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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” 

 - Maya Angelou

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September 16th, 2022: 

The two casts will feature Torée Alexandre, Zoe Anastassiou, Edwin Brown III, Darius Deon, Ty Camren Hawthorne, Sam Encarnación, Max Antonio Gonzalez, Travis Raeburn, Christopher Then, William Oliver Watkins, Eunice Woods and Caro Zeller.

William Shakespeare's iconic and timeless Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest love stories in literature. The gripping drama spun out of the ancient grudge between two families makes Romeo and Juliet as relevant to modern society as it was to audiences four centuries ago. The star-crossed lovers follow their passion to the ultimate tragic end. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare offers some of the most glorious poetry ever written, spoken by complex and memorable characters, establishing the standard for all love stories written since. With gorgeous costumes and music, enchanting parties, moonlit nights, dank graveyards, and blood-strewn streets, The Acting Company's fresh production breathes new life into this enduring tale.

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September 16th, 2022: 

​“Tina" is an absolute must for theater and music lovers alike. It plays at PPAC through Sept. 18. For ticket information, go to ppacri.org.  

While the skills of Rodgers cannot be understated — her vocals alone hit deep — other members of the cast also offer top performances. Garrett Turner crafts a powerful — and pitiful — Ike, transforming believably from controlling abuser to somewhat meek as Tina’s career takes off and his ends. Taylor Blackman’s duet with Rodgers, as Tina’s first boyfriend, on “Let’s Stay Together” is sweet and lush. And, Ayvah Johnson, who plays young Tina, has a power in her voice that belies her age. She is someone to keep an eye on. 

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September 14th, 2022: 

​Paredes joined Gerrard James, cast as Claudio in the show, for an interview with CBS News Colorado's Dillon Thomas.

More than 400 years after Shakespeare first premiered the classic "Much Ado About Nothing," the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is preparing to unveil its modern take on the tale. The show, which opens at the DCPA at the end of September, combines comedy, romance, music and dancing in a way that will help modern theatergoers better experience Shakespeare.

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September 9th, 2022: 

 

Off-Broadway's Ars Nova and PlayCo will present Melis Aker's Hound Dog at Greenwich House Theater to kick off its 20th anniversary season. The world premiere will begin previews October 6, ahead of its October 24 opening night, with a run scheduled through November 5.

Starring in the cast will be Olivia AbiAssi, Ashley Baier, Ellena Eshraghi, Mel Hsu, Matt Magnusson, Sahar Milani, Laith Nakli, Jonathan Raviv, and Maya Sharpe.

William Shakespeare's iconic and timeless Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest love stories in literature. The gripping drama spun out of the ancient grudge between two families makes Romeo and Juliet as relevant to modern society as it was to audiences four centuries ago. The star-crossed lovers follow their passion to the ultimate tragic end. In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare offers some of the most glorious poetry ever written, spoken by complex and memorable characters, establishing the standard for all love stories written since. With gorgeous costumes and music, enchanting parties, moonlit nights, dank graveyards, and blood-strewn streets, The Acting Company's fresh production breathes new life into this enduring tale.

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August 2nd 2022: 

 

The 24 Hour Plays welcome new and returning artists alike for Season Three, Episode Five of The 24 Hour Plays: VIral Monologues tonight. A new group of actors and writers pair to create pieces written, rehearsed and recorded in 24 hours. From 6PM ET, these monologues will be published on Instagram and Twitter @24hourplays every 15 minutes.

Performers include Gracie McGraw, Chris Thorn, Amara Leonard, Tiffany Iris, Isabel WynneSerena Berman, Alexander Jon Flores, and Sarah Groustra. Writers are J. Holtham, Itamar Moses, Allison Merkel, Shara Feit, Rafael Yglesias, Anna Zabel, Mackenna Goodrich and Charlie O'Leary.

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August 1st 2022: 

 

SGT's inaugural Global Playwrights Series was conceived to lift up the voices of new, diverse playwrights by developing their work with a commitment to produce and to form long term connections between these writers and the SGT ensemble. The GPS team interviewed fourteen semi- finalists, and nationally- known playwright Charles Smith added his insight by reading the final nine plays. From this talented group of writers, Kimberly Dixon-Mays, Phanésia Pharel and Jasmine Sharma were selected to join SGT as the 2022 GPS winners.

