Voices of Western Washington University - One Acts - Playbill
Aviona Rodriguez Brown (she/they)
Working with young people in a mentor to student element is one of the most rewarding activities of my life thus far. As a young adult, from a single mother, low-income household I had limited exposure to theatrical training until much later in my life, so to be in the presence of students in this day and age who have experienced formal training and are writing, using their learned skills to tell their experiences and the stories of their families is truly an inspiration to me. My only hope for you audience members, fellow classmates, industry professionals is that you release any hold your ego may possess over you and listen with an open mind and heart so that you might learn from these brilliant beings as I have.
Kamarie Chapman (she/her+)
WWU has a very proud tradition of excellence in playwriting. For years our students (and alumni) have created new works and produced them tirelessly. These efforts have gained all the production members many accolades and national awards. To say we are proud of the playwrights here in the department is an understatement. It feels right in honoring the rebirth that happens during spring to share with our community the stories that we have been creating. Pandemic originally created a necessity for us produce new works so that we could stream them and share the stories with our audience; thus the New Works Festival was borne. But as we find reprieve from covid and the world starts to open back up slowly, we also find that the new works resonate with so many people. We hope they resonate with you as well. Thank you for supporting new plays!
Gimme A Sign
Nadia Gahagan Ellis
Aviona Rodriguez Brown
Gabe O’Rourke-Dela Cruz
Scout Powell and Kharma Stambaugh