GPTC CONNECT
SEPTEMBER 29 7:30 pm
FAMILY HISTORY

Connect with the theatre and GPTC Community. Each month a panel of artists examines a theatrical work and shares their personal stories that connect them to the art, and you are invited to be part of the discussion.

Email commons@gptcplays.com to register for the discussion and receive information on how to participate. This September we’re going audio for two playwrights telling family stories. Personal narratives are more important than ever because family history is American history. We’ll enjoy two 15-minute audio plays made possible by Playwrights Horizons’ Soundstage podcast.

Outtakes by Qui Nguyen 
and 
The Edge of Night by Kirsten Childs 

https://www.playwrightshorizons.org/watch-listen/soundstage/

Listen at your leisure, then join panelists Pamela Jo Berry, Beaufield Berry- Fisher, Jimmy Nguyen and Cecelia Poon at 7:30 Central on Tuesday, September 29th for a great conversation. 

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The Panelists

Pamela Jo Berry is a visual artist, photographer, writer, and the director-founder of the North Omaha Summer Arts program. She is a North O native, resident and community advocate. Her work has been featured in shows at Creighton University and Metropolitan Community College and multiple other venues throughout the area. She has served as a resident artist with Nebraska Arts Council. She is the mother of two, Beaufield and Jesse.

Beaufield Berry-Fisher is an Omaha-based playwright, novelist and arts education professional. Her work has been performed across the country and in multiple conferences, including the Great Plains Theater Conference, Philadelphia Sparkfest, Manhattan Rep and Colorado New Play Summit. She has served as a guest artist with Inge Fest in Independence, Kansas, on several panels and boards. Including Vice President of the Omaha Entertainment and Arts awards and as an educator with Omaha Performing Arts. Beaufield is currently the Performing Arts Editor at the Reader and Resident playwright at Creighton University. She lives life with her husband Rob and their children, Shine Avett, Oscar Moses and Georgia Pearl. Her play, In The Upper Room (Oneill 2018 Finalist) will be produced at the Denver Performing Arts Center in 2021.

Cecilia Poon is a staff psychologist at Nebraska Medicine, where she serves as the training director of the clinical health psychology pre-doctoral internship program. She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNMC. Her interests include aging and life transitions, intergenerational relationships, family caregiving, death and dying, and coping with chronic and life-limiting health conditions. As a board certified geropsychologist and avid backstage volunteer, Cecilia seeks to promote resilience and bring people of all ages, abilities, and cultures together through creative arts. She enjoys having conversations with everyone about ageism and intersectionality. She is also a board member for Great Plains Theatre Commons.

Jimmy Nguyen is a freelance actor and scenic painter from Omaha, NE. He earned his B.A in Theatre Arts at Doane University. Jimmy was most recently awarded the Irene Ryan Regional Acting Scholarship as part of the Kennedy Center for American Theatre Festival (KCACTF), in which he competed against over 300 college candidates from across the Midwest and won. He would have gone to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC to perform for the national awards ceremony last March. During those summers away from the university, he kept busy with theatre by being in summer theatre companies such as the Black Hills Playhouse in the beautiful Black Hills, South Dakota where he was part of the acting company as well as a scenic painter. Jimmy has also traveled to Holland, Michigan one summer at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre and was contracted to return back this summer before COVID-19. At Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Jimmy was an acting intern and learned how to hone his skills in Shakespeare, audition technique, voice, and Suzuki from directors, professors, and other industry professionals from across the country. During his time at Hope, he also acted in shows, one being the world premiere of the children’s musical “Dragon Pack Snack Attack”. It was also during this time that he found his voice and passion to tell his story as a minority and an Asian American, as the acting company there primarily highlighted and spotlighted the voices of actors of color. It was the first time he has ever seen a company take those active steps and he wants to take the time to appreciate and thank Hope Summer Repertory theatre for igniting that passion. During this time, with the world as we know it today, Jimmy has taken this time to listen and support other voices, as well as write for his own voice and story. “Being an actor is a job, but being a storyteller is a life-long journey. And I’m in it for the long run.”

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