The 7 p.m. open rehearsal at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park will spotlight four of the annual TED Talks featured speakers.
They include Ken Womack, Jenan Matari [at right], Eric Burdge [shown in feature photo], and Christine Zilinski.
This year, the talks explore all aspects of identity: America, authenticity, brand, communications, design, DNA, education, entertainment, fakery, gravitas, gender, and Jersey, organizers said.
Burdge and Matari were winners of the TEDxNavesink’s Open Mic auditions.
Matari is a human rights activist and founder of the website Miss Muslim and Burdge is a master furniture craftsman from Rumson who took an unlikely path to achieving success.
Womack [below, at left], who’s written several books on the Beatles, is Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. He will rehearse, ‘Finding Your Life’s Work with Sir George Martin and the Beatles.’
Zilinski [below, at right] is the owner of the upscale Salon Concrete hair salon in Red Bank, who works to help empower women in business.
Founded in 2012, TEDxNavesink is a self-organized event based in Monmouth County.
After selling out its first four years at the Two River Theatre in Red Bank and Monmouth University in Long Branch, TEDxNavesink moves to the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk.
The talks are dedicated to education, community, innovation, and “ideas worth spreading,” organizers have said. Each year, a different theme is chosen to build a day of nonfiction theater.
Business and nonprofit leaders, artists, and students from local universities plan, manage and fund the all-day event.
Free to the public, the 7 p.m. open rehearsal includes live feedback from coaches ahead of the May 20 event. Attendees must register at tedxnavesink.com/open-rehearsal.
Tickets to the May 20 TedxNavesink talks start at $40 and can be purchased via www.tedxnavesink.com.
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