Meet the QSTC Core Company Members
Tyrone Henderson - Founder
Lizan Mitchell - Co Founder
Brian D. Frank
Flor De Liz Perez
Keith Randolph Smith
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.
2020 - 2021
Quick Silver Theater Company's - Playwrights of Color Summit
The schedule for our 2020 POC Summit has been postponed until 2021. In lieu of our annual summit, we will be supporting our playwrights digitally.
Congratulations to Phillip Christian Smith
who have been selected as our Summit Finalists.
We look forward to sharing their projects with you shortly.
Take a trail blazing ride through the dramatic terrain of a new play! In the Fall of 2020, QSTC will ask select Summit donors to join us on
"The Road to the Summit", a virtual journey of discovery in preparation for the Playwrights of Color Summit for 2021.
We are looking for an Audience Representative to complete a team composed of the playwrights, the dramaturgs, and the QSTC company liaison. The team will assist the playwright in traveling through the landscape of the play in search of its untapped potential.
At strategic points during the year the team will "ZOOM" together to offer the playwright new perspectives the play has revealed via their individual routes. Next spring, as the destination of "The Road to the Summit" draws close, we'll come together to celebrate our journey as a bon voyage in preparation for the Playwrights of Color Summit.
The Michael Bradford Residency playwrights will include:
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 2021.
We are Quick Silver Theater Company. QSTC - 4Words
Since our founding in 2013, QSTC has been 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. Whether onstage, backstage, or in the various areas of production, our mission is and has always been to cultivate space for the creative endeavors, artistic excellence, and intellectual exploration of BIPOC playwrights, directors, designers, stage-managers, and administrators.
We are dedicated to an artistic process deeply rooted in freedom. Freedom to soar beyond the limited imaginations that have traditionally surrounded Blackness and the myriad of Black experiences in the American Theater; freedom from the racism, oppression, and white supremacy that permeate the halls and stages of the most lauded theatrical and cultural institutions in our nation; freedom from the constraints and restrictions continually placed on our abilities, talents, and potential.
We appreciate the statements of support from various theaters across the country, throughout our city, and we encourage and challenge those institutions to follow through with action.
We take pride in the fact that, since the beginning, we have never been neutral. Black Lives Matter is the backbone of QSTC. We have always valued Black Lives. We have always exemplified tenacity, beauty and strength in adversity both on and offstage.
For theaters seeking to do the work of BIPOC creatives and artists to elevate and cultivate a culture of equity and value, we have worked with and mentored many with which we would love to put you in contact. You need only ask; we can bridge you to them.
Moving forward, one thing is certain if it wasn’t clear before: You cannot tell our stories if you don't respect our lives.
For creatives and artists who are seeking a place to be seen, heard, and valued DAILY, we are excited to work with you.
QSTC Playwrights of Color Summit Playwrights:
2016: Sergei Burbank, Guadalìs Del Carmen, and Shashone Lambert
2017: Sergei Burbank, Christina Nieves, and B.J. Tindal.
2018: Inés Del Castillo, Shelley Fort, and Quick Silver Theater Company Collaborative
2019: Solo Female Artists, Mia Y. Anderson, Ayesis Clay, Rhonda Khan, and Liz Morgan
QSTC Playwrights of Color Summit Directors:
2016: Justin Emeka, Awoye Timpo, and LA Williams
2017: Rebecca S’Manga Frank, Caesar Williams, and LA Williams
2018: Kevin R. Free, Timothy Johnson, and Tyrone Mitchell Henderson
2019: Niccolo Aeed, Danielle Drakes, Bianca Laverne Jones, and Taylor Reynolds
QSTC 2020/2021 Virtual Summit participants:
Playwrights: Cynthia Robinson, and Phillip Christian Smith
2020/2021 Michael Bradford Residency Playwrights:
Playwrights: Pascale Armand, Renee’ Flemings, and Myxolydia Tyler
Dramaturgs: Taylor Barfield, Michael Bradford, A.J. Muhammad, and Arminda Thomas
Citizen One Reading Series Playwrights and Directors:
Thomas Brazzle – ‘Turner’ Tyrone Mitchell Henderson – Director
Dwight R. B. Cook – ‘A Prayer’ Tyrone Mitchell Henderson – Director
Jimonn Cole – ‘Organization of Dunsinane’ Caesar Williams – Director
a.k. payne - ‘On Rayton’ Awoye Timpo – Director
Kamilah Bush – ‘What.’ Rachel Leslie – Director
Timothy Johnson – ‘Listening to the Trees’ Tyrone Mitchell Henderson – Director
A. Emmanuel Leadon – ‘Short Rib’ Timothy Johnson – Director
Cynthia G. Robinson – ‘When Night Falls’ Caesar Williams – Director
Guadalìs Del Carmen – ‘My Father’s Keeper’ Awoye Timpo – Director
Marco Antonio Rodriguez – ‘Bloom’ Rebecca S’Manga Frank – Director
Lisa Strum – ‘She Gon’ Learn’ Candis C. Jones – Director
2019 Episcopal Actors Guild
Thomas Barbour Award
a.k. payne – ‘BURNBABYBURN: AN AMERICAN DREAM Joniece Abbott-Pratt – Director
Kareem M. Lucas – ‘A Boy & His Bow’ Zoey Martinson – Director
Reynaldo Piniella – ‘Black Doves’ (Award Recipient) Emily Lyon – Director