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Jump Jim Crow:

A Choreopoem

Written by Chance Parker

Directed by Baron Kelly



A BLM protester is forced into solitary confinement.


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Kala Ross received her M.F.A from the University of Louisville, and her bachelor's in theatre from Tennessee State University. She is the recipient of the Irene Ryan National Acting Scholarship. Kala has performed with the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Bunbury Theatre, and the University of Louisville, to name a few. She is also a vocalist of the Jerry Tolson Quintet. Kala believes that if you match your hard work with your faith, any dream is possible.

Kala Ross

Playwright: Chance Parker

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Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Chance Parker’s career path began as a theater student at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in Washington, DC. Within months of graduation, she moved to New York City, where she worked in theater.

She has travelled both nationally and internationally as a theater artist with various production companies, including The Guerilla Girls on Tour and South Korean based children's theater company, Hello Kid Actor. Upon ending her assignment in Seoul, Chance relocated to Los Angeles where she landed a role as writers’ PA and executive producer’s assistant for the BET series, Twenties. Chance is a writer, director, producer, and stop-motion animator. It is her mission to build a body of work that elevates underrepresented populations, be they women, people of color, the specially-abled, LGBTQ+, or all of the above.

Director: Baron Kelly

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Dr. Baron Kelly has the distinction of being a four-time Fulbright Scholar and an internationally recognized critic, historian, practitioner, and scholar. His recent directing credits include The Lucky One for Feng Cheng University and Ray Cooney’s Out of Order for National Chung Cheng University both in Taiwan. Prior to that he had returned from an international tour of Romeo and Juliet and Oedipus to Athens Greece and the island of Spetsis. He has taught, lectured, and performed in Russia, Africa, Poland, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Finland, China, Taiwan, Greece, Germany, Ireland, the U.K., Italy, Nigeria, the Netherlands, and Portugal among others.

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