Words from Shawn…

Great things are happening in Detroit and around the country in the arts.  Let’s think outside the box! Congrats to Frankie Darcell (The Vagina Monologues) and Vanessa Lynn (Boss Lady) for putting on great productions in March. Thank you to everyone that came out to support and celebrate Lanette White’s birthday celebration on Saturday, April 14 at Fairhill Missionary Baptist Church.

Keep Drama in Your LIfe,

Shawn P.

Actor of the Month…Michael Worthey

Michael J. Worthey is an upcoming young christian comedian who has been amazingly funny all of his life. He started doing stand up at the age of 8. He has performed at many events and churches. His motto “if you aint laughin you aint livin” is exactly how he lives his life. He always has a joke or a way to make you smile or laugh. Michael has performed in the stage play “Favor” where he played the young brother of Pastor Jackson who grew up with a skin disease. He has also been in other local plays. He has an array of talent and skills. Michael is striving to become an architect because he has amazing drawing skills. His number one passion is just making others laugh. He has participated in local talent shows where he has came in first place. There is never a dull moment in his life. He often times gets in trouble at school because of his desire to joke around, but not without getting the teacher to laugh first. Michael has studied some of the most famous comedians to pattern himself after, such as Steve Harvey, Chris Tucker, Rickey Smiley, Tyler Perry and many others just to name a few. He has a strong belief in God due to his upbringing in the church and is a serving member at True Rock Church where Pastor Daryl Redmond is his pastor. Michael will always strive to make sure the will of God is being done on and off stage. He understands that it’s because of God that he is who he is and will not compromise his beliefs for anything. Michael believes his gift will make room for him and he has many gifts such as acting, dancing, drawing, and of course telling jokes and making people laugh. Michael is destined to be what God has called him to be.

Actress of Month…Mecka Michele Worthey

Mecka has worn many hats that include actress, producer, director, and narrator, just to name a few. Mecka joined (GME) Good Medicine Entertainment in 2007 when she was cast in Laugh Now Cry Later II as “Titiana” in the short skit Wedding Bells and cast in the play Favor where she played numerous roles.  Mecka has held the position of drama ministry leader at her church “True Rock Church” under the leadership of Pastor Darryl Redmond for over 5 years where she not only acts but has produced various skits for their annual “Reality House” production where many souls are introduced to Christ. Mecka also writes and produces plays and skits.Mecka has also done many voice overs with her very distinct and unique voice. Mecka was cast in the play Selma and Forgotten Gifts as well as many other plays. Mecka is a graduate from Ferris State University where she received a BS in Advertising. Mecka has a passsion for jewelry and is co-owner of My Michele Beads where she creates custom made beaded jewelry. Mecka has allowed the Lord to use her in drama and can be seen in many upcoming plays.

Producer of the Month…

Ursula O. Robinson

Ursula Oriana Robinson is the Drama Program Coordinator and a Tenured Associate Professor of Drama at South Carolina State University where she cultivates and molds young dreamers into accomplished artists. She is also the Artistic Director of Oriana Rhema Productions (ORP), a comprehensive artistic company that creates tailor-made works of art that heal, entertain, educate, and even set the mind free! Under the artistic direction of Ms. Robinson, ORP has become known as a theater company that goes off the beaten path and produces works that are artistically sound as well fresh and innovative. Ms. Robinson is also chair of the Creative Spiritual Arts Department at Spiritual Foundation Ministries in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she uses her God-given talents to edify the Body of Christ. This year she was named to the Board of Directors for the Urban Playwrights United, an umbrella organization for urban playwrights and producers. This accomplished artist, is known for her one-woman shows, her hilarious comedy acts , and her prowess as a writer of personalized monologues. Ms. Robinson holds a BA in English, a BA in Theater Arts, and an MFA in Acting. Blessed with the gifts of playwriting, performance, and practically anything artistic, Ms Robinson believes that the arts have the ability to change people’s lives for the better.  Ms. Robinson has been a faculty member of SCSU since 1999. During her tenure she has created wonderful and moving performances that have captivated audiences. She has developed her skill in one-woman performance art pieces beginning with her production, Skinny: One Woman’s Journey to FATTT!. She has been commissioned to write plays for various organizations including the Orangeburg Chief of Police Wendall Davis who asked her to write a play for the annual Gang Awareness Summit. The talented, Ms. Robinson, not only uses her skills to entertain but to educate and motivate. She works with people of all ages and backgrounds to promote the power of art.

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