Adriane Lenox talkback of See Her
Curated and Directed by Lorna Ventura.
New works featuring female+ artists, including
Iman Schuk, Kenita Miller, and Gabrielle Sprauve
Royal Family Productions was proud to announce a special talkback with the creative team of See Her, moderated by Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox. See Her by Iman Schuk (This Open Earth) premiered last month as part of Royal Family’s second annual Female+ Forward Festival. This talkback, with bonus encore viewing of the piece, was designed to celebrate the creative team of See Her, and to allow audiences to ask in-depth questions about the piece and process.
Iman Schuk (Playwright) is an actress, model and playwright who has appeared in multiple stage and film productions and whose written works have been produced and performed in New York, Atlanta, and Chicago. A student of the human experience, Iman uses her writing to highlight the compelling richness and complexity of everyday people living their everyday lives. She dedicates this work to the honor of her father Sam Smith, who told her to have the courage to follow her own pen wherever it should take her.
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Kenita Miller-Hicks (Spoken Word Artist) is a Drama Desk Award-winning actor and vocalist who has performed in such notable Broadway productions as The Color Purple, Xanadu, Tony Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Once on This Island, and Come From Away. Her regional work includes an AUDELCO Award-winning portrayal of Zora Neale Hurston in Urban Stages’ Langston in Harlem and many others. She is also a member of the band The Hawtplates with her husband Justin Hicks and her Sister In-law Jade Hicks. Kenita was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and currently lives and works in The Bronx, NY.
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Gabrielle Sprauve (Featured Performer) was born in Queens, NY and raised in Savannah,GA. She trained at Savannah Arts Academy, the Ailey School, the Martha Graham School, and Marymount Manhattan College, graduating in 2017. She has performed works by Larry Keigwin, Alexandra Damiani, Norbert De La Cruz, Paul Taylor, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Adam Barruch, and Jo Strømgren. She is a current member of Ballet Hispanico, joining in 2017. In addition to her work with Ballet Hispanico, Gabrielle has had the pleasure of freelancing with Traverse City Dance Project to create an original dance film as part of their No Distance Dance Festival 2020 and is a cast member of PARA.MAR Dance Theater.
Associate Choreographer/Production Assistant:
Featured Performer- Gabrielle Sprauve
Spoken Word Artist- Kenita Miller
Playwright- Iman Schuk
Original Soundtrack- Kenita Miller and Justin Hicks
Original Poem: "See Her"
Directed and Choreographed – Lorna Ventura
Director of Photography- Angelo Vasta
Editor – Jay Stern
Associate Choreographer and Production Assistant -Kei Tsuruharantani
Underwritten by Margaret Murphy with support from NYSCA.
COVID-19 testing provided by Mobilizing Foundation.
See Her originally premiered on January 14, 2021 as an online streaming event, hosted by Lorna Ventura and featuring the creators of the piece in an artist talk-back following the presentation.