Following the performance, People’s Light Resident Dramaturg Gina Pisasale invites audience members to participate in a facilitated town hall-style discussion designed to spark dialogue around community activism in light of Rustin’s legacy.
This socially-distanced, CDC-compliant event will be presented by People’s Light and hosted at the outdoor basketball courts.
Illuminating Bayard or Am I Not Good?
Written and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Featuring Nicole Stacie and David Watkins
Stage Manager: Molly Jo Gifford
Steve H. Broadnax III is a highly sought-after actor, educator, director, and writer who has worked extensively in regional theatre for over 20 years. He recently joined the resident company at People’s Light as Resident Director, and also heads the MFA Acting Program at Pennsylvania State University. His directing credits at People’s Light include Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew and Mud Row. Broadnax is also a New Play Frontiers commissioned writer with People’s Light; his upcoming play Bayard Rustin: Inside Ashland is set to premiere in the 2021/2022 Season. Other theatre credits include the upcoming Broadway-bound Thoughts of a Colored Man, the world premiere of The Hot Wing King by Katori Hall (Signature Theatre New York City), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Hattiloo Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre Company NYC, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia. Learn more at stevebroadnax.com.
Founded in 1974, People’s Light serves as one of Pennsylvania’s largest professional non-profit theatres, known for forging cultural and civic connections throughout the region with an eclectic mix of productions and innovative work with young people.
Kyle J. Boyer is an educator, minister, and social justice advocate. His work and studies lie at the intersection of education, the church, and public policy. As a teacher, he has instructed at the middle and high school levels and is an elected member of the Tredyffrin/Easttown Board of School Directors in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He is the immediate past president of the West Chester, PA branch of the NAACP, and has served on numerous boards in the community. He currently serves as the senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Coatesville, PA. He is the author of Reflections for the Call: A Devotional for Young Preachers, and The Prince, the Priests & the Prophets: The Need for Prophetic Leadership in America. Kyle is a graduate of the George Washington University, the University of Pennsylvania, and United Lutheran Seminary where he is completing the Doctor of Ministry program.
Lisa Dorsey, Borough Council member and former Board President of the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center. In 2008, Lisa joined the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center as a Board member, and shortly after, she was elected President of the Board of Directors, and held the role until December 2020. During that time, Lisa assisted guiding the board and staff methodically through strategic and financial planning that has positioned the Melton Center for the future and as a beacon in the community. She is a West Chester native that grew up going to the West Chester Community Center as a young child in Head Start with Mrs. Williams through high school and Senior Pals with Mr. Bell. Lisa is Senior Director at FIS. In July 2020, she was appointed to West Chester Borough Council as council member of the 7th ward, where she will continue to serve and support the West Chester community.
Kenneth WInston, Executive Director of the Charles A. Melton Arts & Education Center. Ken has been the Executive Director at the CAMC for the past 10 years. Prior to that, he was the Outreach Supervisor for the Phoenixville Area School District, and the president and founder of Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives (PAPA). He has served on the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation Board of Directors (BOD) and the Phoenixville Social Concerns Committee BOD. Presently, he serves on the West Chester Business Improvement District BOD and on the Greater Brandywine YMCA Membership Advisory Committee. Ken’s passion is youth and community outreach, and to this end, he has started sustainable and impactful academic afterschool programs, community wide events, and basketball leagues throughout West Chester, Phoenixville and Norristown. Ken has coached basketball at Phoenixville Area High School and track and field at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Ken has his bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership from Eastern University and his Master’s degree in Special Education from Neumann University.