Venita Abrams Hakeem
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Home page: http://www.venitaabrams-queen.com
My world is about drama, but the type which inspires and excites viewers. My literary work mainly consists of plays which I write, direct and produce. This has been my focus since the early 90's in Chicago, Illinois.
My mission as an artist is to share stories which help to heal. The world's filled with many problems, but with my productions I give an audience a moment to take a breath from the insanity. My plays have toured the Chicago area in many commercial and community theaters.
I'm a graduate of Columbia College (Chicago, IL) where I founded a chapter of Black Theatre Workshop Chpater II in 1989. After leaving Columbia, I had a short modeling career and decided to start my own theatre company. Neke's Theatre Company was founded.
Since 1991, I directed and produced plays which reflect the lives of Black people. I collaborated with Henry L. Jones, an artist and a writer on projects abut social problems. With his help, I launched my most moving production, THE COLOR OF MY EYES. The success of this play resulted media exposure in Chicago papers and television interviews.
Currently, I work with children to help them tap into their creative engery to express themselves via drama.
I've published several books and a spoken world CD.
I'm available to speak as a motivational speaker, storyteller or drama teacher. Of course, my skills as a writer of plays is my forte.
Interests: Theatrical productions, variety shows, storytelling and poetry
Published writer: Yes