Quick Silver Theater Company

520 8th Avenue Suite 315

New York, New York 10018

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Founded in 2013, QSTC is a collective of thirteen artists dedicated to amplifying the collective voice, individual potential, and overall presence of people of color, women, and other marginalized groups within the American theatrical landscape. We execute our mission through a three-fold initiative;

    Develop and commission new work by emerging writers of color.


Create space for actors of color and other marginalized communities to explore and re-imagine classical and contemporary texts

in mounted productions.


Facilitate the hands-on, professional training and mentor-ship 

of designers, stage-managers, and backstage crew of color.

Meet the QSTC Core Company Members


Tyrone Henderson - Founder

Lizan Mitchell - Co Founder

Sergei Burbank

Joniece Abbott-Pratt

Pascale Armand

Candyce Adkins

Inga Ballard

Dion Graham

Rachel Leslie

Mandi Masden

Flor De Liz Perez

Jody Reynard

Alejandro Rodriguez

Jasmine Rush

Keith Randolph Smith

Curtis Wiley



Quick Silver Theater Company's - Playwrights of Color Summit

June 8th through the 13th, 2020

This year we have something special in mind.

Four playwrights will be selected to participate.

Two playwrights will receive a staged reading of their work, and for the first time, by invitation only, we will be offering two previously unproduced playwrights a writing and research residency, named after our

long time ally and Summit moderator. 


The Michael Bradford Residency playwrights will have access to the HWS-Elizabeth Blackwell reading room, time and space to conduct research on the picturesque campus, and will participate in all programmatic aspects of the summit. At the conclusion of the summit, the residency playwrights will participate in a moderated discussion on the themes of their work, and (if applicable) a presentation of an excerpt of the work-in-progress.


Following the conclusion of the Summit, QSTC will continue to work with the research residency playwrights to ready their work to be presented as a staged reading as part of our

Citizen One Reading Series in the fall of 2020.

Save the date for our 

'Champagne and Pearl'



Esteemed playwright, novelist and poet,

Pearl Cleage

will be joining us for a reading of her newest play, 'Angry, Raucous, and Shamelessly Gorgeous'

Quick Silver Theater Company
is pleased to announce that we are a 2020 recipient of the
NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund
(A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)

This year’s featured Citizen One playwright was Lisa StrumShe Gon’ Learn is a play about wanting love, life lessons, dating, sex, childhood, betrayal, and the Black female experience/identity.  She Gon’ Learn had its premiere in October 2015 as part of the Emerging Artist Theatre Festival directed by Ngozi Anyanwu. The character of Lisa has been looking for love in all the wrong places. In a hilarious and poignant tracing of the heart’s scars, we watch Lisa navigate a triumphant (and sometimes painful) coming of age journey. Channeling eight characters, she examines her past, and finds her way back to the greatest love of all:

her damn self!


QSTC partnered with Lisa and director Candis C. Jones this November as Lisa steps aside as the performer in order to reexamine

She Gon’ Learn as the playwright.


Lisa Strum is an actor, playwright, singer and director. Additionally, she is the Associate Producer of The New Black Fest, and serves as the Artistic Associate and Casting Director at Jersey City Theatre Center. She Gon’ Learn was awarded “Best Educational Show” at the United Solo Festival in 2015 and was a Finalist for The Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award in 2016. The piece was also work-shopped with GO-SOLO, The Emerging Artist Theatre and The Lark. Lisa was the recipient of the Playwrights Initiative Fellowship at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in September of 2017 where she began work on her second play, AN ACTOR PREPARES, part one of a trilogy named The Trauma Cycles.


As part of the 2019 Citizen One Reading Series, actress Ebony Marshall-Oliver (Ain’t No More, The Public Theater) took on the solo role. 

2019 Citizen One Reading Series

QSTC is a recipient of a matching grant from the GE Foundation
Quick Silver Theater Company is a 2017, 2019, and 2020 recipient of the
NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund
(A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program)
Quick Silver Theater Company
is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.