EMERGENYC alumni—most of them people of color, women, migrants, and LGBTQIA+ folks—include award-winning playwrights, curators, directors, choreographers, filmmakers, grantmakers, university faculty, arts administrators, healers, educators, and multidisciplinary artists. Many continue to collaborate with each other and with faculty long beyond the program—they’ve formed collectives, created artist residencies, directed each other in plays, made music together, taught together, and—as seen in their testimonials—been fearless together. Below are some of the folks in this love-fueled network of 300+ people.
Adin Lenahan, 2023 Adin Lenahan (they/them) is a writer and performer. Adin makes art about losers, the kinds of people who can’t even pull it together to make themselves look cool on Instagram, but whose depth of experience could fill a million feeds and timelines. Their work has been presented/produced at Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Culture Lab LIC Judson Memorial Church, The Kraine, The New Ohio, The Tank, Theater for the New City, Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory, wild project. They were a Fresh Ground Pepper BRB Resident Artist, a finalist for the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a semi-finalist for the
Adrienne Nordin Manan, 2013 Adriana Nordin Manan is a Malaysian translator working between the English, Malay, and Spanish languages. She has translated short stories, essays, and poetry. Born, raised, and based in Kuala Lumpur, Adriana is fascinated by the expanse of stories as mirrors of society and monuments to the human condition. In 2019, her translation of “Pengap” by Lokman Hakim was shortlisted for The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, a first for Malay language submissions in the history of the Prize. She is also a writer, playwright, researcher, and occasional art critic.
Aimée Lutkin, 2010 Aimée works as a writer in New York, and performed with Magnet sketch team Chico Splits and is now on team Just Karen, and has also performed her one person character show Peggy’s Orchard at the theater. She was on UCB Lloyd night team This Old House, wrote and performed in the running show The Bride of Murdery Heights and directed the webs series iteration. She’s studied sketch writing, performance and improv at Upright Citizens Brigade, The PIT, the Meisner technique at Maggie Flanigan Studios, and worked with performance art company The Wooster Group as a teaching
Aisha Jordan, 2008 Aisha Jordan is an Actor, Writer, and Producer in new media with a B.A. from The New School and M.A. in Arts and Politics from NYU. She’s a Podcast Producer at Lifetime and A&E for I Love a Lifetime Movie, The Table is Ours, and Origins of Hip Hop and Staff Writer at Black Nerd Problems. She’s Co-Executive Producer of the newly formed Village Park Productions with sketch comedy series #HashtagTheShow. Jordan was featured in Title X’s PSA on reproductive rights, and HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness. She’s a member of the Writer’s Guild of America East.
Aitor Gil Flores, 2022 Virtual Aitor Gil Flores (he/she/they) is a non-binary person currently finding their way and and place in the world. A young stylist, tattoo artist, and illustrator based in Barcelona, Aitor is developing his path as an artist, which began during childhood through acting and visual arts. Aitor is currently training at the Open University of Catalonia, where she has begun to experiment more with her body through performing and performance art. IG @arquerxdefuego@the_archer_studio
Alejandro Chellet, 2018 Alejandro Chellet is a multidisciplinary artist and social practitioner in cultural and permacultural networks. He was born in Mexico City raised in a family of artists and performers, he currently lives between Upstate NY where he practices permaculture and NYC-CDMX where he is also a cultural producer curating and providing exhibition space for other artists. His artwork functions in close relation with the audience primarily making use of waste, public space, architecture and performance: addressing the misplaced core principles of coexistence, the loss of connection with Nature cycles, and the political and environmental context of urban societies.
Alex Rodabaugh, 2013 Alex Rodabaugh creates performances within the lineage of dance and choreography. Alex’s work includes found performance, dance generated from numerical scores, improvisation, and both found and written text, with a primary focus on framing. Pointing toward the performance of everyday interaction, mass spectacle, illegible manipulation and modes of disorientation and control, these performances question good faith and reveal manifestations of power. alexrodabaugh.work
Alexa Vasquez, 2022 Virtual Alexa Vasquez is a Pisces, a writer and artist from Oaxacalifornia. Her visual artworks are inspired by her birthplace, Oaxaca. She comes to Emerge through a joint residency with House of Alegría. Her writings are memories of growing up in an immigrant household, leaving home, transitioning and surviving trans womanhood. Alexa, a Voices of Our National Arts alumni, has been published as part of CultureStrike’s Home in Time of Displacement (2014) and Pariahs: Writing Outside the Margins (2016). She is currently one of 41 contributors in Harper Collins’ (2022), Some Where We Are Human, edited by
Alexandra Blissett 2012 Alexandra Lauren Prosper Blissett enjoys distilling the sordidly splendid spirits of stovetops and verandas and watching them play with fire. A disciple of the Kiskeya School of Shade and Story Craft she knows that hell hath no fury like a Haitian scorned. She believes reality television holds the cipher for the apocalypse and hopes to live sometime before she dies.
Alice Anonymous, 2023 Alice Anonymous is a New York City-based multi-disciplinary human and Internet-user. Anonymous first began working in video and performance at Wellesley College, using the mainstays of contemporary “feminist” art practices to dissect the visual processes of mercy and power. Synthesizing poetry’s immaterial quality with performance and video, Anonymous aims to break down and assign value to variables in an ever-fragile and fluctuating psycho-political system. Anonymous currently works and studies at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.aliceanonymous.com
Alicia Raquel Morales, 2014 Alicia Raquel Morales is a dancer, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural organizer. Their aesthetic is quirky, queer, “spanglish,” Boricua, urban, nerdy and working class. Alicia grew up building altars, listening to and making up stories that straddle “real” and unseen worlds, and watching formal and informal ritual work. A child of street dance, these practices shape Alicia’s world view and style. In pandemic times, they have brought their dance practice back outdoors. Alicia is a former Dancing Futures and Skylab Artist in Residence, and a Brooklyn Arts Fund and NYFA Bridge Fund Recipient. They have danced with
Ama BE, 2018 Ama BE (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist exploring dimensions of embodiment through ritual-adjacent performance, digital and screen-based media, She probes porous distinctions between materiality, sentience and memory as it relates to migrations. Centering her Ghanaian heritage and American upbringing, she interrogates materials with antithetical ties to hegemonic trade, spirituality, and healing through the use of tobacco, sugarcane, palm oil, (bodies of) water, and lace in her practice. Her practice obscures definitions of time, presence, and embodiment, to evaluate the effects of commodification on literal and conceptual bodies and develop conceptual frameworks for “African futurist” performativity/ performance art.
Amalia Oliva Rojas, 2020 Amalia Oliva Rojas is a Mexican poet, performer, and theater artivist based in Nueva York. Her work centers and archives the stories, myths, and legends told by her family, her community, and fellow immigrant women. Raised by oral storytellers, Amalia strives with her collection of work to leave future generations stories of heartache, radical joy, and hope. She is a proud alumnus of the Vassar College Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Program and CUNY Lehman College. Recent credits include A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Succeed in the Myth-Making Business (Theater Accident and The Exposition Review-Journal). During her time at EMERGE, Amalia
Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, 2009 Amelia (she/they) creates curriculum and performances influenced by decoloniality and Postmigranten subjectivities. Born in Peru, and raised in California, they have collaborated with Anna Halprin, the Tamalpa Institute, Tino Sehgal, Marina Abramović, Luna Dance Institute, NAKA Dance Theater, and Cunamacué. They completed a BFA in Dance at the Juilliard School and an MA in Contemporary Dance Education at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Currently based in Frankfurt, Germany, Amelia serves on the board of ID_Frankfurt e.V. (Independent Dance and Performance) and co-leads the Tanzhaus Frankfurt Rhein-Main. FB @AmeliaUzateguiBonilla IG @sin_adjetivoameliauzategui.com
Ana Anu, 2023 Ana Anu (She/They) is an author and multi-media artist. Their work, centering eco feminism, has manifested in two books of poetry and a portfolio of installations across mediums. Anu’s work has collected in exhibitions, installations and public performances internationally. Their background in Environmental Consulting closely informs their studio practice, which explores themes of mythopoetics, herbalism, somatic inquiry, and women’s protest. Anu is an MFA graduate of Naropa University and will be graduating this Spring from the NYU Tisch Art and Public Policy MA program. anaanuarts.comIG: @soopspoon
Ana Laura Ramírez Ramos, 2017 Ana Laura is a Mexican artivist and cabaret performer who enjoys making humor. Based in Mexico City, she is the founder of the cabaret company Parafernalia Teatro (2011) and a member of Las Reinas Chulas Cabaret y Derechos Humanos AC (2013). She is a FONCA Scenic Creators scholarship holder (2017). IG @AnaLauraRRTwitter @AnaLauraRR
Ana María Agüero Jahannes, 2019 Ana María Agüero Jahannes is a space-maker, handicrafter, and acrobatic dancer based in Brooklyn and New Orleans who illuminates the potentiality of Black imagination and intelligence. She examines how people worldwide fashion their environments and how that reflects the way they see themselves.
Anazé Izquierdo, 2014 Anazé Izquierdo (Ana Carolina Izquierdo) : is a peruvian genderqueer brooklyn based visual, performance artist-activist and organizer born and raised in Lima, Peru. / February 23, 1990 . Anazé as an organizer is the founder of “Encuentro / Espacio abierto a libre performance”, an international performance art festival in Lima, Perú. Organizer and founder of “Dinámicas de Intercambio”, open debate and lectures about performance art and semantics. Anazé completed EMERGENYC, an artist-activist fellowship at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU, an investigation in technique, somatics, improvisation, composition and other areas in MELT Program in
Andre Ignacio Dimapilis, 2015 Andre Ignacio Dimapilis (he/him) is a Filipinx-American culture-bearing performance artist, sound facilitator, and peaceful warrior. My art-making in theatre, sound, movement, text, building relationships and rituals are in harmony with the truths that I live as Filipinx-American, a male POC living in the current times working towards social and racial justice. I have created performance art focused on representing the Filipinx-American experience and its vast diaspora. I am the founder of Kalayaan Sound LLC. Kalayaan is the Filipinx word for freedom, using sound from indigenous and traditional instruments for participants to re-connect and re-member the freedom
Andrea Ambam, 2020 Andrea Ambam is an NYC-based artist, actress, and playwright whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically engaged theatre artist who believes in the art’s potential for movement building and transformative justice, her current work centers Black lives and embodied ethnography. She is a 2020 Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith’s class “One Person Shows,” a 2020 EmergeNYC Fellow, a fellow at Girls Write Now, and a 10-time national champion in public speaking and dramatic performance where she has been awarded “Top Speaker in the Nation” three times. She has performed at, written for, and/or been commissioned as
Anel Rakhimzanova, 2020 Anel Rakhimzhanova researches neo-colonial surveillance infrastructure and algorithmic discriminatory mechanisms. As a part of EMERGE 2020 cohort, she engaged with the Xinjiang victims database and the violence around evidence creation. She is currently a PhD student in Performance Studies at New York University, focusing on human/technology/capital/labor/ideology movements across One Belt One Road, transnational Silk Road revival initiative.
