Welcome to IlluminArt Productions
Empowering Voices Benefit 2013
was a great success!
AN EVENING OF GREAT FOOD, GREAT TALENT, AND GREAT COMPANY
SHOWCASING STATEN ISLANDERS IN A MUSICAL REVIEW
TO BENEFIT OUR YOUTH PROGRAMS
Click on names to see performances
Empowering Voices featured local talent including Jeannine Otis, Alice Bishop,
Randy Barrett Topper, Arnelle Nonon, Jeremiah Jurkiewicz, Kristi Sorkin, Gerriana Cardito,
Samantha Sommerfield, Stefanie Pigulsky, Shari Stein-Ballow and high school students from
the Petrides School in a musical review of Broadway and Pop songs.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: MICHAEL SIROTTA DIRECTED BY: RANDY BARRETT TOPPER
A full-course dinner was served and there were great raffle prizes!
We honored people who helped make our programs successful:
Trevor McGhie, a senior at the Petrides School, joined Project TRUST - Teaching and Reaching
Using Students and Theater in 2011. His acting and singing talent has captivated audiences.
Jeannine Troost, Guidance Counselor, is our liaison at the Petrides School where Project
TRUST has been in residence since 2011.
Seth Kaplan, Out-of-School Time Director at PS 65 for the Jewish Community Center, has helped
us facilitate Ready Set ACTION there and at PS 31.
Colabella & Company Certified Public Accountants
Jewish Community Center of Staten Island
Staten Island LGBT Community Center
Wall Street Access Asset Management
FasTracKids Learning Centers
Check out some videos from our programs…
What happens when rumors end up on Facebook? Find out.
What is Cyber-bullying and what can be done about it ? Find out.
We encourage everyone to be kind through music. Hear it.
An Exciting New Film Project!
Staten Island recording artist Jiggy Jada aka G.I. Jayne wrote a song called “Stop Bullying” which has been turned into a film to further anti-bullying efforts.
The Staten Island premiere of The Bully on March 3, 2013 was a great success!
The screening on May 20, 2013, 7:30 PM at the Gerard Carter Community Center, Staten Island, was sponsored by Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro and we are very grateful to him.
The Bully, a short film, tells the tale of a Muslim girl who is starting a new school and finds herself the victim of relentless bullying. In the resulting emotional turmoil, she finds allies and salvation in unexpected places. It is a story of intolerance, but also a story of kindness, forgiveness, and redemption. See the official trailer here.
The Bully is based on the song “Stop Bullying” by Jiggy Jada aka G.I. Jayne.
Executive Producers Jacqueline Wilson, M.M.O.B. Entertainment and Maurice Wilson, Black Moes Art Productions; Producer/Director, Gerald K. Barclay; Producer/Casting Director, Arlene Sorkin, IlluminArt Productions; Screenplay by Youghannes Williams
THE LATEST NEWS…
We have great casts at the Michael J. Petrides School ready to perform Peace Up for your students in grades 2-5 and What Goes Around for grades 6 and up . Contact Arlene Sorkin – email@example.com, 347-951-9650.
We wrote a new play! SOMETIMES I JUST WANT ICE CREAM, is based on stories told to us by alumni of Camp Good Grief of Staten Island – children and youth age 11-17 who have lost a parent or a sibling. It premiered at their camp on June 8th. Our young professional company received a standing ovation. We will tour schools in the 2013-2014 school year. Youth in the audience said that the play will really help their friends understand what they are going through. See photos on our FB page.
Contact Arlene Sorkin – firstname.lastname@example.org, 347-951-9650.
IlluminArt Productions, a non-profit organization, located in New York City enables individuals of all ages to use theatre to portray and develop solutions for the complex challenges that confront them. They share creations with audiences of their peers and with younger groups to facilitate ongoing opportunities for dialogue and learning.
Current programs focus on bullying and violence prevention, childhood obesity prevention, and loss from a child’s perspective. We are returning to the Michael J. Petrides School for a 3rd school year where visiting schools can see performances of Peace Up and What Goes Around in 2013-2014.
“Our vision is to help participants and audiences make responsible decisions about the challenges they face by providing creative space for them to confront and express their thoughts about these issues with their peers and with role models.”
IlluminArt Productions’ programs focus on topics that are currently making headlines:
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