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Ashley Brockington

Ashley Brockington

Ashley Brockington creates short form performance pieces centered around her experience as a black woman in the USA.  She created a cycle of plays called Black Girl Ugly that grappled with the issue of self-esteem.  She is currently working on a new piece thanks to the BAX Space Grant Program.  Follow Ashley on Twitter and Instagram at nappysnatch and on Facebook at Ashley D Brockington.

Brother(hood) Dance!

Brother(hood) Dance!

Brother(hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century. Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine.  Follow Brother(hood) Dance! on Facebook at Brotherhood Dance and on Instagram at Bhood.Dance.

Christopher Burris

Christopher Burris

Christopher Burris is an artist/educator. He’s taught for NYFA, is currently an adjunct professor at Pace University, and a trainer with Ovation Communications. Christopher directed THE BROTHERS SIZE for Luna Stage, and readings/workshops for The New Group, Labyrinth, EST, National Black Theater, and The New Black Fest among many others. AEA. SDC Associate. Follow Christopher on Twitter and Tumblr at misterburris.

Aisha Cousins

Aisha Cousins

Aisha Cousins writes performance art scores (flexible, do-it-yourself instructions for live art projects) that engage black audiences in exploring their contrasting histories and aesthetics (ideas of beauty), while processing their shared sociological shifts (changes in society). Her work has been performed on the streets of historically black neighborhoods from BedStuy to Brixton, as well as with institutions such as Weeksville Heritage Center, Project Row Houses, MoCADA, MoMA PS1, and Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program.  Follow Aisha on Twitter at aishacousins.

Melanie Greene

Melanie Greene

Melanie Greene is a movement artist swimming in the sea of the minority. She has shared work throughout NYC and was a 2015/16 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks artist, 2015 Gibney Dance boo-koo Space Grant recipient, and 2016 Actors Fund Summer Push Grant recipient.  Follow Melanie on the web at http://www.methodsofperception.com, on Twitter at MethodsDance, on Instagram at laniereene, and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lanie.reene.

Audrey Elaine Hailes

Audrey Elaine Hailes

Audrey Elaine Hailes is a dance-theatre artist raised in Washington DC. Committed to public performance as a necessary tool for wellness and revolution, she received a BFA in Experimental Theatre from NYU and is a 2013 Laundromat Create Change Fellow. Audrey is a teaching artist, performer with the Dance Cartel and co-host of the women-run radio show Hip Hop and Her Family. Her work was recently commissioned by Gibney Dance and Dance Theatre Etc.

remi harris

remi harris

remi harris is a multi-media dance and performance artist. She is currently a company member of Dance Cat-alyst and Racoco/Rx. She works on her own creative projects under her choreographic venture dancesbyremi, is the Co-Director of Brooklyn Studios for Dance, teaches in the tri-state area, and advocates for dance as a member of several dance organizations. Follow remi on the web at http://www.remitharris.com.

Chanon Judson

Chanon Judson

Chanon Judson began her journey with Urban Bush Women in 2001, serving as company member, rehearsal director, Director for UBW2 and now deepens her practice as the Associate Artistic Director and BOLD Coordinator (Builders Organizers and Leaders through Dance).
Chanon has been passionately engaged in arts education, serving as Site Director for Ailey Camp and founder of Preschool Rock! And Other Cool Stuff.

Glenda Lezeau

Glenda Lezeau

Glenda Lezeau. I started playing piano at the tender age of 3. I have two missions: I want to push a movement of inspirational music because I truly believe that music is powerful enough to affect us subconsciously and impact social justice movements. I also want to promote Haitian music to people outside of Haiti to shed a different light on the beautiful culture of the country my family is from.

Johari Mayfield

Johari Mayfield

Johari Mayfield is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, movement specialist, and ACE certified personal trainer. As a choreographer, her work has been presented at several different venues in NYC and abroad. Johari’s outreach initiatives include empowering survivors of sexual exploitation and female survivors of domestic violence in self-care and life-management.

Monica O. Montgomery

Monica O. Montgomery

Monica O. Montgomery is an international speaker, museum director and cultural consultant, curating media and museums to be in service to society. She recently keynoted TedX Charlottesville and is a winner of the 2016 Arts Entrepreneurship Award from Fractured Atlas. She leads, Museum Hue in building cultural equity and diverse representation for people of color in art, culture, and creative economy; and is the founding director of Museum of Impact the world’s first mobile social justice museum, inspiring action at the intersection of art, activism, self and society.  Follow Monica on Twitter and Instagram at monica_muses.

Maxine Montilus

Maxine Montilus

Maxine Montilus is a Brooklyn-born Haitian-American dancer, choreographer and educator.  She has performed with Ase Dance Theatre Collective, Balasole Dance Company, KaNu Dance Theater and Tamara LaDonna Moving Spirits. Maxine also performed with SpeakDance Collective in the Festival of Art and Folklore in Santiago de Cuba in April 2016, and is a member of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE.  Follow Maxine on the web at http://vimeo.com/maxinemontilus and on Twitter at MaxineMontilus. 

