Call for submissions: Humanities Fest staged reading addressing the theme of "50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire"
Literary Cleveland will produce a staged reading during next year's Cleveland Humanities Festival in March and April.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River fire, a milestone event that led to the passage of the Clean Water Act and galvanized the environmental movement in Northeast Ohio and beyond. As part of the yearlong celebration of that legacy, we invite you to contribute a poem, personal essay, short story or other literary work addressing the theme of the “50th anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire.” Writers are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly. Submissions do not have to be about the Cuyahoga River. We welcome work that touches on issues such as nature, the environment, pollution, or climate change in a personal way.
Submissions can be in any genre and ideally should be less than 1,000 words. We strongly encourage submissions that lend themselves to performance – examples include short personal nonfiction pieces interspersed with dialogue and action and poems with rhythmic and musical language. Short plays are also welcome. Submissions should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line “Humanities Fest Staged Reading” by Friday, Jan. 25th 2019. Selections will be made by staff and members of Lit Cleveland’s programming committee.
Lit Cleveland’s Humanities Fest staged reading will be directed by actor and director Chennelle Bryant-Harris, who works as a teaching artist with Great Lakes Theater.
If you have questions, please contact Lee Chilcote at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chennelle Bryant-Harris is an actor, director and teaching artist happy to be based in Cleveland. Chennelle began her Northeast Ohio journey as a member of the inaugural apprentice class of 2012-2013 at Cleveland Play House as an Education Apprentice. Since then, she has served as an Actor-Teacher for Great Lakes Theater School Residency Program, as well as an Assistant Director and dramaturgue for Great Lakes Theater Outreach Tours The Secret Advisory and The Jabberwocky. Chennelle has also worked as an actor, director and teaching artist for Talespinner Children’s Theater. She is most proud of the work she accomplished with her intergenerational casts of students, teachers and professional actors when she served as director and planning team member for the Cleveland branch of the English Speaking Union’s All City Shakespeare productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. Chennelle has performed in various roles in theaters throughout Northeast Ohio including Laertes/Guildenstern in Hamlet at Rubber City Theater, various roles in 44 Plays for 44 Presidents at Cleveland Public Theater, Olivia in Twelfth Night: As Told By Malvolio at Great Lakes Theater, and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at French Creek Theater. She holds a B.A. in History and Theater Arts from Gettysburg College and can be seen next in Great Lakes Theater’s Classics on Tour production of Treasure Island. She is currently the Education Assistant at Great Lakes Theater.
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