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The Spectrum of Blackness

  • Pangea World Theatre 711 W Lake street, Suite 101 Minneapolis, MN, 55408 United States (map)

The Spectrum of Blackness is a New Play Series featuring new work from Minneapolis playwrights Eshay Brantley and Ricardo Beaird. 

This is Ambiance Theatre Company's first public event. Ambiance Theatre Company is a new collective of passionate voices dedicated to nurturing unchained imaginations. Here we dive into folklore, science fiction, memoir, history, and community narrative in order to support a haven of creative minds often left on the margins of the theatre world. 

Ambiance Theatre Company's founder, Atlese 'LeLe' Robinson is a writer from Saint Paul, MN by way of Chicago, IL. Raised in a household that emphasized literature, LeLe can write anything her inspiration and imagination leads her to. Her current genres of specialty include poetry and playwriting. Her current writing goals include writing her first sci-fi film and expanding her portfolio as an arts journalist. In summation, LeLe writes because it's who she is and it allows her to inspire others. 


DESTINY ANDERSON (Yoni Light) is a 20 year old community activist and artist from St.Paul, MN. She attended SPCPA, Perpich Center for Arts Education and High School for Recording Arts. She was given a full ride scholarship to The TU Dance Center in St.Paul where she trained for 3 years. Destiny co-founded a Crew/Collective called New Black City their mission is to change the world one booty cheek at a time. Destiny has worked for Minneapolis Public Schools for over 4 years working on student voice and also teaching in after school programing. She is also a co-founder of The New Society an online multi-media platform that highlights the extraordinary P.O.C, Femme, & Queer revolutionaries of our lives. 

TALIEF TICKER is a Twin Cities based performing artist. He specializes in West African Based Movement and Hip Hop. He's been dancing since age four, gaining formal training in (West African Based Movement, Contemporary, and afro diasporic movement) at TU Dance and Penumbra Theatre Company's Summer Institute. His mission for performance is to bring diversity in theatre, dance, and screen for Black Youth

RICHARD 'DOC' WOODS has been in numerous stage plays in the Twin Cities over the years. Cocaine (Cold Lake Productions, 2017), Redemption (Nimbus, 2016), Langston Hughes from the original stage play Warm Dark Dusk (2016, 2018 Urban Spectrum Theater), Officer Jack Stone from Miles Between Us (2015, II Films) and Jabari in the stage play Man in Her Dreams (Freshwater Theatre, 2014). Doc has also appeared in a few web series, short films and a few tv commercials around the Twin Cities. Doc would like to thank God and his family and friends for their continued support.

SENNAMI GOZIEM is a creative producer that engages social outreach through media and community organizing. She started her career as a creative organizer in event planning and brand marketing. She later grew into event production and project management in various art industries, such as film and theatre. Outside of the creative scope, Goziem is a business professional. Goziem graduated with her Masters of International Business from Georgia State University and since then she consults and provides organizational and creative services to individuals and businesses. As a producer Goziem explores the arts through the lens and scope of a learner. 

NATANIAH WHITMORE is an artist that has been loving this work since I was 10 years old. I create copyright drawing and a few of my own creations. I like to sing, dance, act and photograph. My dream is open up my own photography studio one day and contempt passion til my last days. 
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RICARDO BEAIRD is an actor, teaching artist, playwright, director and local cheese curd expert from Nashville, TN. You might have caught him in Peter and the Starcatcher with Theatre Latte Da, Conference of the Birds with Pangea World Theatre, Clybourne Park with Yellow Tree Theatre, or more recently in Dot and Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery with Park Square Theatre. If you didn’t, HAKUNA MATATA (it means no worries)! Ricardo is an Actor-Educator at The Science Museum of Minnesota. Immediate thanks goes to Connor Lane, Ricardo’s family back in TN, and Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter for their support and love.

ESHAY BRANTLEY is a Minneapolis Artist, Born in Chicago.
Eshay has participated in poetry 'slams' with TruArtSpeaks, done voice-overs for TPT, was cast as the lead mover for the music sensation Heiruspecs in their music video "On the Ground" making the City Pages Top Ten list.
She directed For Colored Girls with an all black cast. Presented an original play she both wrote and directed at Patrick's Cabaret in 2014.
She also starred in a documentary, called ‘’Believe in Black Youth;” a look into the lives of four black high school students and their personal thoughts on the education system. Eshay was also a production assistant and lobby specialist for U/G/L/Y at the Guthrie Theater (Fall of 2015). The show was written and performed by Sha Cage, whom she first worked with after being cast in The Blacker the Berry directed by Cage at Intermedia Arts.
In the year of 2016 , Eshay was one of three artist to create a performance at Augsburg Theatre. Directing What do they call me? written by Tamera Larkins, debuting their theatre company Brown Eye. In the same night was the lead actress for Blu Bone written and directed by Namir Fearce.
Launching her into the City of Chicago. She worked with the Rebirth slam team as an intern. Coaching performance during their time in the 2017 Louder than a Bomb slam series. Recited poetry for the Logan Center for Arts at the University of Chicago and has taught spoken word for the Universities Summer Arts Program (2017 and 2018).

Now a Program Instructor for Youth Guidance. She believes in empowering youth and gifting the world with art and healing.