7:15pm Sharon Morgenthaler (MD) reading “retro poetry”
During the time that DCAC came to be I was living on Willard Street NW, studying teaching at UDC, and waitressing. I was also performing at places such as DC Space. I remember we were very excited that a new venue was opening devoted to these types of arts and performances.
Nowadays I am a professor in the area of adult education and I work at UMUC.
I will be doing a few pieces of “retro poetry”, meaning my 3 favorite poems from that era.
7:35pm Carolina Mayorga (DC) dance performance “Silent Celebration”
Colombian-born and naturalized American citizen, Carolina Mayorga has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the last 15 years. Her work is part of private and public collections and has been reviewed in publications in South America, Europe and the US. Comments on migration, war, identity, translate into video, performance, site-specific installations, and Two-dimensional media in the form of photography and drawing. Mayorga has followed and participated in several DCAC programs for the last 10 years. Her first participation was in a group show in which she created a series of immigration related sound performances combining the voices of a native English speaker and her voice. For more information visit: carolinamayorga.com
Silent Celebration is a continuation of her artistic interests in social and political issues. A 2013 list of human remains recovered in Arizona by Coalición de Derechos Humanos (The Human Rights Coalition), is juxtaposed with a dance performance. This piece is influenced by stories gathered by Colombian writer and journalist Alfredo Molano in which perpetrators celebrate death with festivities.
7:45pm Ziad Nagy (DC) performance
Ziad Nagy, an interdisciplinary artist, was born in Washington D.C., raised in Bahrain, and received his BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2012.
8:00pm Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (DC)- Dancer/Collaborators: Giselle Ruzany and Sammi Roselfeld, Choreography Director: Maida Withers, Post-Modern Dance “Her”
Description: As we study the brain and its mechanisms of holding memory, we also notice how our bodies have the same ability to tell a story by exploring muscle memory and postural armor. By taking in and embodying the posture of a human figure of a virtual world created by a Brazilian artist, Tania Fraga, we explore our own embodied memories that is evoked while we mirror “her” posture. The result is an authentic and unique, phenomenological storytelling, dance piece.
“Her” is an excerpt from an evening length work, “Mind Fluctuations,” that will world premier on March 20th, 2015 at Lisner Auditorium.
Giselle Ruzany performed with Sarah Sliffer and Reggie Crump in 1996 at the DCAC. Giselle Ruzany MA, LPC, DTR is a professional post-modern dancer and licensed professional counselor. As a dancer she has performed around the Washington metro area, as well as, New York, Boulder, Seattle, Glouschester, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Barranquia and Paris. Giselle has been involved with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company since 1996. She works as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University teaching Post-Modern Dance, Movement Awareness and Anatomy and Kinesiology since 2011. Furthermore, Giselle has a psychotherapy private practice in Woodley Park, Washington DC, since 2009, for more information check www.gestaltdance.com.
Sammi Rosenfeld returned to her hometown of Washington, DC after completing a BFA in Dance with a minor in Kinesiology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Rosenfeld has
choreographed and produced the evening-length shows Shades (2012) and Nicking the Outside Edge (2013) and has had her work, All Views Are Partial (2013), toured around eastern Michigan. She recently was an apprentice for Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Co. (2013-2014). She currently teaches creative movement to children of varying ages and developmental abilities. Rosenfeld is a Rehabilitation Service Specialist at a Virginia based psychiatric center. She began dancing and exploring with Maida Withers Dance Construction Company in March of 2014.
Maida Withers (Founder, Artistic Director, and Choreography) Born in Kanab, Utah, Maida studied at Brigham Young University (BA) and the University of Utah (MS). Maida is known as a dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and master teacher. She is recognized internationally for her large-scale multimedia performances, the fresh and often sensual and robust movements that brand her performances, and her intense interest in all things social and political. Maida’s tours internationally include Guatemala, France, Netherlands, Japan, Croatia, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Brazil, Finland, Venezuela, Mexico, Poland, Germany, and others with sponsorship of U.S. Embassies and the U.S. Department of State, Trust for Mutual Understanding, others.