Angela Veronica Wong, 2018 Angela Veronica Wong is a poet, writer, artist, and educator based in NYC. She is the author of elsa: an unauthorized autobiography (Black Radish 2017). Chapbooks include the Poetry Society of America New York Fellowship winning Dear Johnny, In Your Last Letter. Poems have been anthologized in Please Excuse This Poem: 100 poems for the next generation and Best American Poetry (collaboration with Amy Lawless). Fiction has appeared Denver Quarterly and other journals. Performance work has been featured in independent galleries in Buffalo, Toronto, and New York City. Twitter @avwusesherwords angelaveronicawong.com
Angelica Monteiro, 2021 Angelica Monteiro (she/her) is a storyteller, educator, and movement artist from the Brazilian Amazon. Her art comes from the complexity of growing up between the rainforest and the urban landscape while also crossing continental borders. She combines movements from the umbrella of street dances, Amazonian traditions, visionary fiction, and poetry to create her embodied storytelling methodology. Angelica is passionate about creating bridges instead of borders through her art. She has a BA in Dance and Education from Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil) and an MFA in Dance and Social Justice from the University of Texas at Austin
Anooj Bhandari, 2017 Anooj is a community organizer and multi-disciplinary performance artist, combining curiosity around spaces of transition, waiting, conflict, contest, and unknown, with histories of community organizing and movement building in an attempt to decolonize and reconstruct concepts of dignity and love. Anooj is an abolitionist who believes that friendship is the playground for understanding, embodying, and manifesting surveillance-free space, and uses his playwriting practice to uplift narratives that reveal the wonder of holding lonely questions within companionship. Within his live performance practice, Anooj likes to contend with what it means to have a body through poetics, body-horror/body-nonsense, and movement.
Anoushka Ratnarajah, 2012 Anoushka Ratnarajah (she/her) is a queer bi-racial woman, and an artivist, writer and performer. She has an MA in Arts Politics at NYU and was a fellow in the Hemispheric Institute’s Emerging Artist Program. She is currently collaborating on “Capital, Alice!” an anti-capitalist Alice in Wonderland musical with Lucid Dream Productions in Vancouver, Canada. IG @the_noush
Anthonywash.Rosado, 2015 Anthonywash.Rosado is a queer Afro-Boricua storytraveler and Nuyorican cultural curator. As of 2013, he/she/they produced free and public multimedia art salons at Make The Road NY, May Day Space, Starr Bar, Brooklyn Fire Proof, Five Myles Gallery, Rush Arts Philanthropic, and David & Schweitzer. Rosado was Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick, Movement Research, The Hemispheric Institute, The Loisaida Center, Arts East NY, and El Museo De Los Sures. Rosado published literary work for Arts in Bushwick, Posture Magazine, The Tenth Magazine, and Imagining: A Gibney Journal. As their curatorial practice fellow, Rosado curated “ARCANUM,” the 2020 Queer|Art|Mentorship
Arantxa Araujo, 2017 Arantxa is a Mexican multidisciplinary artist with a background in neuroscience based in NYC interested in repetition and duration to access heightened states of awareness. Their work explores biobehavioral research, gender constructions and politics of migration; its affects and consequences in the construction of identity. They hold an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College. CONACYT scholarship holder, 2012. FB @ArantxaAraujoIG @ArantxaAraujo Twitter @ArantxaAraujoarantxaaraujo.com
Arantxa Araujo, 2022-Virtual (and 2017 Flagship) Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican artist with a background in neuroscience. Her work is essentially multidisciplinary, feminist, meditative and rooted in bio-behavioral research and technology. Her work has been shown in the Brooklyn Museum, at the Radical Women LatinAmerican Art Exhibit, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, The Queens Museum (NYC); RAW and Satellite Art Fair (Miami); Illuminus Festival (Boston), and SPACE Gallery (Pittsburgh); ExTeresaArte Actual Museum, and La Explanada del MUAC (Mexico); and Nuit Blanche Festival (Canada). Araujo is a Franklin Furnace Fund awardee, BAC and LMCC grantee and has received support through numerous
Arian Nakhaie, 2018 Fihi Ma Fihi’s (“FMF”) founder Arian Nakhaie has 15+ years in a variety of roles, industries and countries which culminated in its creation. The organization is named after and based on the spirit of 13th-century mystic, jurist and poet Rumi’s philosophical treatise, which translates as “Signs of the Unseen”. The idea is that the truest answers come from a deeper internal space, an “Unseen realm”, so to speak. Rumi said “the wound is where the light enters.” Many times people run from their problems, staying in denial. If a wound is neglected, it festers and can lead
Ariel Speedwagon, 2010 Ariel Speedwagon’s work has been seen extensively on Broadway, Lafayette, Fulton, Chrystie, Avenue A, Leonard, and many other fine streets and avenues throughout New York City. Trained as a modern dancer, Ariel’s inherently interdisciplinary work has taken many forms — interactive sculpture, modern dance and dance theater, drag performance and burlesque, collective mapmaking, clowning, and video art. Most interested in the intersections of storytelling, participatory environments, magic, and democratizing knowledge, Ariel has tap danced about limericks, lectured about unicorns, made slapstick about apartheid, and built telephones that tell secrets. arielspeedwagon.com (in retirement)
Arun Storrs, 2008 Arun was five years old. She was cast as Wendy in her kindergarten’s production of Peter Pan and got to walk the plank off a boat built with furry blocks. Arun received a degree in Theater and Ethnicity, Race, and Migration at Yale, performing original works at the Baryshnikov Art Center with the Yale Dance Theater program. She created original works as part of NYU’s EMERGENYC inaugural program for young artists of color and starred in the indie-comedy horror bromance, Ninja Zombies (released domestically and internationally). Most recently, you can see her in the upcoming film A
Ashley Brockington, 2015 Ashley Brockington’s (she/her) New York City chapter started in 2001. Her first theater family was Circus Amok, a politically-minded queer circus that provides free art to the people. In 2006, Ashley joined the Femmes of the WOW café theater collective where she produced orginal work and produced cabarets for a demi-decade. After acquiring a theater degree from Brooklyn College, she joined forces with the New York Neo-Futurists, writing 2-minute plays for a lower east side audience. Presently, Ashley lives on the high seas as The Charmer for Virgin Voyages. Her specialties: tarot, astrology and being charming AF.
Ashley Marinaccio, 2008 Ash Marinaccio (she/her) iscurrently a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY GraduateCenter, writing a dissertation on nonfiction/documentary theatre-making inwar zones. She is a multidisciplinary documentarian working in theatre,photography, and film. Ash is the creator ofDocbloc (docbloc.org), which brings together documentary artists workingacross genres. Learn more about Ash: ashmarinaccio.com and ashmarinacciophotography.com IG @ashmarinaccio
Autumn Newcomb, 2022 Autumn Newcomb is a funkadelic multidisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a radical joy resister, a modern day dadaist, and a proud, queer, Mexican American. She uses color, humor and optimism to fight the power and promote self love through a variety of mediums including illustration, video, performance, soft-sculpture, and glass. She learned and earned her BFA from Alfred University School of Art and Design. She has shown at BRIC Arts, The Dimenna Center for Classical Music, Fashion Institute of Technology, and The Brooklyn Clay Tour. IG @autumnnewcombartautumnnewcomb.com
Aviya Hernstadt, 2022 Aviya is a New York-Jewish multidisciplinary performance artist working primarily in movement, autobiography, comedy, and sculptural installation. She deconstructs Jewish rituals, traditions, and stories in hopes to dig out their contemporary, diasporic, queer, apocalypse-surviving, and anti-racist contexts. She has performed in collaboration with Carmen Caceres DanceAction, Yehuda Hyman’s Mystical Feet Company, and The New Shul. Her recent works include “Are my tears disturbing you?”, a dance theater piece choreographed for the New Shul’s High Holidays services, and “Gelilah,” a multidisciplinary performance piece exploring religious pageantry made in collaboration with sculptor Madeline Coven. In 2021, she spent 6
Aya Aziz, 2013 Aya Aziz is a songwriter and performance artist based between New York and Beirut, Lebanon. Aya wrote and performed her first full production, Sitting Regal by the Window, in 2014 at the Metro Al-Madina Theater in Beirut. The show then featured in both the Fringe and Planet Connections Theater Festivity festivals in New York. The re-written iteration of the show, now titled Eh Dah? Questions for my father was produced by the Hypokrit Theatre Company the following year and taken to the summer 2016 New York Musical Festival. There at NYMF, Eh Dah? won the award for Most Outstanding Book and Aya
Azure D. Osborne-Lee, 2014 Azure D. Osborne-Lee (he/they) is a multi-award-winning Black queer & trans theatre maker from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. He holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice (2011) from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama as well as an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies (2008) and a BA in English & Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin (2005). Recipient of Waterwell New Works Lab’s 2021 Commission, Kilroys List 2020 playwright, recipient of Parity Productions’ 2018 Annual Commission, Winner of Downtown Urban Arts Festival’s 2018 Best Play Award, and the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred
Beatrice Glow, 2008 Beatrice Glow (she/her) is an interdisciplinary and multisensory artist working in service of public history and just futures. Through diasporic and decolonial lens, she interrogates the visual languages of luxury and power derived through the exploitation of botanical life. Her solo exhibitions include Once the Smoke Clears, Baltimore Museum of Art, 2022, Forts and Flowers, Taipei Contemporary Art Center, Taiwan, 2019, and Aromérica Parfumeur, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Chile, 2016. Her work has been supported by Yale-NUS College, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University, and the Fulbright
Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, 2012 (and Invited Alumni Faculty, 2013) Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez (b. 1987, Bogotá) (they/them/elle) uses their art to transform individual witness into collective action. As a person who was separated from their first family for 28 years through a private, transnational adoption process, they co-create spaces that encourage people to express truth to power by working together in shared knowing and practice. They are the co-founder of We Are Holding This: an abolitionist press focused on systems of family regulation, surveillance, and policing. Lundberg Torres Sánchez was the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 2017
Bex Kwan, 2016 Bex Kwan Bex Kwan is a multimedia artist, organizer, social worker, and athlete. They are a core trainer with the Anti Oppression Resource and Training Alliance (AORTA). Bex is currently in collaboration with Sophia Mak (EMERGE’16) creating performances which unearth secret histories of foreignness, family mythologies, and kinship in East Asian communities in the United States. IG @soandbex soandbex.com
