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 loves writing about magic, romance and silly protagonists who are just a little (or a lot) off-beat. She enjoys karaoke, playing ukulele and escape rooms. She is also happily married to a very tall Greg, and the proud stepmother of another slightly smaller one.
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.
Founder and Director
SUMMER DAWN REYES
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.
Founding Board Member, Scenic Designer
Venida was overjoyed to return to the stage after a long hiatus for IFC17. Her stage credits include a junior high school production of “The Wizard of Oz” where she played Dorothy with her own unique twist…the singing of “Home” from “The Wiz.”
She’s also performed in plays with One Accord, a Christian-based music and theatre troupe, and emceed Teaneck’s Terpsichorean Dance Show for the last 15 years. Venida strives to boldly and uniquely use her gifts to spread healing and love, and she encourages others to do the same.
Founding Board Member, IFC Alumna
VENIDA RODMAN JENKINS
Susan Justiniano, also known as RescuePoetix™, 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.
Board Member, IFC Alumna
Mary, whom you may know as singer M. Josephine, is the founder of the Inspired Artist Movement and Goddess. As an artist and champion for women's empowerment, Mary says In Full Color's mission and work truly resonates with her passions.
MARY J. SANSAIT
Courtney works in social media and publicity for HBO by day and is a writer and co-producer of the comedy showcase That One 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
Producer, That One Night
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.
Daniel is a Jersey City native who loves exploring the depths of the urban jungle armed with nothing but his curiosity and trusty camera. He has been shooting for our mainstage show, In Full Color, since its debut in 2015.
Meet just some of the talented women performing with In Full Color!
Alicia has a Bachelor’s in Theatre from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She originated the role of Sara in “Henry’s Law: A Play About Bullying.” She’s also performed at Luna Stage as Mercy in “Mercy and the Firefly” and as the female narrator in “Mi Casa Tu Casa” at Dreamcatchers Repertory Theatre.
You may also know her as musical artist Ali de León.
Alicia performs "Latinoamericana" by herself (IFC16) & "Hardcore. Latina. Punk. Birth. Fragments." by
Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta (IFC15)
IFC Seasons: 16, 18
Nancy is a fiction writer and teaches writing and Latina/o literature and culture at colleges and universities in New York and New Jersey. Nancy’s work has appeared in print and online, including Latina, Poets & Writers, Salon, The Jet Fuel Review, KGB Bar Literary Magazine, Philadelphia Stories, and Wordrunner eBooks.
Nancy has read and performed at various Northeast venues including Cornelia Street Cafe, The Moth, and The Midtown International Theatre Festival. She posts regularly on her blog. Nancy currently seeks representation for and publication of her fiction manuscripts.
Nancy performs "Lucky," "How to Catch the 7:40 a.m. Q60 Bus," "First-Place Winner" and "Brown Privilege," all written by herself.
IFC Seasons: 16, 17, 18
Summer is the founder and director of In Full Color. Learn more about her above.
Summer performs "The Exception," "The Spill" and "Bye Bye Bi," "They have tried to change me," all written by herself, and "Walls" by Alina Hortillosa.
Founder and Director
IFC Seasons: 15, 17
SUMMER DAWN REYES
Amel is an Palestinian American Actress. Her most recent and notable theatrical work include playing the lead role of “Nardeen” in There is a Field directed by Noelle Ghoussaini and “Amal” in a staged reading of Abrahams Daughters. Other recent credits include the 2016 Vagina Monologues.
Film/TV credits include the webseries Triangle, lead roles in shorts, El Mundo Mas Alla, and Shift as well as contributions to Michael Pinckney’s TV pilot series The Trade and Investigation Discovery’s Dark Places. Amel is also a trained Mixed Martial Artist for stage combat and stunt fighting.
Amel performs "My Brother at the Canadian Border" by Sholeh Wolpe (IFC17) & "MY ISLAM" by
Dena Igusti (IFC17)
IFC Season: 17
Venida Rodman Jenkins was overjoyed to return to the stage after a long hiatus for IFC17. She is a member of the In Full Color board. For more information, see above.
Venida performs "The Touch" by herself (IFC17) & "Play Dead" by Clinnesha D. Sibley (IFC16)