News | July - September 2021 Newsletter
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* The Dramatists Guild is the national trade association serving over 8,000 playwrights, composers, lyrists & librettists. As of July 2021, TS Hawkins joined this network of creatives! HOW EXCITING!
* One of Merci’s poetic monologues titled “from (an elegy, too)” that lives in They’ll Neglect to Tell You by TS Hawkins will be published in Rising Voices: Poems Towards a Social Justice Revolution (University Professors Press)! They’ll Neglect to Tell You has had wonderful manifestations since its inception in 2015. To have this poignant piece, that highlights the intricate emotional development of Merci's character showcased in this anthology centering voices of progressive change is beyond thrilling! Extended gratitude to all the voices that have aided in the journey of bringing this work to life: Painted Bride Arts Center, 1812 Productions - Jilline Ringle Solo Performance Residency, Bridge Theatre Festival, The New Virtual Play Reading Festival, Theatre Exile's Studio X-hibition New Play Development Reading Series, directors: Lois Moses & Carley S. Robinson, actors: Cynda Purnell, Betsy Vivar, India Knight, Mikayla Johnson, & Angela Bey, and community collaborators: Cara Blouin, Jenn Childs, Gabrielle Corsaro, Gabe Moses, Deborah Block, & Brey Ann Barrett!! For more information about the play/choreopoem, MoodList, and testimonials, click here!
* #TimeWithTS: In the “downtime”, see what holds TS’s attention! Here are the Top 5 – Never Have I Ever (Netflix), Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu (Broadway), Charmed S3 reboot (CW), Station 19 (ABC), and Tuca & Birdie (Adult Swim). What shows/plays spark joy for you? Email us to shout out your favorite programming!
* BTAP (Black Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia) Mentorship Initiative Program is a year-long commitment that combines aspects of one-on-one mentoring partnerships with scheduled group activities with the ideals of encouraging, motivating, and guiding African American theatre professionals to work in a landscape that is often not welcoming. The goal is to give individuals tools that will aid in navigating those spaces while providing a safe harbor in which to rest, recharge, and renew. For this inaugural experience, TS Hawkins was selected to be in-service as mentor to the abundantly talented Morgan Charéce Hall! Give a gander to what Morgan has to say about her time with TS thus far:
Abundant Rising! My name is Morgan Charéce Hall --- an actor, director and multidisciplinary teaching artist! The past six (6) months or so I have been extremely blessed to have TS as my BTAP mentor. Not only are they an amazing artist producer & guide, they are a truly caring and devoted person to scholarship, artistic freedom, and creative expression. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, I have been extremely depressed. I've experienced a lot of loss, just like so many people, and I have seriously considered quitting theater. But, there is always that voice in the back of my head that whispers keep going. In working with TS, I really learned how to cultivate, nurture, and honor that voice; I cannot be more grateful! Often times there are mentorship programs/mentors that will give you amazing advice, that is extremely important, but working with TS I have received amazing advice, accountability with love, uplifting fulfillment on my lowest days, and actual support in many different avenues that have enabled me to expand my thinking about my artistic practice. TS has a vibrant infectious personality that bleeds over into every aspect of their work and I can honestly say that working with them I have gained a new fire of belief in myself to be the multidisciplinary artist that I want to be. However, the most important thing that I have learned from TS as an artist is to respect & honor my need for self-care, rest, and joy. They are so serious about rest as a part of an artist's resilience; from them I have learned several strategies and have had access to resources that support my self-care. I love, love, love this experience. Through the ups and the downs, there have been no Ls for me only LESSONS. Asé
To learn more about BTAP and the next round of the Mentorship Initiative Program, visit the BTAP website!
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