Academics: Majors and Programs

Drama Rehearsal

True Colors Theatre Company Mentoring Program

Real-life Training. Real-world Work.

Production: "Holler If Ya Hear Me"
Book: Todd Kreidler | Music: Tupac Shakur | Director: Kenny Leon

Atlanta University Center Lead: Keith Bolden, Assistant Professor of Drama/Collegiate Director
Time Frame: Sept. 8, 2016 – Oct. 15, 2017

Project Overview:
To open its 15th Anniversary season, True Colors Theatre Company will produce the blockbuster musical, “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” a story of family, love and unity inspired by the music of Tupac Shakur.

True to its commitment to be a smartly-managed, inclusive theatre company that achieves both local and national impact, True Colors is making "Holler If Ya Hear Me," one of its pre-professional mentoring productions where professional actors (members of Actors Equity Association) perform in the principal roles and actively mentor collegiate students who will comprise the ensemble.

Interested in Participating?

To express your interest in the True Colors Pre-professional Mentorship Program, please email

View a Trailer of the Tupac Shakur Musical in Rehearsal (from the Broadway production).
Follow our Progress on social media using #AUCTrueColors

Great Pre-Professional Opportunity for AUC Students

The benefits of participating in the True Colors Theatre Pre-Professional Mentoring Program are numerous. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The production will be directed by Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon, and students will see firsthand what it takes to be cast in a professional production.
  • Students will earn a small stipend and resume credit
  • Students will be expected to be available for all phases of this program and participate fully in the rehearsal and performance schedule if cast in the production
  • The expectation is that the student will be treated and will perform as a professional
  • Opportunities for additional academic credit are to be determined. 

Tentative Timeline

Sept. 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Conversation and Q & A With Kenny Leon
Aku Kadogo, chair of Spelman's drama department, will moderate a conversation with Leon and he will also participate in a conversation and Q&A with the students. At the end of the conversation, Leon will announce the pre-professional mentoring program to the students.

Fall Semester 2016 – Dates & Times TBD
Students Begin Scene Work

Students identify scenes from "Holler" to prepare and workshop throughout the fall semester under the guidance of Keith Bolden.

Jan. 30, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Kenny Leon Masterclass
Leon will come to Spelman campus for a scene work masterclass.

Students will perform their scenes that they prepared during the fall semester for feedback, notes, and workshopping with Leon.

April 2017, Date & Time TBD

Rising seniors, juniors and sophomores from the AUC will have the opportunity to audition for True Colors' fall production of "Holler if You Hear Me."

Students will be asked to prepare a two-minute monologue and 16 bars of music. Something from the Tupac Shakur catalog is encouraged.

Students who are cast in ensemble roles will be provided materials to prepare over the summer for the anticipated start of rehearsal in August.

Aug. 14 –Sept. 1, 2017, Location TBD

Sept. 5 – Sept. 10, 2017, Southwest Arts Center
Tech Week

915 New Hope Rd, Atlanta, Georgia 30331

Sept. 12 – Oct. 8, Southwest Arts Center

Production may possibly be extended to Oct. 10 – Oct. 15

Inspiration for Life and Acting From Kenny Leon