september, 2018

sat29sep6:30 pmsat11:00 pmVoices in Action: Benefit and Storytelling ShowcaseClick Here for Details6:30 pm - 11:00 pm BSP, 323 Wall Street Kingston, NYEvent Type :Performances

Event Details


Voices in Action, TMI Project’s anticipated annual benefit and storytelling showcase, will have BSP Kingston abuzz this year with true confessions from young storytellers, DJ Ali spinning tunes, drag queens and kings breathing colorful life into the room, spirited cocktails and mocktails, and more. On September 29th, we’re honoring James Lecesne, Academy Award-winner and co-founder of The Trevor Project, a national LGBTQ suicide lifeline, with the 2018 Voices in Action Award for his vital work and dedication to end suicide among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people. And this year, we’re shining a spotlight on the many local teens and young people who’ve bravely and candidly shared their stories in TMI Project workshops and performances in recent months.

TMI Project will also be recognizing three local leaders and activists as TMI Project Agents of Change: Amy Kapes, Kingston High School social worker; Kale Kaposhilin, co-founder of Moonfarmer and Evolving Media Network; and Odell Winfield, director of The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center.

Voices in Action will be held at 8 pm in the theater of BSP Lounge, a nightclub in the historic Stockade district. The evening will feature live storytelling performances showcasing young storytellers from our recent production, 13 Reasons Why NOT and #blackstoriesmatter @ Kingston High School. Join us for the pre-show cocktail hour at 6:30 pm where you can mix and mingle with James Lecesne, the local honorees, our storytellers, TMI Project board and staff and be the first to share YOUR story in our mobile TMI Confessional Booth.

The event will be hosted by TMI Project co-founder Julie Novak and TMI Project alum and comedian, Jessieca McNabb!


VIP Cocktail Hour beginning at 6:30 PM featuring food, drink, meet & greet with honorees, storytellers and TMI Project staff as well as preferred seating for the performance beginning at 8 PM.

Student Premium
VIP Cocktail Hour beginning at 6:30 PM featuring food, drink, meet & greet with honorees, storytellers and TMI Project staff as well as preferred seating for the performance beginning at 8 PM.
Must show valid student ID at door.

General Admission
Doors open at 7:30, performance starts at 8:00

Student General Admission
Doors open at 7:30, performance starts at 8:00. Must show valid student ID at door

All proceeds from Voices in Action will be used to support TMI Project programming in 2019 and will help bring our transformative storytelling workshops, live performances and digital campaigns to more people in our community and beyond. These programs make a significant difference in helping amplify the voices of populations whose stories often go unheard.

Download our printable Sponsorship & Advertising Program PDF


James Lecesne
James Lecesne wrote the short film TREVOR, which won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. He created THE ROAD HOME Stories of Children of War, which was presented at the International Peace Initiative at The Hague. He adapted Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of The City for Showtime, and was a writer on the series, Will & Grace. He has written three novels for young adults and created The Letter Q, a collection of Letters by Queer Writers to their Younger Selves. As an actor, he has appeared on TV (Sex & The City), on Broadway (The Best Man) and Off Broadway (The Boys in The Band, Cloud 9, One Man Band, Word of Mouth (Drama Desk). James has won awards from The Outer Critic Circle, The Off Broadway Theater Alliance and The United Solo Festival for his performance in The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. The NYTimes has ranked him “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.”

Amy Kapes
Amy Kapes has worked as a social worker at Kingston High School for the past 12 years. She previously worked in substance abuse treatment, community organizing, positive youth development, and prevention education. She is the advisor for the Students Against Violence Initiative (SAVI), a co-advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance, a Dignity Act Coordinator, the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) coach and participates on many school and district wide committees/initiatives. She has facilitated partnerships and projects between KHS and several local community agencies/organizations, including TMI Project. Amy believes passionately in supporting, educating and empowering today’s youth and is grateful to work in a district and community that shares those values.

Kale Kaposhilin
Kale Kaposhilin is an entrepreneur, storyteller, and community builder. He is behind many of the creative technology and human-first community development projects happening in New York’s Hudson Valley. Kale’s life work is to support, collaborate with, and give voice to changemakers, technologists, and artists that serve the greater potential in our communities – particularly those whose voices are marginalized or underrepresented. Kale is the Chief Community Officer and co-founder of Moonfarmer, a creative digital studio specializing in handmade websites, applications, and art. Kale is also the principal and co-founder behind Evolving Media Network. Kale is constantly engaged with the community in the Hudson Valley. He is an organizer of the Kingston Stockade Football Club, a National Premier Soccer League team, the O+ Festival, and The Hoot, a twice-annual folk music festival. He is a member of the board of directors of The Ashokan Center and a fellow in the Good Work Institute.

Odell Winfield
Odell Winfield, a retired Excelsior College faculty member, is the founder and executive director of The A. J. Williams-Myers African Roots Community Center Library at 43 Gill Street in Kingston. It is a resource stocked with books and other learning materials focusing on the roots of African and African-American history and culture, where volunteers are planning programs for visitors of all ages. It is a sister institution to the Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., which also was created by Winfield. Winfield said the impetus came from local clergy, who wanted to recreate the Poughkeepsie library here in Kingston. The library will feature an annual African book festival in the spring and an annual conference focusing on critical issues to the black community in February. Winfield is also the founder of End the New Jim Crow Action Network (ENJAN), an initiative inspired by Michelle Alexander’s path-breaking book, The New Jim Crow, dedicated to abolishing institutional racism.


(Saturday) 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm



323 Wall Street Kingston, NY

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