August 27, 2009. 10 members from the NEC Repertory and Marie McKinney, program coordinator and instructor at Negro Ensemble Company, were invited to meet with CBS-TV, Casting Vice President, Fern Orenstein to participate in The CBS Diversity Institute’s one-on-one coaching on best practices for marketing the actor’s talent and landing roles on “episodic” TV. You know, TV shows like, C.S.I, N.C.I.S, The Unit, Peace Maker, among others. Ms. Orenstein, Barbara Matos and other Casting Executives from CBS Hollywood and CBS NY met with 80 selected Actors from the Actor’s Unions and African, Latin and Asian American NY organizations, including NEC.
July 10, 2009. An over-capacity crowd bombarded Negro Ensemble Company Repertory’s Lost and Found, Friday. .From 1967 to the 90’s, Negro Ensemble Company, the second oldest black theater company in the world, was the best place for black playwrights to sent their plays for production. When the company closed temporarily, in the 80’s, boxes of scripts and memorabilia unaccounted for. Excerpts from six of the hundreds of archived works re-discovered at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture returned to the stage. New plays and original
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works by Actor/Writers, Barbara Asare-Bediako and Actor/Writer/Rapper, Quester Hannah; Ryan Johnson, actor/comic and singer/songwriter, heart throb, Jillian Walker ignited the stage . “Excelllence and Prolific writing for the Theatre.” read NEC Rep citations awarded vereran writers, Laurence Holder and Leslie Lee. An interview followed. NEC Repertory presented “LOST AND FOUND: NEC Honors Classic Plays and Emerging Playwrights” on July 10 at 8pm at Where Eagles Dare Theatre in New York, NY. For Audition: email email@example.com.
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