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Drama Rehearsal

True Colors Theatre Company Mentoring Program

Spelman Students Receive 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
Performance Location: Southwest Arts Center, 915 New Hope Road Atlanta GA 30331

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To open its 15th Anniversary season, True Colors Theatre Company is producing “Holler If Ya Hear Me,”
a musical inspired by the music and lyrics of late rapper Tupac Shakur. The music of one of the 20th century’s most influential and culturally prominent voices comes to life in this non-biographical musical about friendship, family, revenge, change and hope.

"On our block we still pray" (Tupac Shakur lyrics from “My Block”) is at the heart of this moving original musical. Peek into a window of urban realities as inner city families struggle for peace against daily challenges that are relevant issues in our society today.


Spelman-Morehouse-Clark Participants

Kennedy Blanchard
Keith Arthur Bolden, M.F.A.
Eddie Bradley Jr., Ph.D.
Markelle Gay
Ashlee Brie Gillum

True Colors Theatre Supports Pre-Professionals

True to its commitment to be a smartly-managed, inclusive theater 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.

View a Trailer of the Tupac Shakur Musical in Rehearsal (from the Broadway production).
Follow the Process, Progress and Performance 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. 

The Holler If You Hear Me Process

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

Fall Semester 2016
Students Began Scene Work

Students identified scenes from "Holler" and prepared and workshopped them throughout the fall semester under the guidance of Spelman Professor Keith Bolden.

Jan. 30, 2017
Kenny Leon Masterclass
Leon came to Spelman for a scene work masterclass.

Students performed the scenes they prepared during the fall semester for feedback, notes and workshopping with Leon.

April 2017

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

Students were asked to prepare a two-minute monologue and 16 bars of music (something from the Tupac Shakur catalog was encouraged).

Students who were cast in ensemble roles were given materials to prepare over the summer for the anticipated start of rehearsal in August.

Aug. 14 –Sept. 1, 2017,

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

Sept. 12 – Oct. 15, Southwest Arts Center

Inspiration for Life and Acting From Kenny Leon