This month is Women’s History Month and we’re celebrating the Women of TST!For the rest of March, we’ll be introducing you to our amazing members who are creating HERstory all year round.Kiziana Jean-LouisKiziana Jean-Louis joined TST in 2018 after auditioning and landing multiple roles during TST’s 10th 10 minute Play festival. Since then, she has gone to be apart of several more TST productions as well landing numerous voiceover, on-camera commercials, Stage, TV and film opportunities. With a purpose to deepen her craft, in 2021, she applied and was awarded a coveted spot to study at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Still in the process of completing her B.A degree in Film Studies at ASU (online), she choose to double down on her remaining classes and manage her 1st semester classes at LAMDA, simultaneously, in order to complete her BA degree earlier than she planned. She also joined AEA and is preparing to graduate with her MFA in professional acting this coming July.She looks forward to helping TST behind the scenes while continuing to foster her professional creative career endeavors as a multi-hyphenate actor, writer and producer.TST is my forever Theatre home that gave me the permission I needed to give to myself to stand in my purpose, dream big, and go after it! The lessons I learned from Nancy D. and team are invaluable and I am forever grateful for the space they created for African-American and Global Majority Theatre creatives to thrive.”IG: @kizianaJozanne MarieJozanne Marie is an acclaimed author, actress, storyteller, and advocate. In 2020 she was named one of the top 50 thought leading women in our nation by TedTalk selected to participate in their Better Together series. Heralding from the island of Jamaica, she has pioneered her way as an entrepreneur, entertainer and advocate. Jozanne’s one woman play, Beautiful, won her an NAACP award and her advocacy work through storytelling continues to capture an audience and bring change. Her memoir, Beautiful, Unashamed and Unafraid is touching lives around the world and starting a movement. Mayor Eric Garcetti awarded Jozanne a certificate of honor for uplifting and inspiring her community.Currently, Jozanne is working on her upcoming book, “I am Not A Nice Christian Girl.” In addition, she’s also crossed over to the producing space with her company Double 8 Entertainment where she is Co-CEO with Asian American Actor/Producer Xaypani Baccam. Double 8 Entertainment.Towne Street Theatre is not only a company that has honed my craft as an actress, but also granted me the space and freedom to use my voice as a Caribbean artist, telling stories that celebrate the African Diaspora. I am grateful for the support and the phenomenal pieces of work that are birthed in this amazing company. For more information on Jozanne, visit www.jozannemarie.com or follow on IG @jozannemarieAneisha HughesVersatile, intentional, zealous, industrious, and charismatic, Aneisha Hughes is an American trilingual actress from Houston, TX. She also writes and produces with an authentic approach to curating true stories that bring awareness and spark change. She is a member of Towne Street Theatre. From Corporate America to entertainment, she is set on making a difference on the screen and in communities globally with her philanthropic efforts. Aneisha is the founder and CEO of the Big Sister Little Sister Mentoring Program.Aneisha has been gearing up for many new chapters she plans to share with the world soon alongside investing quality time with her loved ones and philanthropic works. TST is an extended family to Aneisha that has taken her under their wing to perfect not only her craft, but also as a young woman.Mildred Inez LewisMildred Inez Lewis writes and directs for theater, film and the digital space. A Dramatists Guild member, she writes for Antaeus, Central Works, PlayGround-LA, Road Theater, and Towne Street Theatre groups. She recently joined the Rogue Artists Ensemble as an associate artist.Current commissions include JUKED, an adaptation of ELECTRA for A Different Myth (Asheville, NC) and FANTASMAS CROSSINGS for the Lucille Lortel. Ohlone College’s theatre department commissioned SMITH’S REVENGE. In 2021, the Harlem9, Lucille Lortel and National Black Theatre commissioned GHOSTS OF BLACKNESS.In 2022, THE MUSEUM ANNEX premiered at Central Works (Berkeley, CA). WE JUMP BROOM was selected for the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway festival. It won the Bradford Gromelski Jury