Will Nolan, Ami Brabson and Aizzah Fatima
Voices Across America:
Create Your Own Solo Show
INSTRUCTORS: Ami Brabson, Will Nolan, Aizzah Fatima
MAY 25 - JUNE 29
$120 suggested contribution
No one will be turned away
Have you always dreamed of writing and performing your own solo show? This 6-session interactive workshop facilitated by three solo performers will support you in discovering, writing and performing a 5-20 minute original performance! Individualized writing prompts, exercises, virtual collaboration, writing feedback, and on-camera acting techniques will allow you to hone your solo show while sheltering in place!
This workshop is limited to 9 participants. A final invitation-only performance will showcase everyone’s work.
If you’re interested in participating, email a brief paragraph about why you’re interested in participating, and let us know where you live currently and where you consider "home" to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15.
Meet the Instructors
Ami Brabson is an actor, singer and producer. She plays Vanessa on the final season of POWER (Starz Network). Other television credits include Judge Karyn Blake / LAW & ORDER SVU, Judge Tchaikovsky / BULL, DAMAGES, THE JURY, LAW & ORDER, Mary Pembleton / HOMICIDE: Life on the Streets and various Soap Operas.
Ami's stage credits include her one-woman shows PHENOMENAL WOMEN and A CHANGE IS GONNA COME. Other stage credits include the New York Premiere of TOUGH TITTY by One Faida Lampley. Some of her favorite regional theater roles include Kendra in Christopher Demos-Brown's AMERICAN SON, Faye in Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW, Quilly in John Henry Redwood's THE OLD SETTLER and Rose in August Wilson's FENCES
Ms. Brabson is an accomplished soprano and cabaret singer who has performed at New York City venues as varied as Merkin Concert Hall, The Metropolitan Room and Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar.
Ami received her MFA from the NYU/Tisch Graduate School of Acting. amibrabson.com
Will Nolan hails from Atlanta, but has been in the New York City area since 1994. A performer, writer and director, Will spent several years as the male half of the sketch comedy duo Naked Dog Walking, performing all over NYC, where he first created his solo show persona, Leola.
Leola has performed to sold-out crowds in NYC, New Jersey, at the Greensboro Fringe Festival, and as part of the inaugural Atlanta Fringe Festival. In June 2015, Leola’s first show Lady Land! won Secret Theatre’s Flying Solo Festival 2015 in Long Island City, Queens. In August 2015, Will premiered the next chapter in the Leola story, Deeper into Lady Land! (Or the Gospel According to Kelly Clarkson!) as part of Magic Time at Judson Memorial Church in NYC. That too, won Secret Theatre’s Flying Solo Festival 2016, and performed to sold-out audiences at the Atlanta Fringe Festival, Players Guild of Leonia (NJ), and in Portland, Oregon. In the fall of 2018, Leola began her residency at The Green Room 42 with Grab Me by the Lady Land! (Putting the #Me Back in #MeToo!) and continues that residency through 2020. Other Leola shows include Christmas in Lady Land!, Gay History for Straight People!, and Make Lady Land Great Again!
Will has written numerous one-act plays and one full length play, When the Mayonnaise Goes Bad, with Stephen Kaplan. His plays have been produced throughout New York City as part of one act festivals. He is a husband and father living in Northern New Jersey, and is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America. To find out more about Will & Leola, visit www.leolasladyland.com or @leolasladyland on all social media.
Aizzah Fatima has been featured on NPR, The Guardian, Women’s Hour (BBC), The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time Out, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post. Her comedy solo play Dirty Paki Lingerie has been produced in NYC, London, Toronto, Italy (four city tour), Turkmenistan, Pakistan (US State Dept. sponsored four city tour), The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a 15 city tour in the United Kingdom in 2016, and at colleges and universities around the U.S. The play has been published by No Passport Press. The Wall Street Journal says the play “Breaks down stereotypes of Muslim women in America” and reviewers call it a “must-see” production. Her second solo play Google, It’s Complicated has had workshops and readings at The Lark and Pan Asian Rep as part of NuWorks in NYC. She was nominated for an Outstanding Solo Performance award (NYIT 2014), and for a Broadway World award for Best Play in 2016.
Select acting theatre credits: Acquittal (Pan Asian Rep), Romeo & Juliet (Access Theatre), Half Hearted (Cherry Lane Theatre), #serials@theflea (The Flea Theater), Play by Play Rendezvous (Stageworks Hudson), Circumcaedere (LABrynth Ensemble), Seven (Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, Hostos Cultural Arts Center). TV credits: High Maintenance (HBO), The Code (CBS), Mr. Robot (USA Network), The Good Wife (CBS), Mata-e-jaan (HUMTV, Pakistan).
She has performed at Upright Citizen's Brigade, and in sketches for collegehumor.com. She is the recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art grant with Brooklyn Children's Theatre, and has written the book for the musical The Ten Year Test which is the first children’s musical to feature Muslim protagonists in the US. Her play The Scholar was commissioned and published by the Religion & Diversity Project (Canada). Her short film Stuff in which she starred along with Annette O’Toole won the best comedy award (Asians on Film). Her feature film based on characters from Dirty Paki Lingerie with Emmy award winning director Iman Zawahry was a finalist for the Sundance Writer's lab, and is in post production. She is also a finalist for the Yes and Laughter Lab for her TV pilot Muslim Girls DTF: Discuss Their Faith. She co-produced the horror feature film titled Horror Time which is executive produced by James Franco, and is currently working on an MFA in Film & TV Writing at Emerson College. www.AizzahFatima.com