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A Musical Reading Production Based on the Life of Madam C.J. Walker proves to be a Hit!

The stage performance of the story of Madam C.J. Walker is back by popular demand.  ‘Madam’ is a powerful and inspirational musical, directed by Herman Levern Jones, the founder and president of TheatreSouth Atlanta, INC (TSA).   The performance will be at Atlanta’s South Dekalb County’s Porter Sanford III Performance Arts and Community Center now until the 3rd of October.                                                       

Earlier this year in March, Jones presented excerpts from ‘Madam’ in New York and the show turned out to be a musical hit, receiving rave reviews. Through TheatreSouth Atlanta, he has brought the show back as an entertaining and educational performance about the life of Madam C.J. Walker, the first black female millionaire who made her fortune in the hair care industry.  Written by Adriana Amendola and composed by Paul Johnson, ‘Madam’ is a stage production for the entire family.  It is the 2010 Winner of the Puffin Foundation Award. 

Jones founded TheatreSouth Atlanta in 2007 as one of the resident theater companies at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center.  Its primary mission is to provide cultural and educational presentations for youth and young adults. TheatreSouth also serves to heighten the awareness of visual, performing and media arts within the Atlanta-metro community in order to have a positive impact on society from both a motivational and academic perspective. The company works within the community, providing a forum for the promotion, development, and presentation of multi-cultural artists and art forms.  The production Madam is a shining example of what TheatreSouth seeks to represent through its performances as well as the creation process.

With the assistance of his dedicated TSA staff of professionals, interns and artists, Jones is committed to supporting the ambitions and concerns of the generations of tomorrow. TheatreSouth Atlanta organizes actors, directors, administrators, singers, dancers, technicians and playwrights from within the Atlanta and surrounding communities to run the theater. TSA also provides acting classes for actors of all ages to advance in their craft as well as an after school program focusing on the performing and film arts.

herman_JonesJones, who attended UNC-Chapel Hill, moved to New York upon graduation where he successfully toured with over 30 productions nationally and internationally for the National Black Touring Circuit of New York.  He once had a role in the Guiding Light (soap opera), and has served as the Artistic Director of the Madam C.J. Walker Urban Life Center in Indianapolis. He is still a board member of the New Federal Theatre in NYC and has served on several different art and theater councils. Jones has taught and/ or lectured at several universities including University of North Carolina, Ohio State University, University of Massachusetts, University of Rochester, Yale University, and Morris Brown College in Atlanta.  

In 1990, The British American Arts Association Fellowship selected Jones to participate in “Internationalizing the Local,” where he was on tour with productions throughout England. One of the original organizers of the National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, Jones has worked with such people as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelo, Lou Gossette, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, August Wilson, Glynn Turman and other celebrities and notables. Upon his founding of TheatreSouth Atlanta, Jones said that he looked forward to engaging with another community, enjoying the kind of fruits that only the arts can bear! Visit www.theatreSouthAtlanta.org for show times of ‘Madam” and more information.


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