Her dance film shorts have been shown in Germany, Australia, Brazil, and India; California, South Carolina, Washington, DC, Utah, Chicago, and Arlington. Recent awards and commendations to Maida and the Company include the Life-time Achievement Award – Festival in the Desert (2010); Arlington County Fellowship for Filmmaking “Portraits in Dance” (2010); Commission from Research Channel Grant, “Data to Dance, Documentary Film (2008); Pola Nirenska Lifetime Achievement Award (2006); 2006 Metro DC’s highest award annually for dance, “Outstanding Overall Production in a Large Venue;” 2006 Washington DC Mayor’s top prize for “Distinction in a Discipline;” Dance Place Award for Lifelong Achievement in Education, Maida is a Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The George Washington University.
8:10pm Carolina Mayorga (DC) dance performance “Silent Celebration”
8:20pm Annika Lewis (Copenhagen) performance “Cultural Mummification”
Annika B. Lewis (SWE/DK/US); director, choreographer, actress, singer, performance artist, artivist, curator and producer Annika is born in San Francisco, raised in Sweden and now living in Denmark. Annika works internationally and in her work she challenges conventional norms of identity, gender, positions, perception, values, preconceptions and conventions. Using theatre, dance, multimedia and performance art she strives to visualise these invisible mechanisms that play such critical roles in our lives and societies.
Annika’s work also explores the use of unconventional performance spaces and locations. In addition to traditional theatre venues she has staged performances in private apartments, caravans, fairs, abandoned factories and on the Internet. In the recent years she has developed her performance work in public spaces and created some controversial interventions such as the artwork firm ”Resource optimization” that appeared among other places at a job fair, using the media ‘circus’ as her arena.
Annika founded Kassandra Production in 1998, an artist-driven interdisciplinary platform for contemporary performing arts based in Denmark. Working as the artistic director of Kassandra Production she has created, staged, directed, choreographed and produced over 25 productions at the intersection of theatre, dance, multimedia and performance art.
Annika is educated in the physical laboratory theatre tradition at Larssons Theatre Academy in Gothenburg/Sweden and at Istituto di Arte Scenica in Pontremoli/Italy (1987-90). She has also been educated in the Russian theatre tradition at Scut/Gitis - the state theatre school in Moscow (2000-02). In parallel with her formal education, she has studied many different forms of dance and choreography with various choreographers and companies since 1985. In 2007 she received the Robert Mondavi Winery cultural award and in the years 2008, 2011 and 2014 she received the prestigious working grant from the Danish Arts Foundation.
Annika’s relation to DC Arts Center:
In the autumn of 2011, Annika was an artist-in-residency at DC Arts Center – supported by The Danish Arts Foundation - were she among other activities presented her solo performance LET’S GET PERSONAL.
Washington Times wrote:
“’Let’s Get Personal’ Annika B. Lewis bills her one-woman show, “Let’s Get Personal,” as “an absurd report from the happiest country in the world, with a personal commentary ranging somewhere between blind angles and clear views.”
Although this country does not exist, Miss Lewis’ description of it closely resembles the United States, where success comes from a carefully calculated fusion of self-help, self-promotion and self-deception. Miss Lewis stars as an insanely chipper productivity expert who, in between politically charged monologues, leads the audience in satirical breathing exercises designed to help them reach their truer, deeper selves (which are, in the end, as gullible as their falser, shallower selves). With its emphasis on programming people to be orderly and efficient in their personal and professional lives, and its reference to “Newspeak,” “Let’s Get Personal” is a darkly funny riff on George Orwell’s “1984.”
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8:30pm Ziad Nagy (DC) performance
8:35pm Lo Bil (Toronto) performance
"I am always ready to subvert my own expectations to follow a potential for discovery in the presence of an audience. My work asks participants to sift and translate the chaos of signification that occurs in a collision of elements and practices.”
LO BIL is a performer based in Toronto. Her research begins in the studio, finding images and connections through physical improvisations. Her work experiments with incorporating the presence of the audience into the text. ”As a performer, I am in a feedback loop with the audience and I let their presence disrupt the course of my actions. As much as I plan a sequence of actions - I privilege discoveries in the moment over what I had planned. Observing how my plan changes in the dynamic of a performative exchange, is in large part why I am interested in doing experimental work.”
