#PoppaPank Video Podcast
Philly-based, multi-hyphenated, and award-winning actors Jaylene Clark Owens and Justin Jain take on all things Arts & Culture in this joy-forward and ever hilarious variety podcast. From current events, to childhood memories, #PoppaPank centers and uplifts BIPOC voices in the performing and visual arts. Their occasional Pop-in with #PoppaPank segments feature interviews with various industry professionals from Broadway & Hollywood stars to Regional Theatre designers & technicians.
Jaylene is a powerful Black spoken word poet and playwright. Justin is a fierce Filipino director and deviser. Every episode centers on a different theme, but all roads point back to the Arts and bringing a pop of pink into a world that can be very grey. Whether they’re trying to do a freestyle rap, or getting artistic advice from a guest, these two are gonna have a good time! Grab your Poppa Drank and get ready for some shenanigans as Jaylene and Justin get tickled pink on every episode of #PoppaPank.
Past guests have included playwright James Ijames, theatre, film, and TV veteran Brian Anthony Wilson, and Daveed Diggs, of Broadway sensation Hamilton and TNT TV show, Snowpiercer!
For the month of March you can catch #PoppaPank Live on Wednesday, March 3 at 12:30PM ET and Wednesday, March 17, at 9:00PM ET. Stay tuned for the April schedule! Replay past episodes on Facebook or YouTube!
Jaylene is going back on tour with her #JCOFlexTour! She has called it this because she has to be flexible with this 2020-2021 season. Due to covid-19, various things are in flux. Some colleges will be open, some will not. Some schools will provide on campus programming, others will only provide virtual programming. Some shows may be scheduled, only to be cancelled. Either way, Jaylene is going to be flexible and go with the flow, while being safe! Check out her upcoming performances below!
6/22/20: University of Texas– Rio Grande Valley (Virtual)
7/18/20: Ithaca College (Virtual)
9/3/20: Clarkson University (Virtual)
9/10/20: SUNY Potsdam (Virtual)
9/23/20: Carthage College (Virtual)
10/10/20: Gettsyburg College (Virtual)
11/20/20: Syracuse University (Virtual)
2/6/21: Ball State University (Virtual)
2/10/21: Niagara University (Virtual)
2/13/21: Saint Anselm College (Virtual)
2/23/21: Ivy Tech Community College- Central (Virtual)
4/6/21: Penn State Behrend (Virtual)
Wilma Theater Open Mic Series
In 2018 Jaylene created an Open Mic Series at The Wilma Theater where she is a company member. She hosts Open Mics based on the themes of the current mainstage show. Participants are encouraged to see the plays and then create poetry, music, or artwork inspired by the productions to share at the Open Mic. Due to covid, this series is currently virtual.
Stay tuned for information on the next Open Mic! Due to covid, the dates for the Wilma's next production are still being decided, but once they are solidified, there will be a new Open Mic date.
One Book, One Philadelphia Poetry Workshop (FREE)
Jaylene has partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to lead a free virtual spoken word poetry workshop for their One Book, One Philadelphia series. One Book, One Philadelphia is a signature project of the Free Library of Philadelphia that promotes literacy, library usage, and civic dialogue by encouraging the entire greater Philadelphia area to come together through reading and discussing a single book. This year's book is The Tradition, by Jericho Brown.
Join Jaylene virtually on Friday, April 23, at 7PM ET as she guides participants through the process of creating a spoken word poem. The workshop will include tools, examples, prompts, and the option to perform for the group.
Register for free here!