Theatrical Writing and Performance for Women of Color
Feb. 3 to March 24 - Writing & Acting Intensive - Jersey City, NJ
For women writers of color, taking their work from page to stage is a multi-layered struggle. Aside from all the usual business of writing and editing, these writers must also fight for their voices to be heard in an industry where few are interested in hearing what WOC have to say. They must push to preserve the authenticity of their stories, battle discrimination and fight to uplift their people through their work.
In this class, woman-identified writers of color will have the opportunity to work with award-winning writer and director Summer Dawn Reyes to craft one of their original works into a full-fledged monologue. In the process, they will explore the importance of Communication, Emotion and Social Impact in their writing. Summer will also help them discover new truths about their work through performance! Each writer will become an actor (no experience is required!) and prepare to share their work in a special performance for their friends, family and fans.
The class runs Feb. 3 to March 17, for six Sundays from 11 am to 1 pm in Downtown Jersey City, N.J. (No class Feb. 24.) Class Performance will be March 24 from 6 pm to 8 pm, with deluxe rehearsal option from 11 am to 1 pm.
Standard Package: $320 for 6 sessions and performance
Deluxe Package: $350 for 6 sessions and performance, extra rehearsal 3/24 and a copy of the In Full Color anthology, featuring monologues and poems for women of color
Venmo or PayPal preferred. Please email to inquire about other forms of payment.
All classes and the Class Performance will take place at LITM, an award-winning restaurant, bar and art gallery located at 140 Newark Ave., Jersey City, N.J. The restaurant/bar will not be open for service during classes. Students are encouraged to bring snacks if desired. The venue is best accessed through public transportation via PATH or NJ Transit at the Grove Street PATH Plaza.
UPDATE: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
ABOUT SUMMER DAWN REYES AND THINKING IN FULL COLOR
After seeing a need for more authentic representations of women of color in the arts, Summer created In Full Color in 2015. The show was a hit and gave rise to what is now Thinking In Full Color. She is also the co-founder of 68 Productions, a theatrical company dedicated to producing work by and for people of color. She is a winner of the Permanent Career Award in Literature from the Society of Arts and Letters-NJ and the N.J. Governor's Award in Arts Education.
Thinking In Full Color (TIFC) is an organization focused on empowering women of color through education and the arts. Our primary realm is the theatrical world -- through performance and community-driven talkbacks, we empower female-identified creators while educating audiences about the need for diversity in the media, racial issues and cultural exchange. We also create opportunities for women in education, literature, visual art, music, comedy, dance and other fields. We have featured work by dozens of women from across the Americas and have received two commendations from the New Jersey State Assembly, numerous BroadwayWorld award nominations and the inaugural Performing Arts Award from the Jersey City Arts Council in 2018.
Please come see our students present their work!