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#Detroit Theater Group plays Atlanta Festival! Oct 3-6, 2013

For Immediate Release

Contact: Toni Simmons Henson, Founder and Executive Director
Atlanta Black Theatre Festival
P.O. Box 76, Snellville, GA 30078
Phone: (770)827-9606
Email:  ATLBTF@yahoo.com
Web:  http://www.AtlantaBTF.org
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/AtlantaBTF

Making History:

the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Returns

Festival to Host 40 Plays in Four Days in Decatur, GA October 3-6, 2013

ATLANTA, GA, July 2013 – Whether you are fan of traditional theatre (ie., August Wilson) or urban contemporary theatre (ie., Tyler Perry), there are a variety of carefully
screened dramas, musicals, late night comedies, and solo productions hailing from 18 states and South Africa. The weekend celebration includes over 300 artists and is expected to draw more than 3,000 theatre lovers.

Toni Simmons Henson, founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival and a staff of 12 volunteer are realizing their vision, once again for this huge event scheduled for four days from Oct. 3-6, 2013.

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a weekend celebration of theatrical expression and showcases. Plays accepted into this year’s Festival, had to meet strict criteriathat included an official scoring system to determine the dramaturgical value among other “festival friendly” standards. “I am profoundly impressed with the amazing line up that all theatre lovers can experience in this year’s festival. There is sure to be more than one event to satisfy your entertainment palate!” says Henson.

The official opening performance is From Broadway to TV Now Back to Me starring Janet Hubert, best known for her role as Aunt Viv in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Headlining some of the remaining 40 plus performances are seasoned celebrities like Tony Award winning actress, Melba Moore and Emmy nominee Taurean Blacque. There are also free events including a Reader’s Theatre series, an Author’s Alley, a speaker’s series, nightly parties, and family friendly workshops. Delicious food from the festival’s own Backstage Café and a vendors’ market featuring visual arts and hand crafted items will also be available.

On Saturday, October 5 at 7pm, the critically acclaimed, award winning, NY Times Best Seller, Pearl Cleage will receive the Theatre Legend Award during the Producers’ Gala and Awards Ceremony. “We are so proud to announce that DeKalb County’s Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center has signed on as the presenting sponsor of this year’s festival. The Center is where all of the events will be held,” states Henson.

All events will take place at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center and theaddress is 3181Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30078. The complete schedule and ticket information can be found on the web at www.AtlantaBTF.org or by calling 650-440-PLAY.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Toni Simmons Henson, Founder and Executive Director

Atlanta Black Theatre Festival

P.O. Box 76

Snellville, GA 30078

Phone: (770)827-9606

Email:  ATLBTF@yahoo.com

Web:  http://www.AtlantaBTF.org

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/AtlantaBTF

Making History:

the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival Returns

Festival to Host 40 Plays in Four Days in Decatur, GA October 3-6, 2013

ATLANTA, GA, July 2013 – Whether you are fan of traditional theatre (ie., August Wilson)

or urban contemporary theatre (ie., Tyler Perry), there are a variety of carefully

screened dramas, musicals, late night comedies, and solo productions hailing from

18 states and South Africa. The weekend celebration includes over 300 artists and is

expected to draw more than 3,000 theatre lovers.

Toni Simmons Henson, founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Black Theatre

Festival and a staff of 12 volunteer are realizing their vision, once again for this huge

event scheduled for four days from Oct. 3-6, 2013.

The Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is a weekend celebration of theatrical expression

and showcases. Plays accepted into this year’s Festival, had to meet strict criteria

that included an official scoring system to determine the dramaturgical value among

other “festival friendly” standards.

“I am profoundly impressed with the amazing line up that all theatre lovers can

experience in this year’s festival. There is sure to be more than one event to satisfy

your entertainment palate!” says Henson.

The official opening performance is From Broadway to TV Now Back to Me starring

Janet Hubert, best known for her role as Aunt Viv in the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Headlining some of the remaining 40 plus performances are seasoned celebrities

like Tony Award winning actress, Melba Moore and Emmy nominee Taurean

Blacque. There are also free events including a Reader’s Theatre series, an Author’s

Alley, a speaker’s series, nightly parties, and family friendly workshops. Delicious

food from the festival’s own Backstage Café and a vendors’ market featuring visual

arts and hand crafted items will also be available.

On Saturday, October 5 at 7pm, the critically acclaimed, award winning, NY Times

Best Seller, Pearl Cleage will receive the Theatre Legend Award during the

Producers’ Gala and Awards Ceremony.

“We are so proud to announce that DeKalb County’s Porter Sanford III Performing

Arts Center has signed on as the presenting sponsor of this year’s festival. The

Center is where all of the events will be held,” states Henson.

All events will take place at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center and the

address is 3181Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30078. The complete schedule and

ticket information can be found on the web at http://www.AtlantaBTF.org or by calling 650-

440-PLAY.

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Motown’s Young Adult Feature~ Dara Nichole

Dara Nichole

Join us today as we welcome another one of Detroit’s crown jewels: Dara Nichole.

Dara Nichole Walker is an author, speaker, and inspirational blogger. Mrs. Walker is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and is currently working on her Masters of Business Administration. She has worked with various youth and women organizations in the metro Detroit area assisting in developing programs and activities to build their self-esteem, facilitate group discussions, and provide resources and opportunities for them to develop their gifts and talents. Mrs. Walker truthfully understand the troubles of the teenager in this generation and the pitfalls they must overcome to be successful. She is aware of the calling on her life to minister to the issues of youth and inspire them to grow closer to Christ. “Once we show young women who they are and their value, they will start to understand their worth, and really start to walk in the things God has for them.” Mrs. Walker is committed to fulfilling the calling. Dara lives in the Metro Detroit area with her husband and son.

 

5 questions with Dara:

How old were you when you realized that you have the gift of writing?

When I was in the 1st grade I would write stories for my mom and she would read them aloud. I used to love to write in high school and we would actually start a story and pass it among friends to continue the story. By the time I got to College, I just knew in my heart I had to write.

 
How does writing coincide with your ministry to mentor young girls?

I try to talk about issues they deal with now. Peer pressure, drinking, drugs, not getting an education, bullying, all those are issues young girls need advice on, but may not seek the answers. I want the girls to learn as much as possible, even when they don’t think they’re learning!

How does your writing style differ from other young adult authors?

Sometimes I can be heavy handed with my message concerning Christ. I know there is a balance and i am working on it, but it is apart of me, and I want people to know who I stand for, and what I stand for throughout every book I write.

Are there any messages in your books?

Loving yourself, loving others. Focusing on our destiny, sex can wait, among other Christian Principals.

Now that you’re a mother, how does that change the way that you write?

I have more of a  drive to be successful. I want my son to be proud of me, and know that when you work hard, and do your best, you will be fulfilled. There’s no other feeling like walking in your purpose.

Check out Dara’s books…

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