March 15, 2010
Elizabeth Klipp, 404-413-1356
ATLANTA - Atlanta native Jasmine Guy, an actress, singer, dancer, author and producer, will speak and perform at Georgia State University on March 17 in a program in honor of Women's History Month.
"An Evening with Jasmine Guy" is the first African-American Cultural Performing and Visual Arts Council's "In Honor of Women's History Month" program.
The event will begin at 5:45 p.m. in the Urban Life Auditorium with video clips from Guy's career and an audience discussion. Guy will perform various acting scenes from 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. and sign copies of her book until 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Guy is best known for her starring role in the television series "A Different World" and the mini-series, "Queen" by Alex Haley. Guy has been featured in numerous movies and live theater. She is the author of "Afeni Shakur; Evolution of a Revolutionary."
"We want her to come to inspire and instruct our students who are interested in the arts so they can learn from a professional - one of the best in the business," said David Smith Jr., associate director of the Office of African American Student Services and Programs, an event sponsor.
This is event is supported by Student Activity Fees. It is sponsored by Georgia State's Office of African American Student Services and Programs (OAASP), and Georgia State's Office of the Dean of Students.
While on campus, Guy will also meet with students in the Performing and Visual Arts Council (PVAC) in a workshop to answer questions and critique their acting from 3:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Urban Life Building, room 201.
PVAC was founded last summer by Doris Derby, director of OAASP, which continues to oversee the project.
The group, which consists of GSU student and civic organizations, will also host actor, director and theater owner, Herman LeVern Jones on Thursday (March 18) at Georgia State.
Jones will lead a Lunch and Learn series on "Issues Faced by Black Women in the Theatre" in the University Center suite 404 from noon to 1:45 p.m. He will meet with PVAC students from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to critique their acting and offer advice to young artists.
Artistic director of Theatre South Atlanta Inc., Jones will also perform in Urban Life 220 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a reception in Urban Life's west exhibit area. All events are free and open to the public.
In culmination of Women's History Month, students in PVAC will perform a stage reading of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun" at 7 p.m. on March 24 - 26 in the Urban Life Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public, with a reception following each performance.
For more information, visit www.gsu.edu/oaassp/news_and_announcements.html