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KC MeltingPot Theatre

KC MELTINGPOT THEATRE, is a venture to provide a platform for the expression of theatre and arts in Kansas City and its outlying areas. Our pursuit is to produce or assist in producing original works by local writers utilizing local talent, representative of the rich and varied ethnic and life communities in the metropolitan and suburban areas of greater Kansas City.

Since inception we have produced the works of 6 local playwrights, 4 of which were female writers. We've employed 34 local actors and 15 local crew members.

We are dedicated to being a worthy addition to our city's vibrant arts community. Our KC Meltingpot Theatre represents the blending of individual endeavors for the enrichment of us all. KC MeltingPot is the Anchor company at Just Off Broadway Theatre. All performances are held on the KEAIRNES Stage at Just Off Broadway Theatre

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Harvey Williams Founder of KC MeltingPot About kc meltingpot Upcoming shows On Shoulders Now

A Christmas Story? by Harvey Williams

November 27 - December 19, 2015

Vernon and Eddie, street hustlers, odd job men, they live to just live another day.
LeeVon, Man from farmland, naïve but true of heart, jobless, homeless with not a penny to his name.
Noi, lost, homeless and very pregnant, living with overwhelming torment.
Carmen, Lacy and Shanel, ladies of the streets by night a family by day. All there on that Christmas Eve. Come share that not so silent, not so holy night when:
Street girls sang
A little drummer banged
Bums got wise
And the baby Jesus how she cried.
“On Shoulders Now” A Christmas Story?

KC MeltingPot Production

BREAKING NEWS - KC Melting Pot Theatre is excited to announce a new partnership with The Co-Op , a new artist incubator founded by Dr. Nicole Hodges Persley, Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of Graduate Studies at The University of Kansas.

Dr. Hodges Persley is a professional actor and director and is an advocate for developing the multicultural voices of artists that desire to work in theater, film and television in Kansas City. Hodges Persley has worked with Glen North at The American Jazz Museum and has consulted with The Charlotte Street Foundation as a producer in the entertainment industry. KCMPT and The CO-OP have combined forces to develop an artist incubator series that creates an affordable professionalization and skills development programs to increase opportunities for artists in Kansas City. The series will offer opportunities for all artists that have a desire to work in entertainment, but find themselves with little access to opportunities to learn about the entertainment industry. The CO-Op and KCMPT are dedicated to enlarging the margins of opportunity in the entertainment industry for artists that have been marginalized based on race, class, ethnicity and or national origin.

The series will be taught by working professional actors, directors and producers in the Kansas City area and will also feature workshops by nationally recognized artists. The goal of this series is to foster a creative environment that recognizes the diversity of human experiences as integral to, not separate experiences from, notions of American identity. Our goal as a producing collective is to mentor diverse communities to become successful cultural contributors to the vibrant Kansas City arts and entertainment scene.

Classes will begin in January 2016.

Nicole Hodges Persley is an actress, director, writer and producer. She teaches courses on Acting, African American theater history, improvisation, devised theater practice, race and performance and transnationalism. She holds an MA in African American Studies and Theater from UCLA and a PHD in American Studies and Ethnicity from The University of Southern California. She is a graduate of Spelman College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her recent research interests include African American theater, transnational performance, Hip-Hop studies, improvisation and racial performativity, critical race theory and American popular culture. Dr. Hodges Persley is an active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Studies Association (ASA) and American Society for Theatre Research(ASTR). She serves as the member-at -large of the Black Theatre Association and was the first African American chair of the American Studies Association’s Women’s Committee from 2013-2014. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA and is an AEA and eligible performer.

Dr. Hodges Persley’s work as a director as been produced at multiple venues, including the Kansas City Fringe Festival, Highways Performance Space, P.S. 122, KU Commons and The University Theatre at KU.  She has won best of fringe awards at The Kansas City Fringe festival for directing and acting. Her recent production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun marked the first all black cast in the history of KU’s University Theatre. As a solo performer, her solo play un-becoming and Hip-Hop American have played at The Arm and Hammer Museum, The Hudson Theatre, New York University’s Tisch School of the arts and several other colleges and universities. As a producer, she is the founder of the “Rep and Rev” play reading series on African Diaspora theater at The American Jazz Museum/ Gem Theatre from 2013-2015 and Project V.O.I.C.E. Lab, a theater arts incubator dedicated to identifying training and  

nurturing artists of color in theater arts practice and production. As a writer, she was commissioned by Harvard University’s Hip-hop archive to create an interactive education portal for the Broadway musical Holler if You Hear Me directed by Tony award winning director Kenny Leon. Dr. Hodges Persley is the director of KU Theater’s Interactive Theatre Troupe(ITT), an undergraduate program that uses improvised theater to create and perform theater works that teach about diversity and social justice on KU’s campus. She is also an Associate Director of The Hip-hop Archive at the Hutchins Center of African and African American Studies at Harvard University where she serves as a specialist on Hip-hop inspired theater, performance and culture.  She recently has expanded her work on transnationalism to create a graduate study aboard program on transnational research and performance in Regensburg, Germany where she has served as a Visiting Professor in American Studies.

Dr. Hodges Persley is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Theatre at The University of Kansas. She has published feature articles in American Theatre magazine, and article and book chapters on hip-hop culture, Suzan-Lori Parks, Jay-Z. Tyler Perry, and Nikki S. Lee.  Her forthcoming book from The University of Michigan Press, Sampling and Remixing Blackness in Hip-hop Performance, uses musical sampling as a heuristic to explore how non-African American artists borrow from blackness to construct and perform Hip-Hop inspired theater, performance art and dance in the United States and England.