HEAR HER CALL 2019 - new plays by Caribbean-American Women


On March 29th, 2019 - CONCH SHELL PRODUCTIONS and MILTON G. BASSIN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER  at York College in Jamaica Queens presented HEAR HER CALL - a festival of 10-minute plays written by Caribbean-American female playwrights.  

HEAR HER CALL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN WOMEN'S THEATER FESTIVAL is an annual festival celebrating the unique and diverse voices of Caribbean-American women who employ innovative methods to use theatre to inspire social change.  

2019 Playwrights: Wendy Arimah, France-Luce Benson, Maggie Diaz Bofill, Marjuan Canady, Nattalie Gordon, Rossely Harman, & Julliette Jeffers 

2019 Co-Producing Organizations: Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center & Conch Shell Productions

2019  Co-Producers: Magaly Colimon-Christopher & Nicoletta Mandriotti

2019 Co-Curators: Magaly Colimon-Christopher & Nicoletta Mandriotti

2019 Co-Directors: Magaly Colimon-Christopher & Nicoletta Mandriotti

2019 Play Selection Committee Members:  Magaly Colimon-Christopher, Nicoletta Mandriotti, and Stephanie Rolland


On MARCH 29, 2019 Rossely Harman's play THE DARK CREATURE (directed by Nicoletta Mandriotti, performed by Nadege Matteis) won the OUTSTANDING PLAYWRITING THAT INSPIRES CHANGE Audience Choice Award.  Conch Shell Productions congratulates, Rossely.

In this video she shares what inspired her to write "The Dark Creature." For more interviews of Rossely, visit our Youtube channel

2019 festival audience choice award winner"Dark Creature"

2019 Hear Her Call Caribbean-American Women's Theater Festival 

Outstanding Social Change Inspiring Playwright Audience Choice Award Winner

"Dark Creature" 

Written by Rossely Harman; Directed by Nicoletta Mandriotti

Costume designed by Natalia Fuentes Munoz

Sound designed by Bill Toles

Lighting designed by Gilbert Pearto

Performed by Nadege Matteis

Festival co-directors/co-curators


Magaly Colimon-Christopher - FOUNDER/PRODUCER/CO-DIRECTOR/CO-CURATOR (Director of “3030” “Pan Gyul” “Orange” & “Cooter Soup")

Haitian-American founder of Hear Her Call Caribbean-American Women's Theater Festival, Magaly is a native New Yorker who is passionate about film and theater productions that feature strong female Caribbean-American lead characters who inspire social change.   

DIRECTING/PRODUCING CREDITS: “Yes Madame!” (Official Selection: Pan African Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Reel Sisters Film Festival, and HBREC Film Festival). “’Til Midnight” (BN4Real webseries) “Her Tory” (Semi-Finalist Caribbean Film Festival and Market); “Couple Wanted” (Ah-Ha Moments One-Act Play Festival). WRITING CREDITS: “BN4Real”, “Silent Truth” (2018 Finalist O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), “Destination Ooh Aah Yummy” (Princess Grace Awards Semi-Finalist). (



Nicoletta Mandriotti - PRODUCER/CO-DIRECTOR/CO-CURATOR (Director of “1st Sin, 2nd Class, 3rd World” “The Dark Creature” & “Fall”)

Nicoletta Mandriotti is a Peruvian-Italian director, playwright, dramaturge, and producer. Known for high physicality and psychological intensity she approaches her work with surrealism, poetry, ritualism and magic. 

Directing credits include “Ghosts” by Henrik Ibsen, “El que espera en el Balcón” by Gregor Díaz, and her original play “Girl Inside the Mirror”, which recently received seven Planet Nominations and two Planet Awards including Outstanding Director of a One-Act or Solo Production and Outstanding Overall Production of a One-Act by Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018. This piece was also presented at Dream Up Festival 2018 at Theater for the New City, receiving critical acclaim.

International producing credits include Limon Company and Mora Godoy Tango Company, as well as several independent theaters in Peru. She has also worked in the field of Arts Administration and Cultural Management. In 2014 she had the pleasure of performing in “Faust” by Goethe, a devised production presented at FISABES Festival (Latino American Festival). Some of her most recent physical training includes master classes in Viewpoints and Suzuki at SITI Company with Ann Bogart and Akiko Aizawa. She has also received extensive training from Trinity College (Ireland), CELCIT (Argentina) and AADA (NY).

MFA in Theater, Sarah Lawrence College. 

Ensemble cast of hear her call theater festival


Jessica Carmona

Jessica Carmona

Jessica Carmona


Jessica Carmona is a Puerto Rican Actress and Playwright based here in NYC. She graduated with her BFA in Acting from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She won the Best Actress award for her role in the film Millie and the Lords which was featured on HBO. She is the playwright for Elvira-The Immigration Play, now playing as part of the 2019 Strawberry Theatre Festival. She thanks God, Bill and Jen for their love and support. 


(Credits: Water by the Spoonful. (Odessa/Haikumom). Finding Amelia. (Mona). Platanos and Collard Greens. (Samana). Nickled and Dimed (Maddie). Millie and the Lords.) 


