NEC's Year Of The Woman 2015 Reading Series
March 24 — March 29
About McKenya Dilworth, Playwright
McKenya Dilworth has served as the Executive Director of the oldest continuing community theatre in Gary, Indiana, Artist in Residence for the New Directional Players at Purdue University in Indiana. She also served as Company Manager for the famed Negro Ensemble Company in New York City and Creative Writing Instructor at the renowned Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. She taught Theatre Arts and German at the TC Williams Satellite Campus and taught as an adjunct faculty member at NOVA Community College in Alexandria, Virginia
Ms. Dilworth has performed and produced shows that she has written throughout the Midwest and internationally: including Belgium, Poland, Brazil, Japan and England. She founded the Theatre of Purpose (TOP), a performance ensemble theatre that uses the live performing arts as a platform for how to seriously raise and discuss social action and change. PLAYFEST of Alexandria is also a brainchild of Dilworth’s in collaboration with Alexandria Redevelopment & Housing Authority, gives novice playwrights a platform to express, share and expose their talents.
She holds BA Degrees in Theatre and German from Simpson College, Master’s Degree in Education, and is currently working on her PhD. She has served as the Lead teacher at TC Satellite Campus in Alexandria, Virginia, involved with a model school for the 21st century classroom. Some of Dilworth’s writing was in the national publication of Recreation and Parks and Urbanite Magazines and featured articles for an online e-zine, We Love Our Marriage. Her poetry has appeared in the anthology entitled, Steel Pudding.
Anderson Johnson, Director
Anderson Johnson-Master-class Coach, and former NEC Workshop Director comes back to the workshop. Professor Johnson returns to where it all began; with young artists Laurence Fishburne; Robert Townsend; Mariann Aalda; Reggie Vel Johnson and Angela Scott, who all once called NEC home. Join us once again as the transition continues.
Susan Watson Turner, Moderator – Director, Writer and Black Theatre Scholar
Susan Watson Turner earned a BFA from Ohio University and MFA from Columbia University in Theatre Directing and Management. Ms. Watson Turner has directed theatre regionally and off-Broadway for over 15 years. Ms. Watson Turner Most brings a wealth of story-telling experience from the theatre. She has worked for the world renowned Negro Ensemble Company as producer, director and Board Member. During her tenure she worked on award winning production A Soldier’s Play with Samuel L. Jackson and Denzel Washington, toured internationally and directed North 17th Street by Clay Goss. NYT reviewer hails Ms. Watson Turner’s directing as ‘elegant choreography.’ Her adaptation The Fire Inside – The story and poetry of Nikki Giovanni was produced by Karamu Theatre /Ingenuity Festival in Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago State University and The Negro Ensemble Company in New York. She directed The Journey of Seven Guitars, a video documentary about the development of August Wilson’s Broadway play Seven Guitars. This documentary was funded by AT&T. She has also directed a short film entitled The Mattress Hustle and is the executive producer on feature length film Blinded by Love and teleplay Livin’. Ms. Watson Turner is currently a Professor of Theatre / Multi-media performance at Lehman College – CUNY.