Educator & Theatre Artist
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Me Too Monologues

written by students of the university of north carolina and north carolina central university

Me Too Monologues

A project to showcase the identities and experiences of those within our community in order to uplift, empower, and unify.

Workshop Leader Jacqueline Lawton and Co-Director Ruthie Allen with the Cast of the 2019 MTM Production

Workshop Leader Jacqueline Lawton and Co-Director Ruthie Allen with the Cast of the 2019 MTM Production

Co-Directors Keyanna Alexander and Ruthie Allen with the Cast of the 2018 MTM Production

Co-Directors Keyanna Alexander and Ruthie Allen with the Cast of the 2018 MTM Production

About Me Too Monologues

Me Too Monologues showcases the identities and experiences of students within our university communities in order to uplift, empower, and unify. Students write and anonymously submit monologues from their own perspective. Topics, tones, and styles vary, but many monologues represent students’ voices on social justice, speaking on topics including racial injustice, mental health, LGBTQ+ identities and rights, sexual and gender-based violence, immigrants’ rights, and university administration.

My first year directing Me Too Monologues was not the first year the production was done at UNC, but it was the first year we collaborated with student artists at NC Central University, an HBCU about 20 minutes down the road from UNC. The writers, actors, and creative team were comprised of students from both schools, establishing a connection that remains incredibly strong.

Co-Directors Keyanna Alexander and Ruthie Allen with Some of the 2018 Cast

Co-Directors Keyanna Alexander and Ruthie Allen with Some of the 2018 Cast

The 2018 Team:

Directed by Keyanna “Kiki” Alexander and Ruthie Allen
Produced by McKenzie Wilson
Stage Managed by Joline Tung
Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Leader and Monologue Writing Workshop Leader: Jacqueline Lawton

The 2019 Team:

Directed by Suewong McFadden and Ruthie Allen
Produced by Michele Metzger
Stage Managed by Sam Bible-Sullivan
Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Leader and Monologue Writing Workshop Leader: Jacqueline Lawton

The Start of a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, Led by Jacqueline Lawton

The Start of a Diversity and Inclusion Workshop, Led by Jacqueline Lawton

2019 Production Co-Directors Suewong McFadden and Ruthie Allen

2019 Production Co-Directors Suewong McFadden and Ruthie Allen

Workshop Leader Jacqueline Lawton and Co-Director Ruthie Allen with Some of the 2018 Cast

Workshop Leader Jacqueline Lawton and Co-Director Ruthie Allen with Some of the 2018 Cast

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Coverage

The Arc: Student Voices on Social Justice Story by Matthew Stevens

“I think that artists- good artists- have a responsibility to respond to inequality and unfairness around them. That’s why Me Too needs to exist. We need this space for people to be authentically heard and understood- both for the people that wrote the pieces and for the people hearing them that connect with the stories and feelings expressed.”

Daily Tar Heel Story (2019 Production) by Jamie Cummings

““The partnership with N.C. Central has breathed life into this project,” Allen said. “We assume that all college experiences are similar to the Tar Heel college experience, but that’s not at all true.”

Lawton said she has enjoyed witnessing the partnership develop over the past two years. 

“It was phenomenal to see these two cultures come together and say ‘This is us,’” Lawton said. “We’re pushing this forward. No one else is going to filter this. This is about who we are and how we exist.””

Daily Tar Heel Story (2018 Production) by Jordan Van Glish

“While bigger shows may get caught up in the lights, costumes, sounds and everything else that goes into putting on a performance, a monologue is mainly focused on one thing — the words.”