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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.
During her annual residency, poet Glenis Redmond travels all over New Jersey, visiting sites ranging from public schools and residential treatment programs to corporate headquarters and senior centers. These programs, including writing workshops, informances, and performances, culminate in a public performance in New Brunswick. The residency program is offered free of charge to all participants.
Photos from 2012 Glenis Redmond Residency
About the Artist
Glenis Redmond 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—resonating with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Though steeped in Afro-Carolinian roots, she speaks a universal tongue of love, loss, celebration, sorrow, and hope. Through her teaching, she inspires others to pick up their pen, find their voice, and travel their own poetic road.
Glenis’ love of words has carried her across the country. This Road Warrior Poet logs over 35,000 miles each year as she teaches and performs throughout the U.S.
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 for poems by participants in Glenis Redmond's State Theatre residencies.
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