KALAMAZOO, Mich. – "Mahalia," the highly respected musical drama about legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, kicks off the Black Arts & Cultural Center's Face Off Theatre Company's fifth season in February. It is timed to coincide with Black History Month.
“Her voice became the center point for the Civil Rights Movement, alongside the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.," said Artistic Director Marissa Harrington, noting that the story of Jackson, who faced death threats for singing at anti-racism rallies, continues the company’s founding mission of thought-provoking Black theater that invites social change.
The rest of Season 5 is devoted to the exciting, original works of emerging and seasoned African-American playwrights with local ties: Von Washington Sr., Michelle Johnson, Earlene McMichael, Denise Miller and Shawntai Brown, all active in the performing arts community.
Here’s the lineup:
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. (Photo credit: Mahalia Jackson, Wikimedia Commons.)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Black Arts & Cultural Center's Face Off Theatre Company announces the addition of six people to the management team, its largest expansion since founding in 2015.
"As a company, we have come to realize the importance of our presence in the community as well as the need for us to push for sustainability," said Artistic Director Marissa Harrington. "We went through a formal interview process to recruit talented members from the community that would strengthen the company creatively, and operationally."
The individuals selected are: Christie Coleman, Community Outreach Coordinator; Kai Harris, Production Manager; Avery Kenyatta, Company Apprentice; Betty Lenzy, Volunteer Coordinator; Earlene McMichael, Brand Marketing and Social Media Manager, and Shea-Lin Shobowale-Benson, Season Stage Manager. The outreach and marketing positions are new. Nearly all the appointees have served the company as actors or in other roles.
They join co-founders Marissa Harrington; Micealaya “Mickey” Moses, Season Planning & New Play Development Director; and Bianca Washington, Youth Programs Director.
The management team now stands at nine persons, all volunteers, up from three.
MEET THE NEW COMPANY MEMBERS:
For more information, email email@example.com. (Photo credits: Mahalia Jackson, Wikimedia Commons; staff photo, Tanisha Pyron Photography.)