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JULY 27th 2022: 

The ensemble includes Daelyanna Kelly Benson, Antonio Beverly, Taylor A. Blackman, Aliyah Caldwell, Lillian Charles, Max Falls, Zachary Freier-Harrison, Reyna Guerra, Gordia Hayes, Andre Hinds, Takia Hopson, Ayvah Johnson, Geoffrey Kidwell, Parris Mone't Lewis, Nia Nelson-Williams, Gracie Phillips,

Nicole Powell, Terance Reddick, Shari Washington Rhone, Kris Roberts, Jacob Roberts-Miller, Aniya Simone, Chris Stevens, Jeff Sullivan and Carlton Terrence Taylor.

 

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JULY 15th 2022: 

ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME further cements Ma-Yi Theater's commitment to producing work that challenges both artists and audiences against ideas of what Asian American theater should be about."

The cast for ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME includes Sonnie Brown, Sasha Diamond, David Lee Huynh, Teresa Avia Lim, Jon Norman Schneider, David Shih, and Jillian Sun with Daniel K. Isaac and Sami Ma serving as understudies.

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JULY 7th 2022: 

The cast is generally strong. Jasmine Sharma is a wickedly clever Queen Catherine, especially when she and Anisha Jagannathan’s Diane are exchanging barbs. Jagannathan is a blasé and grounded Martha Gellhorn, mocking Hemingway’s literary style with Sharma’s exaggeratedly drunken Hadley and Rebecca Schweitzer’s mournful Mary. Schweitzer is an amusingly almost Valley Girl-sounding college club founder, a garrulous cook and a sputtering priggish British functionary. Kunal Prasad is comically laid back as both the Maharaja and King Henri and pointedly self-important as a posthumous Hemingway.

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JULY 6th 2022: 

 

Powered by Frederick Douglass' own speeches and writings, American Prophet is created by Charles Randolph-Wright (Trouble in Mind) and Grammy Award winner Marcus Hummon ("Bless the Broken Road"). Randolph-Wright directs with choreography by Lorna Ventura and music direction, orchestrations, and additional arrangements by Joseph Joubert.

 

Also joining the cast are Arena Stage veterans Carolyn Agan, Kurt Boehm, Thomas Adrian Simpson, and Kanysha Williams, as well as Erica Aubrey, Zoë Bryant, Cicily Daniels, Christopher B. Portley, Christopher Michael Richardson, Chris Roberts, Brendon Schaefer, Correy West, and Curtis Wiley.

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JUNE 29th 2022: 

 

Chris Myers and Russell G. Jones will star in Manhattan Theatre Club's Where the Mountain Meets the Sea. The show will begin previews October 11 at New York City Center – Stage I with opening night set for November 2.

 

Written by Jeff Augustin, the new play will be directed by Joshua Kahan Brody with music by The Bengsons (Hundred Days). The work follows a son's journey to connect with his father, a Haitian immigrant who once traveled from Miami to California. Years later, his son embarks on a similar road trip.

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JUNE 28th 2022: 

Rounding out the final performances this July, the Moxie Incubator program will close with For Your Consideration, a new play by Jasmine Sharma, directed by Britt Berke. In For Your Consideration, leading lady Surya makes her best attempt to turn her long-term relationship's break-up into her long-awaited television breakout and reality TV's next big hit.

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May 31st 2022: 

Although the text of the speech and Bernthal’s framing begin the same way, a look around the room reflects how Jenkins sees himself: as a champion to those who trained him and those he trained. The men who covered for Jenkins are here, such as Sergeant Michael Fries (Joey Palestina), who laughed off a complaint from a man Jenkins had attacked when he was sitting on his own front stoop, and Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere (Christopher R. Anderson), who fought back a grin at Jenkins’s defense of fellow officer Fabien Laronde, who was finally fired after years of misconduct complaints.

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JUNE 22nd 2022: 

ABCD will feature Melvin Abston (Broadway: Sister Act) as Ellis, Justin Ahdoot (Off-Broadway: Sleep No More) as Bilal, Torée Alexandre (BSC debut) as Tamara Gardner, Juri Henley-Cohn (BSC: Bashir Lazhar) as Ibrahim, Maribel Martinez (Shakespeare in the Park: Julius Caesar) as Mika Ramos, Chavez Ravine (The Public: Cullud Wattah) as Joanna Krueger, Pearl Shin (BSC debut) as Sunghee and Brandon St. Clair (BSC debut) as Davon Lawrence.

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JUNE 22nd 2022: 

The final production in Clubbed Thumb's 25th Annual Summerworks line-up, Bodies They Ritual by Angela Hanks begins its run June 22. The show will close out the festival, running since May 20 at The Wild Project, with performances finishing July 2.

 

Starring in the production's cast are Emmy Award winner Denise Burse (Black Mirror), Nora Cole (On the Town), Jacqueline Guillen (Man Cave), Kai Heath (On Sugarland), Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Chicken & Biscuits), Emily Cass McDonnell (The Antipodes), Keilly McQuail (Lunch Bunch), Lizan Mitchell (On Sugarland), Bianca Norwood (Seven Deadly Sins), and Nandita Shenoy (Daredevil).

