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Lia Chang Photos: Quick Silver Theater Conversation: “Why are Women MIA in STEM?”

Quick Silver Theater Company members Rachel Leslie, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Keith Randolph Smith, Mafeesa Monroe, Jody Reynard, Curtis Wiley, Lizan Mitchell and Pascale Armand. Photo by Lia Chang

Quick Silver Theater Company members Rachel Leslie, Tyrone Mitchell Henderson, Joniece Abbott Pratt, Keith Randolph Smith, Mafeesa Monroe, Jody Reynard, Curtis Wiley, Lizan Mitchell and Pascale Armand. Photo by Lia Chang

On June 19th, Quick Silver Theater Company in association with Classics in Color: A Theatre Company, presented a QUICK SILVER THEATER CONVERSATION featuring a stellar panel of educators and artists that focused on the shortcomings of our present education system regarding girls/women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs, at The Lucid Body House in New York.

Adia N. Onyango, Remsen Welsh, Martine Louisma and Marcia Pendleton. Photo by Lia Chang

Adia N. Onyango, Remsen Welsh, Martine Louisma and Marcia Pendleton. Photo by Lia Chang

Walk Tall Girl Productions, Inc.’s Marcia Pendleton moderated the panel which included Adia N. Onyango, a Nationally Certified FIDE Chess Instructor and a United States Chess Federation Tournament Director; Remsen Welsh, age 14, a gifted student and an actress; and Martine Louisma, a math teacher. Check back for video.

Michelle Welsh, Remsen Welsh, Keith Randolph Smith, Malensky Welsh and Kaatje Welsh. Photo by Lia Chang

Michelle Welsh, Remsen Welsh, Keith Randolph Smith, Malensky Welsh and Kaatje Welsh. Photo by Lia Chang

Rachel Leslie, Lizan Mitchell and Tyrone Mitchell Henderson. Photo by Lia Chang

Rachel Leslie, Lizan Mitchell and Tyrone Mitchell Henderson. Photo by Lia Chang

Quick Silver Theater Company was founded by Tyrone Mitchell Henderson and Lizan Mitchell. QST is an ensemble company of theater artists based in the NYC Metro area which also includes Pascale Armand, Dion Graham, Inga Ballard, Rachel Leslie, Nafeesa Monroe, Flor De Liz Perez, Jody Reynard, Alejandro Rodriguez, Keith Randolph Smith, Curtis Wiley and Joniece Abbott Pratt.

From July 6-10, 2015, Quick Silver will offer a Theater Gym, with intensive classes centering on basic, but important, elements of acting. QST feels strongly about nurturing, respecting and uplifting young theater artists. Director Timothy Douglas will lead a 2-hour class on Monday, July 6th from 10 am to 12 pm. This class is FREE. Following Timothy’s class, CIC founder Nafeesa Monroe will teach a 2 hour Stage Combat class from 12-2 pm. Price is $48.

Registration will take place on that day for upcoming classes later on in the week. Monday’s free event will be limited to 20 participants. Later in the week paid classes with Timothy will be available at $60 per class. Class size for these days will be diminished to 12 participants. This will allow for a more one-on-one experience. Timothy’s classes will focus on breath, voice, physicality and text. Other classes offered during the week include Audition technique, Storytelling through Song, Dance/Movement for the Actor and Guided Meditation. For more information on Quick Silver Theater Company, click here.

Curtis Wiley, Marcia Pendleton, Lizan Mitchell and Devorah Hill. Photo by Lia Chang

Curtis Wiley, Marcia Pendleton, Lizan Mitchell and Devorah Hill. Photo by Lia Chang

About Quick Silver Theater Company
Quick Silver Theater’s mission is to produce theater that invigorates, educates and generates conversation.  We believe that an audience arrives at the theater to view a moment in time captured by a playwright. Universal story telling has long been a part of the human experience.  We will push the boundaries of universality, by casting our productions with actors that reflect the community at large.  In doing so the playwright’s work will in turn connect with a much larger audience base. The company’s productions will challenge the audience to view characters as people who “just happen to be” of color, disabled, or “other.” Quick Silver Theater will shatter that norm and consistently question the truth of what is being reflected. For more information on Quick Silver Theater Company, click here.

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee
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Photos: Anna May Wong as Fashion Muse in “China: Through the Looking Glass” at The Met
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