Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Busy Bee!

Marcus rehearsals have started! Great blend of young and veteran actors. Helmed by the one and only Dr. Marion McClinton. Make sure you see the final show of the Brother/Sister trilogy. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Youth injections







For the next few months I have the honor of working with some talented young theatre artists through Pillsbury House & Theatre, Climb Theatre and Macalester College. After spending time working with at risk youth and under served populations, my goals are changing I'm looking forward to being surrounded by willing participants with an established respect for theatre. I loved what I did but am anticipating this new leg of the journey. 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

I'm back!





If you're thinking it's been a while since I've posted. You're right and I promise to do better. Here's what new. I'm no longer @ pillsbury house, (it was an amicable separation) thanks Faye and Noel for giving me an artistic home. Today I'm finishing my first fringe festival as an actor and it's been different. It is great to work with new young talent, thanks Ryan, Nastacia, Jamil & Sharif! It's been wonderful. On to finish the Brother-Sister plays. We start Marcus rehearsal on Tuesday looking forward to reuniting with Ogun Size and Marion McClinton. I'm assistant directing an original Christmas production of "Follow the Star" @ Speak The Word Church" I'm also directing at Macalester College this winter and fulfilling a dream by sharing the stage with the fabulous Linda Kelsey @ Park Square in the spring. New York is on hold and life is moving forward, there are other things in the hopper but I can't talk about them yet so stay tuned. 

Coming projects

Habibi"

Mn Fringe Festival

@ Intermedia Arts

Opening Night


"Marcus or the Secret of Sweet"

Pillsbury House Theatre production @

Dowling studio, Guthrie Theatre 

Pillsburyhousetheatre.org


September 12 to October 5



"Statements After An Arrest Under the Immorality Act"

Macalester College 2015


The Other Place

Park Square Theatre

Spring 2015

Friday, October 4, 2013

PENUMBRA THEATRE HISTORY: recorded for posterity

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Penumbra Theatre Company was founded in 1976 by Lou Bellamy as a venue for Afric...an American voices within the Twin Cities theatre scene and has stood for more than thirty-five years at the intersection of art, culture, politics, and local community engagement.
 
In 1976 i was approached by  Lou to become a founding member of his dream, to create a venue to tell stories from the Black experience. what a novel thought! our stories told, our way, by us. i was 22 years old, out of college and trying to find direction, and then there was theatre! we became a band of brothers and sisters, lending support and guidance on  good days, and codependency and misdirection on others, but these people became my family, friends, mentors and mentees. now almost 40 years later, it's great to see the history recorded. please read about how black theatre became a driving force in an environment that is 97% white,. it wasn't easy y'all.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/179694-Phylicia-Rashad-Leslie-Uggams-Jesse-L-Martin-and-More-Will-Take-Part-in-August-Wilsons-American-Century-Cycle

Just when a brother believes he can't be more blessed, i've been privilgded to be invited to ntake part in these.
THANK YOU GOD!

Friday, June 21, 2013

IT"S BEEN TOO LONG!


Hey everybody it's been awhile but I'm back. it's been a learning experience since i returned to the twin cities. We completed STICK-FLY @ Park Square Theatre and both you programs POV and Washburn theatre completed their school year with outstanding productions. I've just finished the Hennepin County Home School recruiting process. i have a great team this year Brother Ahanti Young & Brother Chadwick Phillips, I'm expecting this years shows to be the best yet. performance dates are 8/15/20113 and 8/16/2013, 2pm  @ Pillsbury House & Theatre. then I'm thrilled to have been invited to be a part of the event mentioned above. we are making audio recordings of all 10 plays for posterity. when the list of performers is announced you'll see why I'm honored to be included. they'll happen from later august to the end of September in New York, stay tuned I'll release more info later.
JW