Jeannine Foster-McKelvia

Director, Actor, and Playwright

Jeannine Foster-McKelvia is a director, actor, and playwright who creates roles and stories  that give voices to  mature African American women.

The Ghostmans, developed at the Harlem Dramatic Writing Workshop at Columbia University, was presented at the 2022 National Black Theatre Festival Reader’s Theatre of New Works and the North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre Living Room Readings Series at Wake Forest University.  

Jeannine is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Theatre at the CUNY College of Technology and at Marymount Manhattan College. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, B.A Theatre Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, M.F.A. Theatre, and alumni of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.

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

3:45 PM

Friday 18th August, 2023



Writer: Jeannine Foster-McKelvia                     

Two young men pursued by the Klu Klux Klan leave a small town in Mississippi for a big city in the North. Everyone’s life changes. Segregation, dreams. Disappointments, criminal justice and a mother’s love.