About the Artists
Connie Winston has
performed at New York City venues such as La Mama ETC, Dixon Place, New
Dramatists, the Ohio Theatre, Soho Rep, HERE Arts Center, Brooklyn Academy of
Music and Lincoln Center; and has worked extensively with the Talking Band.
Winston has created numerous original ‘docu-drama’ performance pieces: My
Name is Harriet Tubman (commissioned by Plays For Living), The Autobiography
of Dorothy Dean (first presented by Dixon Place), Confession,
and On Griffin Alley (workshopped with the Drama Department of
Bennington College). She has directed productions of August
Strindberg’s, The Stronger, Trifles by Susan Glaspell,
and No Good War by Tali Ariav, developed with the Playwrights’
Workshop at the University of Iowa. She adapted Eudora Welty’s short
story A Worn Path for the stage, and has been published in
the African American National Biography (Oxford University
Press) Black Masks Magazine, and Nka Journal of
Contemporary African Art. Connie received her MFA in dramaturgy from the
University of Iowa, an MA in performing arts from Emerson College and a BA in
theatre from SUNY/New Paltz. Connie is seen on re-runs of TV series’ Conviction and Law
& Order in her recurring role as Judge Shirley Taylor.
Rhonda “Passion” Hansome has directed over thirty-five productions, including Saviour? (Dwyer Cultural Center), Another Man’s Poison, Antigone Asata Shakur, T’was The Night Before Kwanzaa (Black Spectrum and Billie Holiday Theaters), and Real Black Men Don’t Sit Crosslegged On The Floor (New Federal Theater, Best Ensemble AUDELCO Award.) At the National Black Theater Festival, Bermuda Festival and New Federal Theater she directed Melba Moore’s Sweet Songs of the Soul; and in the NY International Fringe Festival she directed Damon & Debra and Black Martian. Other festivals include Voices From The Edge, NYU Festival of New Works, Chekov NOW, Potpourri, Estrogenius, and Going To The River. Hansome is a member of the Workshop Theater Company, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Women’s Project Directors Forum, SDC and is an AUDELCO Outstanding Pioneer Honoree.