About The 

LNU Black Theater Festival

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Loud 'N Unchained and Madison College in association with Dana Pellebon are proud to present the Loud 'N Unchained Black Theater Festival. This festival is focused on producing works by Black artists. LNU Black Theater Festival presents monologues and spoken word, one-person shows, play readings, and drag artists. All shows are closed-captioned.

The Founders
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T. S. BANKS

T. S. Banks is a community organizer, disability justice and mental wellness advocate, poet, and playwright from Madison, WI. A First Wave Scholar and graduate of UW Madison. He is the Founder of Loud ‘N UnChained Theater Co. Which is also home to LNU Black Theater Festival premiering spring 2021. As a Black, trans and queer person with a disability, T believes the Movement for Black Lives must be intersectional and deeply connected to the struggle to end patriarchy and ableism; specifically as it manifests as violence against Black trans and disabled folks. His work also addresses visioning for Black Power, a critique of the medical-industrial complex, psychiatric violence, sanism, Queer Justice, Trans Justice, Disability Justice, and cross-movement solidarity.

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DOUG REED

Doug Reed grew up in Richmond, VA. He attended Goshen College, a small Mennonite school where he still proudly holds the school record for most chapel skips. Doug's written work has appeared on the Broom Street Theater stage many times, including The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker, Nottingham!, Sweet William, The Nails, and Minglewood Blues. Doug has served as Broom Street's Artistic Director since 2017. 

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JANINE GARDNER

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Janine has been involved in the Madison Community Theater for 9 years, both on and off stage. They currently serve as Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors for Broom Street Theater. When not immersed in the theater, Janine has a degree in Health Promotion-Health Equity and Gender and Women’s Studies student from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Their passion for reproductive justice shines through their work as a Full Spectrum Doula. Most importantly, they are Mamma to 7 wonderful children. None of this would be possible without the support of their rockstar partner. 

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DANA PELLEBON

Dana has acted, directed, written, and produced for a variety of community and professional theatrical troupes in the Madison area since 2001. She directed previously for CTM’s Young Playwright’s Festival. In 2018, she directed “Columbinus” for Madison Area Technical College and in 2019 she directed “Small Mouth Sounds” for Madison Theater Guild and “Cabaret” for StageQ/OutCast! She performs in/produces the Madison-based Caburlesque troupe, Foxy Veronica’s Peach Pies. She also produced three shows for the New York International Fringe Festival and is a co-founder of the Loud ‘N Unchained Black Theater Festival.