Aug. 13, 2022 7:30 PM
Black Arts MKE's mission is to increase the availability and quality of African American arts and culture. Please support the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival by adding a donation along with your Family Reunion Concert Fundraiser ticket purchase.
Our generous Milwaukee Black Theater Festival partners include: United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), Wisconsin Humanities, The Black Seed, National Endowment for the Arts, BMO Harris Bank, Milwaukee County Office of Equity, and Bank Five Nine.
IT'S ALL ABOUT FAMILY
Antoine Reynolds' musicians and singers promise to take us back to the families of R&B and Gospel music in celebration of the Milwaukee Black Theater Festival Theme - The Black Family: Generations Speak! Our ears will be filled with the music mama and many of us listened to on the radio and used to spin on the record player. From the Isley Brothers to The Clark Sisters, we will sing along, clap and stomp to these back in the day fabulous sounds of R&B and Gospel.
Taurus "bird" Adams
Gregory "collard greens" Collie
Isaiah "zeek" Wilson
Darren "did I do that" Williams
Aram "funkie fingers" Farriants
Sheri Williams Pannell
Sheri Williams Pannell is a native Milwaukeean who has performed, directed or written for a number of Milwaukee’s theater and arts organizations including Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, First Stage, Florentine Opera, Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Milwaukee Fringe Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Arts Museum, and Skylight Music Theatre. Beyond Milwaukee, Pannell has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Utah’s Old Lyric Theatre, Children’s Theater of Madison, University Opera and University Theater at UW Madison. Pannell was selected to direct a production as part of the United Nations Conference on Genocide, hosted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2017, Pannell was honored as an Artist of the Year by the City of Milwaukee. A founding member and producing artistic director at Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, Pannell is also Senior Associate Artist at Black Arts MKE and co-director of the drama ministry at Calvary Baptist Church. Pannell is a founder of the Milwaukee Black Theatre Festival. Pannell is an assistant professor in the Theatre Department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Area Head for the Musical Theatre Program. A graduate of Spelman College, Pannell also holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Music Director: Antoine Reynolds
Coming from a long line of musicians, Antoine Reynolds was bred into music. His resume has made a versatile musician, singer, and producer. From classic arrangements, to hard hitting pop tracks, and from deeply felt church worship, to trunk busting trap music, Antoine can do it all. His creativity keeps him relevant and innovative. His humble beginnings in the Pentecostal church trained him to fully adapt to any circumstance. His ability to read a room, allows him to provide music for any situation. His relationship with God keeps him level headed. His experiences in the music scene Wisconsin and abroad, have kept him both creative and professional. His sound is undeniable, his creativity is unquestionable, and his heart is unbelievable.
Hosted by: Sheri Williams Pannell, Producing Artistic Director, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, Producing Artistic Associate, Black Arts MKE, Assistant Professor UWM Peck School of the Arts
Aug. 13, 2022 7:30 PM
Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall
929 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202