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Professor Yolanda Williams presented a workshop, "Navigating Life as a Theatre Artist" on April 8th at the 2017 Crossroads Film Festival.

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Professor Myles has been cast in the FOX series "Shots Fired" – the story of a racially-charged police shooting.

For more details, read the original story from the JSU Newsroom at the following link: http://www.jsumsnews.com/?p=29492

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Professor Yohance Miles stars in The Best of Enemies, which opens tonight at New Stage Theatre. Congratulations, Mr. Myles!

Based on the bestselling book by Osha Gray Davidson, Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between a Grand Cyclops of the KKK and an African-American civil rights activist, during the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina schools in 1971. Best of Enemies exposes the poison of prejudice but also demonstrates what’s possible when we recognize the humanity in each other, forgive the past, and work together to change the future. Steep political ramifications, hypocritical thinking, and unexpected personal battles round out this deeply moving civil rights drama. Is it possible for sworn enemies to find common ground in solving the world’s problems?

New Stage Theatre’s Artistic Director Francine Thomas Reynolds said: “The premise of the play sounds implausible: Ku Klux Klan leader and black Civil Rights activist are forced to work together. That they become friends seems like a miracle, and if it were fiction no one would believe it. But the plot of Mark St. Germain’s play, based on the book by Osha Gray Davidson, is taken from real life. These were two very real people and their story is full of emotion and high ideals worth celebrating. The play is both entertaining and illuminating and there are lessons in the enduring friendship of Atwater and Ellis which can be of benefit to all of us."

For more information, or to purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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JSU Student Joseph Henderson has received from the Hero Theatre in Los Angeles. He will be working with them this summer. Congratulations, Joseph!

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JSU alum Erica Michelle, one of the stars of the upcoming BET drama "The Quad," discusses the show, which takes a look at life on an HBCU campus.

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Theatre Majors Return from KCACTF

February 28th, 2017 by speech

Theatre Majors, along with their advisor, Professor Yolanda Williams, return from the KCACTF (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival) for Region 4 at Georgia Southern University. The festival was held on February 8th-11th.

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THE RIVER NIGER Opens Thursday!

February 21st, 2017 by speech

The Department of Speech & Theatre at Jackson State University invites you to see "The River Niger", an American classic directed by Yohance Myles.

A loosely autobiographical play by Joseph A. Walker, "The River Niger" was originally performed by the Negro Ensemble Company and winner of the Obie and later the Tony Award as Best Play of the season, "The River Niger" is a surging drama about a Harlem family whose son returns from the Air Force not the hero anticipated. His association with a militant group abroad creates consequences that strongly affects the family dynamic.

Director Yohance Myles: "The River Niger explores topics in the areas of: Air Force training, marriage, acceptance, hope, greed, education, war symbolism, and racial barriers for African-Americans in America. Jackson State’s Theatre Department continues to strive for excellence in creating honest, inspiring, thought provoking, and educational productions for our students and surrounding communities to promote growth and constant support for the performing arts." The play is a timeless fight in pursuit of the American dream.

The play opens this Thursday, February 23rd, so get your tickets now!

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Professor Prince Duren's play "Enchanted" has just been published by Off The Wall Plays.

Congratulations, Professor Duren!

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MADDRAMA Week Begins February 1st!

January 31st, 2017 by speech

"Sisters" – A powerful showcase production that gives voice to the pain, struggle and survival of women in our society. Wednesday, Feb. 1 & Thursday, Feb 2 @ 7pm in the Rose McCoy Auditorium.

"New Beginnings" – A powerful showcase production that identifies and attacks stereotypes of the African-American male in our society. Friday, Feb.3 & Saturday Feb. 4 @ 7pm in the Rose McCoy Auditorium.

FREE ADMISSION!

 

 

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Who Will Decide For You?

Join us for a viewing and discussion of the first Presidential Debate on September 26th at 6:30pm, in the College of Liberal Arts building, room 166/266.

Dinner will be served prior to the debate. This free event is open to the public, as well as all students and faculty.

Click here to see the press release.

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