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Student Spotlight: Yusef Williams

Yusef Williams, is an 18 year old aspiring producer and actor who just graduated from Shabazz High School in Newark, NJ. His dream is to share his talent of acting throughout the world, influencing future generations. Graduating high school has brought Mr. Williams one step closer to achieving his goals. Yusef is also passionate about music. Williams has participated in Yendor Production’s Drew summer Program for the last year, and talks about his experience is the following interview. Interview conducted by Bunmi Gbadebo.

 

BG: When did you start working with Yendor Production’s and their Drew Summer Program?

YW: I started the Drew Summer Program last March. I participated in the Spring and Summer sessions.

BG: What did you do at the Drew Program?

YW: I performed in plays while in the program. I learned set design, who to write a screen play and how to act. I learned   about racism, religion, and basically how society looks at black people as a whole.

BG: Do you have any memorable moments in your entire year at the Drew Program?

YW: Yea, when I was performing in the play “One World, Two Hearts” at the Marian Bolden Student center, I was on stage and I forgot my lines. I was stuck I was just standing on the stage trying to remember, but then the person who calls out my lines when you forget told me what to say and i just continued. That was the most memorable moment.

BG: What did you learn from that experience?

YW: I learned that you cannot do plays without rehearsing. We rehearse a lot. Also that it’s important to study your lines. The Drew Program taught to always study, even in my academics.

BG: On the subject of academics what do you plan on studying when you get to college?

YW: I want to major in Music Management, and get a Bachelors of Arts degree.

 

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Drew University/NPS 2013 College Theatre Program

Yendor Productions, LLC, Drew University Department of Civic Engagement, and Newark Public Schools Office of Extended School Day Programs have joined forces for another year of the partnership Drew University/NPS 2013 College Theatre Program. The College Theatre Program is a free program  for NEWARK STUDENTS in grades 9-12 that is held on  every Monday & Wednesday starting in January ending in June of 2013. Located in Dr. Marion A. Bolden Student Center 230 Broadway, Newark 07104 and at Drew University6 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ students will participate in college level theatre classes every Monday and Wednesday. They will get help to build their resume by creating and performing in a student written play. Students will be able to work side by side with professional actors and playwrights while enrolled in this program. There will also be a field trip to a professional theatre production. The best part is that this program is FREE and transportation is provided. Students have the opportunity to explore theatre and their creative sides! If you or a student you know might be interested in this program please fill out the application and get it back to Yendor Productions, LLC ASAP! We are excited to start the 2013 program!

 

Note:
- Transportation will be provided to Drew University by bus
- Free snacks and drinks will be supplied

 

Drew & NPS Application

“A Raisin in the Sun” Makes Drew University Debut

A Raisin in the Sun flyer

We are pleased to announce the casting for the Drew University’s production, A Raisin in the Sun. Call to reserve your tickets!

CASTING LIST:

Walter Younger………………………………………………….. Andrew Binger

Beneatha Younger……………………………………………….. Billie Holmes

Lena Younger (Mama)………………………………… Ghail Rhodes Benjamin

Ruth Younger……………………………………………………..Nicolette Lynch

Travis Younger…………………………………………… Jerome Thompson

Joseph Asagai……………………………………………………Ralph Tshitoko

George Murchison……………………………………………… Jordan Arnold

Karl Lindner…………………………………………………….Thomas Duke

Bobo………………………………………………………………Tesean Rease

Mrs. Johnson…………………………………………………….Diamond Wynn

Moving Men …………………………………………………….. Faruq Hayes
……………………………………………………….Chris Reyes

Yendor OPEN CALL to ARTISTS due Sept 2012

Yendor Productions
Rodney Gilbert, Founder
30 Spruce Street Suite #1
Newark, NJ 07102
Office: (973) 824-2386
Fax: (973) 824-2385
E-mail: rahghil@aol.com

Yendor Productions Open Call
Exhibition to be held during Open Doors 2012 –
Opening reception held on Saturday, 10/6 – 6:30 PM

Gallery open
10/6 – 10/7
10/12 -10/14
10/19 – 10/21
10-26 – 10/28
Times – TBA

Exhibition Title – Hoods United Strings Untied

With the recent death of Trayvon Martin in Feb of 2012, many young males of color across the United States were forced to face the harsh reality that they are both preyed upon and thought of as predatory creatures. This tragedy spawned a nation wide discussion regarding racism.

