"Black Magic" Review The Chicago Reader-
"Black Magic addresses issues of pain and loss for Black women in ways that feel particularly poignant right now. I really liked it!"- Kerry Reid, Chicago Reader (Click for full article)
"Black Magic" Review TotalTheater.com-
" 3 out of 4 Stars. Cinematographer Dareion Shaw's skillful editing captures the ease with which the cast conveys the candor and intimacy of characters immediately recognizable by each of us in Black Magic." -Mary Barnidge, TotalTheatre.com (Click for full article)
Over the weekend I had the honor of being apart of the Artemisia Theatre podcast where we discussed my theatre company Perceptions Theatre , women in powerful roles on stage, the state of theatre now, and how diversity in the arts community in Chicago is and how it can be improved upon. It's up today and the links are below! Check it out and let me know what you think! Don't stop the fight yall, keep pushing and making sure your voices are heard. We will make a change.
Podcast Interview with "Plot Twist, Please!"-
Do you remember the day you realized you were black both onstage and offstage? I sure do, and I thought I'd bring a friend along to help tell that story. Meet Myesha, Artistic Director of Perceptions Theatre. Since art often imitates life, she's going to chat with us about her experiences being a black actor, director, content creator, and Artistic Director, as well as how that has shaped her artistic approach.
Myesha-Tiara McGarner is back! She is an actress, the Artistic Director of Perceptions Theatre, and the host of MT's Corner with Myesha-Tiara. After making her film debut in "12 Years A Slave," she quickly gained traction in the Chicago theatre scene. Join us as we speak openly about racism in theatre/film and the kind of art we hope to see in the future.
Brilliantly cast...Kristina McCloskey’s insightful direction pulls out every overt and nuanced way Hellman’s foxes trample anything tender in their way.
The production will star Cory Goodrich as M’Lynn, Landree Fleming as Shelby and Heidi Kettenring as Truvy, with Joslyn Yvonne Jones as Ouiser, Jeannie Affelder as Clairee and Myesha Tiara as Annelle. The production will be helmed by artistic director Linda Fortunato.
The Louisiana native is slipping into the role of the young Annelle, who is a fresh face in town in "Steel Magnolias."
“Directed by Cecilie Keenan, WEDDING BAND is relentlessly compelling in its exploration of the very worst and the very best of human nature. The battle between Julia and Herman’s mother is the apex of the drama, but the entire production is fueled by similarly rendered heat, light and anguish.” –Catey Sullivan
The entire cast, especially the neighborhood characters of Mattie (Myesha-Tiara)...have a rhythm and chemistry between them that flows seamlessly.
Keenan’s ensemble is virtually flawless. From the opening moments, the cast pulls you fully into the world of the play, creating an immersion powerful enough to make the world outside fall away.
A segment from "The Jam" news program.
...never does she lose the strong grasp on a young woman who has been ostracized and neglected for her entire life..