Wednesday, July 21, 2010

KU's Diversity Outlook features Nicole Hodges Persley

Living in a hip hop nation - Oread, the KU employee newsletter

Living in a hip hop nation - Oread, the KU employee newsletter

NAACP ACT-SO Competition 2010

I was selected as a judge for national NAACP ACT-SO competition in playwrighting this July during the NAACP National Convention here in Kansas City. It was a fantastic opportunity to see how many amazingly talented young playwrights there are on the horizon. It was such a hard process to decide the gold, silver and bronze medalists. I feel very proud to have been a part of this and to be able to give back to the youth in my community.

Hodges Persley directs Sister Cities: Expanding opportunities for women in the theater

In June, I had the formidable opportunity to direct my dear friend Colette Freedman's beautiful play Sister Cities. The play was part of The University of Kansas's Summer Theatre season. I worked with wonderful actresses from KU as well as the inimitable Jeanne Avril, a fantastic actress from Lawrence, KS. The play ran from Jun 25-27 and July 1-3rd. Audiences had a great time and the feedback from audiences was fantastic. Here I post a link to an article from the university newspaper, The Daily Kansan, which focused on our participation in the national initiative to establish parity for women in the American Theatre called "50/50 by 2020." Enjoy.