TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.  Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the moving, true story of Lynda Blackmon, one of the youngest participants in the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.  Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans.

Ally Sheedy

ALLY SHEEDY (Adaptor for the Stage) is an actor, author, and teacher. Her first film role was opposite Sean Penn in Bad Boys (1983). Since then she has appeared in over 50 film and television projects, notably War Games, The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, Short Circuit, High Art (Best Actress-Independent Spirit Award, LA Critics Award, National Society of Film Critics), Life During Wartime (director Todd Solondz, Gotham Award nomination), Full Circle (Neil LaBute writer/producer 2013), and Little Sister (Zach Clark 2016). Ally played Yang in the series psych from 2009 to 2014 and appeared Off Broadway over the summer of 2014 in The Long Shrift directed by James Franco. She has had two books published, is the proud mom of Beck Lansbury, and co-teaches film/theatre classes with junior and senior students at La Guardia High School for the Arts and at City University in NYC.

Fracaswell Hyman

FRACASWELL HYMAN (Director) is a director, television writer, producer, author, father, husband, and actor (not necessarily in that order). His stage directing credits include To Kill A MockingbirdThe Little Dog Laughed, and The Daddy Machine. He has created and/or produced shows for The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Workshop. As an actor Mr. Hyman has appeared in August Wilson’s Fences as Troy, The Odd Couple as Felix Unger, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Mr. Hyman’s middle grade novel Mango Delight is available in all bookstores now. For more information check out www.fracaswellhyman.com.

Lynda Blackmon Lowery (Photo © Robin Cooper)

LYNDA BLACKMON LOWERY (Original Author) began her civil rights activism in Selma, Alabama, in the early 60s, when the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) activists organized Lowery and other area children and teenagers to participate in the civil rights movement. She marched on “Bloody Sunday” and “Turn Around Tuesday,” and is the youngest marcher to walk every step of the successful March from Selma to Montgomery. Mrs. Lowery’s early involvement in the struggle against prejudice has been the foundation for her civil and human rights work throughout her life. She retired as Senior Case Manager at Cahaba Metal Health in Selma and is the author of Turning 15 on The Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley.

JOSHUAH BRIAN CAMPBELL (Music Director/Composer of “Sing Out, March On”) is a singer, songwriter, composer, ministry worker, and actor originally from Cheraw, South Carolina, a small hometown he proudly shares with Dizzy Gillespie. His performance practice trots the lines between genres and does not shy away from using music as a tool for social justice. He believes music is church and home and bodies in motion and people trying to change things with the power they have been given. Joshuah lives in NYC and studies at Union Theological Seminary.

I am: KRISTEN FERGUSON (Projection Designer) Awful at talking about myself. Lucky. I work with truly talented artists. But I have a 100 word limit so I will constrain my gratuitous name-dropping to just a few: Wendall K. Harrington, Branden Jacob-Jenkins, Bill Rauch, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Montana Levi Blanco, Michael F Bergmann, Baņuta Rubess, Cynthia Ashperger, Dr. Peggy Shannon, Lincoln Centre Theatre 3, Houston Ballet, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Ryerson School of Performance, and Broadway Bares. An MFA in Design from the Yale School of Drama. A BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. Projectedfeelings.com. A rule-breaker: 101 Words.

CAITLIN SMITH RAPOPORT (Lighting Designer) is a Brooklyn-based lighting designer for theater, dance, opera, art and architecture. Recent work has been seen at REDCAT, Yale Repertory Theatre, Theater Row, Ars Nova, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Theater Squared, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Totem Pole Playhouse, Soho Rep, The Wild Project, Stonybrook Opera, Columbia University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, at the Yale School of Drama, and on tour in Europe and the US with Wakka Wakka Puppet Theater’s MADE IN CHINA. BA University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MFA Yale School of Drama. Coming up: To Kill a Mockingbird, Broadway. caitlinsmithrapoport.com

MEGAN CULLEY (Sound Designer) is a NYC-based Sound Designer and Composer. Her work has recently been heard in Scraps (Flea Theater,) Terminus (Monk Parrots,) and Pirira (Luna Stage.) meganculley.com

PAT McCORKLE, McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting) Broadway Stage; 55 productions such as Amazing Grace, On the Town, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Off-Broadway, McCorkle Casting has cast over 60 original productions and well over 50 theatres across the country, including; Guthrie Theater (16 Seasons), George Street Theatre (14 Seasons), Baltimore Center Stage, Connecticut Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Barrington Stage. Over 60 feature films and television projects; Humans for Sesame Street, Californication (Emmy nomination), Max Bickford(CBS), Hack (CBS), Strangers with Candy, Barbershop and Chappelle’s Show, to name a few.  

RICHARD KORNBERG & ASSOCIATES (National Press Representative) has over three decades of experience in theater and dance working with numerous Tony-award winners and nominees. RENTHairspray; Death of a Salesman starring Brian Dennehy; Long Day’s Journey Into Night starring Mr. Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robert Sean Leonard; The Will Rogers Follies; and I am My Own Wife are favorites. Current clients include The Joyce Theater, Canada’s Stratford Festival, Turn Me Loose, Colt Coeur, LAByrinth Theater Company, and Transport Group. It is helmed by Richard Kornberg, who began his career with Joseph Papp and represented the Public Theater & the New York Shakespeare Festival for over 15 years.

BRANT SENNETT (Stage Manager/Company Manager) is beyond thrilled to be on the road with Turning 15! Originally from Southern California, Brant is proud to have become an official bi-coastal human! Some of his favorite credits include Company, Sister Act, and Possibilities. Brant holds a BA in Musical Theatre, Communications and Creative Arts Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. When not stage managing he can be seen working for Disney Theatricals 8 times a week for The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen on Broadway. Thank you to Amy and Miranda for an amazing opportunity, Eve for being the best right-hand man for this show, and Francesca for her love and support while taking on this project!

GENEVIEVE KELLY (Technical Director/Assistant Stage Manager) is elated to be working on the growing production of Turning 15. Previous credits include NYC: Amahl and the Night Visitors (On Site Opera), My Name is Gideon (All For One Theater), Regional: West Side Story, Royal Family of Broadway (BSC, SM Intern), Hair, REBEL/Sister, Water by the Spoonful (UAlbany, SM), Ragtime (Park Playhouse, PSM), Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom ('17-'18 SM). She has received a BA in Theatre & Fine Arts from the University at Albany - SUNY '18. She has found that technical theatre is a perfect combination of her love for art and theatre! Many thanks to her family for keeping her sane and to BAL for everything else. 

ELIZABETH WRIGHT (Production Coordinator) has worked behind the scenes and on stage in many capacities related to music and the arts. In addition to her recent work on Turning 15, Liz has assisted in the production of other great projects that celebrate and uplift kids and families. The majority of Liz’s work is as a professional violinist, chamber musician, and teacher. Liz received her B.M. from University of Michigan, and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, both in Violin Performance.