Bloom Osuala, 2020 Bloom is a multidisciplinary creative activist based in NYC who explores the relationship between systemic oppression, trauma, and emotional abuse among women/woman-identified people in Africana Diaspora. Through song, poetry, and performance, Bloom researches the manifestations of this intersection in the body and in art/creative expression.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, 2008 (and Invited Alumni Faculty, 2015–16) Creator, showrunner, writet, and executive producer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins debuts as TV creator of FX’s Kindred, a chilling adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s seminal 1979 sci-fi novel. Previous TV roles include consulting producer on HBO’s Watchmen and Prime Video’s Outer Range. Considered one of the most important American playwrights working today, Jacobs-Jenkins’ works include An Octoroon, Girls, Gloria, Appropriate, and Everybody. Residency Five playwright at the Signature Theatre, with new world premiere scheduled for spring 2023. Awards: Obie, Charles Wintour, and Tennessee Williams awards; a MacArthur “Genius” Grant; 2020 Guggenheim and 2020 USA
Brynne O’Rourke, 2023 Brynne O’Rourke (they/them) is a white, transfemme director, theatre practitioner, teaching artist and poet. As a theatre practitioner, Brynne commits themself to stories that challenge and expand definitions of performance in ways that uplift the project of liberation and support the development of critical consciousness and action. They are a member of the F.U.N. (FiercedUntamedNiñes) Collective, Pride Youth Theatre Alliance, Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network and Trans Writers Union. Their work has been featured at Fiasco Theater Company, Dixon Place, WOW Café Theater, The Tank, The Brick, The Kraine Theater, usagi gallery, Skidmore College, among others. As
C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek, 2018 C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek (they/them) is an artist and urban planner. Meranda is driven to destabilize the conditions that shaped their upbringing—the prison industrial complex, poverty, and violence—through an ethic of love and the rigor of transformative justice. They collaborate with groups to understand complex systems, re-orient ourselves to places, make decisions, and build people’s leadership. Their recent projects include documentary theater, performances, short films, walking tours, and workshops. Meranda’s Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, white body, queer identity, and working-class upbringing shape their approach to troublemaking and joymaking. Meranda is a Forefront Fellow (Urban Design Forum), researcher (University
C. Tai Tai, 2020 C. Tai Tai (she/her) is a performance and installation artist based in Chicago, with roots in New York and California. Historically, she danced under the name, Tina Wang.Identity, fragility, and resilience are key themes in her work, which draws on her experience as a Taiwanese citizen raised in Latin America. By immersing the body around the objects of menial labor, she challenges assumptions about where these objects belong, who belongs with them, and their relationship to living bodies. She is currently in the MFA program for Visual Arts at the University of Chicago. IG @taitaistudiostinawang.net
Camilo Godoy, 2014 Camilo Godoy is an artist and educator born in Bogotá, Colombia and based in New York, United States. He was a 2018 Session Artist, Recess; 2018 Artist-in-Residence, Leslie-Lohman Museum; 2018 Artist-in-Residence, coleção moraes-barbosa; 2017 Artist-in-Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); 2015-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Movement Research; among others. His work has been presented in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, CUE, Danspace Project, New York; Mousonturm, Frankfurt; Moody Center, Houston; Toronto Biennial, Toronto; UNSW Galleries, Sydney; among others. camilogodoy.com
Candace Hudert, 2021 Candace Hudert (any pronouns) is a multidisciplinary mess-maker and artist from Richmond, VA. From creating video games, to directing theatre, to writing for animation and more, his work is clown and queer. It aims to stretch the world into something more caring, more attentive, more curious, more liberated, and more playful. Xe studied directing at Sarah Lawrence College and the National Theater Institute, physical theatre at Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and clowning at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp. Writing: https://candacehudert.wixsite.com/writer & Games: https://whatnames.itch.io/ Candace’s Website
Carlos Monroy, 2012 An immigrant in São Paulo, Brazil, Carlos Monroy (Bogotá, 1984) is a Colombian visual and performance artist with a tropical-Andean heart. His performances and installations question the boundaries between so-called highbrow, popular, and mass culture repertoires, revealing colonial structures of power and thinking, as well as the institutional boundaries performance art practices have come to acquire inside the art world. Monroy completed a bachelor’s degree in Arts at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia (2008) and an MFA at Universidade de São Paulo USP, Brazil (2014). In 2017, he won the research prize award of the 32º MGLC
Carolina Tapias Guzmán, 2011 Carolina is a theatre teaching artist and cultural worker whose practice of theater and performance focuses on collective artistic creation that links the personal with its context. Victoria holds a Fine Arts degree from the National University of Colombia, and an MA in Applied Theatre and Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has led educational programs at the Cartoon National School, the National Museum and the Children and Development Corporation in Colombia. Currently, Victoria is a collaborator of Madalenas Teatro das Oprimidas.
Carolina Teixeira, 2021 Carolina Teixeira is a Brazilian artist, performer, and political activist. She is a disabled woman and her work concerns the phenomenon of Disability as a political instrument of art and resistance. The anti-forms, the bodiedness collapse, and the politics of access are the artistic context of her Prosthetic Poetics. karullina8.wixsite.com/meusite
Catherine Chen, 2022 Catherine Chen is a poet and performer living in Brooklyn. They are the author of the chapbook Manifesto, or: Hysteria (Big Lucks, 2019) and the forthcoming full-length collection Beautiful Machine Woman Language (Noemi Press, 2023). They have been awarded fellowships and residencies from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Theater Mitu, Poets House, and Lambda Literary. IG @aluuttealuutte.com
Chelsea Gregory, 2016 Chelsea Gregory is a dance theater artist, cultural organizer and facilitator who weaves embodied arts together with equity work, community building, healing and restorative practices. She is inspired by working with brilliant folks like Urban Bush Women, Artists Co-Creating Real Equity, Cornerstone Theater Company, PowerTools for Progress, PopUP Theatrics and others that bring about radical change through creative process. FB @chelsea.m.gregorychelseagregory.com
Ching-In Chen, 2022 Virtual Ching-In Chen is a genderqueer Chinese American hybrid writer, community organizer and teacher. They are author of The Heart’s Traffic and recombinant (winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Poetry) as well as the chapbooks to make black paper sing and Kundiman for Kin :: Information Retrieval for Monsters (Finalist for the Leslie Scalapino Award). Chen is also co-editor of The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities and Here Is a Pen: an Anthology of West Coast Kundiman Poets. They have received fellowships from Kundiman, Lambda, Watering Hole, Can Serrat,
Chris Bisram, 2023 Chris Bisram is an Indo-Caribbean Multidisciplinary Artist with a primary focus in dance and theater. Bisram completed a work-study and summer intensive at Greenspace, a dance studio in Queens. They have performed in the Fertile Ground Showcase at Greenspace, and City of Forest Day, hosted by IDig2Learn, a Roosevelt Island Collective. At City of Forest Day, they choreographed and performed a piece to portray the stages of life of a tree. Bisram has also taken part in the Artichoke dance companies Ambassadorship program, which helps foster one’s knowledge and abilities in environmental based art practices. Currently, Bisram
Chris Tyler, 2012 Chris is a Los Angeles-based playwright and performing artist examining the intersections of popular culture, collective action and digital identity. Recent projects include the Make America series (Ars Nova), Their food tastes better when they see us starving (The Brick), flesh failure (The Civilians’ R&D Group), R*NT (University Settlement), and TOTAL REJECTS LIVE!!! (Public Theater/Under the Radar Festival). His performance style has been called “equal parts hilarious and chilling” (Fusion), “precise-yet-butchered” (Out Magazine) and “so cute” (Taylor Swift). AB: Brown University.
Christian Cruz, 2021 Christian Cruz is a conceptual artist, educator, and independent arts writer. Cruz is the creator of Dallas Performance Art Index and of Artist Mama Fund. In 2021, she was awarded grants from NALAC, PAAL, Aurora Dallas, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She’s currently in residence with INVERSE // Momentary. She’s a mother and a survivor. IG @tejanastorieschristiancruzperformance.com
Clare Barron, 2008 Clare Barron is a playwright and performer from Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include DANCE NATION, which was the recipient of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Relentless Award, and recently received its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York City and the Almeida Theatre in London. Other plays include YOU GOT OLDER (Obie Award), and I’LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN.
Clarivel Ruiz, 2017 We, the daughter from the land called Kiskeya Ayiti (aka Hispaniola aka Dominican Republic and Haiti), a land colonized but never conquered, raised in New York City on the ancestral bones and covered shrines of the Lenape people. Founder, Dominicans Love Haitians Movement, an art practice developed to heal wounds created by racial divides and historical myths. Educational Equity coach at CSS, Metro NYU. Asé. IG @dominicanslovehaitiansmovement
Clark Stoeckley 2010 Clark Stoeckley is an interdisciplinary artist and activist working in photography, drawing, mural painting, performance, video, and interactive media. His latest work includes photographs of stray cats in the Middle East and vibrant geometrical abstract murals. As a courtroom artist, he authored a graphic novel, The United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning. He earned an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Art from Brooklyn College and a BFA in Studio Art from Webster University. He is currently an Associate Professor of Art & Graphic Design at the American University of Kuwait. IG @clark_stoeckly | feral_feline_photography clarkstoeckly.com
Claudia Sofía Garriga López, 2010 Claudia Sofía Garriga-López is an Assistant Professor of Queer and Trans Latinx Studies in the Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies of California State University, Chico. After participating in EMERGE Claudia went on to be a part of the Art and Resistance course in San Cristóbal de las Casas, México. She is thrilled to be a part of the hemi family because there are always events, programs, and people, that bring politics and art together in meaningful ways.
