The questions explored:
How can performance and narrative-based storytelling be used as a vessel for social resilience and resistance?
Can this type of embodied argumentation through character been seen as an alternative way to storytelling and evolving how narratives are shared, remembered, and perhaps incite a dialogue in promoting social justice reform and change without appropriation?
Drawing from a variety of techniques and methodologies—notably Augusto Boal’s Theatre for the Oppressed and The Rainbow of Desire the creation of this piece allowed me to engage in a creative, community engaged dialogue about the image of the “unbreakable black woman” as personified by the story of Sandra Bland’s detainment, violent arrest, and unfortunate death.
Focus: Racial Equality, Black Lives Matters Movement
A theatrical production that embodies creative resistance against oppressive gender stereotypes and domestic violence, Being B.A.D. is a piece about personal acceptance and redemption from the cycle of abuse. In the wake of the #MeToo and Times Up movements, this applied theatre work is relevant to our community in providing insight to a cathartic resolution and engaging in civil dialogue.
Focus: Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence Awareness, #MeToo Movement, Times Up
Personifying creative resistance against social inequality, Pedigree is a solo piece about personal acceptance and recovery from the inexplicit influences of racial hatred. In the wake of the revitalization of the Black Lives Matter Movement, this work highlights my personalized artistic concept of “performative resistance through narrative”.
Focus: Black Lives Matter Movement, Performance of Protest, Art as Activism