Ella Turenne

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Ella Turenne is an artist and activist. She has performed in an array of theatrical works including
Shades of Blue, Love Child and Come Back to Me, which was featured in New York’s Fresh
Fruit Play Festival. She was also seen in the 2004 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival in the play
Working Things Out. Her debut stage play which she wrote and starred in, “Gray,” was
featured as part of the “Come Celebrate The Glory of Sugar Hill” Theatre Festival. The Festival
was sponsored by Heritage Health and Housing, Inc. in Harlem, NY. Ella’s work has been
published in various anthologies including Letters from Young Activists: Today’s Rebels Speak
Out, Check the Rhyme: An Anthology of Female Poets and Emcees (nominated for a 2007
NAACP Image Award), Woman’s Work: The Short Stories, and most recently in Turning
Teaching Inside Out. She is the editor of a volume of visual art and poetry commemorating the
Haitian revolution entitled revolution|revolisyon|révolution 1804-2004: An Artistic
Commemoration of the Haitian Revolution. Ella is also a filmmaker whose work has been an
official selection of various national film festivals including the Hollywood Black Film Festival and
the Montréal International Haitian Film Festival, where her short film woodshed was nominated
for Best Short Film. In response to the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ella co-edited a
volume of poetry on Haiti called For the Crowns of Your Heads; the funds raised were used to
aid a library that was destroyed in Port-au-Prince. As an activist, she is on the Executive
Steering Committee of the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program and an active member of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She was also a member of the Blackout Arts Collective where she
participated in Lyrics on Lockdown, a national tour where she performed and facilitated
workshops educating communities about the prison-industrial complex. Ella has been a fellow of
Leadership LA and an Arts for LA ACTIVATE fellow where she co-founded Create Jusitce, a
project that seeks to create pathways to creative economy jobs for formerly incarcerated
young people. She is the founder of the Turenne Group, LLC, which is dedicated to promoting
freedom, justice and expression through creative content creation. For more information, visit
www.ellaturenne.com.

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