Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wanda's Picks Radio Show

We are broadcasting at 1 PM to accommodate special guests: Biko Eisen-Martin and Bowman Wright as Booth and Lincoln respectively in Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog directed by Timothy Douglas at the Marin Theatre Company which has been extended to October 28.Visit or (415) 388-5208.

Biko Eisen-Martin (Booth) makes his MTC debut with Topdog/Underdog. Originally from San Francisco, he has appeared in the Bay Area in Fuku Americanus at Intersection for the Arts, Radio Golf at TheatreWorks, 365 Plays/365 Days at Z Space, Patricide Revisited at SF Theatre Fest, Clockwork Orange at Renegade Theatre, All God Chillun Got Wings at the Eugene O’Neill Festival and Basha at Brookside Repertory Theatre. He has also appeared in the film Poetic License. Eisen-Martin is a graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory (MFA) and Brown University (BA/MAT).

Bowman Wright (Lincoln) makes his MTC debut in Topdog/Underdog. He was last seen in A Raisin in the Sun at the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, New York. His other regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream at La Jolla Playhouse, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts, The Piano Lesson at Virginia Stage Company, Since Africa and A House With No Walls at InterAct Theatre Company in Philadelphia and Fences at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, (MFA) and the University of the Arts (BFA).

We have two prerecored interviews one with Peter Nicks, an Emmy Award winning documentary director about his film, The Waiting Room, opening Friday, Oct. 19, 7 PM at the Grand Lake Theatre followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker moderated by N'Jeri Eaton (ITVS).

We are looking to close with Grace C. Stanislaus, Executive Director, MoAD about "Desert Jewels: North African Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection."

Peter Nicks, Director, The Waiting Room

Opens Friday, October 19 at Grand Lake Theatre, Sundance Kabuki in San Francisco.
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Cynthia Y. Johnson at Highland Hospital in The Waiting Room Nicks is an Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker who has produced projects for network, cable and public television exploring topics such as immigration, journalism, and technology. Additionally, he has directed media strategy for two social networking start-ups and developed transmedia storytelling projects that make use of emerging social media platforms. He worked as a staff producer for ABC News in New York and as a producer for the innovative PBS documentary series LIFE 360. Nicks earned his Masters in documentary filmmaking from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999.

Grace C. Stanislaus, Executive Director, Museum of the African Diaspora

Prior to assuming the position as Executive Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Grace C. Stanislaus was the President & CEO of the Romare Bearden Foundation in New York. She has held a variety of management and executive leadership positions during nearly thirty years as an arts administrator. Her professional career began as curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem and developed as Executive Director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts and of the Museum for African Art, New  York. Ms. Stanislaus was formerly Senior Vice President of the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh. Trained as an art historian, Ms. Stanislaus has a Master of Arts degree in art history from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Fordham University in the Bronx, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

Ms. Stanislaus has had intensive professional training through the Museum Management Institute Leadership Training Program, Getty Center. She has lectured and participated in panels and conferences nationally and internationally focused on African, African American and African Diaspora art, culture and issues and on issues related to philanthropy and the museum field. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards and is currently on the board of the California Association of Museums. She is also a member of Art Table, a national organization of women in leadership positions in the arts.

Young girl, North Africa.Unknown photographer, c. 1870.
Portrait of a man, North Africa. Pascal Sebah, c. 1870. Original photograph on albumen paper from a collodion glass negative

Music: The Pyramids's "Otherworldly," Two samples from Chris Houston's original score for Marin Theatre Company's TopDog UnderDog, up through Oct. 28 and Meklit Hadero's "Walls."


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