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Friday

News: September - November 2019 Newsletter


S E P T E M B E R  2019

* TSPoetics.com celebrated over 200K hits! #YYYAAAHHHHOOOO Thank you for all the continued love and support!

* From the page to the stage to the open trail, TS Hawkins serves as THE RANGER in Swim Pony Performing Arts’ Writer-in-Residence of TrailOff! TrailOff will be a transmedial walking performance created by Swim Pony in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), premiering June 2020 as a free-to-download mobile app. Central to the project are ten original audio stories inspired by paths within the region’s expansive Circuit Trail network. Each trail will feature an original drama that unfolds over a roughly 2-mile route, written by local authors who demonstrate both rigorous artistic practice and connections to communities traditionally underserved by environmental programming. Click here to learn more!

* Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre (NBT), celebrating its 51st season, has selected four artists for the SOUL Series LAB (Liberating Artistic Bravery) Residency, which is comprised of three signature programs: I AM SOUL Playwright Residency, SOUL Producing Residency, and SOUL Directing Residency. This year's residents are TS HAWKINS (SOUL Producing Resident), OYA MAE DUCHESS-DAVIS (I AM SOUL Playwright Resident), TYLIE SHIDER (I AM SOUL Playwright Resident), and DOMINIQUE RIDER (SOUL Directing Resident). TS is looking forward to “coming home” to NBT and the new artistic cohort!

O C T O B E R  2019

* Guess who is over the moon!?! Hawkins has joined the Et Alia Press family by appearing in Closet Cases: Queers on What We Wear by Megan Volpert! TS will be featuring “Adornment”; a new work focusing on how we wear what we wear in a society mainstreaming individuality while simultaneously caging the masses to the margins. Closet Cases is not merely a "fashion book”; it's a collection of artifacts that testify to the power of fashion as a verb to the complex and lovely strategies that govern the LGBTQIA+ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen. Closet Cases will be available in April of 2020! Et Alia Press is a small press for big voices in Little Rock, Arkansas with publishing interests in three areas: local histories, health and wellness, and emerging artists.

N O V E M B E R  2019

* Almost 3 years ago, #SuiteReality by TS Hawkins journeyed off the page and to the stage with a jaw-dropping cast and crew. Since then, it has been published internationally, won awards, and graced Chicago audiences at the Goodman Theatre. #SuiteReality will be returning as part of The Bridge PHL Theatre Festival & the Rabbit Punch Festival under the direction of Lois Moses. However, it's imperative to honor the flesh of the souls that are highlighted in this work. It's essential to remember that Black and Brown lives matter EVERY SINGLE DAY before they are locked in cages, slain for existing, or scrolling across digital screens with a commercial hashtag. As global citizens, it’s necessary to thrive in the act of humanity and continue to do what is crucial for all who inhabit the earth. Abundant gratitude to the Kings, Kweens, and everyone in-between who have contributed to the lineage of these voices!

* Thinking about saying those enchanted words to the one you love?! Well, look no further! TS curates “I Do’s” tailored to your wants and desires. Click here to learn how to book your special day!


#LovinTheLoveYouGive



Saturday

News: Writer-in-Residence TS Hawkins for Swim Pony's #TrailOff


TS Hawkins is a Writer-in-Residence at Swim Pony Performing Arts for TrailOff as THE RANGER! TrailOff will be a transmedial walking performance created by Swim Pony in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), premiering June 2020 as a free-to-download mobile app. Central to the project are 10 original audio stories, inspired by paths within the region’s expansive Circuit Trail network. Each trail will feature an original drama that unfolds over a roughly 2-mile route, written by local authors who demonstrate both rigorous artistic practice and connections to communities traditionally underserved by environmental programming. Click here to learn more!

Friday

Events: Playwriting Workshop with TS Hawkins


The August Wilson Consortium
is hosting a FREE playwriting workshop for high school students on
Saturday, October 12th from 10-1PM
at the West Philadelphia Regional Library located at 125 S. 52nd Street.

