Remembering Stage and Screen Actor Chuck Patterson

I auditioned for Chuck Patterson at Rosetta LeNoire’s AMAS Theater on 105th St and 5th Ave for a play called Fort E Ville by Gene Allen. Desiree Colman and I waited in the greenroom to audition…He was simultaneously a grassroots icon and a Broadway star we could look up to. He was both accessible and lofty enough to raise a high artistic standard for artists. So talented. Thank you Chuck for your example, you dignity, your passion, your unstoppable excellence! Talented director and performer of stage and screen! You are missed!

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Helen Cash Jackson: Arts Advocate & Visionary

Helen Cash Jackson, a pioneer advocate for multi-cultural NY arts funding and recognition. Mrs. Jackson joined the ancestors on Wednesday May 27th, after a long battle with cancer. Her home going ceremony in Harlem was attended by her colleagues and friends including Smokey Robinson, Dionne Warwick and Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson.

Rainbows of monuments to Helen Cash Jackson’s impact, speckle the New York arts landscape and continue to influence what grows possible on global stages. With the stalwart elegance of a seasoned diplomat, Helen Cash Jackson carved out a revolution for arts of color and unique vision. Helen Cash Jackson’s powerful presence and nurturing precision could overwhelm the novice. Yet, as Woodie King Jr., theater director and producer of The New Federal Theatre, said of Jackson, “She understood and cared for us.” (NY Amsterdam News June 6. 2013)

Chuck Jackson and Smokie Robinson at Helen Cash Jackson’s Home-Going Ceremony June 5th, 2013 Benta’s Funeral Home, Harlem NYC

Rising through the ranks during the US Civil Rights Era, when the number of Black luminaries in the arts, politics or education was small yet mighty, her vision for a new future formed.

THE NEGRO ENSEMBLE CO. TRAINING PROGRAM SHOW THURS. JUNE 27th, 2013 at Shetler

THE NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY TRAINING PROGRAM
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8-12 students per class. All Levels.

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OUR SEASON at The NEC

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2013 Workshops: Bette Howard, Charles Weldon, Marie McKinney, Mariann Aaida, Kim Weston-Moran

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Click to See Upcoming Workshops March 2013
in Acting, Directing, Writing..New Master Classes
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