Lo first began working with the material of her Personal Archive in 2007 during a residency at Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts on Toronto Island. This period resulted in a photographic series of interactions with the Archive within an installation (2007), an immersive performance with 15 participants (2008), and a trial of one of the actions at the Red Head Gallery for “Neurotic Playground” (2008). Archive contents reemerged as material in: two nights of performances at Pia Bouman (2012), performance of an action at Box Salon (2013), a week-long residency and final showing at Brock University (2013). Physical actions that relate to the Archive using only the body were performed at Intergalactic Performance Series opening (2014).”
Lo’s work has been presented at Nuit Blanche, the Edinburgh Fringe, Toronto Fringe, 401 Richmond, box salon, Lab Cab, YYZ Gallery, Lula Lounge, the Cameron, and in site-specific contexts. Lo also performs improvised texts in a handmade full-body vagina puppet, most recently seen at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with an action called “Homology Excogitator.” In 2009, she conceived of and directed “Memory Machine” an interactive installation for 600 OCAD students. In 2007, she won OAC funding for a tour of “A Professional Occupation” to occupy public spaces with her portable desk and create performances based on conversations with passers by. Ensemble works include “The Art of Drinking,” a collective research into the spiritual relevance of spirit raising. Lo has an Honours B.A. from the University of Toronto in Cinema, Semiotics and Philosophy and has studied performance methods for the past 15 years with teachers from around the world.
8:50pm Carolina Mayorga (DC) dance performance “Silent Celebration”
9:00pm Ada Hao (DC) untitled
Ada Hao is an interdisciplinary artist and a documentary photographer from China. She creates real life event happening in action in the means of performance art, experimental video art, installations, conceptual art and graphic design. She studied art history at College of William and Mary and now focuses on photography at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.
9:30pm Megan Chriss (DC) performance
Megan Chriss is a Washington, D.C. artist whose work is mainly figurative collage, assemblage sculpture, and performance with a feminist bend. The physical objects are inspired by found object and DADA artists, Hannah Hoch and Baroness Elsa von Frietag Loringhoven as well as current cultural, societal, and fashion trends. Performances have been mainly with the group “The Post Neo-Absurdists”, but now she is venturing out into the solo performance sphere.
Megan recently participated in the DCAC Cuisine des Artistes performing “Ambrosia/Keep that Schoolgirl Complexion” and installed work in the 2011 1460 Wallmountables Exhibition.
10:00pm Michael Horsely (DC) performance
Michael Horsley is a visual and performing artist who has explored many creative disciplines including photography, filmmaking, theater/performance art, graphic design and music. He has been a member of I am Eye filmmaking collective, RicnMikenBill performance group, Theater du Jour, curator of KinoRama film series, and a founding member of Fraudulent Productions. A veteran emerging artist his work has appeared in the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, as well as numerous alternative art spaces. His work has been published in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Atlantic Magazine, National Journal, and the Washington Post. He has studied; performed, or collaborated with: musicians Robert Fripp, Bert Lams, and Tony Geballe; artists Michael Platt, Mark Power, Kerik Kouklis, and Frank Diperna; and performance artists Silvana Straw, B. Stanley, Joe Drayton, George Kaperonis, and John Spitzer.
10:30pm Bud Wilkinson (DC) improvisational collaborative drawing
Bud Wilkinson is an artist, guitarist, and photographer living and working in the DC area. The combination of these three talents make Bud unique in his interconnected relationships with artists and musicians in DC, as well as the community.
Bud has painted a mural for the State Department diplomatic reception area, he can be seen playing music in cafes and galleries around town, and uses his photography to promote the Washington Arts scene.
11:00pm Ziad Nagy (DC) performance
11:10pm Bradley Chriss & Chanan LeAnn Delivuk (DC/Baltimore) performance
chanan delivuk lives and works in baltimore, md. she is currently pursuing her second masters in imaging and digital media at umbc. currently, her work focuses on the relationship with her estranged father, their shared croatian heritage, and the role that both art and food play in their lives. delivuk graduates in may 2015 and will be researching for her thesis this summer in croatia.
11:45pm Kunj (DC) performance
Kunj is an interdisciplinary artist based in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on hetero-normative dissuasion through the use of American and Hindu ritual. Questioning and rebelling institutional ideas for cultural optimism. These pseudo-installation pieces always leave an imprint or aftermath. Remnants of emotional or sensuous interactions with the materials used. His performance art explores the notion of no-identity versus new-identity. In the past, Kunj has shown his work at venues such as Grace Exhibition Space, The National Portrait Gallery, Hole in The Sky, and Black Whiskey.
