Literature Program

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.


Earth's Daughters presents

Lorna C. Hill & Annette Daniels Taylor

Gray Hair Series

Lorna C. Hill - photo: KC Kratt Lorna C. Hill is a poet and playwright, as well as an actress, teacher, and theater director. Yalla Bitch, her best-known play, was performed as part of the first International Women Playwrights Conference in 1986. Yalla Bitch originated as a book of poetry by the same name, the last edition of which Lorna designed, produced, and published. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Ujima Company, the oldest professional repertory theatre company in Western New York. Ujima Company, Inc. is a multicultural membership organization, dedicated to providing a vehicle for African-American performers, theatre crafts people, and administrators. As an actress, Lorna's experience includes stage, feature film, television, commercials, industrial films, and voice-overs. She is also widely known as a storyteller par excellence. Lorna produced and hosted Uncrowned Queens: Voices of African American Women, a one-hour radio program on WNED-AM comprising three portraits of African-American women community builders. She has taught writing workshops to young people, acting classes, in-service training to teachers in the use of culture as an academic resource, acting before the camera, television interview techniques, language development, and personal presentation. Currently, she teaches theatre at Buffalo Academy for Visual & Performing Arts. She was the first woman accepted to Dartmouth College, where she received her B.A. in American Intellectual History in 1973. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she received her M.A. in 1978.

Annette Daniels-Taylor Annette Daniels-Taylor is a playwright, poet, actor, teacher, singer, and costumer. In 2009, Annette won the Arties' Emanuel Fried Award for New Play, A Little Bit of Paradise, which premiered at Road Less Traveled Productions in 2008. She has worked on or behind many notable Buffalo and NYC stages, including HBO's Def Comedy Jam, MTV, Apollo Theater, Black Entertainment Television, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo Ensemble Theatre, La Mama, and Nuyorican Poets Café. While working as a designer and stylist for Ruby Dee, Queen Latifah, Lenny Kravitz, and Russell Simmons, among others, she wrote, acted, and received a scholarship from the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. Her poetry is included in Mom Egg, a collection of mother-inspired literature. Annette's performance, Mama Songs for Children, has toured WNY. Since 2006, she has been a coordinator for Mamapalooza Festival Buffalo. She is a co-founder of Down in My Soul Productions and a member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. Annette is writer-in-residence at The Langston Hughes Institute and has been a teaching artist for the Arts in Education Institute of WNY, Irish Classical Theatre Company, The African American Cultural Center, and Young Audiences of WNY.