"I am so glad to be in this play. I hope that all see and feel this caring and heartfelt play. We can have a smile on our face to our future without pain. Thank you again!"
Shevanda is an aspiring poet and writer living in Washington, D.C. Her goals include giving back to the community by becoming a motivational mentor for teens and adults with a history of physical abuse, substance abuse, or trauma. Shevanda hopes to publish a volume of her poetry soon.
LA JUANA CLARKE
LaJuana is very happy to make her Kennedy Center debut with this production. Other highlights include her singing at the Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration Let Freedom Ring. She has also sung in They That Wait and Been There, Done That.
"I want to thank God for being first in my life and for allowing me to be part of N Street Village. I’d like to thank my family and children for being my biggest supporters along with the staff at N Street Village."
"I give all praises to God for strengthening me in my walk, teaching me his ways, loving and caring for me. I thank my children, especially my oldest daughter, for standing by me and giving me the love I always wanted. I thank N Street for allowing me to become the woman I am today and giving me some peace and joy."
Jewel is the mother of three children, Michael, Justin, and Briana, and proud grandmother of three girls. She has performed with gospel groups including The Voices of Praise for Roberta Flack and Mike McNeill Singers for the inaugural breakfast of President George H.W. Bush. SWhe has also performed at churches, weddings, funerals, special occasions, and correctional facilities throughout the East Coast.
"I want to thank God first. Next my mom, grandma, stepdad, sisters and family for going through it with me and believing in me. I want to send love to Nastasia Williams, my daughters Mi’Joi and Cherish Wilkins for giving me the love I’ve always wanted."
"I was born in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. At age 13 I moved to the Washington, D.C. area. I love fishing and reading. One day, I would like to become a successful writer. Special thanks to all at The Theatre Lab and The Kennedy Center, and most importantly, God."
THE LADIES OF N STREET VILLAGE
"I’ve lived in Washington, D.C. all my life. My goal is to get my home health aide care license. My thanks go out to my mother for praying for me and my children for being my support through it all.
"Through recovery I’m creating in me a clean and right spirit. In honor of my mother, my children, and grandchildren, this is dedicated to them. I love you all. This is the beginning of the rest of our lives."
Psalm 51: 10-12.
"I am a mother of four. I love church and Jesus is my savior. I want to become a counselor for the youth. I want to help the young people, because there are not enough programs. I’ve been where they are, and I can help them because I understand."
"I would like to thank God for my journey. I would like to thank my mother before her passing for reaching out and touching my heart with her love. I would like to thank my sons for being there and my husband, Ronald Nelson. I
Peggy aspires to write a book based on her life that will help others deal with the unexpected turns in life that can occur during an economic crisis. She is studying to get her GED and a college degree. Peggy knows her life is just beginning to become the life she always wanted.
"I was in bloom, now have blossomed like a flower in spring. To share each patch that ahs opened of time closed. Bright colors reflect the healing of pain. Once I’m picked means I have been noticed to present my presence with The Theatre Lab. Thank you, N Street Village."
Born in Washington, D.C. at DC General Hospital. My mother has seven children and I have a twin sister. I love my family so much. I have one child named Evelyn and two grandbabies. Love and miss them so much. I send them the best blessing.
DEB GOTTESMAN, CO-FOUNDER
Deb Gottesman is a founder and co-director of The Theatre Lab. She is also a professional actress who has performed frequently at Woolly Mammoth Theatre as well as at Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Theater Alliance, and with the Washington Shakespeare Company, among many others. She has directed more than fifteen productions at The Theatre Lab, including Ragtime, The Crucible, The Grapes of Wrath and Jane Eyre, as well as productions for National Geographic and Catholic University’s Musical Theatre Department. Deb received her M.F.A. from Catholic University and has taught drama at the Round House Theatre, Woolly Mammoth and American University. She is a 2003 recipient of the prestigious Linowes Leadership Award for her contributions to arts education for underserved populations. Along with Buzz Mauro, she has co-authored three books on applied acting, all published by Penguin Putnam.
THOMAS WORKMAN, LIFE STORIES INSTRUCTOR
Thomas Workman has been making socially conscious theater and film in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years. The former artistic director of City at Peace and associate director of Everyday Theater, two award-winning organizations, Mr. Workman has also directed plays and films for Sunshipp Productions, the Anacostia Oral History Project, and the Crossroads Theater Company. He has taught drama workshops for The Bethesda Academy of Dramatic Aerts, the NAMES Project, City Lights School, and the I Have a Dream Foundation. Mr. Workman has been a director of The Theaqtre Lab’s Life Stories program since 2005. He finds it very fulfilling to see the women of N Street tell their stories on stage after such long journeys.
Buzz Mauro is a founder and Co-Director of The Theatre Lab and a Helen Hayes Award nominee who has performed with Signature Theatre, Ford's, Studio, The Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, and many other companies. He received his B.A. from Yale University and has an M.F.A. in Acting from Catholic University. Along with Deb Gottesman he is the founder of Center Stage Communications, a unique consulting firm specializing in the application of acting techniques to the business world. Together they are the authors of three books on applied acting:The Interview Rehearsal Book, Taking Center Stage, and The Best Answer, all published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Putnam.
JENNIFER L NELSON
Jennifer L. Nelson is a Washington, D.C.-based director and playwright, and is currently an Artistic and Legacy Project advisor at Ford’s Theatre (http://www.fords.org/lincoln-legacy-project). A Helen Hayes and Larry Neal Playwriting Award winner, her most recent play 24, 7, 365 was produced by Theatre of the First Amendment. She is honored to know the remarkable women whose stories make up HOW I GOT OVER.