Keeping The Momentum_ Theater’s Role in Social Justice

Host: ISC Artistic Associate for Social Justice: Carene Mekertichyan Panel Guests: Sophina Brown As a Los Angeles theatrical producer, Sophina Brown’s productions have garnered multiple LADCC, NAACP, Stage Raw and Ovation Award nominations and wins. Her theatrical acting credits include…

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Host: ISC Artistic Associate for Social Justice: Carene Mekertichyan

Panel Guests:

Sophina Brown As a Los Angeles theatrical producer, Sophina Brown’s productions have garnered multiple LADCC, NAACP, Stage Raw and Ovation Award nominations and wins. Her theatrical acting credits include the Broadway production of Disney’s The Lion King, the East Coast premiere of Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower, No Strings opposite Scott Bakula, and her Ovation nominated role in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Film credits include Because I Said So with Diane Keaton, as well as many television guest star, recurring and series regular roles. She spent multiple seasons on CBS’s Shark and NUMB3RS, and is currently a series regular on Lena Waithe’s newest comedy Twenties. 

Aisha Kabia: In eight seasons with ISC Ensemble Member Aisha Kabia has played: Thaisa in ‘PERICLES,’ Titania in ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM’ Queen Elizabeth in ‘RICHARD III’, Princess in ‘LOVES LABOURS LOST’, Mistress Ford in ‘MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR’, Helena in ‘MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM’, Lady Macduff in ‘MACBETH’, Lady Capulet in ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’, Celia/Phebe in ‘AS YOU LIKE IT’, Adriana in ‘COMEDY OF ERRORS’  Regional Theater: 3 Seasons at OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL. Television: THE GOOD PLACE, S.W.A.T, GIRL MEETS WORLD, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, NCIS:LA, TRANSFORMERS 5, etc. & over 35 National Commercials – Education: Second City Conservatory Graduate,  BFA – UC SANTA BARBARA

Bruce Lemon Jr. is a storyteller born and raised in Watts, CA. As a child, his father made him write stories and read them aloud in the hallway as punishment for lies and mischief. He’s still in trouble. Host of 89.3 KPCC In-Person’s UnheardLA. Associate Artistic Director/Ensemble with Cornerstone Theater Company. Artistic Director of Watts Village. Company member of Illyrian Players and Collaborative Artists Bloc . Actor, writer, director, producer, creative collaborator. Hobbies include: Holding a mirror up to America, rabble rousing, chasing dreams, working for the reimagining of his community, and listening to the kids. 2016 Princess Grace. 2014 BroadwayWorld LA. 2018 Sherwood Award Finalist. B.A.- Hampton University, P.AP. – The Juilliard School, M.F.A – New School for Drama http://www.brucealemonjr.com/ 

Dominic Taylor is a writer-director and scholar of African-American theater and whose work has been seen around the world. The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop have all commissioned him. His play, I Wish You Love, premiered at Penumbra Theatre, and was produced at both The Kennedy Center and Hartford Stage. His published plays include Hype Hero, Wedding Dance, Personal History, and Upcity Service(s). His essay “Don’t Call African American Theatre Black Theatre: It’s Like Calling a Dog a Cat” was published by the Massachusetts Review. Taylor is an alumnus member of New Dramatists. He received his bachelor’s and master of fine arts degree from Brown University and is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Dramatists Guild. He is the Interim Chair of Theater at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Sabra Williams has received international acclaim for her work as an actor, host and co-founder of The Actors’ Gang Prison Project, including being named by President Obama a, “Champion of Change” in 2016, and being honored with a British Empire Medal for services to the Arts & Prison Reform by Queen Elizabeth in 2018. Sabra is co-founder of Creative Acts, a Social Justice initiative that uses the Arts as the tool for transformation. Creative Acts has Civic Engagement programs in juvenile facilities and a new Virtual Reality Arts Reentry program in adult maximum security prisons, for people returning after life sentences. Sabra is a Visiting Lecturer at UCLA and a Bellagio Rockefeller Resident Fellow and an in-demand speaker on justice and Arts issues. She is currently a member of Independent Shakespeare Co., LA ensemble. www.creativeacts.us. www.sabrawilliamsacts.com

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