From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange’s words reveal what it is to be of color and female in the twentieth century. First published in 1975 when it was praised by The New Yorker for “encompassing…every feeling and experience a woman has ever had,” for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf will be read and performed for generations to come.
Gwen is the founder of You Can’t Fail Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides strategically designed multicultural leadership development experiences for emerging and established women leaders. These experiences explore and place emphasis on the unique leadership journey of professional women of color and those who support them. Gwen is also the President/CEO of Gwen, Inc., a company solely devoted to supporting mid level to executive level leaders on the leadership journey. Known as a leadership development expert and “thought leader,” Gwen is a contributor to the development of outstanding leaders throughout the country; she is sought after to deliver lectures and conference keynotes on her unique perspectives about the development of emerging and established leaders.
Heather McNeil received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College. She was the Theatre Dept. Chair at the Connecticut Conservatory for the Performing Arts, where she also taught acting and dance. Most recently, she worked at the Red House Center for the Arts in Syracuse, overseeing the implementation of Arts curriculum at Dr. King Elementary School, as well as serving as the Camps and Outreach Coordinator. She is active in local theatre as a performer, director and choreographer.
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