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JUNE 16TH 2022: 

Black Theatre United, ChiChi Anyanwu, Nina Marie Ward and the Black Women on Broadway will all be honored with Project1VOICE's Outstanding Service in the Arts Award.

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JUNE 10TH 2022: 

Aurora Theatre Company concludes its 30th season with the West Coast Premiere of Jaclyn Backhaus' Wives.

Chicago-based director, adaptor, and activist Lavina Jadhwani directs Anisha Jagannathan, Kunal Prasad, Jasmine Sharma, and Rebecca Schweitzer (Bull in a China Shop; Rapture, Blister, Burn; The First Grade) in this powerful and playful feminist piece.

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JUNE 7TH 2022: 

Broadway On Demand will stream Mrs. Warren's Profession beginning June 21st, for a limited time only through June 27th only. 

Last fall, GTG returned to live, in person performance with this acclaimed revival of Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Tony® Award winner Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Warren, Robert Cuccioli, David Lee Huynh, Alvin Keith, Nicole King, and Raphael Nash Thompson, which enjoyed an acclaimed Off-Broadway engagement at Theatre Row, directed by Mr. Staller.

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APRIL 27TH, 2022:

Bodies They Ritual will star Jacqueline Guillen (Man Cave), Mahira Kakkar (7 Minutes), April Matthis (HELP), Emily Cass McDonnell (The Antipodes), Keilly McQuail (Lunch Bunch), Lizan Mitchell (On Sugarland), with more casting to be announced. Performances run June 22-July 2.

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APRIL 26TH, 2022:

Standout performances include the incredibly talented Melody A. Betts whose big-time vocals can barely be contained on stage.

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MARCH 29, 2022:

 

David Lee Huynh as Lorenzo has the difficult task of conveying misogynistic male behavior and handles it extremely well.

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MARCH 7th 2022:

 

Torée Alexandre plays Riley with intoxicating confidence and has electrifying chemistry with Libya Pugh’s Tami, who can draw laughs with a raised eyebrow and win sympathy in morally gray situations.

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FEBRUARY 4th 2022:

 

Among the standouts is John Edwards as both MJ’s brother Jackie, harmonizing and moving with the Jackson Five, and as James Brown, delivering a blockbuster vocal solo.

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DECEMBER 27th 2021:

 

Casting has been announced for the John Douglas Thompson-led production of William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, which is set to begin performances at Brooklyn's Polonsky Shakespeare Center on February 5 ahead of an official opening on February 15. Performances are currently slated through March 6 before the production transfers to Washington D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company (March 22–April 21).

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DECEMBER 12th 2021:

 

General Motors employee, breadwinner and widowed single mom Marion (Crystal A. Dickinson, heartbreaking) is desperately trying to keep her family's heads above dirty water. Her queer teenage daughter Reesee (a winning Lauren F. Walker) prays to a Yoruba deity to help her little sister, Plum (Alicia Pilgrim), who has leukemia, and their pregnant aunt, Ainee (Andrea Patterson), a recovering addict who's had six previous miscarriages.

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NOVEMBER 17th 2021:

 

For ChiChi Anyanwu, she got hooked on theater when she and her sister, award-winning playwright Ngozi Anyanwu, began performing in summer musical programs. She found her way to the casting side through an internship with McCarter Theater Center in New Jersey.

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OCTOBER 26th 2021:

 

FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, will present Sarah Anne Fernandez in Now What? on December 12, 2021 at 9:45 PM. Sarah returns to Feinstein's/54 Below after flying across the country by broom as the Elphaba u/s on the national tour of Wicked, fulfilling her ultimate life-long dream and marking her as one of the youngest girls to don the green paint and witch hat in the show's history. So... now what? How do you top your ultimate dream?

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OCTOBER 21st 2021:

 

The cast includes Abena (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), Charlie Hudson III (A Raisin in the Sun), Nana Mensah (Man from Nebraska), Sandra Okuboyejo (Hamilton), Ade Otukoya (Gem of the Ocean), and Emana Rachelle (In the Name Of). Yao Dogbe (Homebound), Shiro Kihagi (Summertime), and Marsha Regis (Intimate Apparel) are understudies for the production.

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SEPTEMBER 29th 2021: 

 

The plays will run in rep at New Ohio Theatre November 1–20, featuring an acting company including Celeste Arias, Latoya Edwards, Jonathan Fielding, Rebecca S’Manga Frank, Nicholas Gorham, David Greenspan, Iliana Guibert, Rebecca Jimenez, Elise Kibler, Robert Kropf, Brian Miskell, Ricardo Vázquez, Naren Weiss, and Brenda Withers.

