There are countless people behind the scenes making this year's festival a possibility. Without them, the Black Motherhood and Parenting New Play Festival wouldn't be the dream that it is today. Each of you hold a special place in our hearts.
Please take a moment to get to know them here.
Nicole Santora is an actress and writer with screen credits including multiple independent films and television shows such as Hulu’s Shrill and NBC’s Grimm. While this is Nicole’s first time writing a dramatic play for the stage, she has written short films, satire featured on The Belladonna Comedy, and sketch comedy featured at Seattle’s SketchFest.
Keenya J. Jackson is an emerging Philadelphia playwright and author. She is a co-founder of Jouska PlayWorks at Simpatico Theatre in Philadelphia. She is also a member of The Foundry, A Playwrights Lab at PlayPenn in Philadelphia. Her play America’s Favorite Feminist was commissioned and read by Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF). Her short play God Bless Them, was also performed by PWTF.
Sonhara Eastman is a playwright/screenwriter with an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch. Her plays are known for illuminating cultural experiences and include Pearl, The Club, and Emmett + Trayvon + Suns of God. Sonhara’s plays have been workshopped at La MaMa, Theatrical Outfit, True Colors Theatre, and more. She was a finalist for the National Playwright’s Center Many Voices Fellowship and a semi-finalist for the Made in New York Writer’s Room Program.
Naomi Lorrain is a NYC based writer/actor. Her play, how to roll a blunt, was selected for the 2022 Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Rep and was a 2021 Finalist for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Her screenplay, My Better Half was a 2021 2nd Rounder for Comedy Feature Screenplay at the Austin Film Festival as well as a quarterfinalist for the WeScreenplay: Diverse Voices Competition.
Ny'Ea Reynolds - BOTANICALS
Adena Varner - THE LAST FRESH START
Khanisha Foster - THERESA
Jamil Jude - SAHM
John Sloan III - Film Producer
Jordan Ealey - Dramaturg
Dayanna Price - Stage Manager
Breon LaDawn - Production Associate/Stage Manager
Dawn Monique Williams
Mothers & Father's Day Panelists
Mary E Hodges
Gabrielle Henderson - Composer
Brianna Pippens - Graphic Designer