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Grand Bahama Playwright Competition Set for March 26th
Mar 11, 2017 - 1:54:54 PM

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Gea Pierre and Kerel Pinder

The Grand Bahama duo of Gea Pierre of Out of Ashes Entertainment, and Kerel Pinder of SisBro Productions have just announced the Pierre & Pinder Playwright Competition to stimulate support and growth for aspiring playwrights in The Bahamas and based on results of a workshop that took place last year.

Out of Ashes Entertainment, gave us the Bahamian Icon winning play “Crazy Love” and the heart-wrenching drama “Perfect in Weakness;” and SisBro Productions, delivered the Bahamian Icon nominated play “Sarah’s Wedding” and the summer hit stage production “New Rules of Sex and Dating.”

In October 2016, Pierre and Pinder hosted a Writer’s Workshop at the Kevin Tomlinson Academy where applicants learned the importance of directing from former Broadway actor and singer Gloria McGlone; Producing from the award-winning producer and photographer Alfred Anderson; and Casting and Writing Formats from Pierre and Pinder. After the workshop the scripts were received and three finalists were chosen and assigned a mentor.

"Our budding playwrights are constantly seeking avenues to allow their voices to be heard," said Pinder. "Therefore in our continued hope to promote the performing arts throughout the Bahamas, we thought that reviving this kind of production in the community was paramount."

Playwrights left to right: Denell Knowles; Shauna Joseph; and Trevor Trent Simmons

The first finalist is Denell Knowles and her mentor is Mr. Charles LaRoda. Denell is a wife, and mother of two, an entrepreneur and author of the book Defining Moment – “A Faith Tested” which was released in 2008. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from FMU. Denell is also a lover of music and has written over fifteen songs, one of which has been recorded and will be released in an upcoming compilation CD. Denell’s play is entitled “Suspect.”

The second finalist is Trevor Trent Simmons and his mentor is Ms. Gloria McGlone. Trevor Trent Simmons is a graduate of The University of North Carolina, Charlotte and he holds Bachelor’s Degree marketing. Trevor Trent is an aspiring creative, writer, director, producer and actor with formal training in the Meisner Technique. Trevor Trent aspires to push the envelope and change the landscape of viewing content here in The Bahamas. He believes that visual entertainment and the arts will be a very vital tool in shaping the future of this country. He lives by the quote "When you truly want something, all of the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.” – Paulo Coelho. Trevor’s play is entitled “Shudda, Wudda, Cudda.”

The third finalist is Shauna Joesph and her mentor is Ms. Olivia Dorsett. Shauna is a gospel artist, author, playwright and actress. As an avid reader Shauna began to write short stories and skits, which over time progressed into full productions. As a Christian, Shauna says, being a playwright gives her the platform to share the message of love, hope and faith. One of her favorite quotes is; “A merry hearty doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Therefore laughter is very important to her. Shauna’s play is entitled “The Holy Hook Up.”

The Pierre & Pinder Playwright Competition finale is scheduled to hit the Regency Theater stage on Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. During the finale event  three finalists’ thirty-minute plays will be showcased. At the end of the evening awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be presented. Tickets to attend will be available at Seventeen for $20.00.

October 2016 Workshop

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