Playwright/ProducerCarolyn M. Brown
Carolyn M. Brown (she/her) is a journalist, editor, author, playwright, and multimedia content producer. She is a GLAAD Media Award Winner, Outstanding Magazine Article, “Black & Gay In Corporate America” (Black Enterprise). She Co-Founded My True Colors Festival: Fighting For Social Justice and Cultural Diversity Through The Arts and currently serves as a Board Director of All Out Arts/Fresh Fruit Festival. Carolyn was one of the youngest artists to have a staged reading at the Schomburg Center with her play “Accessories” and has co-written and produced Equity Showcases and Off-Off Broadway productions. STORMÉ is a pivotal moment in speaking her truth. “Gay Civil Rights Activist Bayard Rustin said, ‘we need in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.’ I live by that mantra."
Summer Dawn (she/her) is a queer multidisciplinary artist from Jersey City, working as a director, writer, and actor. She's the Founder/Director of In Full Color, an organization which empowers BIPOC artists through education and the arts. IFC has received two commendations from the New Jersey State Assembly and the Jersey City Arts Council's Performing Arts Award. She's also won the N.J. Governor's Award in Arts Education, served as a theater grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts in 2021 and is a teaching artist for Young Audiences and Storytelling Arts. She's also an R&B artist, performing under the name Vero Verano. She's grateful to Carolyn for trusting her with Stormé's incredible story, and for her incredible cast and crew. Visit InFullColor.org Follow @infullcolorus.
DramaturgJosh A. Campbell
Josh A. Campbell (he/him) is the Artistic Director of Education and Engagement for World Café Live, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit venue. He is an award-winning artist, playwright, actor, director, dramaturg, and producer. As a teaching artist, facilitator and arts administrator, Josh has worked for various organizations including Young Audiences New Jersey, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Newark School of Arts, McCarter Theater and Baltimore School for the Arts.
Music Arranger/PianistLauren Lee
Lauren Lee is a forward-thinking vocalist, pianist, and composer based in New York City. A native of the St. Louis, Missouri Metropolitan area, her foray into creative music began as a teenager in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Her work inhabits this place of “between.” In Lee’s case, “between” is nestled between where jazz has been and where jazz is going. She's been praised for her virtuosic improvisational abilities on both piano and voice, as well as her harmonic prowess as a composer. Her third album, a solo record called "The Queen of Cups", was released in 2021 on ears and eyes records.
Intimacy-Fight DirectorHannah Roccisano
Hannah “Rock” Roccisano is a New York-based director, fight director, intimacy director, educator, and Shakespeare nerd. Upcoming credits include “Wolf Play” (MCC Theatre); “Montag” (Soho Rep); “Sweet Charity,” “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord,” and “Lungs” (Syracuse University). She has taught at PACE University, NYU Tisch, The Knickerbocker Studio, and The Atlantic Acting Studio. Hannah is the founder of Expand, Educate, Empower, an initiative bringing free stage combat training to students in underserved communities across the U.S. For more info please visit safd.org. Training: Certified Teacher and Chair of Development, Society of American Fight Directors; MFA Directing and Master of Letters in Shakespeare, Mary Baldwin University. [email protected]
Production Stage ManagerMatthew Palmer
Matt Palmer (he/him) is thrilled and honored to be a part of this workshop of STORMÉ! Matt began his stage management career in 2013, shortly after graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and moving to NYC. Some of his notable theatrical credits include: "Sistas: The Musical," "Trumpilton: A Musical Parody," "Childhood Traumedy," "Ruthless! The Musical," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Divinci and Michelangelo:The Titans Experience," and "Finding Madame Curie." He would like to thank his friends and family for their undying and unconditional love and support throughout this journey.