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The Secret: Jennie Gilrain, The Hidden Seed: Laurie McCants
JENNIE GILRAIN has worked with Touchstone Theater in Bethlehem, PA for 20 years. Gilrain also taught at Lehigh University before her current position as an elementary school teacher, which she has held for the last 10 years. She was integral in the transformation of Bethlehem's local arts scene. Her work often addresses challenges facing artists and the community more broadly, and she believes very strongly of the vital importance of art to disadvantaged communities, like her students, and how it is necessary for artists to think about their own privilege and include low-income communities and communities of color in their art - both as artists and as audiences. LAURIE MCCANTS co-founded the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) in 1978, where she co-created HARD COAL, OUR SHADOWS (with Egypt’s Wamda), and SUSQUEHANNA: MIGHTY, MUDDY, CROOKED RIVER OF THE LONG REACH. In 2010, she was named a national “Actor of Distinguished Achievement” through a Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, funded by the William & Eva Fox Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group. She served as Co-President of the Board of the national Network of Ensemble Theaters. She recently directed the world premiere of GUNPOWDER JOE, Anthony Clarvoe’s play about Joseph Priestley and toured her solo show, INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS, which had a return run in 2018 at the Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, Massachusetts and at BTE in 2019. Currently, she is researching toward a new solo show about Frances Slocum/Sheletawash/Mahkoonsakwa.
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