Award from the Fusion Theatre (Albuquerque, NM). In 2021, she won an L.B. Williams Award from New Circle Theatre (NYC). In 2018, she was part of Humanitas’ PLAY LA. $10 AND A TAMBOURINE was nominated for a 2021 Ambie Award as part of the Zip Code series. Other work has been produced or developed at Company of Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre-Los Angeles, and the Fade to Black Theatre Festival.Publications include THE GIFT and /KOM’PLISIT/ with Broadway Play Publishing. ROOST FIRST, THEN FLY is in Applause Books’ 2020 Best Ten-Minute play collection. Mildred teaches at Chapman University. What I appreciate about TSTThe sustained artistic excellence of Towne Street Theatre too often goes unnoticed. Especially when you consider the precipitous decline of African American theater companies in LA. That decline is in part due to more opportunities, but African Americans still need their own institutions. Particularly because our institutions naturally embrace diversity. Towne Street exemplifies this by employing white, Asian and Latino(a) creatives as actors, designers and craftspeople. All are not just welcomed. They are embraced. That family feeling keeps the company going.Members, past and present, are doing amazing work in theater, film, television, VR and the digital space, not just in Los Angeles, but around the world. Nancy Davis keeps us connected. I am proud and honored to be a part of this company that just keeps on keeping on producing theater, podcasts, virtual work, poetry readings – anything its members can imagine. My goal is to eventually be able to help create an endowment for the theatre’s long term viability.Madeline PuccioniMadeline Puccioni is happy to be back at her real work, after grading English 1A papers for 30 years. Her first full-length play, TWO O’CLOCK FEEDING, was produced by The Magic Theatre in SF in 1990 and published in West Coast Plays IV. Raising a family and teaching college English full time left no time to write plays, but since retiring in 2014, she’s written over 40 short plays, and has had most of them produced, hither and thither, all over the world. Her one-act, PLAYLAND FOREVER, won a spot in the William Inge Festival in 2018. She’s working on an operetta, FINDING MEDUSA, with composer Jeff Dunn, which won a spot in Next Stages in 2020 and has recently found investors. Scene One of her MONTICELLO 2020 won a spot in PlayHouse Creatures’ New Playwrights Festival, NYC, in January 2022. THE CASSANDRA MURDERS (formerly TIME AFTER TIME AGAIN) was a semi-finalist in the Bay AreaPlaywright Festival competition in February. PIERCINGS, a full-length collection of her “sad and hilarious little love stories,” was published by NEXT STAGE PRESS in April. Her short play, QUEEN OF SORROWS had a full production for Towne Street Theatre’s EXTERNAL FORCES show at A NOISE WITHIN THEATRE in Pasadena in May, and her one-act, THE SATURDAYNIGHTERS, had a full production for B3 Theatre in Scottsdale in June. Her 1913 was up and dancin’ for Spectral Sisters’ New Plays Festival in Alexandria, LA in July 2022. Her WONDER PEOPLE had a full production in the Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre’s 8×10 @8 FESTIVAL in January 2023, and THE CASSANDRA MURDERS just had a fine staged reading for RossValley Playhouse’s R.A.W. Festival, January, 2023 West Milford Playhouse in New Jersey will do a full production of her S.F. Noir, SAID THE SPIDER TO THE FLY, in March 2023. She’s a company member of Towne Street Theatre, L.A., and an alumna of PlayGround SF. Madeline has a nice little pension and great healthcare (for an American), and she plans to live ‘til she’s 101. Like Dominique Morisseau, she believes that “good writers see themselves in everybody.” She lives with her dear Monroe in Oakland, California. She’s having fun.WEBSITE: NPXJanine LancasterJanine Lancaster was born in Hampton, VA and took a giant leap of faith, leaving all family and friends behind, to come to the Los Angeles to pursue her innate passion for acting on a higher level.Her last fulltime job in her hometown of Virginia was as a Historic Actor-Interpreter in Colonial Williamsburg where she portrayed free and enslaved women of the Revolutionary War period in the 1700s.She is currently studying short form Improv with Twon Pope in the TST Improv Workshop and writing her first solo show which she hopes to perform by next Spring under the umbrella of Jessica Lynn Johnson, Founder of Soaring Solo. 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