“Carnaval” Team Bios

Warner Miller has recently appeared at Seattle Repertory Theatre in their debut of Tarrell A. McCraney’s “The Brothers Size”.  Other credits include the premier of the play, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods at Premier Stages by Tammy Ryan as well as appearing in the premier of the play, Brothers from the Bottom by Jackie Alexander at The Billie Holiday Theatre and Seed by Radha Blank at Classical Theater of Harlem; August Wilson’s Fences directed by Kenny Leonat Huntington Theatre Company; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at Syracuse Stage and The Piano Lesson at Geva Theatre & Indiana Reperatory Theatre; Paradox of the Urban Cliche at The LAByrinth Theater Company,The Old Globe Theater’s premiere production of Since Africa; False Creeds at The Alliance Theatre; and A Raisin in the Sun at Hartford Stage. Film credits include “Melvin Lucas”,American Gangster, directed by Ridley Scott; “Nicky Lolo” in HBO Film’s Wyclef Jean in America and “Beadle” in HBO Film’s Everyday People. TV credits include Law & Order and CSI-NY.

Jaime Lincoln Smith:  Theatre: Off Broadway – RUINED (original production), SEED, LIGHTS RISE ON GRACE, Off – Off Broadway – BIRTHRIGHT, Regional – MARCUS; OR THE SECRET OF SWEET.  TV/FILM – Law & Order, Knights of Prosperity, MTV’s Human Giant, Remember the Titans, Shades of Brooklyn, 14,085.

Jeff Wilburn
Selected credits include: New York: ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, The Hip Hop Theater Festival; SLAVEY, Clubbed Thumb; NO MATINEES, Center Stage; VENEZUELA, New York Fringe Festival; THE HERSHEY BANDIT DONS HIS MASK, The Flea Theatre; CHAPTER ONE, Center Stage; BOOTY CANDY, The Kraine Theater; CRAFT, HERE Arts Center; HIEROGLYPHIC GRAFFITI, P.S. 122. Regional: ROMEO & JULIET, Virginia Arts Festival; THE WINTER’S TALE, Shakespeare & Company; OTHELLO, The Shakespeare Theatre. Training: William Esper Studio, American Conservatory Theater and Howard University.

Cheryl Katz has been the director of play development at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ since 1993.  During that time she has developed over thirty new
works for the stage and has directed The Man In Room 306 by Craig Alan Edwards (Luna, 1995, 2008; Off Broadway 2010), The Fastest Woman Alve by
Karen Sunde and most recently Mercy and The Firefly by Amy Hartman. Cheryl has worked in script development for the Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights Theatre of NJ and The O’Neill Theatre Conference and is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Familiar with the collectives for poets and other Black writers that had been created over the years and slightly envious of that sense of community, I became curious about a similar place for playwrights. I wanted to see Black playwrights, actors and directors excited over each others work and supporting each other. I was longing for a “home” as a Black playwright and wanted to see other Black artists in that home, not to be exclusive, but because there was a void. I was also eager to find other Black playwrights who shared a passion for the craft of storytelling. The stories of the Black community are diverse and are often hidden behind the blockbuster stereotyped versions. The non-artistic Black community, not involved in the writing of these stories, is yearning to see themselves in our stories and it is apart of my life’s work to ensure that happens. the cell is any artists’ dream: a new space that supports you as you grow, committed to new work and the art. This allows the writer to focus on the craft - to focus on their story. Nancy Manocherian and Kira Simring welcomed this idea with open arms and instantly became apart of what we later called “Blackboard Reading Series”. Every reading will conclude a twenty minute talk-back with the audience. Dialogue with the community is essential to what we want to do with the series. As we grow, there may be more readings a month, play festivals and of course productions. We want to nurture and develop new black playwrights for this generation! Thank You! Garlia Cornelia Jones Founder, Blackboard Reading Series
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