The Brazilians have a phrase in Portuguese for a person who has the ability to hang
on and never give up; it's someone with "Garra." A person with Garra or 'grit' will endure
and go the distance.
The Live Garra Theatre, Inc., a
501(c)(3) organization, employs the cultural arts to address universal social-life issues, serve as a safe-harbor
for youth, a source of strength for the community; and preserve the unique legacy of the African-American Theatre through
the art of 'spoken word'. The Company endeavors to illuminate all facets of a multicultural society. An incubator studio for
a core repertory of skilled playwrights, poets, actors, and musicians coming together to teach and share a
blend of the performing arts. The Space features acting classes, youth social-skills training
and development, recitals, workshops, meetings, lectures, and enrichment programming (readings, plays,
Q & A discussions).
the insatiable desire to be free.
LIVE GARRA THEATRE GROUP
PLAYWRIGHTS IN RESIDENCE
Bless ji Jaja
Thomas Mason, Jr.
Board of Directors 2013Professor Vera Katz - Theatre Director, Educator: Professor
Emeritus at Howard University and served 25 years as a Fine Arts, Drama instructor. Currently, she is a faculty member at
the Duke Ellington School of Music and continues to teach acting privately.Dior Ashely Brown - Artistic Associate- Ms. Brown is an accomplished Spoken Word Artist in the Washington
DC area. She is a poet and as producer of Spoken Word events through Purple Poetry and Phatal Industries, she brings the artistic
essence of the storytelling genre.Ann
Valentine - Marketing Specialist -Ms. Valentine holds a Master degree in Theatre, specifically in non-profit fundraising
and community organizing. She brings knowledge of how to make a profit in Theatre enterprises and cultivate sustainability. Marcus Johnson- Musician, Lawyer - Marcus is a community
activist, entrepreneur and a renowned Jazz Artist. Stuart Perry – Professional Actor and Theatre Arts Instructor Tanya Jackson – Professional Business Manager of
Musicians and Theatre Artists. Currently works for the US department of cultural development.Dr. Sheryl Brissett Chapman - She recently celebrated her
20th anniversary as executive director of The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF), a private nonprofit agency
committed to serving vulnerable children, youth, and families in the national capital area for nearly a century. Dr. Chapman
brings a wealth of community non profit institutional knowledge. Her work in business management, she provides the financial
acumen necessary to support the company's business goals.
Monzelle Anderson - Box Office ManagerSylvia Ross - House Management
best thing that could happen to our theatre at this moment would be for the Playwrights and Actors and Directors to be handed
a bare stage on which no scenery could be placed and then told they must write, and act, and direct for this stage.
In no time we should have the most exciting Theatre in the world.” The Dramatic Imagination ... Robert Edmond Jones