Life Could be A Dream SCR Street Corner Renaissance

...An Encore Performance!

The Group: Charles, Torre, Maurice, Tony, Kwame

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  • Maurice Kitchen

    photo of Maurice Kitchen (Founder /Artistic Director) Sings Lead, 1st & 2nd Tenor and Baritone.
    Education: Norfolk State College (Virginia) -Business Major, Malcolm X College, Chicago, The University of Illinois, Chicago. B.A. Degree Radio/TV Productions.
    Philosophy: You must be a slave to your art before you can become its master. Also; It always pays to be impressive because you never know who you’ll need to impress.
    Avocation: Musical Theatre & Cultural Preservation thought the Arts. I’m committed to spearheading a revisionist view of “The American Negro. Websites and Links: www.voiceslegacy.com and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BwIdhZQbdY&feature=youtu.be Maurice is The Most Creative Menber in the group.

    Maurice Considers himself a Cultural Artist. His commitment to the African American Community informs both his work and his life ; as evidenced by his body of work; which includes several award-winning theatrical productions. One of his favorite is the murder mystery he wrote entitled Dark Legends in Blood, for which he received the NAACP’s Best Director’s Award for a Musical. He is a two-time nominee for the NAACP Image Award in the Producer’s category: first for “Voices”, a stage musical which he also wrote and directed; and for The Jeffersons: Live on Stage, co-produced with Dorian & Marla Gibbs, featuring the iconic original cast from Norman Lear’s popular TV series. As the Artistic Director for SCR, Maurice is responsible for the group’s creative vision, image and staging. “It’s not like I’m re-inventing the wheel,” He says .We need only to consult our history and cultural resume because our predecessors got it right in so many ways” Maurice was born and raised on Chicago’s west side.  As a child, his mother gave him a Kenner Slide Projector.  A born producer, he charged kids 5 cents to come up to his bedroom and look at The Flintstones and Huckleberry Hound on the wall.  He also performed puppet shows on his back porch and sold popcorn and Kool-Aid.

    Today kitchen’s other creative endeavors include working as an Independent Writer/Producer in advertising  developing marketing strategy and communications to build brand identity as well as communicate organizational objectives. His clients have included: The California Lottery, Southern California Edison, Kellogg’s, Lawrys’ food and others.  His unique creative input has stamped his clients’ messaging for electronic, print, outdoor and collateral media and has garnered him numerous national awards in advertising.