ART THAT AWAKENS
Following every performance, Conch Shell Productions (CSP) invites artists to discuss their process, and audiences to share their response to the work. CSP also hosts Artist Chats feature Caribbean American and Caribbean Diaspora artists.
Our hope is that these open conversations will help expand awareness of the emerging voices of Caribbean American and Caribbean diaspora artists, inspire diverse audiences to support and demand more plays and films by our community of artists, and encourage Caribbean American and Caribbean diaspora artists to own their unique, authentic voices.
Karl O'Brian Williams led our Opening Night panel discussion on October 14th, 2021. TOPIC: THE JOURNEY DEVELOPING AND PRODUCING AFTERSHOCKS
During the month of October 2021, CSP is raising funds to support the earthquake relief work of Haitian-led nonprofit CapraCare Magaly chats with the CEO/President of CapraCare.Jean Pierre-Louis.
Magaly chats with CSIFF Jury Award Committee members Keith Randolph Smith, Martin Majeske, and award jurist/fest coordinator Marquis Smalls . This plenary session is one of many insightful panel conversations that took place during Conch Shell Int'l Fest - May 21-23. To view the other enlightening, lively, information filled panels go to https://vimeo.com/ondemand/conchshelliff
In 2020, Jerry's original series TERROR LAKE DRIVE was the first SAG-AFTRA production in the U.S. to commence and complete production during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Conch Shell Productions' Artist Chat 2021 launches on Jan 27th . Topic: BIPOC artists perspectives, visions, and strategies for inclusion, equity, and diversity in theatre. Hosted by Magaly Colimon-Christopher. Guests: Ron OJ Parson (director), Phanesia Pharel (playwright) and L. Trey Wilson (actor/playwright).
Cassandra Medley moderates a Hear Her Call Caribbean American Women's Theater Festival panel discussion about the Caribbean American voice. Panelists include Magaly Colimon-Christopher, Amina Henry, Monique A. Robinson, Ingrid Griffith, Nancy Mendez-Booth,Myra M. McPhee, Melanie Nicholls-King, Pascale Armand, and Candace Thompson-Zachary,
Film & television artists Shinelle Azoroh, Yvette Ganier and Tanya Taylor discuss the experiences and challenges of working on set during the COVID19 pandemic. Conch Shell Productions' Producing Artistic Director Magaly Colimion-Christopher moderates the conversation
Co-moderators Karl O'Brian Williams and Sergei Burbank lead our closing artist chat. Discussing the power of art to funnel the truth modern day drama in a dark comedy that inspires hope... and more.
Theatre artists Teisha Duncan, Gretchen Suarez-Pena, Kat Yen, Nelson Diaz Marcano, Rad Pereira, Aixa Kendrick, Tyler Cruz, Brandon Gregory, and Conch Shell Productions' Producing Artistic Director Magaly Colimon-Christopher share their viewpoints.
"There is something in human that propells us to re-empower ourselves, rather than replaying victimiization,"Aixa Kendrick
Sergei Burbank (Conch Shell Production Literary Manager) and playwright Christin Eve Cato co-moderate a post-performance Artist Chat with the #Bluelightseries Program A artists: I MARRIED A BLACK REPUBLICAN (written by Magaly Colimon-Christopher, directed by Tanya E. Taylor, performed by Tristan Cunningham, Guyviaud Joseph and Sarah Marable); and THE CUSTOMER VOTING SERVICE (written by Juan Ramirez, Jr., directed by Susan Tenney, performed by Jarvis Tomdio and Tanya Perez). #Bluelightseries is a Conch Shell Productions/HB Studio coproduction. This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and many generous supports.
Sergei Burbank (Conch Shell Production Literary Manager) and playwright Tylie Shider co-moderate a post-performance Artist Chat with the #Bluelightseries Program B artists and Producing Artistic Director Magaly Colimon-Christopher THE ARITHMETIC OF MEMORY Written by Gretchen Suarez-Pena, Directed by Teisha Duncan; Performed by Aixa Kendrick and Tyler Cruz. I SAW JESUS IN TOA BAJA Written by Nelson Diaz-Marcano; Directed by Kat Yen; Performed by Rad Pereira and Brandon Gregory. #BLUELIGHTSERIES Fall 2020 is a Conch Shell Productions/HB Studio co-production. #Bluelightseries is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and generous supporters.
