CCRI teams with renowned poet for powerful narrative on social issues
March 31, 2021
Answering the not-so-obvious questions many are afraid to ask about race and racism, renowned Providence poet Christopher Johnson and The Wilbury Theatre Group join the Community College of Rhode Island Players next week to perform what Johnson calls his most powerful piece yet, Invoice for Emotional Labor.
Recorded at CCRI’s Bobby Hackett Theatre, Invoice for Emotional Labor streams Thursday, April 8–Saturday, April 10 via ShowTix4U with 7:30 pm performances on Thursday and Friday followed by a 5:30 pm Saturday finale. Saturday’s presentation also includes a live virtual panel and post-show talkback hosted by Johnson and featuring CCRI administrators and members of The Wilbury Group, where Johnson is a Playwright-in-Residence.
“Christopher Johnson is a remarkable artist and an important voice in our community,” said CCRI Theater Program Coordinator Ted Clement. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with The Wilbury Theatre Group in presenting his work, and we are so grateful Christopher is sharing it with the CCRI community.”
Invoice for Emotional Labor is a multi-discipline solo performance written and produced by Johnson, an internationally-known Poetry Slam champion and former Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) playwright fellow renowned for his ability to weave spoken word, poetry, and music into a harmonizing blend that captivates audiences while triggering important conversations on social issues such as race, incarceration, and mental illness.
In Invoice for Emotional Labor, Johnson relives his personal experiences as an African American growing up in New Jersey and living in Providence, educating and inviting viewers into the process by challenging them to rethink preconceived notions on racial etiquette, unconscious bias, and cultural differences through his own unique lens.
Johnson recorded Invoice for Emotional Labor in 16 hours over the span of two days, comparing the process to that of an actor or actress “getting into character” for a specific role, the difference being his performance is based on reality, forcing Johnson to relive uncomfortable, traumatizing moments during the production.
“Typically, the writing and performance is therapeutic,” Johnson said, “but performing Invoice for Emotional Labor reopened wounds and brought up some trauma I didn’t know I was experiencing.
“That is the first time that’s ever happened to me. As I went through these moments and performed, I realized then how big this really is. The entire performance is a personal experience, and everything I write about is real. In my position as an artist, I will always be teaching people. Every artist has a purpose, and if you are going to get on stage and people are going to give you their attention, you better have something to say.”
Johnson wrote Invoice for Emotional Labor more than a year ago as an “interactive piece” and performed it virtually for the first time in March of 2020 as a live workshop production for The Wilbury Group. Since then, notes Wilbury Group Artistic Director Josh Short, “the piece has evolved so much and recent events have informed the work in such a beautiful and powerful way.”
“We’re thrilled to combine our longstanding collaboration with Christopher with our new collaborators at CCRI and sharing Invoice for Emotional Labor with their community and beyond,” Short said.
The April 10 post-show talkback hosted by Johnson also includes Clement; Short; CCRI Director of Human Resources and Institutional Equity Sybil Bailey; CCRI Dean of Students Michael Cunningham; CCRI Professor of English Eileen James; and CCRI alumnus, guest director, and Achievement First Mayoral Academy Instructor Ronald Lewis.
Since teaming with The Wilbury Group in 2017, Johnson has produced several original works, including Invisible UpSouth and New and Dangerous Ideas, and performed in Decameron, Providence, an outdoor series presented at Providence’s WaterFire Arts Center. Johnson is one of 17 resident artists at The Wilbury Group, which, since its inception in 2010, has provided a platform for many of the area’s groundbreaking artists to engage in both original works and reimagined classics.
Spring 2023 Dean's List
June 02, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island announces its Spring 2023 Dean's List.
Students enrolled in a degree program who have completed 12 credits with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher this semester with no grade lower than “C” are eligible for this scholastic honor.
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Amidst a sea of decorative caps, multi-colored stoles, and smiling faces basking in the glow of their academic achievement, the Community College of Rhode Island capped the 2022–23 academic year with its 58th commencement ceremony at The Amica Mutual Pavilion in Providence.
Several hundred graduates from the Class of 2023 – along with family and friends – gathered at The AMP to celebrate in what will be the final commencement under the leadership of CCRI President Meghan Hughes, who is leaving the college at the beginning of September.
CCRI honors this year's P-TECH, Accelerate dual-enrollment graduates
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Nine students from North Providence High School and 60 from various Providence Public Schools were honored Tuesday at a special Recognition Ceremony at the Community College of Rhode Island’s Providence Campus for completing two of the college’s beneficial dual-enrollment programs.
