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AIRBORNE is a musical play about Bessie Coleman (1892 - 1926) who was the first African American aviator—and female—to receive her international pilot’s license from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in 1921.  Bessie astonished audiences with her daring aeronautical tricks and is known as a pioneer of flight who paved the way for future pilots.  AIRBORNE is a play about perseverance, passion and the importance of the imagination. 

The 2016 workshop occurred at Toronto Operetta Theatre Studio, and was sponsored by The Ontario Arts Council. 

Upcoming concert reading workshop May 18, 2024 at BAM Fisher Hillman Studio, Brooklyn, New York - co-produced with Drew University's Department of Theatre and Dance

Story Conceived by Michele Coleman, Beau Dixon, Susan Newman and Rob Fortin

Book by Beau Dixon & Lyrics by Jewelle Blackman

Music by Dixon and Blackman

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