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Behind the Scenes: Fighting for Democracy, Part 8 - The Actors [VIDEO]

January 13, 2012 by Karen Gross


Welcome to the eighth and final episode of an ongoing video interview series with the creative team behind Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We the People”?, on view at the National Constitution Center through January 16, 2012.

This interview features three of the nine dedicated actors starring in the world premiere Fighting for Democracy performance: Aime Kelly, Jihad Milhem, and Griffin Stanton-Ameisen. These actors handle the challenging task of portraying multiple real-life individuals featured in the Fighting for Democracy exhibition. There are three rotating casts of three actors each.

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Aime Kelly is an actor and teaching artist in Philadelphia and New York. She has been seen as Cathleen in Dividing the Estate with People’s Light & Theatre Company, Bianca in Othello with Epic Theatre Ensemble, and as Gloria Brown in Run, Mourner, Run and Ellen in The Little Dog Laughed with Flashpoint Theatre Company.

Jihad Milhem received his BFA in Acting with a minor in Creative Writing from Otterbein College (now University). He has appeared as a freestyle rapper in The Ride in Times Square and in numerous productions at his alma mater. He is currently working on a new full length play.

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen received his BA in Theater from Temple University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been seen as Antigonus in The Winter's Tale with the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Prometheus in A Prometheus Bound: A Folk Musical with Renegade Classic Theatre, Pierrot/Mr. Sunday in Don Juan with Quintessence Theatre Group, Ferdinand/Sebastian in The Tempest with Act II Playhouse, and Polpoch in Marat/Sade with EgoPo Classic Theatre.

The Fighting for Democracy actors that are not seen in the video are Taysha Canales, Lee Edward Colston II, Akeem Davis, Reuben Mitchell, Janice Rowland, and Alex Torra.

Fighting for Democracy unites a must-see, multimedia exhibition from the Japanese American National Museum with a stirring, original theatrical production created by the National Constitution Center.  Paying homage to ordinary Americans with extraordinary legacies, this groundbreaking exhibit-theater hybrid illuminates the real-life experiences of a diverse group of seven Americans who bravely fought for equality, freedom and justice overseas and at home during World War II.

Fighting for Democracy: Behind the Scenes video interviews were conducted by Karen Gross, the National Constitution Center’s Communications Writer and Editor. Video editing by Christine McBride, Public Relations Intern. Still photography by Jeff Fusco.

Fighting for Democracy is presented by the National Constitution Center in partnership with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum, and is funded in part by the U.S. Army Center of Military History. The traveling exhibition has been made possible through the support of The Boeing Company. The National Constitution Center also thanks the following for generous support: The CHG Charitable Trust, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Dorrance H. Hamilton, William M. King Charitable Foundation, Macy’s, National Endowment for the Arts, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Heritage Philadelphia Program, Team Clean Inc., Verizon Foundation, Wyncote Foundation.


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