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.




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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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Director Yolanda Williams in rehearsal with cast.

Tickets for "A Streetcar Named Desire" are on sale now at jsums.edu/speechandtheatre (box office)

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Featured Freshman of the Week: Michael Taylor

August 20th, 2016 by speech

Our freatured Freshman of the Week is Michael Taylor, a Chicago native, pictured here with our Department Chair, Dr. Mark G. Henderson.

Welcome to JSU, Michael!


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Mr. Yohance Myles, who just completed an 11 episode run on "Containment" on the CW network in the recurring role of "Dennis", will also be starring alongside Sanaa Lathan in the upcoming Fox miniseries "Shots Fired." He has also booked his first leading film role in "Created Equal", a film from actor/director Bill Duke.

Congratulations, Mr. Myles!


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Ms. Laura McDavitt has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Connect 2 Educate, and has also contributed to the 2017 Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy,and Governance with a piece titled "The Poor and Social Policy."

Congratulations, Ms. McDavitt!


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Our chair, Dr. Mark G. Henderson, has been named 2016's "Hometown Hero" by Visit Jackson for his outstanding contribution to the travel and tourism industry in Jackson.


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Professor Yolanda Williams will be doing some off-campus summer work this month, as she directs "Steel Magnolias" at the Central Players Community Theatre in Madison. The show runs from June 16th to June 19th, and details can be found by clicking the poster above.

Good luck, Ms. Williams!

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