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Meet PlaySlam Organizer Deletta Gillespie

Meet PlaySlam Organizer Deletta Gillespie

A voice that would calm even the unhappiest of babies and a passion that just won’t quit, quiet fire would be the words to best describe Ms. Deletta Gillespie’s spirit. Deletta Gillespie is the Morgan State University advisor for PlaySlam. In addition to being a professor in Morgan State’s theatre department, she is also a performing artist, singer-songwriter and educator of musical and theatrical work promoting social change, justice, and equality. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Goddard College and a M.F.A in Theater Arts from Towson University. Tonight marks the inaugural PlaySlam collaboration between Morgan and Towson, […]

by · September 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · SECTIONS, THEATER, Theatre: PlaySlam
PlaySlam Stirs to Life as the Sun Rises

PlaySlam Stirs to Life as the Sun Rises

At 8 a.m. sharp, the actors and directors of the PlaySlam began filing back into the Towson Center for the Arts building. It’s been 12 hours since the start of the event, and now it’s time to bring the works of each playwright to life. After a good night’s rest, the directors came in ready to meet with the writers while the actors began their warm-ups. Equipped with a cup of coffee, each writer-director duo found themselves a quiet spot in the building to analyze and converse about the scripts. The actors met in the Ruth Marder Theatre Studio to […]

Morgan student Aaron Miller gets his first glimpse of the script at 10 a.m.; he performs at 8 p.m. tonight.

PlaySlam Timeline

8 p.m. Six writers, six directors, 23 actors, five designers, four stage managers, and three theatre professors gather in a blackbox theater at Towson University for a 24-hour PlaySlam. They have 24 hours to write, direct, produce and perform six one-act plays. “Go!” Towson theatre professor David White shouts as students race off. The group is anxious but full of bravado. 9:30 p.m. Morgan professor Deletta Gillespie draws a theme out of a hat for the playwrights. They will spend the next 10 hours writing one acts about the theme, glass. “With glass I expect more drama,” says Morgan playwright […]

by · September 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled · ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, CAMPUS NEWS, THEATER, Theatre: PlaySlam
PlaySlam Collaboration between Morgan and Towson Takes Shape

PlaySlam Collaboration between Morgan and Towson Takes Shape

All eyes are on Deletta Gillespie, the Morgan State University advisor of the PlaySlam as she reaches into a bag filled with possible themes for each play’s basis. She smiles a little, as though the power bestowed on her at the moment is bringing her the slightest amount of joy. The seconds feel like hours as David White, the Towson University advisor, announces the theme. “Glass,” he says with a beaming smile. No one bats an eye or looks even momentarily stumped or unnerved. In fact, a combination of whoops and cheers fill the air. The group of young actors, […]

Morgan and Towson PlaySlam Students: Breaking the Ice

The Marathon Begins: A Visual Diary by Kyle Yearwood (coverage below) At 8 p.m., Morgan and Towson students entered the Ruth Marder Studio Theatre in the Towson University Center for the Arts building to begin their 24-hour PlaysSlam event. The group of designers, actors, directors, and playwrights didn’t waste any time getting to know each other. After Towson faculty advisor, David White, introduced the group and went through a general layout of the night’s activities, he presented them with their first task: a scavenger hunt. The rowdy bunch of theatre enthusiasts organized themselves into 10 small groups of two or three, […]