Palimpsest:Tales Spun From Sea and Memories,
Based on the life of Ottobah Cugoano, a major Abolitionist in the 18th Century England of Ghanaian roots
“Mlima’s Tale” is a theatrical fable about a magnificent and beloved Kenyan elephant named Mlima hunted for his coveted ivory tusks. As traffickers maneuver the illicit ivory market, from Kenya to Vietnam to Beijing, the animal’s invincible spirit follows their path of desire, greed, crime, and corruption.
Directed by Bill T. Jones, Fela! told the story of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Kuti. Jermaine was a lead actor/dancer in Fela! Along with the cast at the National Theatre in London, Jermaine went on an extensive world tour and US National Tour and Broadway as featured actor and Dance Captain of the production.
Jermaine Rowe was featured actor in the NTLive international broadcast of Fela 2010.
Directed: Peter Cousins
Two men separated by 100 years are united in their search for freedom. In 1856 a slave, Samuel Woodward (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and his family, escape from the Monroe Plantation near Richmond, Virginia.
A secret network of ordinary people known as the Underground Railroad guide the family on their journey north to Canada. They are relentlessly pursued by the notorious slave hunter Plimpton (William Sadler). Hunted like a dog and haunted by the unthinkable suffering he and his forbears have endured, Samuel is forced to decide between revenge or freedom.
100 years earlier in 1748, John Newton the Captain of a slave trader sails from Africa with a cargo of slaves, bound for America. On board is Samuel’s great grandfather whose survival is tied to the fate of Captain Newton. The voyage changes Newton’s life forever and he creates a legacy that will inspire Samuel and the lives of millions for generations to come.
MARTINA ARROYO PRELUDE TO PERFORMANCE
Prelude to Performance® gives selected young singers an opportunity to prepare the complete interpretation of operatic roles in furtherance of the objectives of the Foundation. The program will focus on the preparation of an entire role to include:
the background of the role
the historical perspective of the role
the psychological motivations of the character
the use of the body and voice in the interpretation of the character
the use of language to convey the character with an emphasis on diction
The program culminates in performances of selected operas, staged, with costumes and orchestra.