ArtsUNC Charlotte

Charlotte Theatre’s Jay Morong Moderates Purple Dreams Discussion

Saturday May 25 @ 7:00PM

The Independent Picture House

Black youth stereotypes are turned upside down in the feature documentary film Purple Dreams. A two-and-a-half-year journey serves as an inspirational window into the lives of inner-city, at-risk students who succeed at their passion while embracing the transformative power of their arts education.

After the film there will be a post-screening discussion, moderated by IPH Creative Director and UNC-Charlotte Department of Theatre Senior Lecturer Jay Morong, with Director Joanne Hock, Editor John Disher, and Corey Mitchell, documentary subject and  Founder and Artistic Director of the Theatre Gap Initiative. 

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Jay Morong is an educator, film programmer, director, actor, and theatrical video designer. His theatrical video design work includes Hamlet, The Purple Flower, The Colored Museum, The Winter’s Tale, Nocturne and [sic] all at UNC Charlotte; Tales of the Lost Formicans at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Requiem For New Orleans at the New York International Fringe Festival. He has directed several productions at UNC Charlotte including, The 25th Annual Spelling Bee, Mauritius, The Aliens and It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s Superman … The Musical.  

Jay earned his Master’s Degree in the Philosophy of Film and Theatre from Boston University and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from Assumption College in Worcester, MA.

As a theatre & film studies instructor, his primary focus is on the relationship of digital media to performance and culture and the relationship of theatre to society.  He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Film Studies Program and the Digital Arts Center. Jay also works as a film projectionist at the Manor Theatre in Charlotte, as Program Director for the Charlotte Film Society, as Programming Director of the Charlotte Film Festival and as a Special Events Film Programmer at the Somerville Theatre in Somerville, MA. 

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