Courtney Brown, 2016 Courtney Brown is an artist, organizer, curator and non-profit administrator with a background in grant writing, proposal development, campaign strategy and donor relations. Her performance work is grounded in ritual, autobiography, endurance and memory. She scores performative systems that allow for the exploration of time through embodied relationships focusing on the liminal space between art and the real. Brown has performed at the 2015 Bronx Museum of Art as part of the ITINERANT Performance Art Festival and Art League Houston during the 2014 Houston International Performance Art Biennal. She has presented work in formal and alternative spaces
Courtney Frances Fallon, 2020 Courtney Frances Fallon is a writer, director, artist, and performer living in Brooklyn. Growing up in Buffalo, she identified solely as a writer but her artistic practices expanded with her two first major projects: “You Know This Girl” – a one-person play she wrote, directed, and performed – and her “Vagina Postcards” series inspired by her research for the play. She now works in whatever format will best serve the concept. She’s interested in art as political action and recently expanded into urban interventions including installation and projection mapping. She is a proud member of the
Cristina Bartley Domínguez, 2022 Cristina is a Mexican-American multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Her practice centers on the reconstruction of myths into icons of progress through the unraveling of memory and movement to negotiate the relationship between the US and Mexico. She uses movement and world-building as a way to activate history and unpack tensions between opposing cultures; commenting on the intertwining of tradition, change, and search for origin. IG @cristinabartleydominguezcristinabartleydominguez.com
Cristóbal Guerra, 2021 Cristóbal Guerra (he/they) is an interdisciplinary artist from San Juan, PR. With a background in film and screenwriting, his current work fluctuates between or combines photography, video and text seeking to create and explore inner multiplicities, drawing from a Caribbean upbringing and a queer political identity. IG @farifos cristobalguerra.com
Dahlia Li, 2021; Guest Faculty 2023 Dahlia Li (she/her) is an artist and writer currently completing a PhD at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of English with certificates from the Programs in Cinema and Media Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Her dissertation, Caress without Body: Stranded Affect, Queer Diasporic Dancing and Questions Concerning Technologies examines 20th and 21st-century experimental approaches to dance from QTBIPOC perspectives to forward a theory of danced embodiment as collective technology. She is at work on a serial performance, text, and moving image project, A De-Gendered Voluptuosness that works with the embodied diasporic afterlives of
Damariz Damken, 2019 Damariz Damken is an artivist from the Rio Grande Valley Frontera of South Texas. She graduated from New York University in May 2019 with a concentration in Politics, Rights, and Development and Latin American Studies. Growing up on both sides of the border as a first-generation citizen from a Mexican immigrant family and daughter of undocumented parents, her work explores fronterizx landscapes to reclaim and deconstruct hemispheric border imaginaries as an approach to social justice and human rights. IG @damarizzd
Daniel Giordano, 2015 Daniel Giordano (he/him) was born in 1988. He lives and works in Newburgh, NY. Giordano earned his MFA from the University of Delaware. Solo exhibitions include the Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; Wil Aballe Art Projects, BC, Canada; and Sardine, Brooklyn, NY. Group exhibitions include JDJ, New York, NY; Anonymous, New York, NY; Mother, Beacon, NY; and Morgan Lehman, New York, NY. He is a recipient of the AIM fellowship at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Giordano’s work has been featured in Art Spiel, Canadian Art, Cultured Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, The New
Danyele Brown, 2020 Danyele is a Black biracial, transwoman set-maker from Virginia, working at the intersection of performance, social practice, and sculpture. She creates her multidisciplinary, time-based sets by merging and cycling roles as performer, organizer and sculptress. Currently Danyele organizes with For The Gworls around Black trans health and housing justice, and she holds a Public Engagement Fellowship at Dia Art Foundation (2019-2021). Danyele has shown work at the Anderson Family Collection, FABnyc, Dance Place, Performance Space NY. She is represented by the House of Nina Oricci and received her BA in African American Studies from Stanford University (2019).
David Sierra, 2017 David Sierra is an artist, scholar, and writer practicing and researching performance and production in many contexts. Sierra reads and writes about sex, science, fiction, and language. Her artistic practices are concerned with embodied experiences of movement and sound in procedural settings, horror, and medical technology. She holds a BA in English literature and gender studies from Columbia University and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch. Sierra currently works as the Artist Programs Coordinator at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Digital Media Editor for Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.
Denae Hannah, 2012 Denae Hannah, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is a performance artist, social entrepreneur, and Artistic Director and CEO of Denae Dance Theatre. She received her B.A. in Drama from Stanford University and M.F.A. in Performance and Choreography from Florida State University. Ms. Hannah was a 2012 EMERGENYC artist and a 2012-2013 Commissioned Artist at Stanford University. Her work was performed for Parent’s Weekend and for the Dance Division’s winter dance concert “Performing Past, Fast Forward: The Body in 3D.” gabrielgtorres.com
Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, 2012 I am inspired to create art work based on the familiar objects that I view through my daily travels. I ultimately set out to express a meaningful story about events in my life and those found with the communities I work. I utilize different media in the creation of my work. This allows for great versatility and a rich viewer experience as the eye uncovers the multiple layers that often characterize mixed media art. Much of my art has focused on issues like institutionalized racism and classism, jarring stereotypes, and displacement of people of color. dennisredmoondarkeem.com
Dimple Shah, 2022 Virtual Dimple Shah is a transdisciplinary performance and printmaking artist from Bangalore, India. Her work grapples with humanitarian concerns, equality, justice reaction, and emotive responses borne out of her first-hand experiences of religious communal riots and clashes, women’s safety issues, suppressions, and ecological and environmental concerns in growing and developing cities in India. Dimple has been honoured with national & international awards, among them the Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award, UK; National Award, Govt. of India; First Gold Prix in 7th Engraving Biennale, Versailles; IFA Grant; and Junior Fellowship from Govt. of India. She has performed in
Doménica García, 2019 Doménica García is an Ecuadorian video and performance artist based in NY. She obtained a BFA in Film at the School of Visual Arts, 2018. Her work dives into a process of introspection, breaking down the personal and discovering the universal. By juxtaposing the radical and the ordinary, she gives greater relevance to the day to day experience. domenicagarcia.com
Dominic Cinnamon Bradley, 2012 Raised in the crunk-era “Dirty South,” Dominic Cinnamon Bradley (they/them) is a Brooklyn-based Black disabled queer visual artist, writer, and performer. In 2021 they were a RiseOut Activist-in-Residence fellow focusing on creating resources and conversation about mental health on behalf of BIPOC LGBTQIA+ New Yorkers. Currently, Dominic is co-editing a book on disability artistry as well as designing a writing workshop series on disenfranchised grief. Follow Dominic on Instagram (@domdoesdreams) and check out their website: www.domdoesdreams.com.
Dora Selva, 2022 Dora Selva is an interdisciplinary artist based in Rio de Janeiro. With Brazilian and Honduran descent, works with dance, performance and visual arts. Dora is also the creator of the Viva Pelve project, a multifaceted that involves workshops, regular practices, artistic processes, sound research and content creation. IG @email@example.com/selvavivapelve.com
Dragonfly (Robin LaVerne Wilson), 2023 Virtual Dragonfly is also Robin LaVerne Wilson [and alter ego Miss Justice Jester]–multidisciplinary conceptual trickster artist who alchemizes spectacle, ritual, text, visuals, music and activism to educate, [re]create and [re]store the human archive. I also vacillate between first- and third-person in my bio and accept all pronouns offered respectfully. She is a Franklin Furnace 2021 grant recipient, and her performance series ABSCONDED PROJECT has been featured in Ecumenica, Performance Art Journal, Hyperallergic, and Brooklyn Rail. Her work as lead artist has been presented at Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University [California], Theatre Neumarkt [Zurich], Cabaret Voltaire
Dylan Levers, 2009 Dylan Stephen Levers is an NYC-based filmmaker. His short film “this is a film about tom and maddy.” screened internationally, was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick, and was curated on NoBudge.com. Prior to making films, Dylan worked as a theater director. His original works include Opus No. 2 (at space on white) and 18 Paintings (at HERE Arts Center). He directed works by Jordan Harrison, Tina Howe and Jona Tarlin and mentored teen playwrights through MCC’s Youth Company. In 2009, Dylan was an EMERGENYC Artist-Activist Fellow at NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, and in 2011, he was a
Edgar Javier Ulloa Luján, 2015 Édgar J. Ulloa Luján is a performance artist and poet from Ciudad Juárez, México. He founded a pioneer multimedia poetry blog Mi Juaritos. His performances negotiate border politics, cultural memory, trauma, immigration, and violence in addition to instigating audience and public participation. Ulloa has performed in PEN World Voices Festival–PEN America, México Now Festival in NYC, and The Poetry Festival in México City. Ulloa’s work was included by CONACULTA in the first national anthology of visual poetry in México. He was the 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Poetry Fellow from the Poetry Project in NYC.
Effie Nkrumah, 2017 Effie Nkrumah is an interdisciplinary artist and poet of Ghanaian descent brought up in Sydney, Australia. She has worked creatively between Sydney, Accra, and New York granting her a unique sense of humour, aesthetic & keen observation. She holds an MA in Arts Politics from NYU. Twitter @benumahbenumah.com
Elena Rose Light, 2017 Elena Rose Light (they/she) is a choreographer, performer, and cultural worker originally from Southern California (Micqanaqa’n) currently splitting time between Brooklyn (Lenapehoking) and Giessen, Germany. Their choreographic work is rooted in the potential for somatic empathy to reorganize systems of thought and governance. Their performances have been presented by Abrons Arts Center, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Current Sessions, University Settlement, and Movement Research at Judson Church, among others. Recent honors and residencies include the danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz, LiftOFF, LANDING, Chez Bushwick, and EMERGENYC. They collaborate on producing/administrative projects with Anna
Elyla Barahona, 2020 Elyla is a cochónx barro-mestiza, a non-binary performance artist and activist. Their work often moves between video-performance, installations, photo-performance, experimental theatre, radical activism and site specific political interventions. Elyla is the first Nicaraguan artist to receive an Emerging Artist grant by the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in 2018. They’ve presented their work for The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU Encuentros in 2014, 2016, and 2019. Biennials include the IX/X Biennial of Nicaragua, IX/X Central American Biennials and the XII Biennial of Havana, Cuba. They are a member and founder of Operación Queer (2013) collective formed
EmergeLab@BAX, 2014 The EmergeLAB@BAX is comprised of alumni of the EmergeNYC program and takes place at BAX. The goal of the LAB is to provide a non-curated, non-hierarchical space for artistic development, where the artists determine their own frameworks and processes for experimentation and growth. The artists in the inaugural cohort are: Sabina Ibarrola (2013), Jeca Rodríguez Colón (2013), Mette LouLou von Kohl (2013), Guy Yedwab (2013), Dominic Bradley (2012), Samantha Galarza (2012), Benjamin Lundberg (2012), Jesse Phillips-Fein (2012), Katrina De Wees (2011), Mary Notari (2011), Maria Schirmer (2011), Mieke D (2009), and Megan Hanley (2009).
