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Our Team

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Founder and Director

SUMMER DAWN

As an actress, Summer was frustrated with the lack of multidimensional roles for women of color. Fortunately, Summer was a writer too, and took matters into her own hands by creating her own plays. Certain that other WOC would also love the opportunity to share their work authentically, Summer created In Full Color in 2015. The show featured 12 women of different ethnic backgrounds performing monologues, poetry and other works that gave audiences a glimpse of what life was like in their skin. The theatrical production was a hit and gave rise to an entire organization empowering women of color through education and the arts.

 

In her other lives, Summer has worked as an award-winning arts and culture journalist, professional events planner and communications professional. In the theater world, she is a playwright, director, actress, teaching artist and production manager. She is also the co-founder of 68 Productions, a theatrical company dedicated to producing work by and for people of color.

 

Among her honors are the Permanent Career Award in Literature from the Society of Arts and Letters-NJ and the N.J. Governor's Award in Arts Education. She was a winner of the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest in 2007 and her play "Secrets; Love" was a finalist in the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in 2012.

​Summer is available for individual bookings, workshops and speaking engagements. She has spoken at Hunter College, Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, Passion is Pursuit Conference NYC, The Fly Zone, Inspired Artist Movement & more events. She is a proud graduate of Rising Tide Capital's Community Business Academy.

See her complete CV here.

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Venida C. Rodman Jenkins, a Black woman with short natural hair

Founding Board Member, IFC Alumna

VENIDA C. RODMAN JENKINS

Venida C. Rodman Jenkins is committed to providing visibility, encouragement, love, and brave spaces to those who have been oppressed. She has carried out this work for many years as a minister, educator and advocate. Venida is the Director of the Speicher-Rubin Women’s Center for Equity and Diversity at New Jersey City University. She is the founder and pastor of EMBRACE Church, and she is as an Adjunct Professor at New York Theological Seminary where she teaches Pastoral Care and Counseling.  

Venida’s campus involvements have included establishing the Gothic Knight Ally Safe Zone Program and the Afro-Latinx Collective, chairing a subcommittee for the President’s Diversity Council, as well as serving on the Undoing Racism Committee and the Executive Committee of the American Federation of Teachers, Local 1839. Venida’s professional affiliations include the National Women’s Studies Association, and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Her community involvements include membership in the Harlem Writers’ Guild, and board member of Leaders of the Free World and In Full Color. 

 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Syracuse University, and the Master of Divinity degree from New York Theological Seminary.

 

Venida is a singer and writer, and has enjoyed participating in triathlons and half marathons.

She made her IFC debut in 2017.

Mary J. Sansait, an Asian woman with dark hair in a half-buzzed, half-long hairstyle.

Board Member

MARY J. SANSAIT

Mary is a Jersey City born and raised creative entrepreneur and mother of two. Growing up in a single mother household along with her love for music, inspired her to pursue a professional journey that would combine community upliftment and the arts. Mary worked with a local 501c3 Jersey City non-profit that assists entrepreneurs and small businesses. She is an accomplished singer and recording artist, who continues to use her talents to engage fellow creatives in the community. She has produced showcases and performed as M. Josephine alongside various underground heavy weights such as M1 of Dead Prez, Silent Knight, Rugged N Raw, John Robinson and The Band Called FUSE. She is the founder & president of Inspired Artist Movement, a platform for artists and creatives to move their career forward while empowering them to use their voice for positive social impact. She is also the founder of Goddess Ntwrk, a space and resource for womxn to heal their trauma and celebrate their inner goddess.

 

Susan Justiniano, a Hispanic/Latinx woman, with short red hair, seen performing poetry

Board Member, IFC Alumna

SUSAN JUSTINIANO

Susan -- also known as RescuePoetix™ -- is the Poet Laureate of Jersey City. She is a New Jersey native with deep family roots in Puerto Rico. Writing since she could remember, she found her performance voice and fell in love with Jersey City’s underground Arts diversity. She has over fifty original works recorded and developed collaborations from all corners of the world. Releases are available at a variety of online portals. RescuePoetix™ poetry is motivational, uplifting and empowering; designed to connect on a level far deeper than what the eye can perceive. Spinning verses in Spanish and English, her words weave stories of strength, growth, experience and love in its many evolving forms. @rescuepoetix

Susan made her In Full Color debut in IFC19. 

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Board Member, IFC Alumna

AMEL KHALIL

Amel is an Arab American writer/producer and actor. She advocates for the empowerment of marginalized communities everyday through her career and personal life.

 

 As an actor, Amel earned her official SAG membership in 2020 with tv credits that include crowd favorites, such as Madam Secretary, New Amsterdam, FBI and more. As a theater actor, Amel has played the lead in many AEA productions including originating the role of Nardeen Asleh in There is a Field (TIAF) in 2016, which still tours college campuses today. As a part of TIAF, Amel traveled the US with the cast and producers to educate students and community members about oppression. She made her IFC debut in 2017.

 

As an advocate Amel has created programming around Financial Literacy, and Stress Management for the underserved Middle Eastern community in NJ. She is responsible for conducting Bias Trainings for over 500 child protective services employees, law enforcement and more. As a grant writer Amel has garnered over $740,000 dollars in grants to assist resettling refugees find their place in America, struggling parents to feed their families, and empower women with financial services and workshops after escaping abuse.

 

Amel has over 11 years of leadership experience. After spending 4 years as an executive of a non-profit domestic violence resource agency, Amel founded a non-profit called Helping Other People Evolve, H.O.P.E., which focuses on business development programs to empower the leaders of underserved and marginalized communities with strategy. Today Amel lives a holistic lifestyle, seeing, breathing and loving all that is possible. 

Courtney Wheeler, a Black woman with long dark hair

Producer, That One Night; IFC Alumna

COURTNEY WHEELER

Courtney works in social media and publicity for HBO by day and is a writer and co-producer of the comedy showcase That One Comedy Night, at night. In her monologues and blog posts, she uses humor to discuss topics such as race, gender, feminism and mental health. She also loathes describing herself in the third person. Follow her on Twitter @wheelerright and Instagram @wilthebean

She made her IFC debut in 2016

Doug Stoveken, a white man with glasses, curly brown hair and a short beard

Staff Videographer

DOUG STOVEKEN

Doug is a long-time supporter of In Full Color and has shot video for most seasons of In Full Color as well as several special events.

Alicia Ruth, a white woman with long blonde hair

Founding Board Member (Retired), Scenic Designer

ALICIA RUTH

Alicia is a visual artist, science enthusiast, and passionate animal, environmental and human rights advocate. She is a the founder and executive director of TEDxJerseyCity, She Leads World, In Theory, and The Foundation for Wonderment and Awe. She is a believer in compassion, curiosity and a total capsaicin junkie.

She is also the chief scenic designer for In Full Color. Her set designs on In Full Color 2017 and 2019 were nominated for Broadway World awards.

Meet just some of the talented women performing with In Full Color!

Daniela Rincon

Dujuana Sharese

wendelin

Yhá Mourhia Wright

Venida C. Rodman Jenkins

Stephanie Dinsae

Dena Igusti

Amel Khalil

Cindy AnaCaona Peralta

RescuePoetix

Summer Dawn

Nancy Méndez-Booth

Alicia Rivas

Liliane Wolf

Rukiya Bluford

OUR WRITERS