12:30am André T. Singleton (NYC) “ain’t nothin open this time of night but legs and hospitals”
André D. Singleton earned his BA from Eugene Lang The New School for Liberal Arts in Arts in Context: Culture and Media Studies and Dance in New York City (2011). André studied Art and Literature of The Contemporary Diaspora in Paris, France in 2008. He also studied Sexual Studies and Religious Studies at The University of Amsterdam in 2010. Upon completing his BA he moved to Salvador, Bahia, Brazil to work with Brazil Cultural where he assisted teaching the African Diaspora, Performance Studies, and Gender Studies to Spelman College and Pennsylvania State University students. As an artist/scholar/cancer survivor he is always committed to exploring body politics, history in conversation with the past and present, movement, and thinking critically and generously about all of these matters interdependently. He is committed to work not only on a canonical level but also on an accessible level. He doesn’t make a difference between his work and his everyday life. He is art and art is him. This will be his first time arting with District of Columbia Arts Center … and he is very excited! In honor of DCAC he will be re-visiting personal an array of works inspired by “25 Hours for 25 Years” titled, “ain’t nothin open this time of night but legs and hospitals”.
1:00am Ziad Nagy (DC) performance
1:15am Renee Regan (DC) Power Performance
Renee is a multi-media artist who primarily focuses in photography and performance art. She regularly performs in and around the DC area with various organizations or independently. Her work revolves around a web of connecting strings that pull in various directions to the dichotomies that surround us. The moments of chaos vs. pattern, intimacy vs. complacency, personal identity vs. societal creation, beliefs vs. doubts, design vs. function and most importantly reality vs. reverie. Tonight’s performance will involve a struggle between weakness and power and her products that strive to solve this problem.
3:00am Melinda Diachenko (DC) witching hour incantation performance
Melinda Diachenko is a moon goddess. Her relationship with art has no clear beginning but spent many years on a stage. A decade ago Melinda gained theatre recognition with two Cappie Award nominations and was inducted into the International Thespian Society. Over the past few years she has serendipitously expanded her craft with performance art, most recently transitioning from collectives to solo performances. In tandem with performing she executed the role of assistant director of SUPERNOVA Performance Art Festival.
4:00am Amber Lee (Earth) Endurance Performance
I’m an artist, writer, and filmmaker based in the U.S. I’ve dedicated my life and time to creating content, having amazing experiences, and helping other people to do the same. My work has been shown all over the U.S. and abroad, in places like New York, Chicago, London, Paris, Berlin, and Korea. In my artwork, I mix passion with imagination to create new worlds. These new worlds inspire people to seek better things in our real one. My goal is innovation in every aspect of art and life. In real words, I like to make weird shit that inspires people to do awesome shit.
Also, I like whiskey shots, plane rides, long showers, and Joss Whedon marathons.
8:00am Eve Henessa (DC) Performance
Eve Hennessa is a creator of objects, paintings, performances & ceremony. At the moment, she is using dance and ritual to create charged atmospheres. This fuels her inspiration to help us connect to the Earth, history, and other often unnoticed powerful forces. EveHennessa.com
9:00am Ada Hao (DC) untitled
10:00am Rachel Hynes (DC) Sexy Brunch.
Rachel Hynes is a devisor and performance artist. She was the co-Artistic Director of avant garde performance group Helsinki Syndrome from 2006-2011, with two residencies in Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Incubator. Locally, she has created site-specific performances for Nuit Blanche, Supernova and at The Dunes. Most recently, she participated in the Source Festival’s Artistic Blind Date, creating a piece about social media after death. In 2015, her original show, Half Life, will debut in CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab series. Rachel earned her MFA in Lecoq Based Actor-Created Theater in London.
11:00am Buck Downs (DC) Poetry Reading
Buck has been a member and volunteer at DCAC for many years. He emcees DCAC’s monthly poetry series, In Your Ear. Buck’s poetry books include *black peppermint* and You Can’t Get Enough of What You Really Don’t Need, available at www.buckdowns.com.
