Jamila Humphrie & Emily Schoor Lesnick

Jamila_Humphrie_Emily_Schorr_Lesnick_044Jamila Humphrie (pictured right) is the co-creator and co-director of How We G.L.O.W., a project that seeks to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ youth through interview theater. She is a master’s candidate at Gallatin, where her work focuses on ethnography, theatre, and the LGBTQ+ experience. After graduating from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jamila spent a year living in the Amazon region of Brazil as a Fulbright English teaching assistant in a local university. Upon returning to the US, she began working at NYU School of Law and now serves as the assistant director for Alumni Relations. Additionally, Jamila is a blogger and producer who loves to cook, travel, and research issues that matter to marginalized communities. Her past research has focused on gender matters in Northern Argentina, equal marriage movements in Buenos Aires, Argentina and education access in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is thrilled to be showing this piece at the Gallatin Arts Festival is so grateful to everyone for their support of and participation in How We G.L.O.W.

Emily Schorr Lesnick (pictured left) is an improviser, sketch performer, writer, producer, and educator living in Harlem who is passionate about social justice, equity and comedy. In 2013, Emily performed her solo show, This One Time, at Jew Camp . . . at the Magnet Theater. For the last three years, Emily has co-hosted The Soul Glo Project, a monthly variety show celebrating diversity in comedy and an accompanying weekly podcast. A graduate of UCB’s improv program, she also co-produced Gay Bomb: The Musical and Pray it Away at the Magnet and PIT, respectively. Other highlights include performing at the Del Close Marathon, The Minnesota Fringe Festival, Jet City Improv, Unexpected Productions, as well as at Macalester College and the Apollo Theatre.

How We G.L.O.W.

The How We G.L.O.W. project seeks to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ youth through interview theatre. Creators and partners Jamila Humphrie and Emily Schorr Lesnick completed 21 interviews with young people about their identities, the labels they claim or create, and the biggest issues facing their communities. Now, with a small cast playing multiple roles, these stories are coming to life, based on a script made entirely of the words from the interviews. Additionally, actors play multiple parts and transform between characters throughout the show. This art form blurs the line between the individual and community, inviting the audience to challenge their notions of identity and performance. By learning about how these young people G.L.O.W. (Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever), we hope audiences will leave with a desire to work in solidarity with young people towards structural changes that support their identities. The project is part of Jamila’s master’s thesis at Gallatin.