) in where he mostly explores the folkloric and very rhythmic bomba music of his native Puerto Rico and succeeds in fusing it with the harmonic and improvisational aspects of jazz.

With Poetic Theater Productions:

Percussionist in La Paloma Prisoner in Poetic License 2016

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Kate Foster http://www.poetictheater.com/kate-foster/ Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:50:49 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=625 With Poetic Theater Productions:

Writer in “Presents…” development series

Playwright, Vocalist and Actress in How to Stay in Poetic License 2013

Poet and Vocalist in Love Redefined 2013 and Love Redefined 2016

Curator, Poet and Vocalist in Breaking Our Silence in Poetic License 2014

Artist in Judson Arts Wednesdays’ BAILOUT THEATER featuring Poetic Theater Productions

Featured Artist in Friday, Feb 16th, 2018 at 9PM: Poetic Lyricism

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Brad Peterson http://www.poetictheater.com/brad-peterson/ Wed, 02 Jan 2013 06:01:44 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=633 With Poetic Theater Productions:

Lighting Design for Love Redefined 2010 and Love Redefined 2014

Lighting Design for March ForWord 2010

Lighting Design for Goliath

Lighting and Video Design for Underground

Lighting Design for faith

Lighting and Video Design for Foreign Bodies

Lighting and Video Design for REDbone: A Biomythography

Video Design for BACK: A Tragedy Party

Festival Lighting Designer for Poetic License 2012 and Poetic License 2013

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Elliott D. Smith http://www.poetictheater.com/elliott-d-smith/ Tue, 01 Jan 2013 05:01:09 +0000 http://www.poetictheater.com/?p=637 With Poetic Theater Productions:

Poet in March ForWord 2010

Poet and Actor in Filial Therapy in Culture Project’s Women Center Stage 2011

Poet in “Presents…” development series

Co-Creator and Poet in Breaking Our Silence in Poetic License 2013 and in Poetic License 2014

Poetry before performances of Goliath

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