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Words from Shawn…

The play and concert season is in full swing. I am excited to see new playwrights putting on shows and to see more seasoned playwrights going to the next level. Let’s work harder, support each other, and continue to perfect our craft.

Keep Drama in Your Life,

Shawn P.

Actress of the Month…Bryanna J. Reed

Bryanna J. Reed is a Detroit native and a newcomer to the art of acting. What she loves about acting is the freedom that it gives you to do something that you love. Bryanna also enjoys writing, singing, and dancing and plans on starting her own production company which features film and theater, and television productions. Bryanna’s latest work has included the feature film “Sparkle,” the hit stage play “The Color Black”, V-Day “The Vagina Monologues”, independent film “The Goblin lady”, and the hit Stage play “Shady” which premiered May 5th at The Redford Theatre and The Web series ALIAH.

Actress of the Month…Jala Parks

Jala Parks, born  in New Haven, Connecticut,  grew up between New Haven Connecticut, Bessemer, Alabama (where her mom was from) and Detroit, MI where she now resides.  Jala is an actress, model, and voice over artist. Her film credits include “Bible Stories” by Arthur Jafa, “Studio Games” by Monique Braswell, “Darling Nikki” by Woodard Entertainment / Velocity Films, stage play Auntie Ronnie Goes To School by Shawn P Entertainment,  leading role in the indie short “Scorned”, which made it to the New York Film Festival in 2011 and most recently a supporting role in “Lovers and Friends” which has been accepted into the San Diego Black Film Festival 2011 as well as the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival and is available on dvd at Walmart.com.

Jala has been in entertainment since she was very young. From playing the violin in elementary and middle school, and dancing as a majorette in the marching band of Denby High School in Detroit, but always had the love of acting in her heart. Jala is ready to take the entertainment industry by storm as she has created an online diary to follow her journey as an up and coming actress from the bottom to the top. This diary entitled “D.I.V.A’s WAY” DIVA meaning (Determined, Intelligent, Vivacious, Achiever), which is her motivation as she would like to be an inspiration to others who want to enter the business of acting and don’t know how. The diary will cover all of the steps and resources of submitting actors packages for projects, rehearsing monologues and scripts, footage of audition day, what happens on and off set, movie premiere footage, also events attended for promotion.

There will also be tons of personal footage that most artists would normally edit out of videos, to give them a personal connection. Also there will be an area for question and comments, as well as constructive criticism. D.I.V.A.’s WAY is a personal testament that determination, persistence and hard work can really pave your way to success.  (www.youtube.com/jaladiva)

Producer of the Month…Dennis Reed

Dennis L. Reed II is the author of national best selling books He Said She Said, True Law I&II, I’m from the D and Soak N Wet.  Dennis who is the father of four was raised in Detroit and starting writing late in life but hasn’t looked back.

What started as a bet inspired him to pursue a writing career. After writing his first novel He Said She Said, the national best selling author, knew that writing was going to be the thing he wanted to do. Dennis loves writing because after not knowing what he wanted to be as an adult, he can now be whatever he wanted from a doctor to a lawyer, to a kid with hoop dreams to a man that owns a team. If you had a chance to read any of Dennis books you know his unique style of writing will keep you asking for more. Authors Shannon Holmes and K’wan have said Dennis is one of writings best kept secrets.

If you would have asked Dennis what he wanted to be when he grew up he would have told you he didn’t know, but if you ask him now what he thought he would be doing? He would say hopefully making all of you laugh, cry, and most of all know God is the reason he is able to do all he does.

Upcoming Events…




Words from Shawn…

 

Shawn P and Master P

 

It’s hott!!  Summertime around the country.  Check out a summer production or summer a local playwright.

Keep Drama in Your Life,

Shawn P.

 

 

ACTRESS OF THE MONTH…LYNETTE PATRICK

Lynette Patrick is a native Detroiter, who loves her city and cherishes her family.  Quote, “Without my family, I would’ve never stepped out on faith to become a performer.”  Lynette’s most recent performances this year have included, The Vagina Monologues, The Choices I’ve Made, Situations, I’ve Been Through too Much Already, and the web series Better With Pie.  Lynette’s next appearance will be in Vanessa Lynn’s Boss Lady in September.  With a positive attitude, great personality, and phenomenal talent, Detroit audiences can expect many great things from this up-and-coming star.

