Who We Are
an invisible, yet powerful overlap in their family history, Clory Jackson and Caroline Hann have embarked on a creative journey to explore and confront the history and social impact of Brownsville, a forgotten community that was nested in Frostburg, Maryland in the 1860’s, This interactive theatre experience seeks to explore the story of a place where race, class, gender and family pride meet. Come actively remember the community of Brownsville in this theatrical production. Learn how Brownsville was created, and how it is present in our community today.
Founder, The Brownsville Project
Theatre changed the trajectory of Clory’s life and now she seeks to give to others what theatre has given to her - a voice. Incredibly introverted and reticent as a child, Clory found boldness and joy in telling others’ stories through theatre and music. She first started singing and acting in her church and later in high school. Clory went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and then a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Penn State University in State College, PA. She also spent two years at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA studying musical theatre. During and after college, Clory performed in several regional professional theatres around the country. Her first professional role was as a soloist in the musical, Big River at the Cumberland Theatre in Cumberland, MD in 2003. Clory made New York City her home in 2010 where she continued to pursue a professional acting career, but in 2012, she fell in love with the fast-paced tech start-up industry. Clory used the confidence and communication skills from her theatre training to forge an exciting career leading Service Support and Operations teams for forward thinking companies. Clory is proud to be from Frostburg, MD. With Caroline’s partnership, she is excited to use theatre to expand the historic narrative of her hometown to include the history of black Appalachian families like hers.
Partner, The brownsville Project
Caroline Hann is the co-artistic director of The Meta Theatre Company, a social justice theatre company that believes theatre is a pathway to justice (www.themetatheatrecompany.org, @MetaTheatreCo, #GettaMeta). MTC is comprised of women inside/outside the prison walls, rehearses weekly at a women’s prison in New Jersey, and performs all over the country. Using the model of transformative justice, MTC writes original work based on their lived experiences with larger systems, like criminal justice, education, and healthcare, and then blends these macro experiences with their intersectional, personal stories of race, class, gender and sexual orientation. Caroline is originally from Frostburg, and some of her first theatre experiences were with The Summer Youth Theatre in Hill Street School, Cumberland Theatre, and working with Mark Baker on many local productions. She studied acting at The Playhouse West in Los Angeles, trained at Second City in Chicago, and received her MSW in social work from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in New York City. Caroline would like to thank Clory Jackson, Carmen and Lance Jackson, Sean White, Allen Harper, Lynn Bowman, and the descendants of Brownsville for their generosity in letting her be part of the Brownsville Project.