AUGUST 21ST PERFORMERS

MEET LAUREN FLOREK

Lauren Florek is a recent graduate of DePaul University with a bachelors degree in Vocal Performance. While studying at DePaul she performed in DePaul Opera Theaters productions of Suor Angelica, The Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretel, The Beggars Opera and Le Nozze di Figaro. During the summers of 2018 and 2019 Lauren was very fortunate to be able to attend Musica nelle Marche, a four-week opera training program in Urbino Italy where she was featured in several concerts throughout the Marche region. Lauren plans to continue refining her craft during her graduate studies at Longy School of Music in the fall.


MEET MR. HE

She’s blue over you and searching for closure. She’s the ghost under your bedsheets, Mr. He.


MEET DA’MERIUS FORD

Da’Merius Ford is a singer, actor, and dancer. He is most recognized for his performance of Victor in Wichita State University’s Production of SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, for which he received a National Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor in a Musical from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Currently, Da’Merius is residing in South Korea as a Resident Actor with English Musicals Korea where he is performing and creating original children’s musicals.


MEET YELLOWSTYLEZ

Yellowstylez! Nicknamed “The Truth” by the mayor of his hometown East Orange NJ, is a Founding Member of Nu Rho Poetic Society at Syracuse University, a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, and 3x award winning slam champion. 


MEET ANGELICA FLORES

Angelica is a 26 years old educator and activist/actress. A graduate of Stella Adler Studios. She resides in the Bronx where she has started her own brand.


MEET ZIRAH

Zirah Hajjaj has always had a passion for music. She started singing when she was just 5 years old. She enjoys singing many different types of genres, ranging from classical to pop music. She has had the opportunity to perform in Hollywood and has sung at military events and weddings. She hopes to turn her passion for music into a career.


MEET CRIS ELI BLAK

Cris Eli Blak is a playwright, screenwriter, producer, performer and poet. He wrote the short film The Brother’s Survivor, which was an award winner at the Worldfest Houston International Film Festival. He was commissioned by the Louisville Arts Network and Lift Up Lou to write his performance piece HOPE: Living as a Black Man in America, is a two-time poetry slam champion and has had his work produced, published and/or performed by Urban Stages (Off-Broadway), Illuminate Theatre, Roaming Theatre Collaborative, Earworm Audio Theatre Podcast, the International Human Rights Arts Festival and Next Generation Stage Directors, among others.


MEET KENNY BLACC

Born and raised in the Bronx, Kenny Blacc is a radio personality turned stand up comedian. Blacc has performed all over New York City, including venues such as, Harlem Nights Bar, New York Comedy Comedy Club and Broadway Comedy Club. As a member of an organization called “The Roux”, he has also co-produced and headlined in his own comedy show called “A Blacc A** Comedy Show”. He also has jokes available on all streaming platforms and funny skits on his Instagram page.


MEET KEYLA MCNEELY

Keyla McNeely (SAG/AFTRA) is a television and film actress from small town Cornelia, Georgia. Inspired by her favorite poem, Two Roads, she decided to take the road less traveled to pursue a career in entertainment. Her face can be seen in campaigns for McDonalds, Wells Fargo, Virgin America, CBS Survivor promos. Notably, she also appears in the ensemble Another Slave Narrative (First Place Winner, African American Women in Cinema Festival). Esteemed acting coach, Larry Moss, has compared her to a younger Viola Davis.Currently, she is flexing her creativity in poetry writing. Her poetry highlights women not only finding their voice, but being vigilant in breaking through struggle while navigating life in love, growth and circumstance.


MEET LIONEL M. MACAULEY

Lionel M. Macauley is 28 years old and was born and raised in Franklin, NJ (Somerset County) by parents who migrated to the United States from Sierra Leone/West Africa. Lionel began his career in entertainment back in high school when he was a member of the very popular New Jersey dance team, Team Franklin. He’s been acting for 12 years now and he’s done various projects in and out of the Tri-State area. Lionel’s career has also afforded him the opportunity to travel Europe and collaborate with Signdance Collective International performing before audiences in places like Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Turkey, Mexico, Belgium, and London. Lionel has been performing spoken word poetry since August of 2015 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s performed in major events at Rutgers University as well as featuring in one of their open mic collectives called Verbal Mayhem. Recently, he releases his spoken word EP which is available on all steaming platforms. Click here to download his spoken word EP!


MEET VIDUSHI CHADHA

Vidushi Chadha is an actor, writer and spoken word artist. Born and raised in New Delhi India, Vidushi found a way to break the chains of patriarchy and fully embrace her voice through her art. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Acting from CalArts and has been living in Los Angeles for the last two years. This has led her to investigate her identity as a woman of colour and deepen her understanding of intersectional feminism. Her short film Freedom – a spoken word music video, was an all WOC production, highlighting issues of race, gender and sexuality. She is currently working on Back Pocket – a live action animation spoken word music video on the lack of pockets in women’s clothing. Her work is cheeky, humorous and poignant! 


MEET RASHIDA COSTA

Rashida Costa is an actress, model and producer. She attended South University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science. She is best-known for her role in All Right Gym as Linda; her role in the play Recluse as a detective, and the documentary Actors on The Coronavirus to name a few. Most recently featured in the music video Hope is A Powerful Thing. Rashida is also a published author of the self-help book 365 Days Smarter as well as a Children’s author.


MEET MOODY

On September 15, 2020, make sure you download her EP, “Everyday I Pray for love”, on all streaming platforms. Follow Moody on instagram to get all the updates of her EP because she is more than a vibe she’s a mood!


MEET KATE SEWARD

Kate Seward is a writer and green juice aficionado with a deep and abiding affection for books at all levels of seriousness, reality television, crystals, astrology, humor and self-love. She attended Yale and NYU and taught writing for many years at NYU, Stanford, and pretty much every institution of higher learning in the SF Bay Area. Mostly recently, she worked at Viacom Velocity, a creative studio at ViacomCBS, but is now tutoring and teaching online creative writing classes focused on self-recovery and discovery while she figures out what’s next. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


MEET COURTNEY OLIVER

Courtney is a 24 years old Black woman who loves art and poetry, but she does not really like talking about herself.


MEET MAHIMA

Mahima is an actor, writer and admirer of everything Books, Bollywood and Beyoncé. NY credits include- Sanam in the NY premiere of Queen by Madhuri Shekar (New York Innovative Awards nominee- Best Actress in a Leading Role.) Exeter in Mary V (NY Int’l Fringe Festival); Masha in The Seagull.When she’s not pursuing the craft she crossed the seven seas for, Mahima is busy kicking b*** at the Krav Maga Academy in Chelsea.Mahima is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater’s Acting School where she met her future collaborator/partner Gabrielle Adkins with whom she has co-founded a NY based production company called the  Little Lost Girl (L2g) Productions, LLC.


MEET DANSU UMI

As colored, and queer individuals, Ayaka and Melissa Green-Merino have envisioned a dance duo company, Dansu Umi. They created a performance of love between two humans who come from two different worlds, coming together in a relationship, but deal with each other’s emotional instabilities but still fighting to be together.