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The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Presents a Playwriting Workshop with Young, New York-based Playwright Deaon Griffin-Pressley

Workshop tomorrow Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

MIAMI (March 17, 2017)

The African Heritage Youth Theatre (AHYT) presents a playwriting workshop with young, New York-based playwright Deaon Griffin-Pressley. The workshop will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m in the Wendell A. Narcisse Performing Arts Theater at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC), 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. The cost is $20.00. Interested participants of all ages should contact Mrs. Jazmin Jones-Oliver at (305) 638-6771 or email: jazmin.jones@miamidade.gov.

Deaon Griffin-Pressley is a New York City based playwright, actor, director and teaching artist,originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida..   He studied at the British American Drama Academy (BADA) in Oxford, England.  He has been featured in many of Shakespeare's classics with several Off Broadway and regional theatres including: Shakespeare & Company, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, The American Globe Theatre, Oxford Shakespeare Company & Hypokrit Theatre Company.  His original plays have been produced with New Federal Theatre, Rhymes Over Beats, The Fringe Festival NYC, Manhattan Repertory Theatre Festival, Thespis NY Theater Festival, The National Black Theatre in Harlem, Venus/Adonis Theater Festival, & the DC Black Theater Festival.  He is an alumni of the Emerging Black Playwrights Group with the Liberation Theatre Company.  

The African Heritage Youth Theatre is the in-house youth acting apprenticeship program at the AHCAC for ages, 11-19. Under the direction of Mrs. Jazmin Jones-Oliver and Ms. Yvonne Strachan, students in AHYT perform two main-stage productions, attend cultural excursions, and participate in workshops and community service.

AHYT strives to develop members’ acting repertoire and enhance the technical and theatrical skills that magnet schools and professional agencies desire. Young thespians can be invited to join AHYT or audition.

For more information about AHYT, please call (305) 638-6771 or visit www.ahcacmiami.org.

Follow AHYT on social media using #AHYTReborn, #AHCACMIAMI and @ahyt_miami.

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The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, was founded in 1975 to serve as the nesting ground for emerging talent in the performing and visual arts in the heart of Liberty City. By providing quality instruction, inspiration and encouragement to young people within the community, the Center has fulfilled its mission for over 40 years, and everyday creates a means for youth to discover their artistic talents. We are located at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. Visit us online at www.ahcacmiami.org and follow us on social media @ahcacmiami and #AHCAC. It is a policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disability Act. The facility is accessible. To request materials in an accessible format and or/accommodation to attend an event at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, please contact Gloria Wilkins at 305-638-6771 or ahcac@miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).  
                               
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategic creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.