Are you looking for a way to prevent at-risk behavior and inspire academic growth in English Language Arts? Are your students seeking clarity on their dreams and goals? I may be helpful to you.
My goal with C.R.Y. Productions is to INSPIRE all of my audience members to ACHIEVE their goals and dreams.
I use theater to RAISE AWARENESS and to help END the NEGATIVE CYCLE of abusive relationships, drugs and alcohol abuse with my signature show, I DIDN'T CRY.
I DIDN'T CRY, (based on a true story) makes students open up and talk about their own personal lives, their fears, and desires. We provide the WRITE 2 LIVE WORKSHOP which teaches self-confidence by using writing and theater exercises to teach entrepreneurial skills.
Our new shows, AZUCAR, about the life of Celia Cruz and AFENI, about the life of Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur's mother, are plays that will leave audience members feeling empowered. Hear about the lives of these powerful ladies humble beginnings, and how they dealt with their trials and tribulations.
I am here to be of service to you and your students. Please reach me at Sergia@cryproductions.com. Thank you for your consideration.
Sergia (Perez) Starr
Sergia Starr the Playwright, Writer, Actress, Dancer, Speaker and Entrepreneur has been performing for 20 years. She was vigorously trained in the genre of message theater through several performance groups including City Kids and Positive Youth Troupe Musical Theater Co. Sergia has a B.A. in Theater from CUNY City College of New York. But theater training began way before college at the famous Harlem Theater Company at the age of 16. Dance was her first Love and she trained at the Famous Harlem School of the Arts doing ballet and modern dance at age 11. She has also trained at the Open Cage Theater with the late Tina Satin (who taught Denzel Washington) and The Pigeon Theater with Anthony Abeson (who taught Jennifer Anistan). Her theatrical characterizations range from Lady in Blue, from For Colored Girls… to the 2nd House Messenger in Oedipus the King, to a drug addicted, manic depressive, medical student in On the Edge. She's done guest roles in All My Children, Saturday Night Live, and various commercials. You may recognize her in the Oreo Cookie commercial for Mother's Day. I DIDN'T CRY is Sergia's one-woman signature show. It personifies Sergia's conviction that art is a method of healing the wounds of the soul and facilitates transformation. Stay tuned for the independent short film, Sentimental Spider, written by and starring Sergia Starr.
Hilda Willis is the Original Director of I Didn't Cry but she's also Sergia's mentor. A performing artist, youth development consultant, writer, and speaker, Hilda Willis has an established identity in the domains of theater, education, youth and artistic development. Recognized for her ability to use theater and creative writing as tools to teach life and leadership skills to young people, Hilda has developed, implemented and facilitated programs and workshops for community theaters, not for profit organizations, public schools, private schools and universities. Hilda has held the positions of director, Artistic director, Program Director/Consultant, Camp Director, and Youth Development Consultant. A veteran performer, she understands fully the positive impact that the arts can play in establishing a strong sense of love, discipline, courage and honor of self an others. A selected listings of organizations that Ms. Willis has worked with include New York Cares, National Black Theater, Community Works, NYC Public Schools, Mindbuilders Creative Arts Center, the CityKids Foundation, Fordham University, Harvard University (Project Zero), Georgia State University, Virginia Tech College, and the Performing Arts Program for Youth.
Melvada Hughes another mentor of Sergia, is the Original Choreographer of the show, I DIDN'T CRY. Shas a B.A. in Dance from CUNY City College of New York and a Masters from the University of Michigan. She was Mind Builders Creative Arts Center’s Director of the Dance Department and The Positive Youth Troupe Musical Theater Co. Melvada also taught for the Alvin Ailey Arts and Education Outreach Program in NY. She has been in the entertainment business for over 25 years and has choreographed for stage and the concert arena.
LAUSD-Los Angeles Unified School District
TEACH TECH H.S.
BETHUNE MIDDLE SCHOOL
LAUSD HIV/AIDS Prevention Unit:
LAUSD Nurses Conference
Healthy Schools-Healthy People X 2005-Conference in Sacramento
Presented at the 2015 CALSA
(California Association for Latino Superintendents and Associates)
I DIDN'T CRY has been touring for over 10 years in New York City Board of Education Public Schools Grades 7th-12th and in Colleges and Universities. We've performed for Youth Organizations and Domestic Violence Organizations in New York and worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District.
It has been presented at:
The Nuyorican Poets Café, NYC
The Urban Theater Festival, NYC
The HERE Theater, NYC
The Pulse Theater on 42nd Street, NYC
The National Black Theater, NYC
The 14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, Georgia
The Complex Theater, LA
The Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival at Highways Theater in California
The National Association for College Activities (NACA) Regionals In 2010.
It has been received with great enthusiasm!
. . . Using Theater to Inspire the World!
LIST OF SCHOOLS I've performed within the New York City Dept. of Education with the SPINS and S.A.P.I.S Counselors:
Pregnant & Parent H.S.
AND MANY MORE.
REFERENCES UPON REQUEST.
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