Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber


Courageous Conversations: Examining the School to Prison Pipeline

Join us for a Courageous Conversation examining the School to Prison Pipeline. We will be joined by D. Lynn Meyers, producing artistic director of the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and Candice Tolbert, executive director of SuperSeeds.

Following the Courageous Conversation, we will have an exclusive access performance of Ensemble’s upcoming show Pipeline

Pipeline is about Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, who is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities they’ll never have. But when an explosive incident at his prestigious private school threatens to get him expelled, will all her efforts be lost?

A compelling, must-see portrait of parenthood, education, and the experience of young black men in America, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the forefront.


D. Lynn Meyers
Producing Artistic Director
Ensemble Theater 

D. Lynn Meyers is in her 25th season as the Producing Artistic Director of Ensemble Theatre, where she has directed over 100 world and regional premieres, including Fun Home, Frog Princess, Ripcord, Hands on a Hardbody, Detroit ’67, I Am My Own Wife, Next to Normal, and world premieres including Cinderella, After Ever After, James and Annie, and The Dancing Princesses.

She has directed Off-Broadway at the York Theatre with Marsha Norman’s Traveler in the Dark and James McClure’s Max and Maxie. Lynn has directed extensively throughout the US and Canada and began her career as the Associate Artistic Director at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. In addition to her directing work, she is a member of the Casting Society of America, having cast for PBS, CBS, BBC, HBO, MTM, Paramount, Netflix and MGM.

Candice Tolbert
Executive Director

Candice, a mother of 3 boys, had a son suspended for staring. When you hear her story, you will understand her passion of wanting to unite the community for the development our youth. For the past five years, the Tolbert Family has worked with youth at the entry point of the court system by volunteering at Hillcrest Academy. Candice has helped numerous individuals with felonies find gainful employment through entrepreneurship through Assist Financial Group, LLC. 

Stemming from her work in the community for SuperSeeds, Candice received the 2017 Crime Stopper of the Year Award for Crime Prevention.  Shas won The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) Community Advocacy Partnership Research Award partnering with UC Health, Chosen for WCPO’s Next Nine: Community Leaders Award and Graduate of The Community Leaders Institute in May 2017. A graduate of Cincinnati State Technical & Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.  Candice is the owner of Assist Financial Group and Assist Properties and Manager for D-Fresh Entertainment. 

This event is exclusive to Alumni Network Members. 

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