11:20am Annetta Dexter Sawyer (DC)
Annetta Dexter Sawyer creates poetic imagery through movement, words, and other media. Intrigued by the absurd and open-ended ideas, she relishes the juxtaposition of physical theatre and dance in performances. She’s an Associate Artist with Faction of Fools, has worked with several local dance companies, collaborates in physical theatre/clown/buffoon with Steven Lampredi, continues to do her own interdisciplinary work, and currently has joined Theatre Du Jour to train with B. Stanley. She’s been a performer in and around DC for the past 25 years and returns to this black box theatre space which saw her earliest solo performances. To this day DCAC is still one of her favorite theatre spaces…not only for its intimacy but for the type of work produced here. Futurists was just published in Pif magazine and Ginsbergiansstreamon is under consideration at the journal Women in Performance.
11:40am John Carter (DC) Poetry Reading
12:00pm Women of an Uncertain Age: Philippa Hughes and Karen Yankosky (DC) The Sweater Set (DC) So What Do You Do Again? : The Brunch of Shame
Karen and Philippa are two forty-somethings who, after 20 years of friendship, still aren’t sick of talking to each other. Our years of life experience may not have made us experts at anything, but they’ve given us plenty of material, especially when it comes to relationships—the most important things we humans can have. (Wine is a close second.) So listen in as we talk about friendship, dating, marriage, divorce, and all sorts of other relationship stuff that’s universal, yet darned near impossible to figure out.
Karen’s “why not?” approach to life has served her well, except for that one little marriage oopsie. She spends her working hours lawyering and ought to spend her free time making up for that with acts of charity and other noble stuff but instead fritters it away writing, trying to date, and writing about trying to date.
Philippa fled the legal profession to create the Pink Line Project to inspire creative thinking, build community and connectivity, and open portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. She became the go-to person for creating inventive and collaborative environments in which people who would not normally have the opportunity to interact with each other gather to experience art and culture in alternative and stimulating ways. She writes and speaks on finding the power to transform our lives.
The Sweater Set—duo Maureen Andary and Sara Curtin–make music using an impressive variety of instruments: from banjo to accordion to flute to kazoo to glockenspiel to guitar, not to mention their lushly harmonizing voices. The Sweater Set were awarded the 2012 and 2011 WAMMIES for Best Contemporary Folk Duo and have been nominated for 13 WAMMIES in all. BrightestYoungThings nominates them as “D.C.’s most endearing duo,” claiming their attraction to them in live performance was “instant and inescapable.”
Duo and have been nominated for 13 Washington Area Music Association awards. In the past 2 years they have toured throughout Ireland, the UK, & the Northeast & Southern United States, opened for Dar Williams at The Birchmere, performed at The Kennedy Center, and served as Artists-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts in Bethesda, MD. Visit www.thesweaterset.com for upcoming performance dates.
2:15pm Annika Lewis (Copenhagen) Sofa Dialog, featuring John Moletress, and Laura Zam
3:00pm Rachel Hrbek & Robert Weiman (Philadelphia/DC) performance
3:20pm Sebastian Rousseau (DC) performance
Following a professional career in ballet, Sebastian made the transition to contemporary dance. Following his work in Amsterdam and Den Haag, Sebastian was led towards the intersections between performance art, theatre and dance. Since 2011 he has performed in various original and collaborative works in the DC area - most notably the co-founding of the Kool Raunch Collective with Adrian Parsons and participating in the Rosslyn Super Nova Festival in 2013. He is excited to be working with Aether Art Projects.
3:45pm Leena Raudvee (Toronto) performance “scar tissue”
Leena Raudvee is a Toronto Canada based visual and performance artist in the process of moving to the DC area.
As co-Artistic Director of Artifacts, a performance art company she founded with Pam Patterson, she has performed for the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art and Hysteria. Recent performances have included Palimpsest at the Toronto Free Gallery, Individual Points of Fiction for A Space Gallery and Pentimenti at Gallery 1313 in Toronto. In 2013, Artifacts performed Distended Topographies for the EdgeZones performance art festival in Miami, Florida and created two performances for Babble (Babel) at Hart House at the University of Toronto.