AnJu Hyppolite

Jessica Carmona

Jessica Carmona


AnJu (actor/writer/educator) works at the intersection of theater arts, literacy advocacy, and social equity. She has devised and performed with The Seven Ravens Project, an NYC-based ensemble that explores sociopolitical issues of child migration, refugees, and displacement. At National Queer Theater (NYC) was a deviser, performer, and puppeteer, creating original play, Speechless, from interview accounts of individuals living with HIV and AIDS.(Credits: Intimate Apparel (Mayme), To Kill A Mockingbird (Calpurnia), and Fortinbras (Horatio); Rebelliousness (Cherry Turner) and Mirrors (Mabel)) 


Nadege Matteis

Jessica Carmona

Nadege Matteis

   Credits: The Hunting Season” Conch Shell Productions; “Julius Caesar” -The Public Theatre, “Blackout”; The New Jersey Theater Center (No Peeking Theater), “In the Red and Brown Water”-(SUNY Purchase Rep)  


James B. Kennedy

Synead Cidney Nichols

Synead Cidney Nichols


James is a Brooklyn based actor, originally from Poughkeepsie, New York. He has spent the past 20 plus years studying & working in film & theatre all over NYC, & throughout the U.S. In his free time he enjoys traveling, yoga, meditation, reading, antiquing, running, cycling, spending time with friends & loved ones, & his cat, Boo. (Credits: "Pause", Gene Frankel Theatre. "Man Bites Dog", Nylon Fusion's This Round’s On Us. "Clown Alley", NJ Rep. "The Hunting Season", Planet Connections. "All Is Bright", I.R.T. "Clover”, LaMama. "The Z-List" & "Seeking Sublet" web series. "Red Dead Redemption 2" video game. "The Fall of The House of Sunshine" pod-musical.) 


Synead Cidney Nichols

Synead Cidney Nichols

Synead Cidney Nichols


Synead started on her performance track as a classically trained dancer studying at The Alvin Ailey School, Harlem School of the Arts, and LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts. During these years, she explored acting and studied in programs at Stella Adler and CAP 21. After developing a deep love for theatre and film, she furthered her acting training and attended William Esper Studio in New York City and then abroad at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London. (www.Synead.com)  (Credits: “Mercy Mistress” “Poets Are The Destroyers”,”The Get Down”)


Pascale Piquion

Synead Cidney Nichols

Pascale Piquion


Pascale Piquion has recently performed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (Fall), HB Studio Theatre (Prophet) and Papa Jean Republik’s “Les Boîtes Noires”. She is excited and honored to be a part of the very first Hear Her Call theatre festival. (@PascalePiquion)


Juliette Jeffers

Juliette is an actor, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. She has worked on stage and screen for over twenty years. She has created award winning solo shows. She coaches solo artists and teaches acting in correctional facilities. (www.JulietteJeffers.com)  (Credits: Theatre; Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down, Tio Pablo, Chocolate Match.com, Pan Gyul & Judgment Day. Recent TV credits include; Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Bones. Film; Lead in “The Noise in the Middle” to be released this year.) 



Natalia Fuentes Munoz (Costume Design)

Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto (Lighting Design)

Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto (Lighting Design)

  Natalie studied clinical psychology and then costume design in Santiago of Chile. After graduating she moved to New York where she has participated in theatrical and opera projects as a costume designer, developed as a style & self-confidence consultant, and blogger of style, sustainable fashion and costume curiosities. 


Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto (Lighting Design)

Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto (Lighting Design)

Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto (Lighting Design)


 Some of his credits Includes Broadway Dance Lab '2018 Gala'; NFTC- 'Best Of Trou'; Recording Artist- Neycha Albulm Release Party, 'Holy Hell of Hope'; & Lucky's Lighting 'How Do We Love, verse 2'.

Lucky is a lighting designer/master electrician/technical director/producer. He is very pleased to be a part of this production 


Bill Toles (Media Design)

Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto (Lighting Design)

Bill Toles (Media Design)


Bill works across specialties as a composer, designer, director, performer, creator and producer in theater, film, installation art and music. Sekou Sundiata, Craig Harris, Meshell Ndegeocello  Arrested Development, the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra, Caron Wheeler, Screaming Headless Torsos, Nona Hendryx, Carrie Mae Weems, Diana King, Dianne McIntyre.

additional production team members


Kenia Guillen (Videographer)

Akvinder S. Kaur (Costume Intern)

Nova Rivers (Marketing Intern)

Kenia R. Guillen is a filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Having migrated from rural El Salvador to the suburbs of New York, her work is heavily influenced by the need to heal the sudden separation to family, community, and the highlands.  @guillenken 


Nova Rivers (Marketing Intern)

Akvinder S. Kaur (Costume Intern)

Nova Rivers (Marketing Intern)

Nova Rivers is a 17 year old Trinidadian-American artist from Newark, New Jersey. She is an actor, singer, director, and more who has lead and performed in numerous productions. As a passionate storyteller, Nova plans to create works through digital media that bring joy and captivate various audiences.


Akvinder S. Kaur (Costume Intern)

Akvinder S. Kaur (Costume Intern)

Akvinder S. Kaur (Costume Intern)

Akvinder is a junior at Adelphi University pursuing a B.F.A. in theatre design and technology and a minor in anthropology. She has designed for several academic shows in a variety of positions from props master to costume designer to sound designer. 




Special thanks to CEO Amore Phillip for donating AOPR  press release services to     HEAR HER CALL. 

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Specials to TCG for their generous support of Hear Her Call finalist playwright.   The generous donation of a year membership to TCG will allow our finalist to connect with the world of professional theatre, stay up to date in the world of not-for-profit theatre and engage with the theatre community at large. Through a TCG Individual Membership, they will have access to resources that will provide an inside perspective on the national theatre landscape.



Special thanks to Guyviaud Joseph, Amy Eller,  Jeff Bartos and  our anonymous donors for their generous financial support of our Conch Shell Productions productions.   Individual donors' contributions subsidize rehearsal space rental, materials, talent costs, and more.

If you have been waiting to join our donor community - today is the day to make your donations.  We welcome your support of our Hear Her Call crowdfunding campaign.


QCA Supported HEAR HER CALL 2019

Conch Shell Productions is proud to announce that HEAR HER CALL Caribbean-American Women's Theatre Festival was awarded an Queens Council on the Arts Art Access Grant funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Greater New York Arts Development Fund (DCLA).