The workshop will be facilitated by TS Hawkins,
an internationally recognized author, performance poet, and arts educator!

Breakfast and Lunch will be served to all participates!

to register, email:
to confirm your spot!

Saturday

News: June-August 2019 Newsletter

June 2019#SuiteReality debuted in Chicago under the direction of Nicole Michelle Haskins for the #BlackLivesBlackWords I AM Festival at the Goodman Theatre to rave reviews. Click here to watch a clip!

TS Hawkins returned to stage to perform for The Bridge PHL Cabaret. Breathing new life into They’ll Neglect to Tell You; TS was honored share this poem with other talented artists and community members at L’etage!

Having sacred space with the Women of Resistance in Brooklyn (RnB)’s creative team for their 24th Annual Poetry and Performance event was such a pleasure. TS performed original work alongside Cheryl Wright, Rivka Rivera, and many other talented Brooklyn artists. Proceeds from this event supported the NYC Emergency Committee for Rojava: Kurdish Women’s Movement!

July 2019 – TS Hawkins was an Artist-in-Residence for Theatre Exile’s “Out of Exile” educational program. This program was geared towards residents of South Philadelphia in order to foster togetherness through monologue building, poetry, and playwriting. Under TS’ tutelage, youth participants at Hawthorne Cultural Center created communal poetry that may be featured during Exile’s summer show!

Rounding out July, TS Hawkins was awarded the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency at 1812 Productions. Each year, the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program hosts a residency for artists at the 1812 Productions Studio. Two to three solo artists and a collaborator or mentor of their choice will be in residence, as well as program representatives from the Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Program Advisory Board. The focus of the residency is the development of a solo piece already in progress. TS will be expanding upon They’ll Neglect to Tell You; a piece that was drafted by TS in 2015 as part of the Souls of Black Folk Project at the Painted Bride.

August 2019 – TS Hawkins is slated to conduct Playwrighting/Monologue Workshop for a group of teens at the August Wilson Consortium. #StayTuned

It’s wedding season prep time! TS’ officiates weddings all year long but admits that Fall unions are mesmerizing. Are you thinking about tying the knot with the one you adore? Well, look no further! TS curates “I Do’s” tailored to your wants and desires. Click here to learn more on how to book your special day!

The journey of #SuiteReality continues as it is slated to appear in The Bridge PHL Annual Theatre Festival in November! #StayTuned


THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Wednesday

Events: TS Hawkins at The Commons for Roses & Bread


The Women of Resistance in Brooklyn (RNB) and Their Friends present
The 24th Annual Women's Open Poetry and Performance Event at The Commons (Brooklyn)
7-9PM
Donations: $10+

Sunday

News: March - May 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 – TS Hawkins appeared on WURD Radio to celebrate Womynx+ History Month and chat about mentorship, poetry, and activism! Hawkins had a groovy time speaking with Dr. Aaron Smith and Kwasa Mathis!

Cartons of Ultrasounds, by TS Hawkins, debuted off-Broadway for a limited run! A choreopoem experience highlighting how scantily clad images, pejorative song lyrics, and abusive homes heighten the maltreatment of the female form; teaching womyn to be the missing and the forgotten, first devised in 2012, during Alphabet Arts "Puppets & Poets" Residency at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) then supported by InLiquid's 2018 Winged Woman: Three Perspectives exhibit at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia, PA opened at The TANK under the direction of Lois Moses and featuring Ciani Barclay! It was a boon to have enriching conversations with the audience as Cartons of Ultrasounds continues to elevate the communal consciousness. Fun tidbit: In 2013, Cartons of Ultrasounds was adapted by Broad Daylight Productions in Singapore! WATCH Silent No More; a short film by Charlese Hawkins!

