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Artist Residencies

The State Theatre’s artist residencies let small groups get “up close and personal” with some of the performers who appear on our stage. Each year, thousands of students and adults participate in a variety of activities, from workshops and masterclasses to informances and lectures. Artist residencies may be as brief as two or three days or as long as a month, but always include both outreach and performance components.
Some of the residencies emphasize hands-on learning, with participants making music, learning dance moves, or honing their acting skills under the instruction of nationally-acclaimed professional performers. Other programs take the artists to venues throughout the community to reach out to disadvantaged or underserved groups who have little access to live performing arts.
The State Theatre’s artist-in-residence programs are free of charge. Many are targeted to specific audiences and are open by invitation only, though some events are open to the public.

State Theatre presents 2014 Artist-in-Residence
Glenis Redmond,
performance poet
February 23-March13 and April 20-May 8, 2015

During her residency, poet Glenis Redmond will travel all over New Jersey from sites, ranging from public schools and residential treatment programs to corporate headquarters and senior centers. These visits, including writing workshops, informances, and performances, will culminate at the Crossroads Theatre located at 7 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick with a free public performance at 7pm on May 8th.

This event is free, but tickets are required. Reserve your tickets using any of the following options:
Call the State Theatre Ticket Office: 732-246-SHOW (7469)
Visit the State Theatre Ticket Office in person.
Photos from 2012 Glenis Redmond Residency

About the Artist
Glenis Redmond returns as the State Theatre's 2014 Artist-in-Residence. Glenis is a poet, educator, performer, and counselor rolled into one passionate soul. She presents her poetry in performances that cause the printed word to spring from the page and dance, sing, weep, and laugh. Glenis tells stories with poetry—tales from her life, her family, her African-American heritage, and her sensitive observations of the world around her—inspiring audiences of all ages. Though steeped in Afro-Carolinian roots, she speaks a universal tongue of love, loss, celebration, sorrow and hope. Her verse uplifts family, culture, and community.
Glenis’ love of words has carried her across the country for over 13 years. This Road Warrior Poet logs over 35,000 miles each year as she performs throughout the U.S., England, and Italy. She shares her poetry in performances, residencies and workshops with audiences as varied as schools, juvenile detention centers, universities, coffeehouses, performing arts centers, and educational television. Glenis also inspires others to pick up their pen, find their voice, and travel their own poetic road.

Glenis has won numerous awards including the North Carolina Literary Award and a Denny C. Plattner Award for Outstanding Poetry, awarded by the Appalachian Heritage Journal. She is a national workshop leader with the Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Program in Washington, D.C. She is a past winner of the Southern Fried Poetry Slam and a top-ten finalist in the National Poetry Slam.

Click here to download poems from previous years.


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