SAT. DEC 27, 3PM | Conversations with Community Correspondent & Activist Virginia Spatz and play
In Lab II following the 3:00 PM preview performance
Virginia Avniel Spatz is a writer, education advocate, and inter-denominational/interfaith activist in Washington, DC. She is feature reporter for Education Town Hall and occasional contributor to East of the River and other Capital Community Newspapers. She blogs on Jewish and interfaith topics at A Song Every Day. She recently began the "Say This Name" campaign, to mark every homicide death in DC. Spatz participated in Hartford Seminary's "Building Abrahamic Partnerships" program and served for two years as program director for Clergy Beyond Borders. . Born on Chicago's west side, Spatz has a lifelong interest in community development and grassroots political action. She volunteered in local and national political campaigns and worked for Project LEAP (Legal Elections in All Precincts). Other interests include Deaf culture and American Sign Language (she worked for several years in adult education at Gallaudet University) and dance, particularly for adults (she studied several styles and published the short-lived "Dancing Over the Hill" journal). She has lived in Washington, DC for over 25 years.
Jacqueline Brown (Actress, Playwright) is originally from Washington, DC. and now resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jacqui wrote, produced, and played the character, (Mildred Barnes) in “A Conversation With The Man Who Killed My Son” (2015) which received praise and rave reviews for its run at the Black Theatre Festival this past summer. Her theatrical experience also include: “Vagina Monologues 2015: East of the River;” A Staged Reading: (Rochelle) “A Quick Stop At the Florist;” (Vissegan/Maria) “A Thread of Gold Beads“ (2014); (Landlady/Ensemble) Theatre Lab’s “Violet;” wrote and starred in one-act, one woman play for 2013 DC BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL“Bedlam in the Pulpit: The Jocelyn Marshall Story;” DC 2013 QUEER Festival (Rochelle) A Quick Stop At the Florist; NVTA 2012 ONE ACT PLAY COMPETITION: (Preacher’s Wife); DC WOMEN’S THEATRE; (2012) Vagina Monologues;” VPSTART CROW (2011):(Officer Welch):” Rumors” TRAVELING SPOTLIGHT PRODUCTION (2011):(Homeless Woman) “RENT;” FOOTSTEPS IN TIME (2011): (Staged Reading) Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory; CREATIVE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (2011): (Miss Mary), “Shakin The Mess Outta Misery;” SELAH THEATRE (2008) (Deaconess Helen) “Saints, Ain’ts and Wanabeez;” FOOTSTEPS IN TIME (2008): (Lu, Slave Woman) “The Gray Ghost”. Jacqui is a school social worker for Prince William County Schools, in Manassas, VA.