Tsehaye Geralyn Hebert

Tsehaye Geralyn Hebert

A bona-fide gumbo girrrrrl, the Baton Rouge, LA native grew up in a world of spectacle, shuttled between Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Ventress, LA, her family seat. The family celebrated life, from birth to death, specific to each setting. (And with Mardi Gras as the base line, how exactly does one define hyperbole?) A prolific writer, Tsehaye Hébert has served as a lead teaching artist, artist-in-...
A bona-fide gumbo girrrrrl, the Baton Rouge, LA native grew up in a world of spectacle, shuttled between Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Ventress, LA, her family seat. The family celebrated life, from birth to death, specific to each setting. (And with Mardi Gras as the base line, how exactly does one define hyperbole?) A prolific writer, Tsehaye Hébert has served as a lead teaching artist, artist-in-residence, consulted or taught at Chicago’s premier arts organizations. Born to a family of bibliophiles, Hébert was educated in the Baton Rouge parochial school system at St. Francis Xavier, where her mother taught for 50 years and at St. Joseph Academy, where she attended high school. Her love of story further developed at the Lincoln Theatre, which her father managed along with the Lincoln Hotel. She briefly attended Louisiana State University before relocating to New York City, where she studied at the National Black Theatre with the legendary Barbara Ann Teer. Hébert earned the Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and the MFAW from School of the Art Institute Chicago (Chicago, IL). An award-winning playwright, in 2015, Hébert was named the Alliance-Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Award winner for The C. A. Lyons Project, included in Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre’s 2015 season and is also included in the National New Play Network.

Plays

  • The C. A. Lyons Project
    The C. A. Lyons Project tells the story of three dancers brought together as his muses by dance genius C. A. Lyons: Amandla Sister Afrika (born Amy Kent), a traditional Afrikan dancer; Bethlehem Dunning, a classically trained ballerina raised by a single mother who is deaf; and Chaos Unit (born Chris[tine] Cross, who does "her own thing" that might be the invention of hip-hop. Unable to hide his...
    The C. A. Lyons Project tells the story of three dancers brought together as his muses by dance genius C. A. Lyons: Amandla Sister Afrika (born Amy Kent), a traditional Afrikan dancer; Bethlehem Dunning, a classically trained ballerina raised by a single mother who is deaf; and Chaos Unit (born Chris[tine] Cross, who does "her own thing" that might be the invention of hip-hop. Unable to hide his sexual identity or his disease, C. A. Lyons must create a strong core unit out of these three disparate dancers in order for his fledgling and fragile New Black Dance Company to survive.