Emilio Martínez Poppe, 2018 Emilio Martínez Poppe is an artist working across installation, performance, participatory projects, and research-based collaborative projects. Their work engages collectivity, its practices, and lived/speculative legacies of belonging through spatial or linguistic formations. Emilio has exhibited their work at FIERMAN, the Queens Museum, CUE Art Foundation, and Flux Factory in New York City; Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, in Amsterdam. They have been an artist in residence at Abrons Arts Center and Pratt Institute; and a fellow at The Laundromat Project. Emilio is currently an MFA-MCP dual-degree candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of
Emily Waters, 2019 Emily Waters is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist grounded in a Black theater tradition that explores the roles of witness and testimony in collective and intergenerational healing. In 2020 Emily created a solo-short commissioned by All for One Theater Company and was part of the inaugural cohort of Black Revolutionary Theater Workshop’s Revolution Now! residency. In June 2021 Emily will premier their new work, Look Back At It, as part of The Shed’s open call program. This show has roots in the questions Emily explored during her time as an Emerge fellow. How do we remember? Who do
Emma Alabaster, 2014 Born and raised in Brooklyn, Emma Alabaster works as a musician, composer, cultural organizer, and educator throughout New York City. Emma performs under her name and with decibelists. She music-directed poet Cornelius Eady’s band, Rough Magic and has collaborated with many artists as a bassist and vocalist. Emma is a Teaching Artist in public schools, and was a 2017 Lincoln Center Boro-Linc Artist-in-Residence. As a member-leader with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ,) Emma creates cultural work and leads songs in meetings and in the streets to support and sustain social movements. emmaalabaster.com
Emma Pattison, 2021 Emma Pattison is a queer multi-disciplinary artist, primarily working with dance and video. Their practice currently explores issues at the intersections of gender, queerness, healthcare injustice, and diet culture. Previously, they led Variety Pack Collective, a choreographic project in NYC. IG @emmmoves
Estrellx Supernova, 2016 Estrellx/EHQS embodies a they/them energetics and straddles the roles of choreographer, performer, curator, writer and somatic entrepreneur. They have many diasporic roots and call themselves the Cosmic Energetic Orchestrator of The Universe of Rhizomatic Tenderness (TUoRT), an emerging ecosystem and social enterprise being choreographed by and for the financial, spiritual, erotic, and artistic empowerment of Queer, Trans Creatives of the Global Majority and Allies. Choreographically, Estrellx integrates club spaces as sites of generative dissonance and asks, “Are we celebrating or mourning or both? What do you really want and how exactly do you want it?” IG @corporealidades.sutiles
Evan Simone Frazier, 2023 Evan Simone Frazier is an interdisciplinary artist from Long Island, NY. Evan is trained in Musical Theater and Meisner acting – her stage credits include Ragtime (Axelrod Theater), The Cake (The Philipstown Theater). In 2021, she received an MFAIA from Goddard College, where she developed a solo show Perfect. In 2022, Evan became certified in Playback Theater with The Village Playback theater Company. Through Playback she has used storytelling to connect with communities and further understand what it means to be human. She continues to discover the power in storytelling through teaching writing workshops with Naked
Fernanda Coppel, 2008 Fernanda Coppel (she/her) is a Mexican/American playwright and screenwriter. Her play King Liz received its world premiere at Second Stage Theater in 2015. King Liz was published by Samuel French and has recently been optioned by ABC Signature and 42 for television. Fernanda will be penning the pilot. Her professional New York debut, Chimichangas and Zoloft premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2012 and is published by Samuel French. Fernanda received the New Play Commission from Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2015 where she wrote her latest play: AYA or Dear Lover. She’s currently working on a
Flora Mendoza, 2009 Flora Mendoza, SAG-AFTRA, is a mezzo-soprano and voice actor. Graduating with distinction from Yale in Latin American Studies for a thesis on nueva canción, Flora studied at the Yale School of Music and co-founded Teatro de Yale. In the Bay Area, she performs with the SF Symphony Chorus, Capella SF, and originated the role of The Owl in Opera Cultura’s adaptation of Bless Me, Ultima. She received an MPA from NYU as a Goldberg Fellow in Public Service & Philanthropy. As an advocate, Flora led the Polyphony Foundation before joining Change Research, a public benefit company,
Fontaine Capel, 2020 Fontaine Capel is a New York City born-and-based interdisciplinary artist, facilitator, and educator. Capel has presented performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago, and the Jewish Museum; has exhibited work at galleries and project spaces in the U.S. and abroad; has attended residencies at Residencia Corazón (La Plata, Argentina), ACRE, and the Chicago Artists Coalition; and has been awarded international travel grants, including a fellowship from the Cuba One Foundation. Capel has led and collaborated on many public projects, including founding alternative art spaces Hume Chicago and Sill Space Projects, and co-organizing
Francheska Alcántara, 2016 Francheska is a multidisciplinary artist hailing from The Bronx who looks at domestic life and signifiers of Caribbean culture and the diaspora to explore slippages of identity, fragmentation, and longing. They graduated with a MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, and hold a BFA in Painting from Hunter College and a BA in Art History from Old Dominion University. In addition, she’s a U.S. Navy veteran. Alcántara has exhibited and performed work at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Queens Museum, La Mama Theater, Grace Exhibition Space, and BronxArtSpace.
Frantz Jerome, 2008 An inaugural EMERGENYC cohort (2008) and 2050 Legacy ensemble member, Frantz Jerome collaborated with The Hemispheric Institute and participated in two Encuentros in São Paulo, Brazil (2013) and Montreal, Canada (2014). Frantz was invited to perform Spoken Word poetry by Harry Belafonte at The Interdependence Day Conference sponsored by DEMOS in Berlin, Germany (2010). He is a founding member of the artivist performance collective The Peace Poets, and staff writer for the PoC geek cultural editorial, Black Nerd Problems. Frantz holds a BA in Writing and Democracy from The New School. FB @freeverses IG @truevillainy Twitter @gymnasticpen
Gabriel Torres, 2020 Gabriel Torres is a Colombian, NYC-based, multidisciplinary artist and community organizer. Gabriel works at the intersection of theatre performance, film and community development. He has directed productions in Colombia, NYC and Hong Kong. During his time at Emerge, Gabriel investigated links between his ancestry and his present time, and how trauma affects those connections. IG @gabrielgtorrestgabrielgtorres.com
Gabriela Espinosa, 2015 Gabriela es creadora interdisciplinaria e intérprete de las artes escénicas, y ejerce como artista educadora y gestora cultural en Chile y Latinoamérica. Ha desarrollado una carrera creativa y artivista vinculada a temáticas e intervenciones socio-políticas. Se titula en Teatro en la Universidad Católica de Chile para luego especializarse en espacio público, pedagogía del oprimido, política y performance, y educación artística comunitaria. Actualmente ejerce su práctica en el norte de Chile trabajando en proyectos que vinculan arte y educación, colaborando con movimientos feministas y organizaciones afrodescendientes y es la actual profesora de Teatro del único Liceo Artístico de
Garrett Sager, 2021 Garrett Sager (a.k.a. Melissabeth) (he/they/she) is a multidisciplinary artist with roots in theater and cabaret. His work often explores topics like pop culture and identity, queer time, and the creation of new genders via performance. Garrett is currently a member of the inaugural M.A. in Human Rights and the Arts cohort at Bard College. Learn more at garrettsager.com. IG @moomoo_magic garrettsager.combit.ly/wearequeerandnow
Getenesh Berhe, 2012 Getenesh Berhe is an Eritrean-Canadian actor and performance artist. Upon completion of training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, she began working as a theatre artist in various new works and Off-Off-Broadway productions. IG @getenesh
Gethsemane Herron-Coward, 2016 Gethsemane Herron-Coward is a poet/playwright from Washington, D.C. She has developed work with JAG Productions, The Hearth, Magic Time@Judson, and Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem. She is alumna of 24Hour Plays-Nationals and The Fire This Time Festival. She has held residencies at The Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony, where she was the recipient of the Yasmin Scholarship. She has been a finalist for Space on Ryder Farm, among others. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MFA from Columbia University.
Girino (aka LUA), 2017 Girino (aka Lua) is a Brazilian video & movement artist and scholar based in Brooklyn, and current PhD candidate at NYU’s Performance Studies. Their work happens amidst performance art, expanded cinema, contemporary dance, independent documentaries and undocumented phenomena. They are drawn to insurgent transgendering, prehensive performances, racial speculativity, precarious consistencies, abyssal subjectivities, micropolitical glitches, insistent choreographies and general delinquency. girino.net
Giseli Vasconcelos, 2013 Giseli is a cultural worker and interdisciplinary artist from Brazil based in US. She has been organizing festivals, workshops, exhibitions and publications that discuss media and technology related to the Brazilian scene of art and activism. Most of the projects are collaborative process that highlights practices on tactical media and radical pedagogies related to internet culture. Her work has already been presented in Quito (LabSurLab), Amsterdam (N5M), New Delhi (Sarai), Vienna (MQ21), Berlin (Radical Networks), São Paulo (31st Biennial of São Paulo, Sesc Pompeia), Rio de Janeiro (Capacete, Lastro). Twitter @gizz7comumlab.org
Nicole Goodwin aka GOODW.Y.N., 2017 Nicole Goodwin aka GOODW.Y.N. is the author of Warcries, and the poetic sequel Warcrimes as well as the photographic essay book Ain’t I a Woman (?/!): I Give of Myself based on the five year iterations of Ain’t I a Woman (?/!). They are a finalist for the CUE Foundation’s 2022 Public Programs Fellowship, as well as the 2020 Pushcart Nominee, 2018-2019 Franklin Furnace Fund Recipient, the 2018 Ragdale Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship Recipient, 2017 EMERGENYC Hemispheric Institute Fellow and the 2013- 2014 Queer Art Mentorship Queer Art Literary Fellow. They published the articles “Talking with My
Grace Taylor Rae, 2019 Grace Taylor Rae is an artist who works in movement, language and form. She graduated from Williams College with a BA in English and Philosophy in 2013. Grace creates through multidimensional linguistics, liberatory geometries and embodied narrative. Her work is guided by frameworks that affirm love, consent and reparative ecology. In EMERGE ’19 she focused her process in reimagining-as-healing the intersections of birth, memory, matter and time. Grace lives on unceded Abenaki territory (Upper Valley, Vermont). IG @grace_living_designMedium @Grace.Living.Design
Guy Yedwab, 2013 Guy Yedwab ran a small theater company when the 2008 financial crisis propelled him into community organizing through the League of Independent Theater, an advocacy organization for small-sized theaters. As Managing Director, Guy led their work on union codes, endorsements in electoral campaigns, legislative advocacy, and social justice work. Guy is also a member of Brooklyn Community Board 6’s Economic, Waterfront, Community Development & Housing Committee. Now, he is pursuing a J.D. degree and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Politics from Rutgers University, where he recently received an Eagleton Fellowship in Politics and Government.
