Congratulations to Nerissa Street, theater teacher at Bethune Elementary School of the Arts, for being a Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce 2017 Woman of Distinction. Street is one of nine women awarded the honor, out of 150 nominees.
In September 2016, she was also selected as a Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge finalist for her innovative project, Girls Call The Shots™ Movie in a Month. Girls Call The Shots™ is a summer filmmaking lab that equips teen girls to be the next generation of leading storytellers in film and media by connecting the girls with professional mentors in their field.
“Girls Call The Shots™ is inspired by the great arts educators that I’ve been privileged to serve with throughout my career in South Florida,” says Street. “Teen girls need to see more of themselves in the stories that they watch every day, and filmmaking is the best way to empower them to develop a viable artistic career.” Street credits a great advisory board and passionate mentors for keeping her pointed along the right track.
Last year, her students at Bethune Elementary performed scenes from the musical Shrek Jr. for movie star Cameron Diaz as part of the Turnaround Arts initiative. They went on to perform the full Shrek Jr. production at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. With the help of the performing and visual arts teachers at her school, Street directed over 110 cast members in that production.
Pictured above: Nerissa Street
Pictured below: Nerissa Street with mentees.