Ring of Keys; a national network of queer women, trans, and gender non-conforming artists working on and offstage in musical theatre accepted TS Hawkins to be a member! Click here to check out Hawkins’ listing!

April 2019 – After being honored by a 2017 Surya Bonaly "Reality Check" Award and an international publication in WORDPEACE Literary Journal, #SuiteReality will debut in Chicago under the direction of Nicole Michelle Haskins for the #BlackLivesBlackWords I AM...Festival on April 27-29th at the Goodman Theatre! #SuiteReality is a choreopoem experience that touches upon Women's Rights, Black Lives Matter, and #SayHerName; a campaign that highlights womyn who have been killed by the fragility of masculinity and police brutality. I AM…Fest will consist of an educational program as well as an artistic program to introduce audiences to activists, art leaders, and playwrights from around the globe; hosting a series of leadership development workshops, panel discussions with some of the most exciting and innovative entrepreneurs and creatives, as well as placing a spotlight on lesser-known plays from some of the most exciting international Black female playwrights.

TS Hawkins will be heading a poetry residency for Theatre Exile’s “Out of Exile” educational program. This project, geared towards residents of South Philadelphia, will culminate in a showcase highlighting the topical concerns of the community. Stay tuned for performance details!

May 2019 – TS Hawkins is slated to appear in The Bridge PHL Theatre Festival Spring Cabaret on May 10th at L’etage; 730PM. Tickets are $10! Come see the new wonders Hawkins’ will unleash!

On May 31st, TS Hawkins returns to the New York stage for Roses and Bread 24th Annual Women’s Open Poetry and Performance Event. Proceeds from this performance will be donated to Rojava: Kurdish Women's Movement.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

Saturday

Events: #SuiteReality by TS Hawkins debuts in Chicago!


After being honored by a 2017 Surya Bonaly "Reality Check" Award and international publication in WORDPEACE Literary Journal, #SuiteReality debuts in Chicago under the direction of Nicole Michelle Haskins for the #BlackLivesBlackWords I AM...Festival April 27-29th!

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
TS Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, artivist, and emerging playwright. Plays & short works include: Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, and “don’t wanna dance with ghosts…”

Hawkins’ one-act choreopoem, AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the "Best Theater Moment of 2017" along with #SuiteReality receiving the 2017 "Reality Check" Surya Bonaly Award. Books include: Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately, Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins is most known for the Poetry Master Class, "Thriving Ain't Easy"; a course that infuses health, wellness, and activism through poetry.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Nicole Michelle Haskins is an actor, writer, director, vocalist, and artist. Acting credits:  How to Catch Creation (Goodman Theatre), Father Comes Home from the Wars Parts 1,2 &3 (Goodman Theatre), World Premiere of HeLa (Sideshow Theatre), Spitfire Grill (Refuge Theatre Project – 2018 Jeff Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical), Marie Christine, (Boho Theatre) Our Town, (Redtwist Theatre), The Wiz (Kokandy Productions- Black Theatre Alliance Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Jeff Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, 2017 TimeOut Chicago Theatre Award nomination for Best Featured Performance in a Musical), Parade (Writers Theatre- Jeff Award nomination for Best Production), RENT (Theo Ubique Caberet Theatre- Jeff Award Nomination for Best Ensemble), MidWest Premiere MUTT, (Stage Left Theatre w/Red Tape Theatre), World Premiere of For her as a Piano, (Pegasus Theatre), Proudly Represented by the Fierce Women of Shirley Hamilton, School at Steppenwolf Acting Fellow 14’, Associate Artist with Black Lives, Black Words International Theatre collective and MOSAIC Youth Theatre of Detroit Alum. NicoleMichelleHaskins.com

THE CAST
Qiana McNary, Taylor Raye, Chelsea Turner, and Jessica Nicole
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
I AM…Fest will consist of an educational program as well as an artistic program to introduce audiences to activists, art leaders, and playwrights from around the globe; hosting a series of leadership development workshops, panel discussions with some of the most exciting and innovative entrepreneurs and creatives, as well as placing a spotlight on lesser-known plays from some of the most exciting international Black female playwrights.

