Writers Block Ink Igniting Social Change On The Page & Stage

 

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860-44 BLOCK
860-442-5625
12 Masonic Street
 New London, CT 06320

Our Mission

To arm young voices with the power of pen and prose, reinforcing teamwork, accountability, and responsibility; igniting social change on the page and stage.

About The Block

The Writers Block InK was started in 2003 as a 501c3 non-profit organization to encourage youth to use writing and performance as tools to address personal and social challenges on the community stage. Students create original productions which explore critical themes and issues.

Who We Are

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Board of Directors:

  • President: Clarissa S. Beyah-Taylor
  • Vice President: Theresa Broach
  • Secretary: Alissa Mebus
  • Treasurer: Jonathan Wilson
  • General Director: Linda Ferraro
  • General Director: Barbara Winters
  • Director of Programming: Adriane Jefferson

Strategic Advisors:

  • Jackie Bagwell
  • Serinol Lowman
  • Dianne Kent
  • Richard Hews

Legal Counsel:

 
Writer's Block Staff
 
 
  • Interim Senior Director of Writer's Block: Kia Baird (kbaird.writersblock@gmail.com)
  • Administrative Coordinator: Muonia Wiley (mwiley.writersblock@gmail.com)
  • Administrative Assistant: Gail McCool (gmccool.writersblock@gmail.com)
  • Creative Director: Kolton Harris


 
 
Board of Director and Staff Bios:
 
Clarissa Beyah-Taylor: received a B.A. in English from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ and an MBA from the University of New Haven. Clarissa has worked in healthcare corporate communications for more than 20 years. Her experience includes helping health care organizations build communications departments and systems while directing, improving, or creating new initiatives and strategies to improve communications as well as focusing on and leading diversity efforts in the corporate environment.
 
A performance poet, Clarissa is active in numerous community and youth focused initiatives. She served on the Board of Directors for Young Audiences of Connecticut, Collective Consciousness Theater, worked with the Garde Arts Theater as a contributing playwright and guest faculty member for "Warriors Don't Cry", and instructed writing and performance poetry workshops for youth (ages 9-20) in correctional/detention facilities, urban schools, and community centers throughout Connecticut.
 
Theresa Broach: a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State Unversity and a retiree of Pfizer Global Research & development with experience in non-profit board support, project and diversity management, and community theatre production.  For over 10 years, Theresa has been Vice President and General Manager of the Writer's Block Ink.  Theresa is currently Board Secretary of Community Foundation of Eastern Conecticut, a board member of the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition, VIce President and Artistic Director for the Emerson Theater Collaborative, and the Director of the Miss Lottie's Jazz Cafe series at the Norwich Arts Center. For over twenty years, Theresa has passionately supported local community theater.
 
Alissa Mebus, is a marketing executive at Symmetry in Middletown, Connecticut. current WBI Board Publicity Chair, and past Board secretary. She volunteered at Writer’s Block in 2006 for “Three Houses Down”.  She returned to the Block last year and has provided significant support, volunteer resources, and in-kind services to the organization.
 
Jonathan Wilson: currently employed at Hoyt, Filippetti & Malaghan, LLC.  He is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.  He has over nine years of tax and audit experience in a variety of industries including not-for-profit, small business and individual tax preparation and planning.  John resides in Groton, CT.
 
Linda Ferraro: Linda is an Organizational Development professional who has successfully worked with Fortune 50 Corporations developing and implementing strategies to increase organizational performance through leadership development and team alignment.  While focusing on educating leaders in organizations, in addition her has extensive academic experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels with a focus on organizational behavior, theory and development.   Her background includes an MBA from Binghamton University and doctoral work in Management Systems at the University of New Haven.
 
Barbara Winters: currently employed at Connecticut College. She received her MS in Management and Communications from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and obtained BA degrees in Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology from the State University of NY, Stony Brook.  She is a Certified TEFL Instructor. She has taught English in Japan, and served as a volunteer with WaterAid Mozambique, working in water, sanitation, and hygiene education. Her areas of expertise include Marketing, Verbal and Written Communications, Program Development, Training, and Workshop Facilitation. She has an extensive background in multicultural curriculum development.  Barbara resides in Waterford, CT.
 
Adriane Jefferson: an arts administrator who has worked in the performing arts sector and arts education for 15 years. She is currently an arts program manager and special programs coordinator for The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts. Prior to that, she served as The Executive Director for The Writers Block Ink in New London, CT. In 2009 she received her B.A in Popular Music from Florida Memorial University. She went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her career has been centrally focused on cultivating and developing talent within arts and entertainment. With her love for community engagement , Adriane has served as an arts consultant to artists, arts organizations, and arts based after school programs where she has helped them to design strategies to achieve their career and organizational goals.
 
Adriane used her background in performing arts and theatre to help structure the drama department at Alonzo Mourning Charities Over Town Youth Center and The Gibson Charter School. Earlier in her career she worked as a talent agent on The Mike Sherman Show, a show that focused on the pop music industry and covered major music events such as The Billboard Music Awards and The BET awards. In 2005 Adriane created Rhyme Fest, a community event that used hip hop as an advocacy tool for social change. Adriane is a long time affiliate of the Writers Block Ink. Outside of the role she played as Executive Director, she served as their Creative Director and Director of Programming from 2013-2015. She is now serving as a member of The Writers Block Ink Board of Directors. Adriane is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. 
 
Kia Baird: Coming Soon!
 
Hannah Schenk: is the Associate Director of Development and Marketing at Writer’s Block Ink. She received her B.A. in Drama and Sociology from Vassar College, where she conducted a senior thesis on the relationship between theater and social justice. Prior to joining Writer’s Block Ink, she acted as the Production Management Intern for the Vassar College Department of Drama and was the Assistant to the Director on a world premiere play at Long Wharf Theater. Hannah is also an Associate Artist with New London’s Flock Theatre, and a member of the local alternative folk band The Friendly Ghost.
 
Muonia Wiley: is 27 years old and is a Groton resident.  She is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Communication at Southern Connecticut State University.  She had previously attended Writer’s Block from 2005-2008 before leaving for college.  She has experience in backstage management, crew and set design, creative and script writing. She's been working for Writer's Block Ink since Summer 2015. While attending SCSU, she founded Symphonic Pulse Dance Company along with 3 other colleagues. Her interested include reading, creative writing, arts and crafts activities and dancing.