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OCTOBER 22nd 2021: 

 

The cast features Crystal Dickinson as Marion, Jennean Farmer as Marion/Ainee Understudy, Lizan Mitchell as Big Ma, Ta'Neesha Murphy as Plum/Reesee Understudy, Andrea Patterson as Ainee, Alicia Pilgrim as Plum, Chavez Ravine as Big Ma Understudy, and Lauren F. Walker as Reesee.  

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OCTOBER 20th 2021:

Sarah Anne Fernandez returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below after flying across the country by broom as the Elphaba u/s on the national tour of Wicked, fulfilling her ultimate life-long dream and marking her as one of the youngest girls to don the green paint and witch hat in the show’s history.

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SEPTEMBER 30TH 2021: 

Jenn Gambatese is going to guest star as Naomi Chesnick. She is most recognizable for her career performing in plays, such as Disney’s “Tarzan” as Jane and as Glinda in “Wicked.” Also appearing in “Blue Bloods” will be David Lee Huynh and Carmen M. Herlihy, they are set to play Minh Tran and Han Tran.

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SEPTEMBER 15TH 2021: 

Gingold Theatrical Group will return to live, in-person performance with a rare revival of Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession starring Robert Cuccioli, David Lee Huynh, Alvin Keith, Nicole King, Raphael Nash Thompson, and Tony® Award winner Karen Ziemba as Mrs. Warren.

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SEPTEMBER 10TH 2021: 

We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Sharma and we’ve shared our conversation below.

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AUGUST 24TH, 2021: 

Gingold Theatrical Group will return to in-person performances with a revival of Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren’s Profession beginning October 12 at Theatre Row - with David Lee Huynh (NAATCO’s Henry VI)

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AUGUST 13TH, 2021: 

And so the hilarious Brandon St. Clair is the obliging slave Davy as well as a very Black — and priceless — George Washington, resurrected from the dead.

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JUNE 30TH, 2021: 

Ashland New Plays Festival announces the five emerging playwrights chosen for the inaugural New Voices Retreat: Jasmine Sharma. The retreat, held virtually August 1–7, will allow the artists to fully engage with the writing process. They will be paired with established theatre professionals as mentors who will assist with the development of a script in progress.

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JUNE 25TH, 2021: 

"In this episode, we speak to ChiChi Anyanwu, founder of CHI Talent Management: a management company that aims to advise, guide, and empower a diverse array of talent in the entertainment industry. ChiChi founded CHITalent Management during the COVID-19 pandemic after 10 + years working in talent representation in New York. We loved hearing her story of how she started her career in casting and what led her decision to start her own company."

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JUNE 23RD, 2021 

BY AISHA JORDAN: During the pandemic, ChiChi Anyanwu made the bold decision to start her own talent management company, CHI Talent Management, managing the careers of actors in theater, film, and television. Her company is part of a small number of Black woman-owned agencies, so I chatted with ChiChi to see just how she makes it all happen.

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JUNE 18TH, 2021: 

Today, The 24 Hour Plays, creators of The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, The 24 Hour Musicals and the Viral Monologues, announced this year's company for The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, which will be held as a virtual program. The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2021 company will include actor JASMINE SHARMA. 

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APRIL 9TH, 2021: 

By Emma Stern: ChiChi Anyanwu is a talent manager, a producer, and an overall force to be reckoned with. She has a clear vision of who she is and a welcoming yet determined energy that instantly creates an environment where you feel you can be honest. She works tirelessly for her clients and for the entertainment industry she wants to see. She launched her company, CHI Talent Management during the pandemic. Read about her journey, how it’s been after launching her own company, and about the changes she wants to see when the theatre industry is able to return fully from the pandemic. 

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MARCH 9TH, 2021: 

Ars Nova has announced its fourth slate of 2021 programming including four events from Tuçe Yasak, Tislarm Bouie, L Morgan Lee, and Emily Wells, curated by Obie-winning choreographer and director Raja Feather Kelly.

Bianca Leigh will have her writing featured in 'The Women', a play that highlights what it means to be a woman and overcoming the societal and gender expectations put on them, created by L Morgan Lee & Raja Feather Kelly.  April 8th at 7PM ET

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MARCH 5TH, 2021: 

"Call and Response Podcast" talk with talent manager and entrepreneur ChiChi Anyanwu about her game-changing experience at the McCarter Theatre, the origin story of creating her own management company, and the important three C-words that inform her work with her clients.

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