"Frat Row" is a series that compassionately explores the challenges of young adulthood, and juxtaposes the consequences of mistakes made by people in the dominant culture with those experienced by people of color. FRAT ROW champions the way victims of sexual assault overcome adversity.
Keep it Colorful
Inclusion StatementFRAT ROW requires a diverse cast to juxtapose the masculine and feminine challenges of young adulthood, and how race impacts perception by the justice system. The crew for FRAT ROW is very diverse as well, including a female writer / director, and two female producers, one wears hearing aids.
About The Project
Hunter, a frat guy dissatisfied with social and economic status, assembles his brothers and members of other fraternities to establish a drug ring on campus. The young men gain wealth, and popularity. As student behavior is tragically impacted by drug use, the crime syndicate gains the attention of the police and DEA.
Emma and Veronica, college roomates that become friends who support each other through the challenges of young adulthood including sexual assault, degradation, and unfairness.
DEA Detective, Sean Brigg works to succeed in his career, but is experiencing uncertainty about his identity as an African American police officer whose nephew is on the other side of the law.
Frat Row is a blend of wreckless fun and tragedy.
Our intention is for the characters to be relatable and for their stories to be engaging. We are concerned with urging people to fight against racial disparities in sentencing, and to make universities safer environments that operate in fair and reasonable ways; but trust our audience to reflect on the content and draw their own conclusions. “Frat Row” means so much to us because we want to question why foolish mistakes made in young-adulthood warrant second chances among the dominant culture, but similar consideration is not routinely offered to black and brown youth; the unsafe and abusive culture that exists on many college campuses; and the autonomy universities operate with as businesses. “Frat Row” is also a celebration of friendship, and how loving supportive relationships can see us through dark times in our life.
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About This Team
Jasmine Allen is an actor and filmmaker from Chicago Illinois. She began her arts education studying acting, dance, and voice at Maywood Fine Arts. Jasmine furthered her theatre education as a high school student at Chicago Academy for the Arts where she also studied Art History and Video Production. While in high school, Jasmine volunteered as a camera operator weekly for Rock of Ages Baptist Church.
Jasmine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Television, Film, and New Media from San Diego State University. During her time at San Diego State University, Jasmine performed as Juliet in the universities touring production of Romeo and Juliet; and as Bulrusher in the New Village Arts production of Bulrusher. Jasmine studied acting at Steppenwolf School through California State University, Fresno. Jasmine volunteered as a filmmaker for the San Diego Media Arts Center Environmental Health Coalition initiative. She directed and produced short films as a student, and interned for State Street Pictures in Los Angeles. Her short film, Ubuntu screened at the San Diego Black Film Festival.
Jasmine started her own production company, produced video content for clients, and continued to produce short films. She is developing her first feature film. Her screenplays explore the relationship of the American Dream and insecurity. Jasmine is a passionate storyteller who believes that film should share valuable truths about the human experience.
Singer, Actress, Recording Artist and Producer, Seandrea E. Earls a native of Chicago, IL. Ms.Earls studied vocal performance and music education at Rollins College, School of Music in Florida. She graduated with a BA in Management from Warner University.
Some of Seandrea’s favorite performances include: Stars on Silver Sea Spirit, Beehive the 60's Musical (Gina), Dreamgirls (Effie), The Drowsy Chaperone (Trix), How to Succeed in Business Without Trying (Ms. Jones). In 2008 Ms. Earls released her CD Next Step, which celebrates inspirational jazz music. Seandrea made her screen debut as Tracy in the short film FREEDOM (2018) which won an award at the 2018 Chicago AT&T Creat-A Thon Her next short film Grey Area is scheduled for release in Fall 2018. Seandrea's current project: Weight Watcher the Musical(Cheryl) at the Royal George Theater in Chicago.
Vatonna is a native Chicagoan. Diagnosed with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss at the age of six, she began wearing hearing aids at seven and transferred to a public school that offered speech therapy. More inclined to be an observer, Vatonna was always fascinated with watching others and speculating the life circumstances that shaped them. Vatonna pursues her passion for giving life to stories and experiences that rarely get told, through her involvement both behind and in front of the camera.
While pursuing her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Michigan, Vatonna first stepped outside her comfort zone by registering for an acting class that explored theater as it relates to the black experience. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2006, Vatonna went on to pursue an MBA from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While there she was cast in a comedy sketch for a student showcase hosted by the university’s MFA program. Upon graduating, Vatonna worked full time in nonprofit fundraising and balanced her passions by joining a film collective and serving as a producer for a couple of the collective’s projects.
Unsatisfied with the traditional career route, in September 2017 Vatonna decided to actively pursue acting and film. She began taking classes at the Second City Training Center and in May 2018 she auditioned and was accepted into its Acting Lab program. Vatonna has recently been part of various film projects with responsibilities ranging from wardrobe to editing and set design. Vatonna is excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Seed & Spark, Color Farm Media and BLACK&SEXY TV. She looks forward to deepening her creative and professional skills as one of the Producers with the Frat Row team.