Cynthia Robinson and Sergei Burbank moderate a lively #Bluelightseries post-performance chat with the creative teams of I MARRIED A BLACK REPUBLICAN (written by Magaly Colimon-Christopher, directed by Tanya E. Taylor, performed by Tristan Cunningham, Guyviaud Joseph and Sarah Marable) and THE CUSTOMER VOTING SERVICE (written by Juan Ramirez, Jr., directed by Susan Tenney, performed by Jarvis Tomdio and Tanya Perez). #Bluelightseries is a Conch Shell Productions/HB Studio coproduction. This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and many generous supports.
Sergei Burbank moderates a conversation about comedy and it's impact during challenging times.
He also introduces the Executive/Artistic Director of #bluelightseries co-producing company HB Studio; and featured playwrights Magaly Colimon-Christopher, Juan Ramirez, Nelson Diaz-Marcano and Gretchen Suarez-Pena.
On Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 7pm, check out this conversation with Tanya Perez, Evan Parke, Monique A Robinson and Juliette Jeffers. We discussed the life experiences that inspired these Caribbean American artists to embracing the freedom of tackling multiple projects and multiple disciplines.
Topic- redefining...unearthing...unveiling Caribbean American & international theatre artists of color. Guests Cassandra Medley, France-Luce Benson, Karl O'Brian Williams, Juan Ramirez Jr., MJ Fievre, and Sergei Burbank chat with Magaly Colimon-Christopher about the emerging voices and the questions on minds of artists today.
Artist Chat moderated by Harry Wong following the Reset Series' July 10th, 2020 performance.
March by June, written by Juan Ramirez Jr; Directed by Aivonn Penn; performed by Kailah King
What If…?, written by Cynthia Grace Robertson; directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke; performed by Aixa Kendrick and Raven Ra
I Can’t Breathe, written by Marion Lyman-Mersereau; directed by Kiki Rivera and Donna Blanchard; and performed by Ric Walker
Brown & Black Babies, written by Kiki Rivera; directed by Kiki River and Donna Blanchard; and performed by Vaialofi Samifua and Kiki Rivera
The Sign of Friendship, written by Karl O’Brian Williams; directed by Keenan Charles; performed by Ansi Rodriguez and Max Lamadrid
Artist Chat following the opening presentation of Reset Theatre Coalition’s RESET SERIES.
The alliance - initiated by Conch Shell Productions, in collaboration with Braata Productions and Kumu Kahua Theater, presents new works by American playwrights of AFRICAN, CARIBBEAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, LATIN AMERICAN, CENTRAL AMERICAN, ASIAN, EUROPEAN, MIDDLE EASTERN, INDIAN, and POLYNESIAN descent - that we hope to help inspire a RESET in America. The post-performance artist chat was moderated by Donna Blanchard (Managing Director of Kumu Kahua Theatre).
Topic: MEET THE PRODUCERS OF RESET
Karl O'Brian Williams, Harry Wong, & Donna Blanchard join Sergei Burbank and Magaly Colimon-Christopher to discuss the inspiration for Reset Series
Topic: DRAMATURG & LITERARY MANAGER: THEIR ROLE THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PLAYS
Sergei Burbank, Taylor Barfield and Arminda Thomas join Magaly Colimon-Christopher for a lively discussion about dramaturgy and new work development.
Geany Masai chats with Amina Henry, HHC Reading Salon playwright (writer of "Ducklings")
Q&A moderated by Cassandra Medley following the staged reading of SILENT TRUTH written by Magaly Colimon-Christopher; directed by Yvette Ganier.
Moderator Minkie English chats with filmmakers (right to left) Stefanie Saintonge and Tanya Perez.
At Conch Shell Productions, one of our goals to open up channels of communication between audiences and the artist/theatermaker. Your input will help us program future artist chats.
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