Visual and Performing Arts Week set for Nov. 12-18
Visual and Performing Arts Week set for Nov. 12-18

Visual and Performing Arts Week set for

Nov. 12-18

Theatre major Maya Williams (Lucretia) and theatre alumnus Delisa Chatman (Grammar) star in The First Breeze of Summer by Leslie Lee.

HOUSTON (October 29, 2018) – Texas Southern University’s annual Visual and Performing Arts Week is set for November 12-18, featuring alumni presentations, artist workshops and master classes, and the performance of the play, The First Breeze of Summer by Leslie Lee and directed by Dianne Jemison Pollard. The play runs Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Granville Sawyer Auditorium. VPA Week honors Dr. Pollard, dean of the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College and professor of theatre. "The First Breeze of Summer" was her TSU directorial debut 40 years ago in 1978.

The play is set in the late 1970s with recurring flashbacks of the major character, Grammar, who recalls the three men in her youth. The play stars TSU alumni Delisa Chatman and Rock Living, along with outstanding university students.

According to Jemison Pollard, the play’s theme “drives home the point that, although you may have had a series of setbacks in your youth, it should not affect your productivity in the present.” The play also addresses racial and identity issues that serve to keep the action intense but with a heartwarming ending.

Visual and Performing Arts Week is free and open to the public with the exception of the play, which is $10 for general admission, $5 for students. For more information, please call (713) 313-1314 or pay by credit card at

Other components of Visual and Performing Arts Week, all of which will be held in the Ollington Smith Playhouse unless noted, include:

Mon., Nov. 12; 1 p.m.: Workshop (“Acting is Believing”) by John-Michael Manley

Tues., Nov. 13: 11 a.m.: Workshop (“Theatrical Makeup”) by Jessica Rodriguez; 1 p.m.: Lecture (“The Life of an Actress in H-Town”) by Shannon Emerick

Wed., Nov. 14: Noon: Lecture (“My Life in Hollywood”) by Roland Buck III (in the Granville Sawyer Auditorium); 2 p.m.: Workshop (“The Art of Show-BIZ”) Eileen Morris

Thurs., Nov. 15: 1 p.m.: Workshop (“Acting for the Camera”) by Steve Scott; 2:30 p.m.: Workshop (“Grad School Application Process”) by Laura Brown

Fri., Nov. 16: “Alumni Day”; Noon: Presentation (“Short Films”) by Brandi Nicole; 1 p.m.: Lecture (“How to Publish Your Book”) by Shakita Prejean; 2 p.m.: Presentation (Backstage Prep for Children’s Theatre”) by Adrian Goodin