DJD Theatre


November 17, 2020

Katie Roach

Cutting Edge Digital Performance Series
ArtWorks@TheDJD: premiering January 2021

The Dorothy Jemison Day Theater (DJD) at Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) proudly announces ArtWorks@TheDJD, a new digital performance series premiering in January of 2021. The ArtWorks@TheDJD series is sponsored, in part, by Publix Super Market Charities and by Birmingham Investment Group. Due to the spread of COVID-19, The DJD Theater has been unable to offer in-person events and performances on its stage since March of 2020. This series continues the theater’s mission of bringing the arts to our local and state community and supporting artists.

The series creates world premiere original, short-form content, presented virtually. The works challenge and speak to our world, our moment in time, and our community. John Manzelli DJD General Manager, says, “We are proud to present a series that supports and promotes the extraordinary work of three accomplished and diverse Birmingham artists. It’s our way of supporting the community by using our facilities and resources to create commissioned virtual works of art that will be accessible to everyone in the state of Alabama, free of charge.”

The DJD Theater put out a call for performing and visual artists to create unique works of art for the series with one-time commissioning grants and production capabilities. A large pool of high-caliber applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds, mediums, and visions applied.

The ArtWorks@TheDJD team selected artists Yogi Dada, Hellen Weberpal, and Jahman Ariel Hill for the inaugural series. The DJD production team is collaborating with these artists to digitally produce and premiere their works. The multi-medium projects will premiere in January 2021.

The Artists

Jahman Ariel Hill - Sponsored by Publix Charities
Hill is an award-winning playwright, poet, and professor. Recognized as one of the top slam poets in the world, his poetry videos have garnered millions of views online. As a playwright, his first work, “Black Enough,” played Off-Broadway. Hill’s project will involve creative writing with a theatrical performance. He will, “explore themes of safety, race, and health in a Black sci-fi infused reflection of our community’s experience facing COVID-19.”

Hellen Weberpal - Sponsored by Birmingham Investment Group & and Publix Charities
Hellen Weberpal is a cellist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Cahaba River Strings. She has also played and performed outreach with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera and Ballet. Weperpal says, “I’m excited to create a project I don’t think anyone has ever done before - the composition of a piece for solo cello in three movements to be played along with the viewing of three different rock climbs.”

Yogi Dada - Sponsored by Publix Charities
Yogi Dada is a visual artist, speaker, poet, and musician. Dada says the intent of her series is, "... creating in the moment. My influences come from my ethnicity, spirituality and environment. As an artist known for my vibrant colors, working in black and white has been a different creative space of positive and negative energy, a new language in storytelling."

Follow The DJD Theater online to see updates on our artist’s progress, more insight into their inspiring visions, and updates on premiere information. This series of three performances will premiere starting in January 2021 on The DJD Theater’s website ( and streamed on the theater’s social channels
(Facebook: @djdtheater, Instagram: @djdtheater).

John Manzelli, DJD General Manager
Dorothy Jemison Day (DJD) Theater
800 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
T: 205.458.0360

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