In August of 2021, I packed up the house, took the dog to the ex-boyfriend, sold my car and left the United States. As I type this I am 10 weeks shy of returning. I have had the pleasure of teaching 5th and 6th grade students in Al Giza, Egypt as well as grow as a human being.
Camika Spencer has been added on as Production Associate for the indie film, De Gringo a la Tumba. This action packed fire-breather is set in Mexico, involving a little girl trying desperately to reunite with her mother in the U.S., with the help of a burnt out, alcoholic Gringo. This film has something other that other border films lack - heart. Imagine a road trip between a seven-year-old non-English speaking girl, wise beyond her years, and a middle-aged, non-Spanish speaking Gringo. Filming is set to begin August 2022.
Waking up at a random hour after I have gone to bed is common. These are the moments I meditate myself back to sleep, or write, or listen to a podcast. Sometimes, I learn a new language.
Since I've joined the Coverfly scriptwriting family, so many opportunities have come my way. I've met amazing people and have found myself being able to read scripts with noted actors, directors, and writers. Most of all the script coverage that has been provided has given me leverage to edit my work with a keener sense of what it takes to write at the top level, and I'm only getting better. I'm proud of my accolades because I'm willing to do the work.
On Friday the 13th an announcement was made that shook under represented creatives worldwide. Lee Daniels Entertainment in partnership with Represent OMV named the contest winners for The Creative Workshop.
The Creative Workshop will be a 3-Day intensive in Los Angeles, California where three extremely fortunate people will get the chance to be immersed in the world of producers, writers, directors, industry executives and more!
The winners were @simone_alezandria, @official_camika, and @officialnekeith!
With four years under her belt at Lancaster Middle School in Lancaster, Texas, Camika Spencer was named Teacher of the Year by her peers. Spencer taught 7th and 8th grade Theatre this year, and 7th grade English Language Arts from 2015 - 2018.
She is now teaching Theatre and Playwriting at Lancaster High School.
Back for a fourth year, BATC’s Down for #TheCount is a one-act play festival featuring six dynamic female playwrights from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds articulating the strong female voice in this #MeToo movement. The festival breathes life into their compelling, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories. True to BATC’s mission, Down for #The Count is a vital platform for the perpetuation of innovative theatrical productions where a variety of female voices may be heard. Directed by Camika Spencer
50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters is the third annual installment of what’s become a highly anticipated, and sold-out, theatrical reading event. This year, a new group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.” It’s an evening sure to be filled with emotion, unique points-of-view, and love.
Live music will be performed by Maritri Garrett.
Marsha Stephanie Blake ("Orange is the New Black," The Merchant of Venice on Broadway), Ebony JoAnn (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Broadway, "Grown Ups"), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Hamilton on Broadway, Dog Days, Mistress America), LaChanze (The Color Purple and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical on Broadway), Terria Joseph ("Empire," Autumn at The Billie), Celestine Rae (No More Mr. Nice Guy, Boardwalk Empire), Angelica Ross (Her Story, "Pose"), Michele Shay (Seven Guitarsand A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway) Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Women of Brewster Place), and Pauletta Pearson Washington (She's Gotta Have It, The Old Settler and Autumn at The Billie).
Amanda Graham, AriDy Nox, Arielle C Knight, Ashley Thomas, Benja Thomas, Bridget Doman, Camika Spencer, Colette Boston, Courtney Mericle, Cynthia L Dorsey, Daphne Busby, Debra Bramlett, Desiree Rucker, Dietra Kelsey, Donna Walker-Kuhne, Elisabeth Giffin Speckman, Eraina Ferguson, Felicia Fitzpatrick, Franceli Chapman, Geraldine Ezigbo, Ife Basim, Jackie Torres, Jameelah Nasheed, Jorjina Amefia-Koffi, Kaypri, Kendra Ann Flournoy, Kim Brandon, La'Needra "Lulu" Cornelious, Lexis Green, Lisa B. Thompson, Lola Cooper, Lyndor Jackson, Marcelle Davies-Lashley, Marcia Pendelton, Marleen Jasper, Marlow Wyatt, Paula Gillison, Penny Middleton, Renee Joshua-Porter, Robin Turner, S. Pearl Sharp, Safiya Bandele, Samantha Godfrey, Shalewa Mackall, Sharlee Taylor, Shemetra Carter, Sylvia Gail Kinard, Tajh, Terria Joseph, and Yoreel Fraser Trumpet.
On May 2, 2019 Lancaster ISD presented it's annual fine arts district wide performance at Dallas' prestigious Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas. The show featured all of the fine arts departments in the district from elementary to high school with a cast of over 100 students.
This year's script was written by Camika Spencer after careful consideration by the department. This year's script gave L.I.S.D's fine arts department a reason to boast. For the first time in the projects seven year run, the show involved a full story, the script made sure the students interacted on stage, and the Director and Artistic Director were able to make changes up until the last minute without any snags. The show can be seen in its' entirety on the districts website under the Fine Arts tab.
The Billie Holiday Theatre presents the fourth monologue showcase of its popular series – 50in50: Letters to Our Sons. In response to MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morisseau’s curatorial statement, 50 original monologues – selected from hundreds of submissions from women of African descent from across the globe – will be read by renowned actors to include: Lisa Arrindell (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Saints & Sinners, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us, The Photograph, The Merchant of Venice), Lilli Cooper (Tootsie, Wicked), LaChanze (The Color Purple and Summer: The Donna Summer Musical), Joie Lee (She’s Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing), Celestine Rae (Boardwalk Empire, Blacklist), Phyllis Yvonne Stickney (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, The Women of Brewster Place), and Pauletta Pearson Washington (She’s Gotta Have It, The Old Settler and Autumn at The Billie) with live music performed by Maritri Garrett and Tayler Harris.