Full Participation is a Human Right Arts Festival


In the spirit of human rights and the essential connection that all persons and members of the community share, the Full Participation is a Human Right Arts Festival highlights experiences that shed light on the human struggle to transcend violence, punishment and exclusion. 

Participants are actors, artists, poets, musicians, and activists who will give voice to their insights on the path to community following periods of loss, separation and pain, while celebrating our return to each other and the hope for the future.



Thursday, October 11th – The Community Church of New York (40 E. 35th Street, New York, NY)

  • Gallery 35 (28 E. 35th Street)  - (6:00-7:00 PM). Opening of art exhibit, “Time’s Up” -  showing of works by justice-impacted and other artists.

  • Judd Nielsen’s Jazz Quartet (6:00-7:00 PM) (Hall of Assembly)

  • Dupree and Barry Kornhauser (7:10-7:30 PM) (Hall of Worship) – Social justice vocal artist accompanied by guitarist 

Friday, October 12th – The Commons (388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY)

  • Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE) – (7:00-9:00 PM) – Open Mic Night

Saturday – October 13th – The Community Church of New York

  • DJ Dance Party (DJ Jamm) (6:00-9:00 PM) (Hall of Assembly)

  • People’s Voice Café (7:00-10:00 PM) (Hall of Worship)

Sunday, October 14th – The Commons (388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY)

Full Participation Arts Festival Marathon (
2:00 PM-7:00 PM)

Performances by:

Jacqueline Wade, Writer, Director, Actress (2:00-2:30 PM) – staged reading from “Mia Theresa” and two short films: “Rubber Room New York Style” and “Demonstration.”

Jacqueline Wade, a member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA, received her undergraduate degree from Temple University's Theatre Department and majored in acting and directing. Jacqueline went onto complete the two-year actor training  program at Circle in the Square Actor's Training Program  in New York City.  Jacqueline Wade is a member Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA.  Jacqueline Wade also has written many plays, that have been produced at various theaters including, "Black Panther Women"  at LaMama E.T.C., Fourth Street Theatre, and International Fringe Festival,  "Antigone Assata Shakur" at Center at West Park,  "Mama Africa" at the Kitchen.  Jacqueline was commissioned to write the play, "Mae Jemison" for  "Black Spectrum Theatre” along with other plays that were performed to over 8,000 students over the years.  Jacqueline has received many awards for her writing, teaching and performing.

Jacqueline has directed extensively and produced,  plays, musicals, touring productions, theatre festivals and film festivals through her company, Women of Color Productions, Inc.  wocperformances.com. Jacqueline also completed the  MFA Film Graduate  Program at City College in  New York in film Department  focusing on documentary films and minored in narrative film.  She is in the process of completing her second MFA at Hunter in the Integrated Media Arts Department.   Jacqueline's focus is human rights issues and giving voice to the voiceless.


College and Community Fellowship’s Theater for Social Change (TSC) (2:35-3:00 PM) – “The Letters Behind My Name” selected scenes.

About the Company

TSC is a performance ensemble based in Harlem that uses theater to raise awareness about the impact of mass incarceration on women, families, and communities. TSC’s original performances are based on ensemble member’s life stories and experiences with the +higher education and advocating for reform. The ensemble performs regularly at venues ranging from national conferences to correctional facilities.

Performed by: Selena Fulford, Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin, Denise McFarlan, Edna Sims, and Cheryl Wilkins.


Theater of the Oppressed-New York City (TONYC)– Rapid Response Troupe (3:00-4:00 PM)  - Forum with Scenes from "The Youth Know The Truth" - about ageism, islamophobia and The School-to-Prison Pipeline

About the Troupe

-TONYC’s Rapid Response Troupe, made up of veteran actors from TONYC Forum Theatre Troupes provides short-notice, flexible, targeted, and creative support to grassroots organizers and campaigns. This experimental troupe draws on communities’ and activists’ collective knowledge to attract new audiences to urgent grassroots campaigns and engage those audiences in transformative conversation--while devising new strategies, through improvisation, with which to hold the powerful accountable and demand substantive change. The Rapid Response Troupe is facilitated by Liz Morgan. Liz works with TONYC as a Joker and as Community Resource Coordinator. She is an actor and playwright, best known for her poem "Why I was Late Today and Will Probably Always be Late as a Black Woman" featured in The Huffington Post. She holds both a B.A. and M.F.A. from Brown University where she was a graduate teaching fellow in the Theatre Arts department as well as the recipient of the Davis Wickham Prize for Excellence in Playwriting. Liz has worked as a teaching artist with Opening Act, The Other Side and People's Theatre Project.

About Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC):

TONYC’s mission is to partner with communities fighting against oppression to inspire transformative action through theatre. Our goals are to build community, solidarity, and awareness; to enable actors to become activists; and to influence policy-making through participatory theatre.  Their work is guided by several core principles: that any discussion of a social problem should center the voices of those directly affected; that unscripted, live encounters have immense potential for transformative change; and that community-based art and activism can influence structural change. www.tonyc.nyc


Pastor Isaac Scott and The Confined Arts - “From the Inside Out” (4:00-6:00 PM) –       The Confined Arts provides an outlet for artists to express their voices through the visual and performing arts, poetry, and music as a means to abolish inhumane narratives and socially degrading stigmas that are used to describe the past experiences and limit the futures of vulnerable individuals, specifically those impacted by incarceration. As an artistic response to systemic oppression and the misperceptions of people who experience incarceration, The Confined Arts features a narrative shifting artists’ talk, short film screening, live poetry and live performances from directly impacted artists. About the Performers

The Confined Arts include Pastor Isaac Scott, Lisette Cruz, Kenneth Reams, Ivan Calaff, Shawanna Vaughn


Mo Beasley, Author, Educator and Performance Artist (6:00-6:30 PM)  - Mo Beasley is an award-winning performance artist, playwright, and published author. Accomplished in the fields of race, culture, art, masculinity, and youth development, Mo Beasley is also a counselor and consultant, working with colleges, universities, and non-profits for more than 20 years.  As an actor and poet, Mo has performed consistently at some of the most prestigious stages across the country. As a producer and playwright, his plays have been produced at various cutting-edge festivals. Mo has been interviewed by Rev. Al Sharpton and Chuck D, has appeared on Fox5 News, NY1 News, The Hallmark Channel, WBLS Radio, NPR Radio, and many other outlets. The New York Daily News selected him as one of "50 Unsung New York Heroes." Born in Boston, currently based in Brooklyn, Mo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts/Acting from Howard University. When he is not performing, the proud father of three daughters serves as a Youth Development Director Brooklyn Community Services and a teaching artist at BAM [Brooklyn Academy of Music].


Maritri Garrett (6:30-7:00 PM) is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer.  She is part of the Soulfolk Experience. Her music is available on iTunes and SoundCloud. Facebook.com/maritrimusic


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