Cora L. Jackson founded S.T.A.N.D. Productions in 1998 to create a bridge between centuries-old Biblical scripture and life today. To help people connect with a story like Noah’s Ark or the birth of Jesus, Cora envisioned productions that were ‘modernized’ by music, theater, song, dance, even poetry. From this vision was born S.T.A.N.D. (“Song, Theater an’ Dance,” or, “Shout Triumphantly, Announce a New Day”), a performing arts troupe rooted in the gospel tradition.
The stories were old, but the presentation was contemporary: one-act plays by James Weldon Johnson, hip-hop dance to popular gospel music, and dynamic new arrangements of traditional Christian songs. S.T.A.N.D.’s ensemble cast of musicians, actors, dancers and singers formed a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and took this new kind of performance into the community.
S.T.A.N.D. also recorded Cora's acappella arrangement of James Weldon Johnson’s Lift E’vry Voice and Sing and in April of 2005, released a CD recording of it's own entitled The Rock.
The cast collaborated with the late Moses Hogan, Sound of the Northwest, the Seattle Peace Chorus, and Dr. Ysaye Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock. In 1999, S.T.A.N.D. toured in England to perform Concert of the Cross.
As part of its outreach program, S.T.A.N.D. ministered to the men and women at Matt Talbot Center, and other local community groups and church congregations.
A multicultural, multi-generational troupe, S.T.A.N.D. brought hundreds of individuals from churches throughout the Puget Sound region together during it's seven-year life. S.T.A.N.D. dissolved in September of 2005.Home
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