 

PLAYWRIGHT OF THE MONTH…ANGELIA MITCHELL

Angelia Mitchell is the CEO of Glorified Productions.  She is a single woman with five beautiful children and the grandmother of Jeavun Franklin.  She is truly grateful that God has covered her with His favor and the gift of writing.  God has been the leader and guide throughout her life.  Glorified Productions specializes in gospel plays, song writing, and skits.  Reaching individuals and transforming lives through the gospel of Jesus Christ is the focus through drama, dance, and singing.  Angelia loves doing what God has gifted her to do.  If you would like to reach Glorified Productions, please call Angelia at (313) 695-6539 or singleoneofgod@yahoo.com.  “Remember to keep God in all you do.  The only thing that can hold you back is fear and fear alone.”

WRITER OF THE MONTH…SYLVIA HUBBARD

 

Born and raised in Detroit, Sylvia Hubbard—a mother of three and social media consultant—has written 25 novels in varying genres. In 2000—the same year she released her first novel, “Dreams of Reality”—Hubbard founded the Motown Writers Network, an organization dedicated to connecting local readers with local writers and promoting literacy in the Metro Detroit area. Among other things, Ms. Hubbard is an award-winning Amazon bestselling author.  Despite her many successes and recognition, she remains humble and committed to sharing her knowledge with anyone willing to listen. Sylvia loves what she does and puts her heart into every project.

Her current projects and events include:

 – Monthly 2nd Saturday discussion for writers, except November ( Barnes & Nobles 82 W Warren)

  • – August 6 – 7, 2011, stage play, Life: In  4-Part Harmony (111 E. Kirby at Woodward)
  • – Sept 17 – 18, 2011 FallIntoBooks.com Literary Conference in St. Louis
  • – Sept 22, 2011 Workshop: How to Write, Publish & Market Ebooks in Detroit, MI. 
  • – October 15, 2011 Motown BookClub Mix & Mingle, Holiday Inn Express in Detroit, MI
  • – November 11 – 12, 2011 Motown Literary Jam & Conference, Virgil Carr Conference Center www.essenceofmotownlitconference.com
 To get tickets, find out more information, or RSVP for events, please go to: http://detroitmichiganliterarynetwork.com. 
 

 UPCOMING EVENTS…

** $5 OFF INDUSTRY DISCOUNT to LIFE FOR FELLOW ACTORS, POETS, SINGERS, and WRITERS **

 

 

COMMENTS…

From playwright, Tirrell McCoy, who was featured in last month’s newsletter…”Thanks for the love bro.  Means a lot.”

From actor Willie Sanders…”Hello Shawn, I like the July newsletter, I just got. Man it’s good!  Keep up the good work and happy 4th of July to you.”

Shawn P and actress, Nikki Snoddy

WORDS FROM SHAWN P
WOW!! It’s been one year already.  I am so glad for the positive feedback from this newsletter.  The reason and purpose of this format is to disseminate information.  I want to thank everyone for the e-mails, donations, wisdom, and shared knowledge.  Shawn P. Entertainment along with several other production companies have a litany of projects planned for your enjoyment.  My company is always looking for fresh ideas and information, so please feel free to e-mail me at:  shawnp_entertainment@yahoo.com or as the young people say, “FACEBOOK” me (Shawn P. Williams).
Keep Drama in Your Life,
Shawn P.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY DAY

Pastor David Lunn, Julian, and Shawn P.

During this year’s Friends and Family day at Joseph Campau Avenue Church of God young Julian had 22 invited guests!!!  As a ‘thank you’ for his witnessing efforts, the young man received a Sylvania flat screen television.

AUTHOR – BRENDA McGEE
Brenda E. (Hampton) McGee

Educator / Author / Playwright / Poet

bhmcgee01@yahoo.com / 1 (313) 221-4660

Born a native New Yorker, McGee brought a slice of “The Big Apple” to Detroit when she was just a youth.  She has since resided in the Detroit metro area where she has crafted her extraordinary gifts: passion for writing, expertise in the performing arts, and poetic exhortations.

McGee, a graduate of Wayne State University, comes from a family of artistic achievers.  One of her first cousins performed in the popular hit musical, “Your Arms Are Too Short to Box with God.”  A niece performed in the Broadway musical, “The Lion King,” and her oldest daughter won the very first Lily Tomlin scholarship award for Acting at Cass Technical High School.  As one of the pioneer members of The Detroit Writer’s Guild, McGee has won poetry awards, debuted at the Detroit Institute of Arts with her original monologue, “Can We Talk?” and been featured in The Detroit News and The Chronicle for her poetic writings.