This pioneering festival will culminate in our celebrated Black Lives, Black Words International Ten-Minute Play showcase entirely written and directed by Black Women.  This revolutionary event will culminate with a closing performance of 100 Women of Color performing the USA premiere of ‘The Interrogation of Sandra Bland’; a transcript of Sandra Bland’s arrest transcribed by Black British playwright Mojisola Adebayo and directed by Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway, a noted Black British theatre director and Co-Founder of Black Lives, Black Words International Project.


Events: TS Hawkins on WURD Radio


TS Hawkins on Wake Up with WURD
interviewing with Dr. Aaron Smith
for Women's History Month!

Click HERE to tune in March 8th!

Friday

Events: Cartons of Ultrasounds by TS Hawkins


Cartons of Ultrasounds, by TS Hawkins, is a choreopoem experience highlighting how scantily clad images, pejorative song lyrics, and abusive homes heighten the maltreatment of the female form; teaching womyn to be the missing and the forgotten. This work, devised in 2012 during Alphabet Arts "Puppets & Poets" Residency at BAX and supported by InLiquid's 2018 Winged Woman: Three Perspectives exhibit at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia, returns to NYC directed by Lois Moses and featuring Ciani Barclay!


ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
TS Hawkins is an international author, performance poet, artivist, and emerging playwright. Plays & short works include: Seeking Silence, Cartons of Ultrasounds, Too Late to Apologize, They’ll Neglect to Tell You, #RM2B, The Secret Life of Wonder: a prologue in G, AGAIN, #SuiteReality, and “don’t wanna dance with ghosts…”

Hawkins’ one-act choreopoem, AGAIN, was acknowledged for having the "Best Theater Moment of 2017" along with #SuiteReality receiving the 2017 "Reality Check" Surya Bonaly Award. Books include: Sugar Lumps & Black Eye Blues, Confectionately, Yours, Mahogany Nectar, Lil Blaek Book: all the long stories short, and The Hotel Haikus. Hawkins is most known for the Poetry Master Class, "Thriving Ain't Easy"; a course that infuses health, wellness, and activism through poetry.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Lois Moses is a Philadelphia native holding a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, a law degree from Temple University and is a graduate of LaSalle University’s Master’s program in Clinical Psychology. Her publications include: Not Just Another…Black/Woman, Missing Pages… (Women Behind the Glass Door), A Timely Trinity, Freedom Not Them Give, and a self-titled spoken word CD. Using her theater, music, and dance background, Moses creatively combines art forms to produce powerful performance art.

Moses conducts motivational workshops for women and men, geared toward addressing the necessity of healing and self-evaluation. Her award winning short film titled, And They Jumped Into the Water…Some has been touring at colleges and conferences with her Woman to Woman Conversation: Beyond Sound and Fury…Sacrifice as the True Poetic Voice; a poetry and multimedia presentation exploring the evolution of the sacrifice, courage and voice of African American women in America. The world premiere of her acclaimed play, Say That He Had More Than a Dream…; a piece chronicling the last years of Martin Luther King’s life after his controversial “Beyond Vietnam” Speech at Riverside Church in 1967, debuted at First World Theatre in 2016, and in 2017 toured at the Match Theatre directed by Zuhairah McGill.

ABOUT THE ACTOR
Ciani Barclay is a Delaware native residing in Philadelphia. Barclay is overjoyed to be back on stage performing her second choreopoem after working with TS Hawkins on AGAIN, which debuted during the 2017 Bridge PHL Theatre Festival under the direction of Katrina Shobe. Her training includes: Walnut Street Theater and Community College of Philadelphia; where she’s obtained her associates degree. Up next, she looks forward to graduating from Temple University her BFA.

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