STAGES Pilot

Three women connected by an HIV diagnosis, forge a friendship during a pivotal moment in their life in order to combat the stigmas surrounding HIV and embark on new journeys together.

  • Zuhairah McGill
    Director
    Creed 2 (actor), Kill The Monster (actor)
  • Charlese D Hawkins as Braylow Curtis
    Writer
    Silent No More (NYU Grad Film), Better With Age (Web Talk Show), The Nostaligic Collector (Web-series)
  • Charlese D Hawkins
    Producer
    Silent No More (NYU Grad Film)
  • Brian Anthony Wilson
    Key Cast
    "Mayor Chad Warwick"
    The Wire, Sirens
  • Phillip Brown
    Key Cast
    "Lennox Davis"
  • Rodd Deon
    Key Cast
    "Arden Smith"
  • Angie Henderson-Goode
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Miriam Dutton"
  • Niya Colbert
    Key Cast
    "Celestia Davis"
  • Ashley Spearman
    Key Cast
    "Victoria Curtis"
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 2019 CAMMY Awards (PhillyCAM)

    October 20, 2019
    Philadelphia Premiere
    Winner, Inclusion Award
Director Biography - Zuhairah McGill

Zuhairah McGill is an Award-winning actress, director and an up and coming filmmaker, who originally hails from Brooklyn, New York. Where she trained and studied under Ossie Davis, Barbara Ann Teer, and Uta Hagen.

She is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of First World Theatre Ensemble, under which she produced 30 plays, 5 world premieres one including an all-black cast of Marsha Norman’s ‘Night Mother’. She is also the Creative Artistic Director for the Master Griot Project, was the Director in Residence at the Prince Music Theatre, and is the creator and Director of a documentary titled “The State of Black Theatre”.

Besides directing, she has been seen in numerous productions, films, commercials, off- Broadway, and national tours such as:

“ Gem of the Ocean”, “Most Dangerous Man in America”, “Wallop”, “The River Niger”, “All My Sons”, “Fences”, “Blues for An Alabama Sky”, “ Gutta Beautiful”, “Julius Caesar Set in Africa”, “Trouble in Mind”, “Trick the Devil”, “A Piece of My Heart”, “Sojourner”, “Marcus and The Secret of Sweet”, “Zooman and The Sign”, “Bourbon at The Border”, “Before it Hits Home”. Just to name a few.

Some of Zuhairah’s awards include:

2002 Barrymore Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in A Play One-Woman Show “Sojourner”

2007 Nat’l Black Arts for Social Change for Outstanding Community Service Award

The 2012, 2013, & 2014 winner of The DC Black Theatre Festival Excellence in Black Theatre Award

The 2012 Most Distinguished Theatre Director Award

The 2015 Image Award

The 2016 Trailblazing Legacy Award in Theatre

Additionally, Zuhairah was a panelist for “A Conversation of August Wilson’s Works” and was the Director of C. Delores Tucker’s Martin Luther King Non-Violence Award Ceremony”, with Joe Frazier, Cicely Tyson, and Jackie Frazier for two years.

She was the host for the “Nice Town CDC Giveback Festival" featuring “Jean Carne and Mikki Howard” and directed the production of “The Sounds of Philadelphia” Starring: Billy Paul, The Delfonics, the Bluenotes, and Major Harris.

She can be seen in "Creed 2", the upcoming film “Kill the Monster” and the short film “Pamela and Marion”.

Zuhairah’s current projects are:

A Documentary “State of Black Theatre”, (2) T.V. pilots “Crossroads and an untitled one. A screenplay entitled “The Burden”

For more on Zuhairah, visit www.sojournerthetruth.com

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