CO-FOUNDER// CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR// CO-PRODUCER
To challenge the perceptions of women and the underrepresented through the voice of theatre and to serve as an advocate for their stories.
The Naked Expedition Project (TNEP) was founded by two artists with a passion for exploring the process of creation and development through works that feature the untold, underrepresented, and non-traditional stories of women and femininity.
TNEP strives to inspire writers of all ethnicities, backgrounds, and gender by providing a space for them to develop and share their work. We believe that artists thrive within a community that embraces exploration and the many stages of development and process. Our goal is to provide a platform for non-traditional stories and voices that will ignite conversation, understanding and investigation into the core humanity of women and the underrepresented within the local and global community.
CELESTINE RAE is an artist and storyteller. She is an actress and contemporary dancer from Philadelphia, Pa with a degree in English from Temple University. Celestine studied at the William Esper Studio under Terry Knickerbocker and has appeared in several off-Broadway productions as well as independent Film & TV, including a recurring role on the hit HBO series, Boardwalk Empire. As a budding writer herself, Celestine has had her original work produced in NYC and is continuing to explore writing alongside her devotion to acting and producing. www.celestinerae.com
CO-FOUNDER// CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR// CO-PRODUCER
LAURA E.BRAY is an Aussie transplant that has been swimming the ocean of New York City for over 7 years. She is a writer and a collaborator and began her creative trajectory as an actor and classical musician. She obtained her B.A majoring in Literature from La Trobe University, Victoria. She then went on to train as an actor at The National Theatre Drama School and once graduation, she worked professionally in both classical and contemporary theatre. Meanwhile honing her skills as a writer when she was not on stage. Her love of theatre transplanted her to NYC in late 2008. Since her migration, she has turned her focus to writing and producing. Her original work has been produced here in NYC both on stage and in short-film. www.lauraebray.com
Dennis A. Allen II – was born and raised in Hempstead, New York. Recipient of Atlantic Theater Company’s inaugural 2014-15 Launch Commission and National Black Theatre’s, 2016-17 “I Am Soul Playwright Residency”. His play The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi was a winner at the 35th annual Off Off Broadway Samuel French festival. He has developed and produced plays with The Lark Play Development Center, the Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Fire This Time Festival, Working Theater, New York Madness, The Naked Expedition Project, 48 Hours in Harlem and the National Black Theatre. Collaborative writing projects with The American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices and The New Black Fest’s Hands up: 6 Playwrights, 6 Testaments. Dennis received his MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College. As a Director Dennis has worked with, Poetic Theater Productions, The Brick Theater, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Under St. Marks and The Fire This Time Festival. As an actor Dennis helped to develop and performed in Reid Farrington’s Tyson vs. Ali and the world premiere of Kate Benson’s, A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of The Greatest of the Great Lakes. Dennis teaches artist workshops around the country, most recently at Indiana University, Atlantic Theater Company, The National Black Theater and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival region 1. www.dennisaallenii.com
THE WORDS AND THOUGHTS OF PEOPLE THAT INSPIRE US IN LIFE AND TO CREATE:
“Art is a path on which we honour our world.” – Robert Genn
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde
“Difference must be not merely tolerated, but seen as a fund of necessary polarities between which our creativity can spark like a dialectic.” – Audre Lorde
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- JANUARY '15
- JUNE '15
- OCTOBER '14
- SEPTEMBER '14
We will be showcasing the work of twenty (20) new and emerging selected playwrights for the TNEP Reading Series, running from September 2014 to March 2015.
If you’re interested in contributing and supporting us to:
- Provide a platform for new and talented artists to have their work seen and
- Bring awareness to new voices in the theater community who are writing plays about women and the underrepresented
Please donate via FRACTURED ATLAS (all donations are Tax Deductible):
HELP US SUPPORT WOMEN IN THEATRE.
OUR ESTEEMED DONORS
Below are the people who are helping us continue the life of this company and project. They’re giving their hard earned dollar (or two) to support TNEP and all that we stand for.
All we can say is thank you. Thank you for helping us support underrepresented and female playwrights, their voices and their stories.
Chi Chi Anyanwu
Shannyn Van Der Nol
Mary Beth Easly
Ronnie L. Allen
Dennis A. Allen II
Nambi E. Kelley
Girl In Red Productions LLC
WATCH THIS SPACE!
TNEP returns in 2016 in exciting new ways.
We’ll have new works, new writers & new stories!
Until then, we’re busy raising funds to keep the work alive. If you’d like to help us support female voices & keep our theater and arts scene diverse, then you can donate through Fractured Atlas, www.fracturedatlas.org
For information including events, media, subscriptions and talent, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct questions and queries can be sent to the Co-Founders/Artistic Directors:
Celestine Rae: email@example.com
Laura Bray: firstname.lastname@example.org
IF YOU’D LIKE TO BE KEPT IN THE LOOP OF EVERYTHING HAPPENING WITH TNEP, PLEASE HEAD TO OUR ‘SPOTLIGHT SERIES’ PAGE AND SUBSCRIBE!