Heather Morowitz, 2010 For the last ten years, Heather Morowitz has worked as a web and traditional based creative production designer and concept artist in the creative and advertising industry on projects ranging in size and complexity, published for national and global audiences. Heather has also worked with media companies wearing multiple hats, leading and assisting in various capacities from digital to traditional production. Heather been fortunate to work with a wealth of talented people at high end producing companies, learning and growing alongside each of them. zmonsoon.com
Helen Gutowski, 2015 Helen Gutowski is a performing artist, writer, and activist working in the experimental theater, post modern dance, performance art, poetry, and academic theory. Alumnus of the EmergeNYC program (2015.) BFA in Acting from the Experimental Theater Wing, NYU (2013) and MA in Performance Studies, NYU (2018.) She honors the Siksika Nation as well as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory for their contributions to this performance, to science, and to society. References also include Ken Burns’ The West.
House of Alegería Based in Los Angeles, House of Alegría is a multi-fold project supporting and investing in emerging (un)documented Queer, Trans, Non-Binary artists through an Artist in Residence Program, in-house publishing press, community workshops, and consultations. This project began as an idea in 2016 to support the next generation of emerging migrant creatives. We at House of Alegría believe that migrant and Queer/Trans/Non-Binary creatives deserve space to imagine, deserve time to rest, deserve to be in a nurturing ecosystem that feels regenerative and collaborative. We trust in the power of artists and storytellers, and their self-determination and self-autonomy. We
laura Hunter petree, 2023 Hunter is a creator, performer, and writer making work about the foundational stories of whiteness and ‘America’. Hunter builds alternate concurrent realities to satisfy humans’ innate ‘fourth drive’, or desire to alter consciousness. Hunter graduated with performance-related honors from Stanford University and Queen Mary University of London. Their writing has been published in The Big Anxiety: Taking Care of Mental Health in Crisis, and Artistes-Chercheur·es, Chercheur·es-Artistes, Performer Les Knowledge. They currently build fine art supports at Simon Liu Inc. Before that from 2017-2022, they worked as producer and writer with Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw of Split Britches. lhunterpetree.comIG:
Ikpemesi O, 2022 Virtual Ikpemesi O (she/her/hers) is a Nigerian-American musician, artist and performer. She loves exploring the world through vocal music, poetry and spoken word. A community builder to the core, her art explores the human experience through the lens of finding joy in the little things while critically examining the world around her towards the goal of creating empathy and highlighting our shared human experience. She has a BA in Voice Performance from Albion College. Currently, she is working as a freelance singer and artist since wrapping up a Master of Music Performance in Voice at Bowling Green
Inés de Arce, 2023 Virtual Inés de Arce (she/her, ella) is a Spanish-Argentinian actress and creator based in Madrid, Spain. With a long experience in theater, Inés is now looking to examine the ways in which her identities as an Andalusian, bisexual woman who’s the daughter of an immigrant can coexist through writing and performance. Through visual imagery, deeply rooted in her Southern Spanish heritage, physical movement and sound design, Inés looks to expand the meaning of what theater can be and to dilute the limits between spaces, labels and different forms of art. IG: @inesdearce Twitter: @inesdearce YouTube
Irisdelia Garcia, 2020 Irisdelia Garcia (she/they) is a Puerto Rican interdisciplinary artist from The Bronx, NY. Her work centers Puerto Rican history, embodiment in gender, colonialism, and digital storytelling. She is a member of Queer and Now’s Digital Cabarets, digital humanities lab IRLHumanities, and a collaborator of La Pocha Nostra. Garcia is currently a director and editor for Ping Chong and Company. Garcia was an inaugural Generation NYZ Fellow for Ping Chong + Company (2019-2020). She holds a BA in English with a concentration in Digital Humanities at Amherst College and a Multicultural Theater Practice Certificate through the Five College
Isadora Frost, 2019 Isadora Frost (Brasil, 1985) graduated from PUC São Paulo in 2009 with a degree in Performance Art and Dance. In 2014, Frost completed her degree in Fine Arts at The San Francisco Art Institute. In 2018, she received a Masters degree in Photography from Parsons School of Design at The New School and was an EmergeNYC participant at NYU 2019. Frost’s work mixes media and deals with the relationship between the body, space, and communities. Since 2008, her work has been featured internationally in Brazil, San Francisco, New Zealand, India, New York, Russia, China, Munich, London, and
Ivonne Navas Domínguez, 2022 Virtual Ivonne is a multidisciplinary artist from Cali, Colombia, based in Mexico since 2010. She uses performance as a vehicle to create experiences that question our human existence, reflecting on being present, and on the endurance and vulnerability of our nature. Her Experimental Creation Laboratories—which include videoperformance, video installation, experimental video with mobile devices and collective mapping with various communities—have been presented internationally in museums, cultural centers, universities, and festivals. She holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Universidad del Valle and an MFA in Visual Arts and Urban Arts from the UNAM. IG @ivonnenavas7ivonnenavas.com
Jadele McPherson, 2011 Jadele McPherson is an artist-scholar whose research focuses on the intersections of sound and healing, mutual aid, and performance in Florida, Haiti and Cuba. McPherson is currently a PhD student in the CUNY Graduate Center Anthropology Department and teaching fellow with the Mellon Seminar for Collaborative Research and Engagement where she is researching how sound impacts wellness, climate change & environmental sustainability. As a founder of Lukumi Arts (2008), an experimental theatre company focused on Afro-Cuban arts, she wrote and produced La Sirene: Rutas de Azúcar which debuted at JACK (2016), in the HERE Arts SANCTUARY series,
Jaguar Mary X, 2022 Virtual Jaguar Mary X is a glossolalia vocalist, ritual performance artist and mover, practicing since 1991, making work informed by queer and black feminist discourse, afro-futurisms, plant sentience and shamanism.Their films, video installations and performances have shown in festival and gallery settings globally. Their work was chosen for the Johannesburg Biennial in Capetown (1998) and the Havana Biennial in Cuba (2000). Other places their work has shown include the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum in New York and Karst Gallery in Plymouth, UK. Jaguar Mary X attended the Whitney Independent Studies Program in 1995 and
janet e. dandridge, 2019 janet e. dandridge is an Interdisciplinary Artivist who encourages awareness and discourse around, as well as solutions to, ideologies that perpetuate injustice. janet intersplices theatrical performance, photography, empirical data, identity politics, and whimsy into a keen reflection on social constructs and governing policies. Primarily using performance art, interactive installations, and abstract photography, janet examines trauma and resilience, geometric therapy, normalized racism, Otherness, and the power of Black women. As an example of her work, in Amendment: Knell of a Nation (AKN), janet uses her body as a beacon of strength to physically remove the dehumanizing and marginalizing
Janine Renee Cunningham, 2018 Brooklyn based organizer and theater-maker, Janine Renee Cunningham has presented work at the Prelude Festival and On the Boards, among others. She holds a BA in International Studies from Portland State University and is completing her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College. janinereneecunningham.com
Jasmine Hayden, 2021 Jasmine is a queer Black, Mexican Indigenous multidisciplinary artist, healer, social equity facilitator & consultant, and soul embodied leadership coach. She embraces co-creative multidimensionality and expresses her artistry through singing, dance, modeling, acting, directing, and film production, fusing genres & styles into cultural artifacts of celebration, empowerment, magic, remembrance, & unity. She founded a theatre for social change company in 2015 and since then has merged various art forms to catalyze social & spiritual awakening and transformation through self & community expression. From leading programs & trainings within higher institutions and non-profit sectors in the reams of
Jason Wang, 2021 Jason Wang (they/he) is a Queer Chinese-American playwright, actor, and game developer from Queens, NY. He is currently wrapping up his education at NYU Tisch Drama’s Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Their EmergeNYC project was “Ranked Choice Dating”- a video game where you can attempt to get down and dirty with Eric Adams, Andrew Yang, and more. (You can download it for free on itch.io!). Special shoutout to collaborator Candace Hudert ’21 🙂 IG @flybippo @rathousegames
Jeca Rodríguez Colón, 2013 (and Invited Alumni Faculty 2015–16) Jeca Rodríguez Colón (she/her) is a Puerto Rican multi-disciplinary artist and a scholar living in New York City. She holds a PhD in Philosophy, Aesthetics and Art Theory from IDSVA. Through her academic and creative work, she questions the societal prescription of motherhood and how aesthetic representations of the maternal influence maternal subjectivity and performances. Her work has been presented in the Americas, Europe and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tapei. Jeca was also part of the EmergeLab at BAX in 2014 and participated at the Encuentro in Montreal.
Jennif(f)er Tamayo, 2016 Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a queer, migrant, formerly undocumented poet, essayist, and performer currently living and working on Patwin and Ohlone lands. JT is the daughter of Nancy, Flora, Leonor, Sol, and Ana. Her poetry and art collections include [Red Missed Aches] (Switchback, 2011), Poems are the Only Real Bodies (Bloof Books 2013), DORA/ANA/GUATAVIT@ (RSH 2016), YOU DA ONE (2017 Noemi Books & Letras Latinas’s Akrilica Series), and to kill the future in the present (Green Lantern Press 2018). She’s a Cancer sun & Leo rising. IG @lxs_revoltosxsjennifertamayo.com
Jennifer Celestin, 2013 Jennifer Celestin is a writer, performer, and facilitator from Brooklyn, NY. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Humanities at NYU and an M.F.A. in Fiction at CUNY: Queens College. She has performed at numerous venues in NYC and her publication credits include No Dear, Magazine and The Hawai’i Review. She knows ou kapab leer esto. Li invite’ou to her multilingual imaginación.
