PICTURES FROM THE FACES OF LOVE: SYMPOSIUM ON THE COMMON HISTORY OF GERMAN AND AFRICAN AMERICANS



AN AMAZING STORY: GERMAN ABOLITIONISTS OF MISSOURI (PREVIEW ARTISTS)

 

Garrett Bergfeld (Judge Arnold Krekel) Garrett has performed in leading roles with Gitana including “Black & Blue” and “Between Worlds” In the past Garrett was often seen in Shakespearean roles such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Iago, & Petruchio. In real life Garrett is an Associate Professor of Physiology at Webster University.

Garrett Bergfeld  
   
Abraham Shaw (James Milton Turner) is a graduate of the Webster University Conservatory. A St. Louis native his most recent credits include The Crucible (Stray Dog Theatre), All Is Calm (Mustard Seed Theatre), Lost in the Stars (Union Avenue Opera), & Legally Blonde (Hawthorne Players). Much love to Mom for her continued support. Abraham Shaw
   
Michele Siler (Costumes) returns to Gitana as our designer of choice. She is well known in town and has worked with New Jewish Theater, Actor’s Studio, Upstream Theater and St. Louis Shakespeare and more. Michele worked on “Eye on the Sparrow,” “Black and Blue,” “Complacency of Silence: Darfur” and more with Gitana. (no picture)
   
Tim Poertner (Lights/Sound/Set Design) is currently a professor at Lindenwood University in lighting and scenery design. Tim was nominated for outstanding set design by the Kevin Kline Awards for Complacency of Silence: Darfur and The Last Days of Julius Iscariot.
   
Joseph Wagner (Singer) a member of the local German Men's Choral group Deutscher Mannechor, will sing a song written by the great Missouri abolitionist Friedrich Munch to open the preview. Joseph ran the company successfully for many years with the help of his family and was able to provide a wonderful life for them.
   
Vivian Watt (Director/Choreographer) has been associated with Gitana since 1997 as Artistic Director, Actress and Choreographer. In this partnership she has worked with such greats as Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Melba Moore, China National Orchestra, Brazilian Virginia Rodriguez, and Japanese Violinist Aska Kaneko, not to mention being a dance coordinator for Gitana’s Global Education through the Arts program. Gitana’s production “Complacency of Silence: Darfur” in which she acts and choreographs was nominated for 5 Kevin Kline Awards. Vivian directed and acted in the widely acclaimed play New World, that told the true stories of women refugees in St. Louis. Abraham Shaw
 
   

Speech by Cecilia Nadal, First African American from St. Louis to receive Missouri Arts Award for Leadership in the Arts
( For Cecilia’s speech go to 45. 42 minutes)