Amplify in the News

Featured on multiple news outlets across the Triad area, explore this page to see what others are saying about Amplify!

News Articles

“‘I became interested not just on the four young men themselves, but the people on the outside of the vent, on the periphery of the photographs,’ Simpson explained.”

Audio reporting by Jaisha Smalls and Kamaya Truitt for NC Public Radio (June 3, 2022)

“Directed by Miller Lucky, Jr. Ma Rainey is a searing account of what racism does to its victims. It is funny, salty, raw, and lyrical highlighting all the complicated emotions of the blues music it celebrates. Jayne Trinette an alumna of A&T’s theatre program and Broadway actor stars as Ma Rainey. “

Written by Donna Bradby from Yes! Weekly (April 13, 2022)

“Once you experience some of the happenings in the African American community, it eliminates some of that fear, and that mystery… because then you hear the stories from our narrative.”

Miller Lucky Jr. Director of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and Associate Professor at NC A&T Written by Eddie Garcia from 88.5 WFDD (April 8th, 2022)

“Too often universities are set in competition with each other. It has been invigorating to work with faculty, staff and students from our neighboring institutions to make something much bigger than anything we could have created on our own.”

David McGraw, Consortium Member and Elon Arts Administration Professor
Interviewed by Michael Abernathy (April 4, 2022)

“I haven’t known for all of these seven schools to come together for one particular project — not to mention all of the humanities programs coming together to present and showcase theater, centered around one theme”

Tennille Foust, festival co-chair, and associate professor of theater at Bennett College
Written by Dawn Kane for Independent Tribune (March 24, 2022)

“The Greater Greensboro Theater Consortium [was created] to educate and promote racial equity and awareness through theater.”

Written by Dawn Kane for News & Record (March 24, 2022)

“It’s about coming together to think about how we center the stories of the Black experience, pay attention to our students’ desires to be heard and really hone in on Black Lives Matter.” 

Natalie Sowell, Director of UNC Greensboro’s School of Theatre
Posted on UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts Page (February 25, 2022))

“This is the first time the Greensboro Consortium Colleges and Universities have collaborated in this way, and it all started with a remarkable group of department chairs who were committed to elevating stories and voices from the Black community…” 

Dr. Anne Hayes, Executive Director of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies at Bennett College
Interviewed by NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (February 2nd, 2022)

“The grant will help fund the productions, and we’re able to really build the productions and promote them”

Tennille Foust, festival co-chair, and associate professor of theater at Bennett College
Interviewed by Robert C. Lopez from News & Record (February 2nd, 2022)

“This project will establish a collaborative theater festival in Greater Greensboro, centered on Black lives and experiences in America.”

Kyesha Jennings, Yes! Weekly (February 1st, 2022)


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“Bennett College shows part of the play “Mend A City: The Movement” at a preview of the Amplify Black Voices Festival presented by the Greater Greensboro Theater consortium at the global learning center at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.” Posted By: Paige Dingler, Special to the News & Record
“News & Record” Front page article about the festival, published Friday March 25, 2022