Bios – Pousada Azul – September 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012 FEATURED READING

POUSADA AZUL – by Nathan Yungerberg

Directed by Nicole Watson

Nicole A. Watson is a freelance director and educator. She is a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Lab, a Co-founder and Curator of the Working Theater Directors Salon, and an on-going volunteer with the 52nd Street Project. A former history teacher, favorite accomplishments include designing and teaching an interdisciplinary history and playwriting course for high school students at the Museum of the City of New York, directing Derek Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers, directing the 52nd Street Project’s Teen Ensemble’s production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, and running the 2010 NYC Marathon.

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ALMERIA CAMPBELL – Karen Wallace
KEVIN ALAN – Ben Douglas-
DEAN ACREE – Tobias Walker
JOCELYN BIOH – Eliciana Santo

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Jocelyn Bioh was last seen as LaTonya in Classical Theatre of Harlem/Hip Hop Theater Festival’s co-production of SEED. Previous Theatrecredits include: Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet (City Theatre – PA), American Schemes (SummerStage NYC),Neighbors (The Public Theater), Lightskin/Darkskin (Regional Tour).Workshops/Readings at The Public Theater, Soho Rep, Lark PlayDevelopment, New York Theater Workshop, Primary Stages,The LABryinth Theatre Co. and The O’Neill Center. Television: Louie, One Life to Live. Former Spokesmodel for CoverGirl Queen Collection. BA in English and Theatre from The Ohio State University. MFA in Theatre – Playwriting from Columbia University.

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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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