Rise Up: Creating Theatre For The Moment
March 30, 2019–Pamela Brown Auditorium
How do we use theatre to inspire, provoke, and contribute to a social or political cause? Hear from a panel of activist theatremakers as they offer insight into what it means to make brave art in tumultuous times.
JUD HENDRIX (MODERATOR) is the Project Catalyst for Lean Into
Louisville with Louisville Metro Government, the Executive Director of The
Global Human Project, a consultant with New Possibilities Associates and an
adjunct faculty member at Bellarmine University. He is currently finishing
his PhD in Education and Social Change with a focus on Critical Whiteness
Studies. Jud has worked in the areas of social change and innovation and
personal and professional development for over 25 years. He has a Master
of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and a Bachelor’s in
Psychology from Samford University.
SHANNON WOOLLEY ALLISON was a founding member of LFL in
2001. She oversees the development of the company and the execution of
our mission in creating both performances and residencies that speak to the
needs of those whose voices are unheard. Shannon performs, directs, and
teaches for LFL. Some of her favorite experiences have been her one-woman
show, Women Speak: IRAQ, directed by Kelly McNerney; We Are Here, LFL’s
most recent devised show exploring the current political reality; and her
work on Defining Infinity, a work currently in development about the human
gender and sexuality spectrum’s; as well as her ongoing work in Kentuckiana
classrooms using drama to explore topics such as the 1937 Louisville Flood
and issues of peer pressure and discrimination. Shannon holds a BFA in Acting
from Southern Methodist University, and an MA in Educational Theatre from
New York University. For the last 20+ years, she has free-lanced as an actor,
director, and teaching artist, in addition to her work with LFL. She is proud
to have contracted with The Leadership Program in NYC, City Lights Youth
Theatre, StageOne Children’s Theatre, and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. She is
proud to be a roster artist for the KY Arts Council, and a member of Alternate
ROOTS, The Network of Ensemble Theatres, and the Cultural Advisory Board
of the Fund for the Arts.
JANELLE RENEE DUNN, originally from Duncan, South Carolina, is
an actor, producer and teaching artist. She has a MFA in Acting from the
University of Louisville and a BA in Theatre (Directing) from Berea College.
She the Education Associate for Actors Theatre. Before joining Actors, she
taught drama workshops to students for three years throughout Louisville. She
also appeared in the title role of a local kid’s touring show, Kylie for President
(Drama by George). Janelle Renee is the producer of Ain’t I a Woman Playfest,
a play festival highlighting the work of women of color playwrights.
NSANGOU NJIKAM is an actor and playwright originally from Baltimore,
MD. His theatre credits include Syncing Ink (Flea Theater/Alley Theatre),
Henry V (Classical Theatre of Harlem), Re:Definition (La Mama/Hip Hop
Theatre Fest), Hands Up: 7 Plays/7 Testimonials (Nation Black Theater) and
Deep Azure (Congo Square Theatre Company). Njikam has written Syncing
Ink, I.D.: Identical Destiny, When We Left, Re:Definition and is one of the
seven playwrights for Hands Up: 7 Plays, 7 Testimonials. His work has been
produced at The Flea Theater, The Alley Theatre, National Black Theater
and the BBC. Njikam is a member of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the
Public Theater. He received his BFA in Acting from Howard University. He
resides in New York.
JOU JOU PAPAILLER has over three decades of experience writing,
directing, and producing. His short film, By Means of Natural Selection, in
which he wrote, produced, and starred, won 3 awards including Best Actor for
his performance at the 168 Film Festival in Bel Air, California. Smoke Screen,
which he edited, directed, and associate produced, screened at Universal
Studios and was sold for distribution. He has also stage managed and assistant
directed for NBC and National Lampoon Network, working with stars such as
Mario Lopez (America’s Best Dance Crew) and Robert Englund (A Nightmare
on Elm Street). Before leaving Los Angeles, he was the production coordinator
for Restraining Order starring Robin Givens. Recently, he has starred
opposite Taye Diggs in the feature film River Runs Red and a Lifetime Movie
called Secrets of the Lake, both produced in Louisville, KY. His dedication to
Louisville caused him to create a production company, Papailler Cre-ative
LLC. With this company, he has done projects ranging from anti-gun violence
and anti-drug addiction to food and fitness projects for youth.
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