“10 Weeks In Jamaica: Theatre Conversations from Jamaica to the World!” is a lively series of weekly discussions with Jamaica’s leading theatre artists exploring the histories and memories of–and visions for–the Jamaican stage. Produced by Boston-based international theatre production company Akiba Abaka Arts, in partnership with Kingston, Jamaica-based talent agency and production company RAW Management, the series aims to connect Jamaican theatre artists with a global platform of theatre makers looking to gain new knowledge, share best practices around progressive theatre-making, and engage members of the greater Caribbean Diaspora longing for familiar stories of home.
“10 Weeks in Jamaica” weekly conversations can be streamed live each Sunday at 4 PM; previous episodes of the series featuring Oliver Samuels O.D., Dr. Brian Heap, Dr. Deborah Hickling-Gordon, and Fae Ellington are available for on-demand viewing on the Akiba Abaka Arts YouTube page here.
Each week the series explores a different theme based on the history of Jamaican theatre, and contemporary narratives presented on the Jamaican stage. The next conversation on Sunday, November 22 at 4 PM titled THE BUSINESS OF THE JAMAICAN STAGE (JAMBIZ) features Lenford Salmon, Company Director for Jambiz International Ltd. and national adjudicator for the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission Speech and Drama competitions; Glen “Titus” Campbell, renowned international actor who became a household name among Jamaicans for his show, “Titus in Town”; Boston-based actor, director and educator Magalie Neff; and Andrew Roach, founder and director of The Jamaican Shopping Club. The conversation is moderated by Jamaican-American theater entrepreneur, actress and director Akiba Abaka.
Upcoming programs in the series include:
Sunday, November 29, 4PM EST
DANCEHALL REGGAE AND THE NETTLEFORD EFFECT
Speakers: Orville Hall, Marlon Simms and Neila Ebanks
Sunday, December 6, 4PM EST
JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 1)
Speakers: David Tulloch and Fabian Thomas
Sunday, December 13, 4PM EST
JAMAICAN PLAYWRIGHTS ANSWER GEORGE BERNARD SHAW (PART 2)
Speakers: Dahlia Harris and Amba Chevannes
Sunday, December 20, 4PM EST
QUEER NARRATIVES FROM THE JAMAICAN STAGE
Speakers: Karl Williams and Webster McDonald
Sunday, December 27, 4PM EST
LEADERS OF A NEW STAGE
Speakers: Evone Walters, Andrew Barracks and Rayon McLean
Sunday, January 3, 4PM EST
AFRO-FUTURISM AND THE JAMAICAN STAGE
Speakers: Tanya Batson Savage and Michael Holgate
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