Jeanette Hill

Playwright, Creative Activist

Jeanette Hill is an award-winning playwright and creative activist. She creates stories about real life the way African Americans live it. With a catalogue of over 100 plays, Jeanette has received numerous awards and recognitions  from festivals including the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, the DC Black Theatre Festival, the Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival, the National Black Theatre Festival, the Pacific Northwest Multicultural Conference, and the National Women’s Theatre Festival.

Jeanette is currently working on a new series, The Front Porch Divas, which chronicles the lives of several sassy, seasoned, sexy, and soulful Black women over forty! She is the founder of JWHill Productions LLC, and Sight Ain’t Seeing Productions.

11:30 AM

Friday 18th August, 2023

PANEL DISCUSSION: Overcoming Barriers – Embracing our Culture and Differences in Theatre & Film

Description: Artists of Color (AOC) have dealt with racism, colorism, whitewashing, and stereotypes throughout vaudeville, theatre, film, and television. However, they have always found a way to publicly tell and celebrate their culture and differences.

This panel will discuss what was, what is, and what is to come for AOC in the entertainment industry.

In the Roosevelt room.


Rose Bianco, actress, theatre, television, and film

Alicia Payne, Canadian multi-disciplinary storyteller (stage, film, television, and radio)

Jeannette Hill, award-winning playwright and creative activist, founder of JWHill Productions LLC and Sight  Ain’t Seeing Theatre Company.

Glenn Alan, award-winning playwright, director, stage producer, executive producer of DC Black Theatre Festival

Lorey Hayes, Multi-award winning writer, director, Stage, Film, Television

Moderator:  Jeannine Foster-McKelvia, playwright, director, and adjunct assisstant professor of theatre at the CUNY College of Technology and at Marymount Manhattan College