Cranking up the volume on voices, stories and action, Voices Amp'd is an interview podcast featuring the artists, activists, community leaders and organizers that have been inspirational to our arts-activism and advocacy work for the past eight years. Each episode will take a deep dive into the personal journey of our guest. We will talk about their personal and professional lives, their successes, their setbacks and the obstacles they've faced in pursuit of their passion. We will also invite each guest to share some of their personal creative work or work that is currently inspiring them.
Jen Joplin - Actor, Voiceover Artist, Writer, Director and Teacher
Jen Joplin - On her upcoming one-woman show The Prime of Miss Jen Joplin (premiering June 4 at the Cincy Fringe Festival), her 30 year career as an artist, the church she bought to transform into a creative community right before the pandemic hit, and how she navigates being an artist, a wife, and a parent who homeschooled her son and nephew throughout the pandemic...and still managed to write a show! Online and live, you can buy tickets to The Prime of Miss Jen Joplin at CINCYFRINGE.COM.
ACTivate - Young Artists with Purpose (Rylie, Sophie, Maeve, Brodie)
ACTivate - ACTivate students share about the premiere of their upcoming show Cabaret for Change, fundraising for partner organizations in the community, their student led podcast ACTivate On Air, navigating being young artists throughout the pandemic, as well as their creative writing centered around Amanda Gorman's inauguration day speech The Hill We Climb. Rylie Sudduth, Sophie Hill, Maeve Denton, and Brodie Blair
Jessica Greene - Educator, Music Director, Performer and Arts and Social Justice Advocate
Jessica Greene - On her work with TEACH (Theatre for Equity, Accountability, Community, and Healing), being Artistic Director of Distilled Theatre Company, administrating the all girls Rise STEAM Academy in Lexington, KY during a pandemic, and her journey with infertility and the community support that gave her Lucas, her beautiful baby boy.
Rena Childers - Advocate, Activist, Campaigner, and Alumna of The Girl Project class of 2014
Rena Childers - On her work in the political arena with the Jon Osoff campaign (Georgia) and the Charles Booker campaign (Kentucky), her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood, the challenges of transitioning from high school to college to entering the workforce in a pandemic, as well as insight into the importance of mental and physical health and why she prioritizes relationships over everything.
Dr. Chamara Jewel Kwakye - Womanist Scholar-Educator, Writer, Ethnographer and Hip Hop Feminist Pedagog
Dr. Chamara Jewel Kwakye - A womanist scholar-educator with interdisciplinary interests at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnography, performance and pedagogy, Dr. Chamara Jewel Kwakye, talks about her work of elevating stories of Black women and girls that examines their power and agency in oppressive spaces, her work on Wish To Live: The Hip-hop Feminism Pedagogy Reader and (SOLHOT) Saving Our Lives, Hear Our Truths. Chamara inspires us with her stories of family, resilience and claiming your creative self.
JaMeeka Holloway & Johannah Maynard Edwards
JaMeeka Holloway and Johannah Maynard Edwards discuss the Women's Theatre Festival's upcoming live virtual production of Othello by William Shakespeare in a modern verse translation by MFONISO UDOFIA. Udofia seeks to pull no punches with her translation of Othello that starkly illuminates the overt anti-Black racist language within Shakespeare’s text. Director JaMeeka Holloway talks about her approach to directing Udofia’s translation, key themes being uncovered, challenges her team has faced throughout the process and how she is navigating caring for her artists who have taken on this incredibly challenging material. Tickets are available at WomensTheatreFestival.com - @wtfestivalnc. Follow Director JaMeeka Holloway @jdhdirectedit.