Through partnership with Dr. Boyce Watkins of Your Black World Network — one of the top 3 black news websites in the nation — the BAM-iT! video series is distributed to a subscription audience of over 170,000. Founder, Ayvaunn Penn, uses this platform to get more African-Americans engaged with theatre by highlighting talented black artists of the stage. Interviewees include:
- Broadway Cast of August Wilson’s Jitney — Manhattan Theatre Club
- Anna Deavere Smith — Actress, Playwright, and pioneer of docudrama (Tony Award Nominee)
- Berry Gordy — Motown Music Legend and Playwright, Motown the Musical
- Lynn Nottage — Playwright, Pulitzer Prize for Ruined
- Zakiyyah Alexander — Playwright & Screenwriter, Grey’s Anatomy
- Keith Josef Adkins — Playwright & Screenwriter, CW Hit Comedy Girlfriends, Founder of The New Black Fest play festival
- Messiah Ramkissoon — Spoken Word Artist, 3x Winner at Apollo Theater, Featured performer at MLK monument unveiling in D.C.
- Malik Yoba — Actor/Playwright/Musician, NY Undercover, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married & Why Did I Get Married, Too
- Kevin Ramsey — Actor/Director/Writer, Mufasa in The Lion King (LA)
- Director Steve Broadnax & Cast of Blood at the Root at National Black Theatre
Viewers also get to follow the founder on her journey as a Texas Lone Star launching her theatrical career in the NY Big Apple. To get front row access to the most talented black artists and join in Ayvaunn Penn’s adventures, click to subscribe, to the video series now!