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Write Tea - Episode 3

Chad Eric Smith

Washington, DC native Chad Eric Smith is a writer, director, musician, and award-winning character actor. On stage, Chad has performed in over a dozen plays. In 2010, the Pittsburgh Chapter of the African American Council on the Arts (AACTA) awarded Chad two Onyx Awards: 'Best Leading Actor in a Musical' (Raisin) and 'Best Supporting Actor in a Musical' (I Gotcha! The Story of Joe Tex and the Soul Clan). He has had leading, supporting, principal, and featured roles in web series' and several independent films, including the superhero comedy Squid Man and the upcoming films Zombie Ted, The Suffering, Secret City Bluz, and Last Night. In 2014, Chad co-wrote, directed, and starred in the award-winning short horror comedy Dark Therapy.

Discussion Points

  • Writing in a Happy Place
  • Living a Self-sustaining Life
  • The Mental Struggles of the Social Climate
  • Expanding Your Art Outside Your Comfort Zone

Length 34m 22s

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Write Tea - Episode 2

John Johnson

Language in this episode may be inappropriate for young listeners.

John Johnson is a DC native and founder of the performance troupe, Verbal Gymnastics. A proud graduate of the University of the District of Columbia, John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts. John has received multiple grants from the DC Arts Commission and performed at several venues around DC, including Dance Place, H Street Playhouse and The Anacostia Playhouse and is currently a member of DC's Playback Theatre Ensemble. 

Discussion Points

  • DC's Changing Communities
  • The Full-time Artist/Full-time Parent Struggle
  • East of the River artists
  • Retaining Hometown Talent

Length 33m 39s


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Write Tea - Episode 1

hiphopmomma PRINCESS BEST

Princess Best is a multi-faceted artist who has dedicated her many talents to advocating for the enhancement leadership, health and communication of young girls and women. She is the founder of Princess Best Speaks (PBS) and R.O.Y.A.L. Voices (Readying Our Young Aspiring Leaders. Best's platform and programming focus on expanding the leadership capacity of the African American and African Diasporic female voices on the microphone through hip-hop theater, storytelling and public speaking.

 

Discussion Points

  • Favorite Writers
  • Effects of Social Climate
  • Highs and Lows of a DC Artist
  • Writing Through Blocks

Length 22m 2s

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