Fran de Leon
In these fascinating and moving true accounts of nine "All American" stories we get to see the real face of an American today. Here are the heartfelt beliefs of young Americans: African, Asian, Latino, East Indian, European and Native. They challenge the stereotypes of race, class and sexual orientation placed upon them by their previous generations and tell us of their hopes for the future.
A one-person play written entirely from research based upon interviews and workshops held across the country "Faces" has been described as the first truly multicultural portrayal of Americans ever created and "edutainment" at its best.
"Faces of America" premiered at the Los Angeles Theatre Center and was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as a 'Best Bet': "I saw this production in which nine characters were portrayed with beautiful clarity and intuitiveness...the audience I was in laughed and cried throughout the entire performance. Creative team Colin Cox & Fran de Leon created "Faces of America" in response to demands for diversity workshops. Recognizing that their strengths lay in theatre, they began an intensive research of young Americans. After interviewing over 60 people, they began to formulate the characters depicted in this extraordinarily truthful and sometimes shocking portrayal of American society. Originally performed by co-creator Fran de Leon. "Fact's" tours across tile country with solo performances by several noted stage veterans.
Enjoying its sixth season, "Faces" has been honored by standing ovations across the country at large and small, public, private and community colleges and universities as well as for corporate and community events. Special engagements include the 51st & 52nd Annual United Nations Day. "Wonderfully insightful in its witty, tragic and joyous portrayal human nature" (Our World, United Nations), "Faces" continues to tour the colleges and corporations of America, spawning discussion and debate at each stop.
Judge Glenda Hatchett
Nobody gets results like Judge Glenda Hatchett. A visionary on the bench, she is renowned for her unique way of determining justice for thousands of today's youth in an innovative, yet authoritative manner.
She brings a unique approach to her popular, award-winning, nationally syndicated show, Judge Hatchett, seen the world over. On her show, she delivers revolutionary interventions where litigants "do time" with successful community leaders and professionals from the workforce, the arts, social activism, public service, and athletics. With her groundbreaking approach to courtroom television, Judge Hatchett has been lauded for her creative sentencing and powerful administration of justice.
A jurist beyond reproach, her experience as the first African American Chief Presiding Judge of Atlanta's Fulton County Juvenile Court catapulted her to the forefront of the national justice system.
The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Judge Hatchett was recognized as Outstanding Jurist of the Year by the National Bar Association after only her first year on the bench. In 2003, the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) deemed her their National Spokesperson. She is the recipient of the NAACP Thurgood Marshall Award and founded the Truancy Intervention Project, which enlists the help of legal volunteers to provide early intervention with truants.
Ever the dedicated professional, Judge Hatchett declares her most important accomplishment is the ability to positively impact the lives of troubled youth and their families. She is the author of Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say: 7 Simple Strategies to Help Our Children Along the Path to Purpose and Possibility.
Nationally recognized as an expert on juvenile and social issues, Judge Hatchett speaks with authority on saving the generations of today and the future. With compassion and credibility, she affirms that her brand of justice matters for all.