OUR TEAM

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As an actress, Summer was frustrated with the lack of multidimensional roles for women of color. Fortunately, Summer was a writer too, and took matters into her own hands by creating her own plays. Certain that other WOC would also love the opportunity to share their work authentically, Summer created In Full Color in 2015. The show featured 12 women of different ethnic backgrounds performing monologues, poetry and other works that gave audiences a glimpse of what life was like in their skin. The theatrical production was a hit and gave rise to what is now Thinking In Full Color.

 

Prior to creating TIFC, Summer was an award-winning arts and culture journalist who also worked in the theater world as a playwright, director, actress and production manager. She is also the co-founder of 68 Productions, a theatrical company dedicated to producing work by and for people of color.

 

Among her honors are the Permanent Career Award in Literature from the Society of Arts and Letters-NJ and the N.J. Governor's Award in Arts Education. She was a winner of the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest in 2007 and her play "Secrets; Love" was a finalist in the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in 2012. In May 2017, she was commended for her work with TIFC by the New Jersey State Assembly. TIFC was also the 2018 winner of the Jersey City Arts Council's Performing Arts Award.​

Summer loves writing about magic, romance and silly protagonists who are just a little (or a lot) off-beat. She enjoys karaoke, playing ukulele and escape rooms. She is also happily married to a very tall Greg, and the proud stepmother of another slightly smaller one.

​Summer is available for individual bookings, workshops and speaking engagements. She has spoken at Hunter College, Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, Passion is Pursuit Conference NYC, The Fly Zone, Inspired Artist Movement & more events. She is a proud graduate of Rising Tide Capital's Communtiy Business Academy.

Founder and Director

SUMMER DAWN REYES

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Alicia is a visual artist, science enthusiast, and passionate animal, environmental and human rights advocate. She is a the founder and executive director of TEDxJerseyCity, She Leads World, In Theory, and The Foundation for Wonderment and Awe. She is a believer in compassion, curiosity and a total capsaicin junkie.

She is also the chief scenic designer for In Full Color. Her work on In Full Color 2017 was nominated for a Broadway World award.

Board Member

ALICIA RUTH

Venida Rodman Jenkins performs her piece

Venida was overjoyed to return to the stage after a long hiatus for IFC17. Her stage credits include a junior high school production of “The Wizard of Oz” where she played Dorothy with her own unique twist…the singing of “Home” from “The Wiz.”

 

She’s also performed in plays with One Accord, a Christian-based music and theatre troupe, and emceed Teaneck’s Terpsichorean Dance Show for the last 15 years. Venida strives to boldly and uniquely use her gifts to spread healing and love, and she encourages others to do the same.
 

Board Member

VENIDA RODMAN JENKINS

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Courtney works in social media and publicity for HBO by day and is a writer and co-producer of the comedy showcase That One Night, at night. In her monologues and blog posts, she uses humor to discuss topics such as race, gender, feminism and mental health. She also loathes describing herself in the third person. Follow her on Twitter @wheelerright and Instagram @wilthebean

Producer, That One Night

COURTNEY WHEELER

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Daniel is a Jersey City native who loves exploring the depths of the urban jungle armed with nothing but his curiosity and trusty camera. He has been shooting for our mainstage show, In Full Color, since its debut
in 2015.

Staff Photographer

DANIEL JOSEPH

TOURING TROUPE

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Samille is always thrilled to continue working with her IFC family. Samille holds a B.A. In Musical Theatre from New Jersey City University and has been seen in many productions in the Tri-State area. Madame Infamy MADAME INFAMY (NYMF), ONCE ON THIS ISLAND (NJCU), WOMEN RISING (Speranza theater Co.), CROWNS (Attic Ensemble), A CHRISTMAS CAROL (The Growing Stage). She would like to give thanks to the beautiful writers of her pieces, Summer Reyes, and her beautiful family for their love and support! Blessed.​

Samille performs "My Curly Hair" by Alicia Wright (IFC15), "Black. Belly. Box." by Tuere T. Ganges (IFC16), "He Didn't Want Me" by Courtney Wheeler (IFC16) and "Play Dead" by Clinnesha D. Sibley (IFC16)

IFC Seasons: 15, 16

SAMILLE GANGES

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Summer is the founder and director of In Full Color and its educational outreach offshoot
Thinking In Full Color. Learn more about her above.

Summer performs "The Exception," "The Spill" and "Bye Bye Bi," all written by herself, and "Walls" by
Alina Hortillosa.

Founder and Director

IFC Seasons: 15, 17

SUMMER DAWN REYES

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Alicia has a Bachelor’s in Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She originated the role of Sara in “Henry’s Law: A Play About Bullying.” She’s also performed at Luna Stage as Mercy in “Mercy and the Firefly” and as the female narrator in “Mi Casa Tu Casa” at Dreamcatchers Repertory Theatre.

You may also know her as musical artist Ali de León.

