Artistic Statement

Artistic Statement

As an interdisciplinary theatre-maker, my work converges literary, visual and musical worlds. I investigate, dismantle, critique and reconstruct mass media images of iconic, commonplace and invisibilized figures within the African Diaspora. My thematic obsessions deliberately center Black women’s land legacies, stored body knowledge of ancestral memory, girlhood trauma, maternal bonds, ritual, religion and distinct experiences of environmental racism. These themes point toward my central fixation: Black women’s literal and figurative dismemberment and corporeal restitution as a means of belonging--to ourselves, our families, dominant culture and our world. Afrosurrealism, Afro-futurism, magic realism, narrative re/memory and emergent strategy are conceptual preoccupations of my work. I am profoundly inspired by Black Feminist and Womanist Theories, oral histories, biblical folk sermons, regional Black vernaculars, race records and highly synergized Black sociopolitical historical landscapes. Together, these public remnants of history frame the trajectory of my dramatic work and become the palimpsest over which I craft new narratives.

My mission is to sustain a career as an interdisciplinary theatremaker and cultural worker who uses world travel as a gateway for transnational coalition building and playwriting as a mirror and place of possibility for Black women’s liberation. I am often frustrated by single-issue narratives, dramaturgical negligence, linguistic homogeny and the invisibility of Black women’s stories in commercial theatre. Through my artistic practice, I aim to resist Black feminine erasure and endeavor to re/imagine a world where a kaleidoscope of Black womanhood is lavishly welcomed and affirmed. Deeply rooted in linguistic anthropology and literary archeology, I am journeying through relics of Black women’s communities, gathering our remains and re/visioning what we know about our place in this world.

Straddling the worlds of art and activism, I use playwriting as a tool for strategizing the liberation of oppressed peoples. Equity, radical empathy and sci-fi living are the core values anchoring my work. In theatre, I practice the future, re/imagine the past and examine the present. Because I view my role as a theatre artist as trifold—activist, social investigator and culture worker—grassroots organizing and cultural preservation are central to my work. As a grassroots organizer and strategist, I cultivate and sustain relationships with a diverse community of artists, activists, organizers, faith leaders, healing practitioners and scholars. The fruit of these relationships emerge as artist/activist collectives, political education workshops, creative and direct actions, and artistic collaborations.