Philly Urban Theatre Festival

GoKash Productions

Date Awarded
04/01/12
Amount
$20,000
Grant Period
04/01/12 to 05/31/14
Focus Area
Fostering the Arts
Community
Philadelphia
Initiative
Knight Arts Challenge

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Kash Goins
Kash Goins

To promote original plays through a free theater festival dedicated to the contemporary African-American experience

Summary: GoKash Productions will promote original plays through a free theater festival dedicated to multicultural themes. Over the past two years, the festival has drawn between 2,000 and 3,500 patrons to an event largely focused on the contemporary African-American experience and partially funded by ticket sales. With this new support, the event will be free and will launch with the theme “Diversity OnStage,” to include diverse topics and artists from a range of ethnic and racial backgrounds.

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Kashmir Goins

Founder

Kash Goins is an actor and a playwright, and created and produces the Philly Urban Theater Festival (PUTF) through his company, GoKash Productions. His plays, VI Degrees (2009 Best Play) and the sequel, VII Deadly Sins (2010 Audience Award) took home honors at the NYC Downtown Urban Theatre Festival.

He was a member of Freedom Theater Rep, and has since been mentored by legendary director, Walter Dallas. Some theatre credits include: Sparkle, The Musical, Lazarus, Unstoned, The Bluest Eye, The Life of John Henry, The Emperor Jones, and Joe Turner's Come and Gone.

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