4:00pm Maida Withers Dance Construction Company (DC)- Dancer/Collaborators: Giselle Ruzany and Sammi Roselfeld, Choreography Director: Maida Withers, Post-Modern Dance “Her”
4:10pm Lo Bill (Toronto) interactive performance field “What Does The Archive Say?”
5:15pm Raki Malhotra (Toronto) performance
5:45pm Anaze Izquierdo (Lima/NYC) performance “Miss Peru”
Anaze Izquierdo (Ana Carolina Izquierdo) : is a peruvian genderqueer brooklyn based visual, performance artist-activist and organizer born and raised in Lima, Peru. / February 23, 1990 /
Anaze as an organizer is the founder of “Encuentro / Espacio abierto a libre performance”, an international performance art festival in Lima, Perú. Organizer and founder of “Dinámicas de Intercambio”, open debate and lectures about performance art and semantics.
Anaze completed an artist-activist fellowship at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU. As an artist is excited to remain close as possible to non-conforming dynamics in society as personal practices, political activism, social justice, queerness and patriotism topics, also work with memorable experiences and analysis and critique towards morality and ethics within their environment with the hope that it will inspire or excite the next wave of performance, here and around the world.
6:00pm Natalia Panfile (Baltimore) Visible
Natalia Panfile (born in Moldova) completed her undergraduate studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2006 with a concentration in performance from there in 2007 she went to pursue her MFA at University of Maryland Baltimore County’s (UMBC) Imaging and Digital Arts program from where she graduated in 2010.
Natalia is very much influenced by her own experiences as a woman who grew up in Moldova and who now lives in the United States. Her research has been on personal and cultural interconnections among concepts of cleanliness, purity, motherhood, and motherland— specifically, her native Moldova. Performance is a pertinent aspect of her art as the memories of her lost past live through her body and emerge through the act of performance.
6:10pm Geraldo Mercado (NY) performance “Bubblegum, bubblegum”
Geraldo Mercado is a mutlidisciplinary Brooklyn based Puerto Rican artist. Geraldo creates extreme body-based performance art, experimental video art, and mobile installations. Geraldo’s performative work explores the idea of the body as an empathetic zone. Geraldo pushes his body past it’s own physical limit, inviting the audience to reflect on themselves and their own bodies.
6:30pm Natalia Panfile (Baltimore) Visible
6:45pm CocoonNYC (NYC) performed participatory installation “Inside, the future”
The Cocoon is an architecture life-form. An architect and performance artist, Sherry Aliberti created The Cocoon Project in 2010. The Cocoon Project is a NYC-based collaborative performing and documenting the hand-crafted Cocoons. Performers, video projections and sound create live site-specific performance-installations. These performances are temporary architectural moments created by the collective energy of many bodies. The Cocoon has been performed in various NYC galleries, music venues and alternative spaces. Exhibitions, festivals and our collaborators have brought the Cocoon to Los Angeles, Detroit, Tokyo, London, Peru and Australia. The experience is different every time.
7:15pm Natalia Panfile (Baltimore) Visible
7:30pm Holly Bass (DC) Crunk Lessons
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her best known body of work explores the endless allure of the black female body—from Venus Hottentots to video vixens. Her work has been presented at spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the Seattle Art Museum, and the South African State Theatre.
A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in Callaloo, nocturnes (re)view, Beltway, Role Call (Third World Press) and The Ringing Ear, an anthology of Black Southern poetry. From 2008-2011, she was the Cullen Poet-in-Residence for Busboys & Poets, a popular cultural gathering space in DC.
A trained dancer and choreographer, she studied modern dance under Viola Farber, as well as creative writing, at Sarah Lawrence College before earning a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. As an arts journalist early in her career, she was the first to put the term “hip hop theater” into print in American Theatre magazine. She was a founding member of DC WritersCorps and continues to work internationally as a teaching artist in schools, colleges and community centers.
In 2011, she was named one of the “Top 30 Black Performance Poets” by The Root. She was voted 2012 Best Performance Artist in the Washington City Paper. She has received numerous grants from the DC Arts Commission and was one of twenty artists nationwide to receive Future Aesthetics grant from the Ford Foundation/Hip Hop Theater Festival. In 2014, she will pilot a year-round creative writing and performance program for adjudicated youth in DC’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.