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
Flor De Liz Perez
Keith Randolph Smith
Quick Silver Theater Company's - Playwrights of Color Summit
Our 5th annual POC Summit application process is now open.
Deadline for submissions is December 15th at 5 pm.
Please proceed to the SUBMISSION GUIDELINES PAGE.
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.
Playwrights of Color Summit
Our annual Playwrights of Color Summit, is a week-long residency that allows previously unproduced playwrights an opportunity to work exclusively on their plays with all resources, stipends, travel, and room & board provided by QSTC.
OUR 2019 POCS FINALISTS WERE:
RHONDA KHAN, LIZ MORGAN, MIA Y. ANDERSON AND AYESIS CLAY
This year’s featured Citizen One playwright is Lisa Strum. She 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 is very excited to be partnering 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) will take on the solo role.
Friday November 22nd, 2019 at 8 pm. Episcopal Actors Guild
1 East 29th Street - Guild Hall NYC