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How to Be Creative Behind the Scenes | Raynette Halvorsen Smith

Have you ever wondered how those fabulous scenes for plays are created? Meet Raynette Halvorsen Smith, a retired Professor from Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance where she served as School Director from 1991-1996. In the early days, she wasn’t always welcomed as a woman and was a “first and only” woman scenic designer. Raynette shares her first-hand experience with the disparity in pay for women professors.

TV Commercial Star at Age 80 | Mildred Morgan Ball

Mildred Morgan Ball – Imagine yourself in a store. Someone walks up to you and says, “Would you like to be a TV star in commercials?” At age 80, she became a local and regional “star” of 136 TV commercials! Mildred Morgan Ball provides her journey on a career peppered with being the “first and only”, starting with her high school career in the late 1940s, and continuing through a career of promoting gender and racial equity for young athletes and the performing arts.

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