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Former resident to talk about National Black Theater Festival

By Staff Reports
Published in News on July 19, 2009 2:00 AM

A former Goldsboro resident turned director, actor and writer is returning to Wayne County to speak about his experiences and upcoming performance at the National Black Theater Festival.

Ayinde Hurrey will be featured as part of the college's "A Broader View Speakers Series," on Tuesday at noon in Room 161 of the Wayne Learning Center. The event is free and open to the public, who may bring bag lunches.

Hurrey, who now resides in Pensacola, Fla., heads his own production company, Hurrey-UP Stage & FilmWorks. The company develops plays, films and programs in African dance with a focus on cultural awareness, diversity and education.

In addition to performing and producing concerts and stage plays, Hurrey has conducted acting and movement workshops, taught theater to elementary up to university students, and worked as a teacher in New York City, Wayne County and Pensacola.

Aug. 6-8 he will be performing his one-man show "Nappy Journeys" in Winston-Salem at the National Black Theatre Festival, an event that will include appearances from such celebrities as John Amos, Maya Angelou and Kim Wayans. The show looks at the artistic expression and amazing phenomenon of African-American hair, which has always been fertile ground for cultural commentary and socio-political identity, through four characters.

The speaker series is coordinated by the Cultural Diversity/Global Education Task Force at the college.