Open Mic Series at The Wilma Theater
In 2018 Jaylene started an Open Mic series at The Wilma Theater because she wanted to combine the theater and spoken word poetry communities in Philadelphia in her own unique way. These Open Mics are based on the themes of the shows at the Wilma each season.
Participants are encouraged to see whatever show is on the Wilma mainstage and then create poetry, artwork, or music inspired by the show to share at the Open Mic. Once all the open mic participants have performed, there is always a featured performance by a professional poet from the community.
Participants who sign up in advance can see the show at a discounted rate. Email to sign up and receive your code for $10 tickets!
Those who cannot see the performance are also welcome! A sign up list will be available at the door on the day of the event.
Whether you come to just listen or share, Jaylene hopes to see you there!
Suggested donation of $5.00 at the door.
Monday, September 16, 7PM: Show- "There", Feature- Dave G Poetry
Monday, November 4, 7PM: Show- "Dance Nation", Feature- Sanchel Brown
Monday, February 10, 7PM: Show- "Describe the Night", Feature- Neerali Patel
Monday, March 2, 7PM: Show- "Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale",
Feature- HarlemKWProject, LLC (including Jaylene!)
#PoppaPank Video Podcast
#PoppaPank started in 2018, when Jaylene and Jain Justin, both celebrated Philadelphia actors, started sharing their backstage shenanigans to their personal Instagram accounts. Through their interactions on social media, it became obvious that a friendship was blossoming...a foolish friendship! They are currently on Season 5 of #PoppaPank! Catch up on all the past episodes on their Instagram page here. During the quarantine, they decided to take their show live, thus #PoppaPank Live was born!
There's a lot of grey in the world...Jaylene and Justin think it needs a little more pink. A POPPA PANK! Watch the two best friends you never knew you wanted talk about the things you never knew you needed to hear!
They have a #PoppaDrank and talk about everything from pop culture, to past shows they've worked on, to things that have us tickled pank that particular week. Since they are both in the arts, they also invite other artists to join in their shenanigans and share some incite about their careers! Past guests have included playwright James Ijames, rapper and actor Anthony Martinez-Briggs, and Daveed Diggs, of Broadway sensation Hamilton and TNT TV show, Snowpiercer!
Through the summer, watch live every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 9PM on the #PoppaPank Facebook page here!
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)
9/10/20: SUNY Potsdam (Virtual)
9/23/20: Carthage College (Kenosha, WI)