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Your vote choose the winner of Shine Bright Talent Competition FUNdraiser and in the process, helped raise funds for Powerstories Theatre to pivot and reopen in March 2021 as an innovative, hybrid live theatre and film venue for the inaugural Voices of Truth Theatre Festival.*

Winner announced at 5pm on Powerstories Theatre via Facebook Live!

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FIRST PLACE

  • FLORIDA
  • SPOKEN WORD ARTIST

Samantha Bollinger

Samantha loves god, performing, reading, science, and helping others. She has overcome many struggles and strives to encourage others with her perseverance.

SECOND PLACE

  • FLORIDA
  • SINGER

Tammy Lukas

Musical Theatre nerd all my life:)

THIRD PLACE

  • FLORIDA
  • SINGER

Anessa Tresner

Anessa was born with the ability to sing and is mainly self taught with only recent sending lessons. Anessa is always singing wether it be online or live. She also has reached out to other kids to help them vocally as well.
  • FLORIDA
  • SINGER

Tom Bronson

My name is Tom (well…you said short bio).
  • FLORIDA
  • COMEDIAN

Robin Savage

I am a mom and a comedian from Tampa.
  • NEW YORK
  • SPOKEN WORD ARTIST

RAin Christi

RAin believes passionately in social justice. Recently adding a Master’s degree in Theology to her collected knowledge from the same alma mater as Dr. King & Howard Thurman, RAin believes in the exponential potential of the human soul. Catharsis via creative arts is our road to spiritual freedom. Each soul deserves space to exist in poetic communion with the Divine. Imagine the harmony of a world that allowed space for this level of existence. RAin believes together we can and will achieve this collective potential.

  • FLORIDA
  • SINGER

Lena Morriseau

I’ve been performing since the age of 7. Acting and singing is my passion. “I am grateful to my family and friends for continuing love and support!”. Affectionately known as ” Lena the Songbird” on social media. Follow me on my journey …. IG/ FB: @Lenathesongbird
Thank you and Blessed Holidays!

  • FLORIDA
  • COMEDIAN

Clark Brooks

Clark Brooks, originally from Benton Harbor, Michigan, is a writer and stand-up comedian in Tampa. He is a writer and editor for Tampa News Force and has performed with renowned headliners such as Alonzo Bodden, Dale Jones, Carl LaBove, Josh Blue, Dom Irrera and Nick Griffin.

  • FLORIDA
  • SINGER

Jason Abreu

I’m still new to the entertainment world so bear with me.

  • FLORIDA
  • STORYTELLER

Walt Belcher

Former Tampa Tribune columnist Walt Belcher shares amusing stories, tall tales, folk stories, myths and legends, original stories, and historical stories.

  • ILLINOIS
  • SINGERS

Chicago Saddletramps

A unique blend of folksy and bluesy, Jessica & Michael blend their guitar playing and vocals for unique takes on old favorites. Prior to COVID, they tramped all over Chicagoland playing at music festivals, farmer’s markets, and various city parks. They are delighted to bring you some feel-good music from their most-frequented stage in 2020–the living room!

  • NEW JERSEY
  • COMEDIAN

Vickie Plummer

Vickie Plummer has always been a late bloomer in life. From not getting her driver’s license until she was 21 years old to not hitting her growth spurt until after high school. Why wouldn’t her standup comedy career be any different?

She did standup from 2000 until 2007 in NYC. But decided to take a “short break” that became a 12-year hiatus.

Coming back in January 2019 meant starting all over. But Vickie is a fighter and battled her way back from cancer and other life-threatening medical issues. She uses humor to poke fun at the weird things that have shaped her life, this was one more challenge accepted!

2019: Semi-Finalist in the Empire State Stand Up Showdown; Second-Round Finisher in National Jeanne Robertson Humor Competition
2020: Burbank Comedy Festival (Best of Fest); Plano Comedy Fest; Palm Springs Intl Comedy Fest; New South Comedy Fest

After having our doors closed since March 2020, with your help, we need to raise $25,000 in our GoFundMe campaign to launch a brand-new festival and lay the foundation for producing more festivals in the future. It will keep us shining brightly again!

The $25,000 raised will be utilized to launch The Voices of Truth Theatre Festival on March 10 to 28, 2021, at Powerstories Theatre, both social-distanced in person and live-streamed worldwide. Funds will be used to purchase new camera equipment, make theatre improvements, implement Covid-19 safety measures, and contract labor fees (technical directors, stage managers, directors), rent, utilities, and marketing.

All dollars raised will help us get us back on track to do what we love and what we do best: giving performers a brightly-lit stage to tell true stories to open minds and hearts.