Jerome Parker – Livestream Shoutout!

jerome-parkerSomething new happened at Blackboard this past Fall… and that something new was Jerome Parker.

I searched in my emails and found that Jerome contacted Blackboard in 2010 after an ad I had placed for a Production Assistant.

He re-“emerged” into our Blackboard world in September 2012 through Nathan Yungerberg, a wonderful playwright that has featured at the series.

Jerome has an incredibly giving spirit and it is so lovely to be able to share our readings with people across the web.  The Featured writers from out of town are able to include their families – which is an added bonus if they can’t make the trip to New York.

It is more than exciting that he has been able to offer this special service to our audience and we are genuinely grateful!  The Livestream genuinely extends our mission to tell the stories of writer throughout the African Diaspora!  Now with Jerome, we truly CAN reach everyone!

Check out his February 15th post on The Public Theater’s Blog: “More Adventures in Webcasting” (There’s a shout-out AND you’ll learn more about Jerome!)

Until next time!



About blackboardplays

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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