MARIE & ROSETTA
Written by George Brant Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s bluesy, swinging guitar and vocals made her a national sensation and changed the world of gospel music forever. Join her as she meets a young protege for their first rehearsal together, sharing stories of life and faith, as well as some unforgettable music.
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Asst. Set Designer
AEA Stage Manager
Millicent "Miche" Braden
MICHE BRADEN is a multi faceted performer. In theater, Ms. Miche (as she prefers to be called) has appeared as actor
& musical director/arranger in many stage productions including The People’s Temple, Gee’s Bend, The Bluest Eye, Lady Day at
Emerson’s Bar & Grill, & The Tempest. Her most recent stage
productions were Marie & Rosetta & Nina Simone: Four Women. She was lead, MD & co-collaborator with Joe Brancato & Angelo Parra (Director & Playwright) in The Devil’s Music: The Life & Blues of Bessie Smith. This year is the 21st Anniversary of TDM’s World Premiere which she has performed across the US & Canada.
Ms. Miche has been nominated for many awards including Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, LA Critics, Carbonell, Barrymore, Off Broadway Alliance, Audelco, Helen Hayes, & Connecticut Critics Awards. Ms. Miche is a featured vocalist on many recordings including Violinist Regina Carter’s “Accentuate The Positive”, Saxophonist James Carter’s “At The Crossroads” & Gardenia’s For Lady Day, & Drummer Gayelynn McKinney’s “New Beginnings”. She’s a YouTube sensation with PostModern Jukebox featured on many songs including “Purple Rain” & “Old Town Road”. Her first PMJ video, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” garnered over 11 million views.
JOHNIQUE MITCHELL was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received her BFA in Acting from Texas State University and went on to gain her Master’s in Acting from Penn State University. A few of her Penn State Centre Stage credits include of Olivia in Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT, Marie in Robert O’Hara’s BARBEQUE, and Athena in Mary Zimmerman’s ARGONAUTIKA. In addition to her training, she has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England and Shakespeare’s The Globe in London, England. She was a part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2019 and 2020 acting company as Cindy/Dynamite in HAIRSPRAY and performed as the understudy to G.K. Marche in HOW TO CATCH CREATION. She originated the role of Randy in Hansol Jung’s DOUBLE THINK at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa, and the revised role of Janeece in the premiere of Ruben Santiago Hudson’s YOUR BLUES AINT SWEET LIKE MINE. Johnique has also had the privilege of portraying Marie in MARIE AND ROSETTA at the Detroit Public Theatre. She feels honored to have the opportunity to revisit this role!
Steve H. Broadnax III
Directing credits include:
Broadway: THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN by Keenan Scott II, Katori Hall’s THE HOT WING KING at The Signature Theatre (NYC Premiere), Lee Edward Colston’s THE FIRST DEEP BREATH at Chicago’s Vineyard Theatre (Premiere and Winner of Best New Work by the Jeff Awards) Dominique Morisseau’s BLOOD AT THE ROOT at the National Black Theatre (Winner of The Kennedy Center’s Hip Hop Theater Creator Award) and William Jackson Harper’s TRAVISVILLE at The Ensemble Studio (NYC Premiere).
Additional Credits include:
Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Hattiloo Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Chautauqua Theatre Company, People’s Light Theatre, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia.
THE HIP HOP PROJECT, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and BAYARD RUSTIN INSIDE ASHLAND (2021 world première at The People’s Light THEATRE Company).
As a member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Steve has worked nationally and internationally.
Steve is also a member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre and serves as the Resident Director at People’s Light Theatre
Training (optional): BFA Conservatory of Fine Arts Webster University, MFA Penn State University
Originally from Little Rock, AR Steve is currently a Professor of Theatre at Penn State University. Head of MFA Acting. Co-Head of MFA Directing