Three Brothers Theatre ,Waukegan, IL - 'A Night for the Stars' Fundraiser for SKiNFolK

  • Scene from the reading and limited production of SKiNFoLK at ARS NOVA Theatre   (Where Hamilton got its start).  Learn more at Walker

    Scene from the reading and limited production of SKiNFoLK at ARS NOVA Theatre (Where Hamilton got its start). Learn more at Walker

Dennis Walker
Updated 9/13/2019 10:44 AM

In conjunction with Jillian Walker and The Bushwick Starr "A Night for the Arts" will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 4:30pm to raise awareness and funds for the world premiere production of SKiNFoLK: An American Show, a new play by Jillian Walker. A nod to the creator's Midwest roots, the first fundraiser will take place at Three Brothers Theatre (Waukegan, IL), a playhouse founded on the belief that theatres should be driven by artists. The evening will feature a sneak peak performance of the genre-pushing SKiNFoLK: An American Show, Q&A with creator Jillian Walker and vocal performance, all in support of the 2020 debut production at The Bushwick Starr theatre in Brooklyn, NY. Jillian anxiously anticipates coming home to share some of her work with her Chicago area friends and family.

SKiNFoLK is a wide-sweeping concert/play that explores the questions and limits of the human experience, blackness, performance, and country. "SKiNFolk has its own mind and its own opinions…It's turned into a piece that provides medicine for everyone who touches it. SKiNFoLK remixes ritual, roots, family history, song and spiritual practice." -- Briefly with Jillian Walker, Jesse Alick, 2019 Interview. Creator, composer and writer Jillian holds dramaturgy as the core of her artistic practice, taking the audience on a deeply-rooted ride that could not be anticipated. "I've never had the pleasure of being in an audience where so many people felt seen. Every snap, every 'Yes!' every 'Mmm!' every exhalation showed me that [Jillian was] giving [her] audience a real gift, and -maybe- sending them out into the world emboldened to share their own gifts."- M. Barbot, Award winning playwright, Brooklyn, NY.


About the Creator

Jillian studied English & Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan, holds a certificate in Acting from The Studio / New York Conservatory, and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Dramaturgy from Columbia University. As a Dramaturg, Jillian most recently collaborated with Academy Award winning artist, Common for his 2019 'Let Love' Tour. Jillian is a member of the groundbreaking cohort of Makers at Musical Theater Factory (MTF), the genre-defying artists in Makers Lab at Ars Nova, and is the 2020-21 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Soho Rep. Her play Sarah's Salt has been developed at Roundabout Theater Company and MCC Theater, receiving an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Relentless Award (American Playwriting Foundation) and was a finalist for the 2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

About the Premiere Performance Venue

The Bushwick Starr is an Obie Award winning 501(c)3 nonprofit theater that presents an annual season of new performance works. Since 2007 the Bushwick Starr has grown into a thriving theatrical venue, a vital neighborhood arts center, and a destination for exciting and engaging

performance. For more information about The Bushwick Starr visit the website at

Grant Sponsors

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

National Black Theatre

The Bushwick Starr

About the Fundraiser Venue

Three Brothers Theatre is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Waukegan, IL driven by an ensemble of actors, directors, designers, and board of directors from the community. Three Brothers strives to be a place of opportunity, where artists can experiment with their craft, and serves as an artistic home for many artists.

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Text SKINFOLK to 72727

When: October 26, 2019

Performance 4:30 - 6:00pm

VIP Reception 6:00 - 7:30pm

Where: Three Brothers Theatre

221 N. Genesse St.

Waukegan, IL

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