Charron Monaye is a true renaissance woman and savvy entrepreneur. From writing lyrical stanza, plays, publishing books, award winning song lyrics to community outreach and, even recently, being featured by Appbar as an early adopter with App of the Day. Readers With An Attitude Reading Club states, "Monaye dazzles poetry lovers with her variety of feelings women experience. Deeply delving into topics ranging from loneliness, sisterhood, pain, and even love, the poet speaks with clear and vivid imagery."
It is Charron’s ability to engage the audience and find themselves in at least one of the characters that inspired Zuhairah McGill to share, “The realism in her characters, not forgetting the unique struggles of women and the Black community, makes Charron reminiscent of a female August Wilson with an urban touch.”
For more than 20 years, this Philadelphia native and single mother of Christopher and Craig has inspired audiences as a dynamic Lyricist, Poet, and Author. Charron has always relied on her pen and notebook as a way to release her deepest secrets, hidden desires, and happiest moments. At age 11, Charron Monaye made her first poetic debut at the United Negro College Fund's Awards Banquet, where she recited her award-winning poem “ALONE.” As her life transformed from a carefree child to a career-driven woman with rules, responsibilities, and everyday obstacles, Charron continued to use her notebook as a way to release. After realizing that she was not alone in this thing called “life” and her words not only healed herself but they touched the lives of others as well as dealing with anxiety and heart-related health issues in her twenties, Monaye decided it was important to share her story with women worldwide.
In 2009, her words were finally recognized and heard by Cymande Corburn of 912 James Street Production with whom she wrote soulful ballads such as “Better with Me,” “Lonely Days,” and “Just Friends.” In 2010, she connected with ML the Truth of 100 Drums Productions, LLC and wrote some of her favorite ballads, "I Apologize" and "Commitment."
On February 1, 2012 she released her first book of poetry, “My Side of the Story” which was followed up by the June 29, 2012 release of “Living, Laughing, and Loving My Way Through.” Charron’s poetry has been published in over seven books. At a high point in her career, she was moved to ask the question, “What are you willing to give up, to be successful, yourself or your spouse?” This question penned her first play, “Living Your Life,” which has various workshop performances throughout the East Coast, originally directed by Walter DeShields and now under the direction of Zuhairah McGill.
Charron is currently working on her latest play, “Get Out Your Own Way” which will have its first reading on Monday, March 11, 2013 as part of First World Theatre Ensemble’s Monday Night Reading Series running March 11 through March 25, 2013. “Get Out of Your Own Way:” Meet six friends who are faced with everyday struggles, trying to pay bills, wanting to be comfortable in their homes, and needing a blessing to make their life better. However, in their quest to fulfill and achieve their purpose and dreams, they allow their fears, doubts, and insecurities to block them from living their dreams.
First World Theatre Ensemble, founded 2001 by Zuhairah McGill, is a resident theatre company at CEC (Community Education Center) that’s committed to achieving artistic excellence in professional theatre and brings quality to the stage as in the days of the Negro Ensemble through selected classic and original works intended to raise audience awareness regarding critically important social issues that impact all of our lives. First World leverages theatre and First World’s hit Talk Back Sundays to bridge cultures, tell stories that portray the flavor and circumstances of diverse communities and generations.
“…after watching the Glenn Alan’s ‘Don’t Cry No Blues For Me’ produced by First World Theatre Ensemble, I knew from that moment, that Zuhairah and First World would be my home, so instead of waiting for her to seek me, I called her. First World is a company that allows creativity, teaching, laughter, and promotes change in areas that politics, local and federal, may not deem as important. Addressing issues that are important to the citizens of the City of Philadelphia as well as worldwide is needed in order to bring about a better tomorrow. So since I know it takes a village to raise a child, joining First World will allow me the chance to nurture me to do just that as a playwright.”
First World Theatre’s Who’s On First Monday Night Reading Series will feature readings of “Get Out of Your Own Way” (Charron Monaye 3/11), “The Immortals” (Richard LaMonte Pierce 3/18), and “Level To The Ground” (Thomas Bryant 3/25).
To learn more about Charron Monaye and First World Theatre Ensemble contact Zuhairah McGill at (267) 329-9746 or firstname.lastname@example.org