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SEASON 29 - 2022


Towne Street Theatre hosted another wonderful event in the Virtual Salon and

HerStory 2022 was a hit!

Thank you to our panelists for sharing their story and to all who supported this year's HerStory, our Celebration of Women's History Month. As you can see from the comments below, it was an exceptional afternoon. Be sure to visit the Event Page below to find out more about these amazing women and the work they do!

Two incredibly intriguing women whose lives have been fleshed out by two incredible writers and scholars and lead by an exceptional moderator, Dr. Stephanie Batiste.


This has been so fascinating! Blown away by this discussion.


A great way to spend a spring Sunday evening! Thank you.


I'm so impressed by each and every one of you and thanks to TST for producing this surprisingly enjoyable panel. Success for you all! Thank you so much.


I can not express just how moved I was by the event yesterday.


Beautiful slide show, music, conversation/interplay!


Thank you for your very astute observations and research I learned a lot about both authors.


Well done! Thank you all the panelists!


Splendid! Splendid! Splendid !!!!!!!

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler, offers a blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of award-winning science-fiction writer and “MacArthur Genius” Octavia E. Butler. Written by award-winning author, journalist, and essayist, Lynell George, this book was drawn from her time researching the Octavia E. Butler archive at the Huntington Library as the recipient of the library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship. A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky draws the reader into Butler’s world, creating a sense of unmatched intimacy with the deeply private writer. More than a biography, A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky is a collection of ideas about how a writer looks, listens, and breathes—how to be in the world.  After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame was the first book of essays and photography by Lynell George and it explored the city where she grew up. As a staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, she focused on social issues, human behavior, visual arts, music, and literature. She taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, in 2013 was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and in 2017 received the Huntington Library’s Alan Jutzi Fellowship for her studies of California writer Octavia E. Butler.  

HerStory 2022

A Conversation With Two Remarkable Women: Their Stories and The Stories They Tell

Lynell George

Moderated by Dr. Stephanie Leigh Batiste

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Dr. Margaret B. Wilkerson received her Ph.D. in Dramatic Art from UC Berkeley. In the 1970's and 1980's, she was Director of the UC Berkeley Center for the Study, Education and Advancement of Women and as Chair of UC Berkeley's Department of African American Studies from 1988-1994, she led the faculty to establish the Ph.D. Program in African Diaspora Studies.  Professor Wilkerson chaired the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies from 1995-1998, where she led the development of the new interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Performance Studies. Most recently, she was Director of Media Arts and Culture for the Ford Foundation in New York. Her new book on trailblazing playwright Lorraine Hansberry will be released later this year. 


Margaret B. Wilkerson

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