Hoods United Strings Untied wants to continue this conversation and open up a real discussion regarding racism towards men of color and it’s the effect on Newark as a community.

Opening this exhibition up to artists of all colors we will ask several important questions of the art we display during this show including but not limited to:
• What are our racial prejudices?
• Is our city diverse?
• What are the stereotypes?
• What are some of the reactions toward seeing a dark skinned person in a hoodie/not in a hoodie?
• Is there a divide?
• What are your views Black on Black crime?

Yendor Productions’ open call is looking for artists of all mediums including performance artists whose art directly relates and questions racism. This call is open to artists of any race, creed, or gender.

Submission Deadline – Midnight, September 7 2012
Notification – September 10 2012
Art Drop Off / Location – 30 Spruce Street Suite #1 Newark, NJ 07102
Opening – 10/6
Closing Party – TBA

Submission guidelines
Please email all submission materials to rahghil@aol.com
• 3 – 5 images in Jpg format
• CV/Resume
• Artist statement/bio
• Please label all files “Firstname_LastName_#”

MISSION
Yendor Productions is dedicated to bringing the arts to the people, and is deeply rooted in serving individuals and diverse communities. With a focus on underserved populations, Yendor Productions fosters hope and healing through access to arts-integrated and cross-cultural programs and performances.

About Yendor Productions and its founder
Founder and CEO of Yendor Productions, Rodney Gilbert has been working in professional theater for over 30 years. Yendor Productions was founded in 2003 to meet the challenges for the under served artist and community. Yendor Productions produced its first arts event with local Newark artist Jerry Gant, Hassan Hamilton, and Yucef Mayes at NJPAC. Yendor Productions has developed and facilitated workshops for Plainfield Public Schools under the direction of Laura Fatal, Director Visual and Performing Arts. The Turrell Foundation in 2005 and 2006 funded the “I Have a Dream” program in Plainfield, NJ for Yendor Productions to produce a documentary on IHAD and YendorArts filmmaking classes. Yendor developed and implemented in 2005 a Rites of Passage program for Children’s Aid in its partnership with The Artist Collective for Social Change which is entering into its third year. As a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Mr. Gilbert earned a BFA in 1989 and has been serving the arts community as an arts educator and administrator for various institutions and organizations. Mr. Gilbert is a teaching artist for the education department at NJPAC, Passage Theatre, and Arts Horizon to name a few. He acted as the performing arts coordinator for New Community Corporation, Arts Department and headed all of their arts programming until the founding of Yendor Productions. He is a professional actor and director having work on stage, film, and television. Mr. Gilbert is an Adjunct Professor at Drew University for the theatre department. Under the direction of Yendor Productions, Mr. Gilbert and his staff and subcontractors oversaw the art education portion ZOOM: WE’RE GOING PLACES an initiative of Newark Central Ward’s Councilwoman Dana Rone’s 40-week after school program which offered a viable tutorial and arts program for 14 CBO sites located throughout the city of Newark. Under Mr. Gilbert’s direction Yendor created in partnership with Drew University and Newark Public School’s a civic engagement theatre class whose participants include Drew and Newark Public School students, which is concluding its third year. The program will be extended into a summer program to serve the need of healthy out of school time for urban youth. Classes will be held at the Student Center and Drew University. Mr. Gilbert is currently the Senior Program Manager for City Without Wall’s and oversees their educational programs and City Murals.