On Thursday, May 23rd at 11:00am, I'll be joining We Act Radio host Thomas Byrd along with Deborah Simmons, award-winning correspondent with the Washington Times; Julia E. Christian, Anacostia Playhouse's Managing Director; Katie Ryan, Theatre Alliance Education and Outreach Director; and Virginia Spatz, The Education Town Hall's feature reporter, for an in-depth discussion on Arts Education versus Job Training at public universities and in tough economic times on The Education Town Hall radio show. Click here to listen live.
The Education Town Hall with Thomas Byrd is the premiere Local Live Wire show on We Act Radio, WPWC broadcasting from Historic Anacostia in Washington, DC. The show is a weekly one-hour forum dedicated to every aspect of educating our students. Tune in: Thursday mornings at 11:00 on 1480 AM or on-line. Be sure to visit WeActEd, the Education Town Hall blog and listen for us on MixCloud or here to listen live.
We Act Radio is a media corporation that combines broadcast and new media to deliver our shows in the formats people use most. You can follow their shows by streaming them at WeActRadio.com, listening on AM and FM radio stations around the country, downloading them via podcast or on iTunes, or subscribing to their YouTube channel. Click here to listen live.
ABOUT THE HOST
For the past 15 months Thomas K Byrd has Hosted and Produced the Education Town Hall Show on We Act Radio. He created the show to facilitate the construction of effective community supported solutions and to foster the incitement of strategic transformative actions. During this time Thomas has been pleased to be able to provide access to the public square for all stakeholders. He is most proud of being able to provide a megaphone for the voiceless to talk back to power. Thomas Byrd believes that advocating for quality education is not an act only limited to policy makers, non-profit organizations, parents and those in the education field. Education is the great equalizer among all distinctions in society, especially for people of color, and the entire community, even those like himself without children, should be engaged in education reform.
ABOUT THE GUESTS
Julia E. Christian is the Chief Operating Officer at Anacostia Playhouse and the former managing director at H Street Playhouse and the Theater Alliance. Prior to that, she was Executive Director at CHAMPS - Capitol Hill's Chamber of Commerce. She studied Fine Arts at St. Mary's College of Maryland.
JACQUELINE E. LAWTON
Jacqueline E. Lawton was named one of 30 of the nation's leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. Her plays include: Anna K; Blood-bound and Tongue-tied; Deep Belly Beautiful;The Devil’s Sweet Water; The Hampton Years; Ira Aldridge: the African Roscius; Lions of Industry, Mothers of Invention; Love Brothers Serenade (2013 semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference), Mad Breed, and Our Man Beverly Snow. She is a 2012 TCG Young Leaders of Color award recipient and a National New Play Network (NNPN) Playwright Alumna. She has been recognized as a semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. A member of Arena Stage's Playwright's Arena and the Dramatist Guild of America, Ms. Lawton currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Katie is a Rhode Island native and American University graduate. She also works as the Youth and Outreach Coordinator at The Theatre Lab and as the co-founder of Pamoja Products, a non-profit company that provides a global market for alternative income projects in East Africa. Katie is thrilled to join Theatre Alliance. She sees her position as Education and Outreach Director as an opportunity to instill in the next generation of artists a desire to make positive change in their communities, both socially and politically.
Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of Maryland at College Park. Mrs. Simmons has appeared on BET's “Lead Story,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Mr. Maher's “Politically Incorrect,” “America's Black Forum,” Fox News' “The O'Reilly Factor,” “The Right Side with Armstrong Williams,” C-SPAN's “Washington Journal,” and “This is America with Dennis Wholey.” She also has been a guest radio commentator on NPR, WAMU, WMAL and WOL. Mrs. Simmons attended the University of the District of Columbia and Trinity College.
Virginia Avniel Spatz is a writer and activist in Washington, DC. She is feature reporter on the Education Town Hall and helps produce The Politics of Health, both on We Act Radio (WPWC 1480 AM), and often contributes to East of the River magazine. She blogs on Jewish topics at Song Every Day.
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