Nehemoyia

I’m Nehemoyia, a Brooklyn based performance artist. My main concern is that Black Spirituality matters in addition to the physical life, which should not need a disclaimer. But in this country, and within this paradigm, does. My purpose is to collect the bones. To look to African indigenous knowledge systems for radical technologies pushing us toward greater consciousness, decolonized spirituality, and more equitable systems. My mission is to reevaluate the importance and relevance of this knowledge to our survival.  Follow Nehemoyia on Instagram and Twitter at Nehemoyia.

Najee Omar

Najee Omar

Najee Omar is a Brooklyn-based writer, performance artist, and educator using poetry to engage communities. A Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop fellow, his readings and features include Russell Simmons’ All Def Poetry, BAM, and colleges across the United States. Najee has a degree in Trolling from the University of Black Twitter.  Follow Najee on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at najeeomar.

Brian Polite

Brian Polite

Brian Polite has appeared on stages as a poet and dancer at venues such as SOB’s, The Atrium at Lincoln Center, BAM Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Irving Plaza, Symphony Space, and Aaron Davis Hall. Brian is currently a member of Ase Dance Theatre Collective, co-founder of Afro Mosaic Soul Dance Collective, and one third of the Rhythm Conclave.

Anthony Wash Rosado

Anthony Wash Rosado

As an AfroBoricua multidisciplinary artist and educator Anthony Wash Rosado is here to ensure resource for marginalized artists, platforms for inter-community conflict resolution, and be an example of a strong Revolutionary Queer man of Taino and African descent for youth who need one.

Kendra Ross

Kendra Ross

Kendra Ross is a dancer, teaching artist, and community worker from Detroit, MI who now lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant. As a performer, Kendra has traveled the world dancing for Urban Bush Women, DJ Kid Koala, MBDance, Monstah Black, and Ase Dance Theater Collective. Kendra is also the Founder/Director of a BedStuy-based art platform called STooPS.

Tunu Thom

Tunu Thom

Tunu Thom is an actor, dance maker, bead designer, writer and producer. A founding member of Ifetayo Youth Ensemble, Tunu has taught and performed both nationally and internationally as an independent artist. She is the founder/CEO of Artist Mommy Life, a company that builds tandem systems for art development and family structures.  Follow Tunu on the web at Artistmommylife.com.

Candace Thompson

Candace Thompson

Candace Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, is a dancer/choreographer/cultural producer fluent in several forms including Modern, Contemporary, Caribbean, Afro -Diaspora, and specialises in Soca Dance. Candace is the founder of Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE, an initiative to create space for Caribbean dance work in NYC and produces her own work, ContempoCaribe. Follow Candace on the web at http://www.candacedancefitness.com and www.dancecaribbeancollective.com.

Katherine Toukhy

Katherine Toukhy

Katherine Toukhy is a visual artist creatively interpreting personal political experiences at the intersections of Arab, African, and American identities in the context of post 9/11. She is a commissioned artist with The Laundromat Project and a Brooklyn Arts Council grant recipient and hails from the Egyptian Coptic diaspora in the U.S.  Follow Katherine on Facebook at Katherine Toukhy and on Instagram at kathoray.

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a Bessie-nominated composer, designer and performer, living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  His work, through the lens of precarious labor, complicates notions of industry, identity, and environment and the implications of the intersections of such phenomena.  He is a founding member of performance collective, Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and fine artists, often under the alias CROWNS.  Follow Jeremy on Instagram at crovvns and on Facebook at Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste.

Kirya Traber

Kirya Traber

Kirya Traber is an actress, playwright, and cultural worker. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Lincoln Center Education, and is on faculty at the School of Drama at the New School. Kirya writes and performs for the stage, and facilitates collaborative art making in local communities, and within the juvenile justice system. Follow Kirya on the web at kiryatraber.com, on Instagram at KiryaT, on Facebook at KiryaTraber and Twitter at kiryatraber.

Ni’Ja Whitson

Ni’Ja Whitson

An award-winning interdisciplinary artist, performer and writer, Ni’Ja Whitson (MFA), has been referred to as “majestic” and “powerful” by the New York Times.  Recent awards include a Hedgebrook residency, LMCC Process Space Residency, Bogliasco Fellowship, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist Residency, two-time Creative Capital “On Our Radar” award including being in its inaugural group. Whitson is founder/artistic director of The NWA Project.

Nia Ostrow Witherspoon

Nia Ostrow Witherspoon

Nia Ostrow Witherspoon (Smith BA/Stanford PhD) is a multidisciplinary artist investigating the metaphysics of black liberation, gender/sexuality, and Afro-indigenous religion. Working primarily in the mediums of theatre/performance, vocal and sound composition, and creative scholarship, Witherspoon’s work has traveled both nationally and internationally to venues ranging from theatres and universities to activist organizations and non-profits.

DeeArah Wright

DeeArah Wright

DeeArah Wright is an intuitive explorer, mama, and mover.  Her lifework reflects passion for connection, self-determination, and collaborative greatness. DeeArah has activated this passion through diverse endeavors, such as performing arts, education, and community engagement.  Her current plate of adventures include writing, cooperative business, and she is Co-Director at JACK.  Follow DeeArah on Twitter at DeeArah, on Instagram at deearahw, and on Facebook at DeeArah Wright.

Photo Credits:  Melanie Green by Larry Rosalez; Kirya Traber by Arianne Benford.

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