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Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President and CEO Dr. Susan M. Collins makes her first appearance at any college or university in New England since becoming president at the Community College of Rhode Island's Warwick Campus on Thursday, May 25 from 10:30–11:30 am.
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May 19, 2023
The Community College of Rhode Island Dental Hygiene Program recognized its graduating class of future dental hygienists and assistants at a Pinning Ceremony on Monday, more than half of whom were recipients of the inaugural Delta Dental of Rhode Island Scholarship.
A three-year initiative launched this academic year to address an emerging nationwide shortage of professional dental hygienists, the Delta Dental of Rhode Island Scholarship program provides financial support to students in CCRI’s Dental Hygiene Program who commit to working in Rhode Island for at least one year after graduation. Twelve of the 21 members of CCRI’s graduating class this year were recipients of the scholarship.
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After reviving the college’s dormant student newspaper and overcoming hurdles in and out of the classroom, Community College of Rhode Island Class of 2023 graduate Nina Fauci is more than ready for the next step in journey.
The 20-year-old Fauci; a Tiverton, RI, resident; Rhode Island Promise scholar, and departing Editor-in-Chief of The Unfiltered Lens; graduates Thursday with her associate degree in General Studies. A creative writing and poetry enthusiast who one day dreams of publishing her own work, Fauci will transfer to Emerson University in the fall to pursue her bachelor’s degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing.
Class of 2023 commencement speaker delivers message of acceptance and equality
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The Community College of Rhode Island gave William Soly everything he could ask for in addition to the support he never knew he needed.
Soly, a Rhode Island Promise scholar, first-generation college graduate, and this year’s student speaker at the CCRI’s 58th commencement ceremony graduates Thursday with his associate degree in General Studies with a concentration in Education, Government, & Human Services.
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The Community College of Rhode Island is where students of all ages and backgrounds come to find a clear path to a high-quality education.
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A chance encounter with one of America’s most famous civil rights activists led Community College of Rhode Island first-generation Class of 2023 graduate Shane Lee down an unexpected career path.
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Collegiate DECA chapter shines at annual conference in Orlando
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The Community College of Rhode Island’s Collegiate DECA chapter capped another strong academic year at the 2023 International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Orlando with several team and individual awards in addition to Business and Professional Studies Professor Joanne Orabone winning another award for her service to Collegiate DECA.
The ICDC provides members the chance to network with representatives from National DECA’s corporate sponsors in career exhibits. Students also engage and network with business professionals through the Professional Development Series, with presentations focusing on topics such as personal branding, money matters, sustainability, mastering motivation, and dressing for success, which provide DECA members with an opportunity to gain real-world insight from many business and industry professionals.
Off The Cuff: Nursing Honor Society
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CCRI remains the state’s only public associate degree-registered nursing program with seamless options to become a certified nursing assistant and licensed practical nurse, and one of the many benefits of enrolling at the college to pursue a nursing degree is the opportunity to join CCRI's Gamma Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.
Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society aims to recognize the academic excellence of associate degree nursing students and encourage students to pursue advanced nursing degrees. To be eligible, students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, with at least a B in all nursing classes and demonstrate conduct on campus and in the clinical areas that reflects integrity and professionalism.
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The CCRI Players close out the Spring 2023 semester with a production of Yellowman, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize in Drama finalist written by actress, poet and playwright Dael Orlandersmith.
Yellowman premiers tonight at 7:30 at the Providence Campus Auditorium with additional shows Friday at 7:30, Saturday at 2 and 7:30 pm, and Sunday at 2. Tickets are available online or at the auditorium box office and are priced at $12 for general admission and $19 for students, employees, and seniors.
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To celebrate #OTmonth at CCRI, we're profiling several members of our OTA staff who've been inspired professionally by their work in this industry and who continue to inspire students looking to join the OTA workforce.
Today, we check in with Assistant Professor and Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director Christine Lynch, who joined the college mid-pandemic in December of 2020 and has now been a part of our community for two and a half years.
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Warwick, RI – Community College of Rhode Island Business and Professional Studies Professor John “Jack” Renza Jr. has been chosen to receive the Rhode Island Society of CPAs and RI Business Forum (RISCPA) inaugural Industry Legends Award for his unprecedented contributions toward strengthening the CPA profession, higher education, and Rhode Island’s business climate.
Renza, of Hope, RI, celebrates his 48th year of teaching Accounting at CCRI in December and is one of four to receive the Society’s Industry Legends Award at the RISCPA’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Reception on Thursday, April 20 at 6 pm at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. He joins Ernie Almonte, William (Bill) Pirolli, and Alan Litwin as this year’s recipients.