“It’s in my blood,” says McGee, who attributes all of her amazing talents to God and the many people who have touched her life.  This visionary artist has also written and successfully produced many of her own plays in schools and local churches throughout the metro area.  In addition, she has performed as a vocal artist with her husband/musician at numerous venues, including making appearances on major television and cablevision networks.  As an actress, she played one of the lead roles in a local theatrical production and assisted in coaching and directing. As a Speech, Drama, and Play Production teacher, McGee believes it’s important for performers to stay in touch with what it feels like being on stage so this can be passed on to the students.  She still performs for her class on occasion.

McGee’s dedication to her gift of writing is second to none.  McGee recalls the time when she wrote a poem every single day for a period of four consecutive years.  Since this special time in her life, she has written thousands of poems and continues to write about her life, her faith, and the times in which people live today, addressing all cultures, creeds of people, and the many situations confronting them in her new book, “Each New Day.”

Monique Foster as Sista Ketchup

SISTA KETCHUP

One day in September 2005, the women at Monique’s church (Conventional MBC) gave a family and friends program involving the guest to participate as well. Everyone was singing, so Monique asked GOD to give her something else to do besides singing in this program. Monique always liked being different. The Lord spoke to her about gospel comedy something Monique has never heard of. She was used to Ricky Smiley and other comedians cracking jokes about church, so gospel comedy had never crossed her mind. So, GOD gave her the name Sista Ketchup and how to dress her and what to do when in character. After that first time imitating a woman who does not care about the police, the 1-800 number, or whooping kids’ butts, she has been a hit with few in the Detroit church community.

Sista Ketchup Christian comedian is now on YouTube. Feel free to go to http://www.youtube.com in the search box type in comedy sista ketchup. You get to enjoy Sista Ketchup’s first stage act in 2006 & this year’s 2010 Easter program. Please forward & make comments on both youtube & her website @ http://www.sistaketchup.com. Thank you for your support. GOD Bless!

ACTOR OF THE SEASON….HENRY GRANGER-SMITH

Henry Granger-Smith is a dual student of Kettering High School and Detroit Allied Health Middle College High School. His favorite subject is math. He will graduate with both a high school diploma and an associate degree. After graduation he plans to continue his studies and become a surgical technician.

Henry is also a founding member of the “Authentic Boyz”, a group of teens dedicated to creating positive rap music. The group has performed for their high school as well as the Detroit Police Academy. A self-proclaimed sports enthusiast, Henry enjoys watching basketball and football.

Talk about being in the right place at the right time, Henry had a passing conversation with the CEO of Shawn P. Entertainment after which he landed the role of the narrator in the gospel play “Noah’s Ark.” As a result of this experience, he added acting to his list of interests and went on to portray the Prodigal Son in the gospel play of the same name where he received favorable reviews. On Sundays you will find Henry at the Joseph Campau Avenue Church of God.

FROM ACTRESS to PRODUCER – KIRSTEN BYRD

1. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACTING & PRODUCING?

As an actress I do not have to worry about all of the other elements and pieces that go into a production.  I do not have to be concerned with lighting, what the cast and crew are going to eat, props, etc.  When I’m an actress I just do my job and that is to act.  As a producer I have to make sure that everything comes together.  My main focus is the production as a whole.

2. WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ON YOUR LAST PROJECT?

The hardest thing was working with each actor’s availability. I had made a rehearsal schedule 2 months prior to rehearsals. But life happens and things change. It was a challenge making sure everyone received sufficient direction and time to create their character. However my cast was AWESOME and I think we nailed it!

3. WHAT WAS THE EASIEST THING ON YOUR LAST PROJECT?

The easiest thing was EVERYTHING else. God called me to begin work on my production company and to write this show. I wrote Til Death Do Us Part in 2 weeks in April and began pre-production shortly after.  When it came to casting, finding a venue, rehearsal space, tickets, marketing, etc everything fell into place. God was the REAL producer and director. He guided me through this entire process.

4. WHAT’S YOUR NEXT EVENT?

Up next as a producer I will be casting for a short film I wrote entitled “Grey Skies.” It’s a dramatic piece about a woman going through postpartum depression and her husband’s struggle to keep his family together.  As an actress I was recently cast as a dancer in The Sam Cooke story opening at the Music Hall on December 30!

UPCOMING EVENTS….

NEWSLETTER FEEDBACK

Thanks for all the wonderful information. – Vonda Allen

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Nice newsletter Shawn. – Theresa Edwards

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Brother Shawn,

Thank you for the continued updates of what’s happening.  I pray all is well with you and plan to see you this September 12 at Pleasant Grove.  God’s continued blessings. Peace. – Chaplain DK Harden (DPS Police)