WE ARE

CO-FOUNDER// CO-ARTISTIC DIRECTOR// CO-PRODUCER

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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

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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

 

ARTISTIC CONSULTANT

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