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Killer Whale at The Wilma Theater!

BIG NEWS! Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale is part of the 2019-2020 season at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia! Jaylene wrote this AUDELCO award-winning play with three other women in 2011. It is a look into the multifaceted issue of gentrification in Harlem through a fusion of spoken word poetry, theatre, song, and more! The show has been extended due to popular demand and will now run from February 26 to March 7! Click here to learn more about Killer Whale.


Ten years after dropping off her headshot at The Wilma Theater in 2010, Jaylene will star in a play that she co-wrote and directed on the Wilma stage! Dreams do come true!

Please mark your calendars and spread the word! Tickets are on sale NOW and can be purchased here! Let's sell this out! Use the Promo Code JAYLENE for discounted tickets.

2019-2020 #JCOExperienceTour

Jaylene will be going back on tour! In February/March 2019 she completed her first #JCOPoetryTour at various schools in the Northeast and poetry venues throughout Pennsylvania. This Fall she will begin her second tour, the #JCOExperienceTour! She'll be touring during the Fall 2019 semester, as well as in Spring 2020. See below to see if Jaylene will be in a town near you!

Fall 2019 Dates

9/5/19: SUNY Potsdam (Potsdam, NY)

9/25/19: Minnesota State Community & Technical College– Moorhead (Moorhead, MN)

10/22/19: Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ)

10/26/19: Arcadia University (Glenside, PA)

10/29/19: Black Hills State University (Spearfish, SD)

11/6/19: College of Staten Island (Staten Island, NY)

11/8/19: St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN)

11/21/19: University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Bradford, PA)

12/17/19: Sofar Sounds Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)

12/18/19: Sofar Sounds Washington, DC (Washington, DC)

Spring 2020 Dates

1/28/20: Logan Library Feature (PA)
2/3/20: Texas A&M University– Galveston (TX)
2/5/20: Texas A&M University– Kingsville (TX)
2/7/20: Lillian Marrero Library Pop Up (PA)
2/10/20: Describe the Night Open Mic (PA)
2/11/20: University of North Texas– Dallas (TX)
2/12/20: Tyler Junior College (TX)
2/13/20: Northwestern State University (LA)
2/13/20: Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TX)
2/17/20: McMurray University (TX)
2/18/20: Tarleton State University (TX)
2/19/20: University of Texas of the Permian Basin (TX) NEW!
2/26/20-3/7/20: Killer Whale at The Wilma (PA)
3/2/20: Killer Whale Open Mic (PA)
3/10/20: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (WI)
3/18/20: Carthage College (WI)
3/20/20: Beloit College (WI)
3/24/20: FLEFF at Ithaca College (NY)

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 WilmaOpenMic@gmail.com 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.

2019-2020 Schedule:

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!)

Monday, June 8, 7PM: Show- "Is God Is", Feature- Adjua Lafleur

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