Jesse Phillips-Fein, 2012 Jesse Phillips-Fein is a Brooklyn born and based dancer, choreographer, educator and mama. Her work has been presented at venues in New York, New Jersey, Colorado and Maine, and her writing on dance and race is published in several anthologies. IG @jesse_phlllips_feinTwitter @JessePFein
Jimena Navas, 2023 Virtual Jimena Navas is a multidisciplinary human being. After ten years fighting the patriarchy and its institutions as a social worker in Argentina, she set out on a five-year journey of personal and professional deconstruction in the search for inner peace. From the rubble, her visual craft and the sovereignty to proclaim herself as an artist were born. Clown, improv, writing and collage have been her long-time companions. Music and dance her way of connecting with the divine. Today she lives in Tenerife, the island where her grandfather was born. She uses Mother Peace tarot and astrology to
John Maria Gutierrez, 2021; Reaearch Fellow 2023 John Maria Gutierrez is a multidisciplinary artist who performs on screen and stage nationally and internationally. From Washington Heights, a hood of NYC, his/their works weave movement, music, singing in English and Spanish, and experimental theater to unwind a complex urban disparity brought on by social and systemic failings. johnmariagutierrez.com
Jonathan McCrory, 2010 Jonathan McCrory (he/him) is an Obie Award-winning, Harlem-based artist who has served as Executive Artistic Director at National Black Theatre since 2012. He has directed numerous professional productions and concerts which include: A Drop Of Midnight, The Gathering: A Sonic Ringshout, How the Light Gets In, Klook and Iron John, Dead and Breathing, and Last Laugh. He was acknowledged as a finalist for the The Hermitage Major Theater Award and as an exceptional leader through Craine’s New York Business 2020 Notable LGBTQ Leaders and Executives. In 2013, he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National
Jordan Elizabeth Reed, 2021 Jordan Elizabeth Reed is an Afro-Indigenous-Boricua theater, burlesque, and performance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Since childhood, she has been a lover of art, singing, and performing. Originally from Western Mass, she is a 2017 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in Theater, a Minor in Political Science and a Certificate in Multicultural Theater. Currently, she does work acting, singing, devising, producing, curating, dramaturging, costume designing, and writing. Reed enjoys creating work that creates spaces of healing and community exploring movement, ancestry, gender, ensemble, horror, comedy, sensuality, ritual, body positivity, and glamour.
José Pérez IV, 2008 JOSÉ PÉREZ IV (he/him) is a fight choreographer, playwright, and actor. He is currently the Resident Fight Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater. His artistic focus is primarily creating original fight productions and facilitating processes that support mental health. Artistic Director of Big Storm Performance Company. MFA Performance Pedagogy University of Pittsburgh, BFA Drama NYU. Society of American Fight Directors member since 2009. IG @jose.perez.ivjosepereziv.com
Josiah Vasquez, 2022 Josiah Vasquez (he/they) is an alum of Tufts University’s Class of 2020, having graduated with a Bachelor’s in Drama with a minor in Music. As a Bronx-born, non-binary, and Afro-Latinx performer, Josiah specializes in theatrical performance (having credits from Columbia University and Prospect Theatre Company), but has also dabbled in modeling– most notably as one of Clinique’s models for their “My Top 3” campaign. Moving forward, Josiah hopes to continue to meld his love for art and activism and to pursue work that challenges how we were taught the world should be. IG @jahosah
Jovon Outlaw, 2022 Jovon Outlaw (they/he) is a Bronx-born and raised interdisciplinary artist. They specialize in cinematography, performance art, and writing. Jovon looks to reexamine generational traumas through a comedic lens, adding video and lo-fi technology to the stage. Jovon’s films have appeared at SXSW and Jacob Burns Film Center. Jovon uses theatrical clowning, improvisation, and movement to build a world on stage. In 2017, Jovon was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As an artist with an invisible disability, they look to disavow the notion of “You don’t look sick,” and hope to bring empathy and levity through emotional vulnerability. Jovon
Joyce LeeAnn Joseph, 2015 Joyce LeeAnn Joseph is a certified archivist and an interdisciplinary artist whose work aims to redefine the archive as a space for healing and transformation. In 2017, Joyce LeeAnn emancipated her labor by cultivating Archival Alchemy®, a small business that provides services to support the development, management, preservation, and interpretation of archives. She supports Weeksville Heritage Center by serving as the Public Programs Manager for The Legacy Project. archivalalchemy.com
Juju Angeles, 2009 Occupying Ohlone Territory (Oakland, CA), Juju is mothering, homeschooling, working with plants, and supporting people through their pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum journey. She graduated with a degree and a lot of debt from a Creative Writing program and facilitated spaces encouraging “marginalized” communities to tell their own stories. As an AfroTaino person, they are reclaiming and remembering their traditional practice as a form of decolonization. In 2014, they started Babymamahood, an online platform to dismantle, reimagine, and reclaim solo parenting for women and people of color in the hood. IG @Babymamahood babymamahood.com
Julha Franz, 2019 Coming from a place of sexual and gender liberation, Julha Franz (Brazil, 1993) pushes boundaries with her own body. Through the language of performance art, she creates new forms of imposed body and social identities. She has been awarded artistic residencies in Venice, Italy, 2017, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015 and 2014. She has participated in collective exhibitions, mainly art performance festivals, such as VERBO – Galeria Vermelho (where she participated in two consecutive editions in 2017 and 2018). In 2018, she was nominated for the French Aliance Contemporary Art Award. IG @julhafranz
Julia Cavagna, 2016 Julia Cavagna is an Argentinian teacher, actress and director based in the United States. She studied Sociology and classical and physical theater (EMAD, Belisario and Movement Theater Studio) where she learned about creating original collective work. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in acting in Buenos Aires (EMAD) and kept learning from different directors and mentors, who provided her with a wide variety of techniques and resources that oriented her career to the world of performative/non lineal Theater. She has participated in the Third Annual BEAT Festival at the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Navy Yard with Fixed Agency Private (I) directed by Peter Musante.
Julia Patinella, 2017 Julia Patinella (she/her) is a multilingual singer and songwriter currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. After years of immersion as a Flamenco singer in southern Spain, Julia has developed several original musical projects in Spanish, Sicilian and English, that draw from her roots, her experience as a first-generation American woman, and urgent socio-political themes. In her performances, she brings forth an expansive repertoire steeped in history and folk traditions, and a rich, guttural voice that carries the raw emotions of protest, the longing for freedom, and the uncompromising commitment to sing every note with soul. Julia is also
Julia Rocha-Nava, 2021 Julia Rocha-Nava (they/them/ellx), who performs under the artist name Chispa, is a non-binary first-generation chicanx vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. They grew up surrounded by mountains that turn purple at sunset, in unceded Tongva territory known today as Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. They are currently based in Lenape land known as Brooklyn, NY. Through vocal loops and layers of samples, with influences ranging from electronic dance music to music traditions from across Latin America, Chispa’s experimental pop explores queer desire and liberation. linktr.ee/aka.chispa IG: @aka.chispa
Julián Mesri, 2010 Julián Mesri is a New York-based Argentinean-American writer and composer who makes multilingual plays and musicals in the US and around the world. He is a current member of the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group and received a 2020-2021 EST/Sloan Commission. Recent productions include Immersion, Gauchos Americanos, and the upcoming musical Telo. Mesri has been an Emerging Artist of Color Fellow at NYTW, a Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español, and the recipient of an ASCAP Scholarship. His adaptation of Fuenteovejuna received the HOLA Outstanding production award. He has also translated dramatic works for the Lark US/Mexico
june yuen ting, 2021 june yuen ting dreams of another world that is already here—a world, or worlds that are so expansive, so abundant, and so immanent that the confines of colonial capitalist modernity cannot hold. june dances, organizes, agitates, and grieves. they want for all the descendants of european colonial violence a fighting chance of some good loving. juneyeunting.tumblr.com
Júpiter, 2022 Virtual Júpiter is a transdisciplinary artist, mother, social change agent, and educator from Puerto Rico. She is a neurodiverse non-binary femme whose practice includes performance, street theater, and puppetry. Júpiter has worked with Circo de la Plaza, Taller Libertá, and BembaPR on political, cultural, artistic movements in the west of the Puerto Rican archipelago. She has worked in La Titeretada puppetry festival and facilitated workshops for diverse communities for the making of the Loisaida Festival Community Parade. Some of her independent performance work includes “Ioni,” an ode to the womb, life and death cycles; “COLONIA,” an exploration of
Karina Claudio-Betancourt, 2009 (and Invited Alumni Faculty, 2010) Karina Claudio Betancourt is a Program Officer with the Open Society Foundations, where she is the project director for OSF’s Puerto Rico Project. She is a skilled community organizer with several years of management, advocacy, policy analysis, fundraising and grant writing experience. She has particular experience working/organizing to empower low wage workers, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals and individuals living in the intersection of these identities. During her time in EmergeNYC, she was working at Make the Road New York. IG @kaclaudiob
Karley Wasaff, 2023 Virtual Karley Wasaff is a non-binary and pansexual movement artist based in NYC. Karley’s current choreography incorporates compositional improvisation scores to evoke the spontaneity of genuine un-adulterated human interaction. Karley views this process as a way to bring radical awareness to Karley’s identity: gender binary and choreography is to structure/composition as gender-non-conforming and chance is to deviation/improvisation. Karley was the 2022 recipient of the field.org’s Fiscal Sponsorship for Social Justice Arts and Practitioners Fellowship. Karley became the first performing art soloist to perform at Christie’s New York, premiering ‘XwhY’ in 2020. Since, the piece has toured at
Katharine Lucić (Elkington), 2009 Katharine Lucić (she/her) is a skilled marketer with passion for building inclusive products and diverse communities, championing access to education, and lifting up underserved groups. Her exceptionally executed experiences have increased lead generation by more than 100x previous performance. Her campaigns push boundaries and heighten brand reputation. LinkedIn Katharine Lucić
Katherine Bahena-Benítez, 2023 Katherine Bahena-Benitez (They/Them/Elle) is a Queer Mexican Indigenous actor, poet, dancer, stage manager and model. Katherine is bicoastal with New York and California. Katherine studied at CSUS and has had the pleasure of performing and training with the American Conservatory Theater, 24 Hour Plays, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, La Mama Experimental Theater Club and Broadway Advocacy Coalition at Columbia University. Katherine is a current Miranda Family Fellow, a LORT/ASPIRE Fellow and recipient of the John Cauble Emerging Arts Leader Award sponsored by Thomas Schumacher. Katherine has also had their poems ‘American Dream’, ‘La Morena’, and ‘Yo
Katrina De Wees, 2011 Katrina De Wees is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, educator and curator specializing in contemporary art. She currently works in Museum Education at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and is the current Curatorial Fellow at Danspace Project. She graduated from Hampshire College in 2010 with a concentration on Black Performative Arts as Liberation. IG @katrina.rose.dewees
kc jackperson, 2022 kc jackperson is a dance and movement artist in new york city. for kc dance is a means of communication and a tool for intervention in social practice. their work is a conversation in movement which explores themes of identity, belonging/unbelonging, community, and the expansion of binaries. working in multiple dance and movements styles, kc strives to uncover the universal in the specific.