 

Alicia performs "Latinoamericana" by herself (IFC16) & "Hardcore. Latina. Punk. Birth. Fragments." by
Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta (IFC15)

IFC Seasons: 16, 18

ALICIA RIVAS

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Amel is an Palestinian American Actress. Her most recent and notable theatrical work include playing the lead role of “Nardeen” in There is a Field directed by Noelle Ghoussaini and “Amal” in a staged reading of Abrahams Daughters. Other recent credits include the 2016 Vagina Monologues.

Film/TV credits include the webseries Triangle, lead roles in shorts, El Mundo Mas Alla, and Shift as well as contributions to Michael Pinckney’s TV pilot series The Trade and Investigation Discovery’s Dark Places. Amel is also a trained Mixed Martial Artist for stage combat and stunt fighting.

 

Amel performs "My Brother at the Canadian Border" by Sholeh Wolpe (IFC17) & "MY ISLAM" by
Dena Igusti (IFC17)

IFC Season: 17

AMEL KHALIL

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Nancy is a fiction writer and teaches writing and Latina/o literature and culture at colleges and universities in New York and New Jersey. Nancy’s work has appeared in print and online, including Latina, Poets & Writers, Salon, The Jet Fuel Review, KGB Bar Literary Magazine, Philadelphia Stories, and Wordrunner eBooks.

 

Nancy has read and performed at various Northeast venues including Cornelia Street Cafe, The Moth, and The Midtown International Theatre Festival. She posts regularly on her blog. Nancy currently seeks representation for and publication of her fiction manuscripts.

Nancy performs "Lucky," "How to Catch the 7:40 a.m. Q60 Bus," and "Brown Privilege," all written by herself.

IFC Seasons: 16, 17

NANCY MENDEZ-BOOTH

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Venida Rodman Jenkins was overjoyed to return to the stage after a long hiatus for IFC17. She is a member of the Thinking in Full Color board. For more information, see above.

 

Venida performs "The Touch" by herself (IFC17) & "Play Dead" by Clinnesha D. Sibley (IFC16)

IFC Seasons: 17

VENIDA RODMAN JENKINS

OUR WRITERS

He Didn’t Want Me

Courtney tries not to take writing too seriously, instead discussing race, body image and feminism through humor. She saves her “serious” energy for her future coffee table book on Kanye West and her marriage proposal to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Courtney Wheeler

My Brother at the Canadian Border

 

Sholeh is an Iranian-born poet. She is the recipient of the 2014 PEN/Heim, 2013 Midwest Book Award and 2010 Lois Roth Persian Translation prize. Wolpé’s nine books include four collections of poems, three books of translations and two anthologies.

 

Her play, SHAME, a 2016 finalist for both Ashland New Plays Festival, and a semifinalist for Eugene O’Niell National Playwrights Conference in Connecticut, opened the Centenary Stage Women Playwrights festival in New Jersey.

Sholeh Wolpe

Play Dead

 

Clinnesha strives to advance social consciousness through her writing, teaching and arts endeavoring. She received the Holland New Voices Award for her play “Tell Martha Not to Moan.” Her anthology, “King Me: Three Plays Inspired by the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” was published
in 2013.

Clinnesha D. Sibley

Hardcore Latina Punk Birth Fragments

 

A Chicago transplant, Grisel is currently an assistant professor at Bronx Community College—CUNY. She’s published widely, but recent works are in Love You Madly: Poetry About Jazz, the forthcoming Basta!: 100 Latinas Write on Violence Against Women and at the Reproductive Freedom Festival Monologue Series in NYC.

Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta

MY ISLAM  and
How to Leave a Man and Country

 

Dena is an Indonesian-American poet from Queens, NY. She is a writer for the website Muslim Girl, and her work has been featured in Quail Bell Magazine and Teen Vogue. She is also the co-founder of ReLITerate Word, a non-profit literary magazine that uses its proceeds to donate to a different cause every month. She often uses her poetry to write about the intersections of her identity as a Muslim Asian American.

Dena Igusti

Walls

 

Alina is a teen poet and writer from Minneapolis. She loves the smell of strawberry and mint, swimming in the rain and when the sky is white after it snows. She is following in the footsteps of her father, a published chess author, and her sister, the founder of TIFC; both are extremely proud of her and love her very much. Her biggest fan, however, may be her loyal, adorable, giant German shepherd, Thunder.

Alina Hortillosa

Black. Belly. Box.

 

Tuere, a South Jersey native, writes in Baltimore, Maryland. Her fiction has won prizes at the Philadelphia Writers Conference; and has appeared in the Wigleaf, Fiction Circus and Referential Magazine. Wilted and Other Stories, her collection of short fiction, is available on Amazon.com.

Tuere T. S. Ganges

My Curly Hair

 

Alicia is a founding member of Art House Productions’ Board of Trustees and first got involved acting in both “The Heist Project” and “Camino Real.” In
San Diego, Alicia worked with the Faultline Players, Starlight Musical Theater and Malashock Dance. Alicia has a BS in English, Writing Emphasis, from Cal State University at Northridge.

Alicia Wright

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