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The AMY PROJECT Auditions for a New Season of Young Women’s Creative Excellence!

Aneemah’s Spot

bcurrent and MotionLIVE presents the illest play that’s graced the stage. Come on out and support Womenz Wordz facilitator Motion as she premieres here spoken word play “Aneemah’s Spot”, part of the Rock.Paper.Sisterz Festival. Show takes place at May 15th (this Saturday!) at Artscape Wychwood Barns Theatre (610 Christie St), two shows: 2 pm and 5pm.

ANEEMAH’S SPOT: the Base is a stylistic mix of stealthy dialogue, rhyme and spoken word. The funeral of “G” brings Aneemah and Wan together to mourn, and share their histories, as they are forced to let go of the past and choose how they will navigate life, either apart or together, from this moment on.

Don’t miss it! Check here to RSVP on Facebook.

AUDITION:: DANCING TO A WHITE BOY SONG

AUDITION NOTICE   dancing to a white boy song

A cross-disciplinary project co-created by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu, Meryem Alaoui and Motion.  Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu

Presented at Toronto Summerworks Theatre Festival, Aug 4-14 2011

http://www.summerworks.ca/2011/festival-theatre.php

AUDITION: FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 11-2 PM         AUDITION: MONDAY, MAY 1, 11-2 PM

3 Performers needed

  1. Male, Black/African background. 25-45
  2. Female, Black/African background. 25-45
  3. Female, Black/African background. 20-30

Performers will be required to play a wide range of ages and accents and ethnic backgrounds,

Performers should be comfortable working in an experimental rehearsal model and play development process.

Performers should be comfortable performing poetry and movement based work.

Audition Requirements:

Please prepare two contrasting monologues  (2 min max each) that show your ability to play characters of different ages. The key contrasting ages we are looking at are mid teens (14-17) and mid 40s.

Monologues from plays about Africa, or by Black/African playwrights are encouraged.

You will be also be asked to do some movement based work at the audition.

You may also be asked to do a cold read of a poetry piece.

To book an audition, email headshot and bio/resume to mumbi@ifttheatre.com

Project Premise: A cross-disciplinary theatrical project exploring the metaphor of what it means to ‘dance to the beat of the other’. The project is inspired by personal stories and research on the psychology of the African immigrant in Canada.

Story: Carol Muthoni Maina, a fourteen year old girl is desperate to fit into a new school and a foreign culture and yet she longs for the freedom to be just who she is. Frightened of her own uniqueness and individuality, she goes into a desperate mission to change everything she can about herself.

Literature for Life Revamped!

The Womenz Wordz blog continues to give thanks to Literature for Life, a non-profit organization for young mothers as they have supported our Writing Circle, our Reading Circle and the blog project. We are happy to share their success as they’ve recently redesigned their website offering accessible information, blog posts, photos and video detailing their program.

Plus, L4L has launched their own YouTube channel and has featured our very own Rootz Kizzy and Miss Cola with their children. Check out the videos below and hear how Literature for Life has impacted our ladies.

Here’s Kizzy:

And here’s Nicola:

Youth Poetry Slam

The ACCLF Writing Contest Launch and Youth Poetry Slam was held on  Friday December 17, 2010 from 6 – 10 p.m. in Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) auditorium located at 252 Bloor Street West.

Poets aged 15-24 are welcome to compete in the competition for cash prizes totalling $500! Contestants can sign up at the door between 6-7pm or email online info@acclf.com. There’s a $5 registration fee.

The event will be hosted by aka Subliminal and feature performances by Urban Arts including music by Roots Redemption.

For more info check out the ACCLF website here.

Good luck!

Resilience: Stories of Single Black Mothers

This Saturday the long-anticipated documentary “Resilience” is being played at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave. near St. George subway station) at 7pm. “Resilience” explores the lives of three single black mothers in Canada providing an unstigmatized account of the challenges women face everyday. The event is being held to benefit Literature for Life, the founding organization behind Women Wordz.

After the screening there will be a panel discussion with director Lana Lovell, author and social advocate Dalton Higgins, social worker and participant Nancy Blades, and Wendy Komiotis, executive director of violence-prevention organization METRAC.

For more information, visit: www.resiliencedocumentary.com

See trailer below

See you there!

Call Out!

Womenz Wordz is accepting new pieces of poetry, fiction, drama. Anything that you’re writing, we want it! Send your submissions to
womenwithwordz@gmail.com and see your work as the next featured post. Peace and blessing.

PoetiKs: An Exhibit of Word and Sound

Big News from Womenz Wordz!!! Two weeks from now, August 25th, the spoken word phenomenon Poetiks will take place at Nathan Phillips Square hosted by writing instructor and Women with Words organizer Motion!

PLUS our very own Roots Kizzy will be doing her thing making her big time Toronto debut. Come out to Poetiks and support our girl! Event is from 12pm to 2pm. It a family event, bring friends, bring the kids, enjoy the poetry, live music, and interactive poetry including a giant poetry board.

Check out the facebook event:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140971329266688

See you there!

CARIBANA COUNTDOWN!

Caribana is only 4 days away! It’s a big deal here at Womenz Wordz blog. Let us know if you plan on going. What has been your more exciting, memorable, story-worthy experience during Caribana. Submit your Caribana poetry, stories and lyrics with us. Feel the rhythm!

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Call for Writing Submissions!

Womenz Wordz blog is always on the look out for new poetry, stories, drama and lyrics. If you have something fresh to share with us, submit your piece to Womenz Wordz
*Note that the editors of Womenz Wordz blog have to right to reject any work that is inappropriate or offensive in nature. Also be patient, as it may take a few weeks to get your writing up on the blog.*

Call for Art Submissions!

Womenz Wordz is looking for talented art pieces to be showcased on our blog. Anything goes! If you have something to share with us, please submit to Womenz Wordz with "artwork" in the subject.

MUSIK, VIDEO, and MORE!

If you have any sick tunes, videos or other links you would like to share with us, whether related to something you read on the blog or a link that you think we should showcase, send the URL to Womenz Wordz with "links" in the subject.