I have always loved theatre. In the theatre classroom, I learned how to embrace my emotions, speak my truth, and cultivate relationships with my peers. My high school theatre director introduced me to spoken word poetry, encouraging me to audition for a slam poetry team she coached. On this team, I learned the power of words and physical embodiment. In the twelfth grade I wrote, “My hair lacks luster, but it is illustrious. / Thick to deflect the subjectivity people put me under. / Black and brown as the richest soil in a garden,” and suddenly, I knew what it meant to love myself despite society telling me I am not worthy of love. I knew then that I wanted to do the same for youth of color. My experiences as a young person in the arts of theatre and slam poetry are the seeds of my academic and professional career. A mature garden takes years to cultivate, and I embrace every season, knowing that I am privileged to work with youth of color in applied theatre projects.
Poet, Director, Facilitator, Coach
I am a black woman / tall as a cypress / strong / beyond all definition still / defying place and time / and circumstance assailed / impervious / indestructible / Look / on me and be / renewed
"I Am A Black Woman"
Actor, Director, Playwright
This is the civil rights movement / Behind a red curtain. / This is the Black child rebelling
Against the American upbringing. / This is a strong Rosa Park’s / “No” / That sounds more like / A terrible difficult thing to say / But a harder thing still to do.
"Dear Black Actress"
Teaching Artist, Drama-Based Strategist
The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.
Teaching to Transgress
MFA Candidate, Facilitator
Living life as Black women requires wisdom because knowledge about the dynamics of intersecting oppressions has been essential to U.S. Black women's survival.
-Patricia Hill Collins,
Black Feminist Thought