Terrence Spivey is one of the leading directors in Northeast Ohio, Terrence Spivey. He lived in New York City for 18 years bringing vast experience to Cleveland. In 2003, he was recruited by the historical theatre Karamu House as artistic director for 12 years. He has produced over 70 plays and won numorous awards for the organization. He is now founder of the theatre company Powerful Long Ladder. The company's works includes James Baldwin's "The Amen Corner", "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill", Ernesta Jefferson's "Thyz Girlz Lyfe" and the world premiere of "Resistance" by Golden Globe winner, Regina Taylor at the 2019 Inaugural Borderlight International Theatre +Fringe Festival. In February 2020, Mr. Spivey directed the original epic play "MAAFA" at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church and the music video "My Brother" for jazz singer Bob Ivory.
His company Powerful Long Ladder recently produced a film short, "Resurrection of The Last Black Man in 08:46" which has be officially selected at four film festivals including the San Francisco indie Film Festival and the prestigious Toronto Black Film Festival.
Mr. Spivey has conducted workshops at theatres, youth organizations and correctional institutes. He believes art is where magic happens. It enhances confidence, critical thinking in the indiviual young or old. Below is the magic. Building Scene Study [Groups/One on One] Audition Technique August Wilson Practice Basic Movement Pantomime Directing Technique Theatre Consultation Artist- in-Residence Public Speaking Technique
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, workshops are being conducted through virtual. Some workshops can be in person as long as the one on one is practiced by standard procedures.
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I enjoy the process of my work. Watching a the full bloom of a play evolve through the rehearsal process. Watching actors, especially beginners walk into the room with a sense of shyness. Once I've given them the needed tools, they will soon display amazing self-esteem, confidence, articulation and the art of listening as an actor or any other occupation.
Terrence Spivey is an inspiring and passionate teacher with great talent as an actor and mime artist and particularly as a teacher who makes the difficult feel easy and do-able. He got a group of 12 or more men who are incarcerated (several of whom -- but not all -- are fairly experienced amateur actors in a prison theatre program) performing mime and elaborate pantomimes within two hours. Everyone thought it was a peak experience in their lives. One prison official there said later it was the best program presented in a prison that he has seen in 13 years. Terrence Spivey is a wonder!
The workshop was a great experience to read multiple plays and also networking with other artists.