Kelindah bee Schuster, 2021 Kelindah bee Schuster (they/them) is a nonbinary educator and drag performance artist known as “Theydy Bedbug” who grew up in Singapore and Indonesia. They lead a cohort-based course at BAX called “Drag Performance: Between and Beyond Gender“, which exposes participants to the lineages of drag performance and provides a brave space to explore a full range of gender expression through performance, pantomime, lip sync, gesture, tableau, reveal, improvisation, and written reflections—taking drag beyond what we see in popular culture. Kelindah studied Drama and Gender studies at Vassar College and have been teaching, technical directing, and creating
Kelsey Pyro, 2016 Kelsey Pyro is a St. Paul and Minneapolis-grown/Brooklyn-based producer, singer/songwriter, poet, and educator. Her work often encompasses healing processes and her identity as a Black and Ojibwe Native American Woman. Kelsey has performed at venues such as The Last Of The Record Buyers at SoundSet and TEDx AIU. She has shared bills with Wale, MC Lyte, Trak Girl, and more. She received the 2018 and 2019 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grant for co-producing the Blue Nile Jam Session. Kelsey premiered her new work, Makadewiiyaasikwe, in June 2019 for The Shed’s Open Call artist residency. kelseypyro.com Video
Kelsey Sky, 2023 Kelsey Sky (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, a public school teacher in training, and a cultural anthropology Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Across all her endeavors, Kelsey’s work is inspired by Sylvia Wynter’s call for a “re-enchanted humanism” and by the search for what Ruth Wilson Gilmore has called the “fragments and pieces, experiments and possibilities” of what an abolitionist world will become. As an artist, Kelsey is currently working on a tarot deck to process and transform trauma from childhood sexual abuse, and on an art action to
Kevin Quiles Bonilla, 2021 Kevin Quiles Bonilla is an interdisciplinary artist born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He explores ideas around power, colonialism, and history with his identity as context. He currently lives and works between Puerto Rico and New York. IG @kevinquilesbonillakevinquilesbonilla.com
Kim Fischer, 2008 Kim is an actor based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Oakland, California, he’s been a lifelong performer, acting, dancing and drumming since before he can remember. After graduating from NYU Tisch and the Actors Theater of Louisville Apprentice program, he began pursuing a career as an actor, performing in shows in NYC and all across the country. Most recently, he has appeared off-broadway at 2nd Stage Theater, and on TV on networks such as HBO, Netflix, Apple+, NBC, CBS, USA, and MTV. IG @mrkimfischer mrkimfischer.com
Kira Neel, 2010 Kira Neel is a New York City based performer, educator, and radio journalist. She is a recipient of the EMERGENYC 2010 Fellowship for emerging performers and activists. As a trained Theater of the Oppressed facilitator, she leads workshops around the world at schools, with community organizations and for theater groups. She is fluent in Spanish and English, and speaks French.
Kirya Traber, 2012 (and Invited Alumni Faculty, 2014) Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded playwright, actress, and cultural worker. She is the lead Community Artist in Residence with Lincoln Center Education. Her latest work, If This Be Sin, a musical about the gender-bending Harlem Renaissance performer, Gladys Bentley, will be featured in HI-ARTS’ Critical Breaks Series in May 2020. Kirya is co-host of, Cheers & Queers, with Isake Smith, a podcast in the Gifted Sounds Network, and was a co-host of the PBS series, First Person, from 2017-2019. Kirya received a NY Emmy Nomination for her work with First Person PBS, and
Kiyan Williams, 2014 Kiyan Williams (they/them) is a visual artist based in New York City. Working fluidly across sculpture, performance, video, and installation, they create art works that redefine fixed notions of history and the body. They are attracted to quotidian, unconventional materials and methods that evoke the historical, political, and ecological forces that shape individual and collective identities. Williams earned a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University. Their work has been exhibited at The Hirshhorn, the Hammer Museum, SculptureCenter, Brooklyn Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Shed, and more. Williams’ work
Kiyo Gutiérrez, 2021 Kiyo Gutiérrez is a Mexican performance artist based in Guadalajara. Ecofeminist, provocative, earthy, and political, she places her body into the ruptures opened up by instability, precarity, and pollution. She also draws on other mediums such as video, dance, poetry, sculpture, and sound. Her art seeks to fulfill performance art’s potential as a tool of resistance and strives to dissolve the cultural taboos constructed under a patriarchal system, hoping to eroding preconceived notions of nature, culture, gender, identity, sexuality, and art, in order to generate and disseminate discussions on complex social realities. IG @kiyogutierrezFB @kiyo.gutierrezkiyogutierrez.com
Koby, 2011 Koby (she/they) is an artist, writer and social practice facilitator dedicated to dialogical arts practices, archiving as cultural activism, and public interventions for political engagement. She facilitates durational multi-stakeholder arts activist projects with collectives such as Montreal’s Immigrant Workers Centre, the Politics & Care project, and the Living Archives with PreOccupations. Her performance interventions have been seen in theatres, warehouses, street demos, and desert landscapes across the Americas. She currently teaches in the departments of Theatre and School of Community and Public Affairs at Concordia University, while Her PhD and ongoing research-creation engages migrant justice in social arts
Kristel Baldoz, 2019 Kristel Baldoz (she/her) is a Filipina-American artist from Delano, California, home to the Table Grape Strike. She was a 2019 EmergeNYC fellow at the Hemispheric Institute and artist-in-residence at Tisch/Danspace Residency and the Jonah Boaker Arts Foundation | Chez Buschwick, and a 2020 Brooklyn Art Exchange Space Grant Recipient. She was a 2022 artist-in-resident at Chautauqua Institution School of Visual Art and is currently in residence with Motive Brooklyn. As a performer, she has worked with Reggie Wilson, Wilmer Wilson IV, and Alex Da Corte. As an arts administrator, she has supported Common Field and the operation
Kristen Holfeuer, 2023 Kristen Holfeuer is an actor and director from Saskatchewan now based in Brooklyn. She is pursuing her PhD in Performance Studies at NYU. Her theatrical practice includes dynamic physical vocabularies, political and social satire, and is concerned with themes of friendship, devotion, and ecological justice. kristenholfeuer.com
Kristen Kelso, 2020 Kristen Kelso is a performer, translator, theatre director, musician and writer from Savannah, GA based in Brooklyn. As a bilingual artist from a monolingual family, her performance work and research focus on bilingualism and code-switching while exploring the realms of familial archives, mourning and embodied, experimental translation practices. She is currently working as the Marketing and Development Director for Haus of Dust, in residency with The Loisaida Center and The Laundromat Project. She has an MA from the University of Texas at Dallas in Translation Studies and most recently, an MA in Performance Studies from NYU. kristenkelso.com
Kristian Sorensen, 2023 Kristian Sorensen is a queer multi-hyphenate from Southern California pursuing artistic work that holds space for critical dialogue and action incubation, while maintaining a deep commitment to embodied playfulness. Kristian teaches theatre and devising workshops with young people all over NYC, writes poetry and plays, mixes music, dabbles in drag and photography, and has trained extensively as an actor and performer. He is interested in building projects in close collaboration with those who consider themselves non-or-not-yet-artists and in challenging those labels and elitist boundaries in theatre and performance. Kristian holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University
KT Pe Benito, 2019 Faustina KT Pe Benito is a nonbinary queer Filipinx, a Filipino man, and a white woman. They earned a BFA at Cooper Union (2016) and were a recipient of the Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship. They have exhibited their work in New York City, including group exhibitions at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland (2019), Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY (2019), Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2018-19), Flux Factory, Queens, NY (2017), and Long Island City Arts Open, Queens, NY (2017). They have performed at Knockdown Center, Queens, NY (2019), Performance Space, New York, NY (2018), among
Kyla Searle, 2012 Kyla Searle (she/her) is an artist, producer and activist. Kyla seeks out inquiry and intersection, inspired by the creativity of the community that raised her in Berkeley and Oakland, California. Her work and practice have been developed through the Institute for Theatre in the Jazz Aesthetic, the Hemispheric EmergeNYC Program, the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She lives in New York City.
Larissa Jeanniton, 2023 Virtual Larissa is a Haitian American, 27-year-old Taurus with a heart and soul for political theater. Her acting and directing career has taken her to several theaters in NYC, Thailand, Switzerland, and several UN conferences. Her work primarily focuses on the liberation of thought from the many systems of oppression we are raised to contextualize ourselves within. Her most recent work is the performance of her original poem titled “Still Dreaming?”, performed at the First Church of Cambridge in Massachusetts, as part of an MLK jr. remembrance church service. Through movement, video, spoken word, audio collage, and
Leah Shelley, 2023 Virtual Leah Shelley is a performance artist and writer based in Wisconsin. They are currently interested in the magic of brief imperfections. They are also interested in turning an eye onto what they are afraid of (whiteness, gender non-conformity) and trying to (or trying not to) tell their own personal story through it. As an artist, they are just figuring it out. They don’t know what it means to have anything to show for it. They performed their most recent work “I moved to Wisconsin when I was 22 years old” at the Brooklyn Art’s Exchange’s Alumni
Leslie Galán Guyton, 2008 Leslie Galán Guyton is a movement director and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She will make all your dance dreams come true. She’s the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The MoveShop. She choreographs, directs and teaches throughout the US and internationally. The MoveShop’s Racine D’or, toured the US in the fall of 2013 and was funded in part by South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Under Guyton’s direction, The MoveShop has created six evening-length pieces entitled: Black Feathers (2005), Dust to Dust (2006), Moontides (2008), Wanderlust (2009-2012), Racine D’or (2013) and You Absolute Dreamer (2014) as well
Lilach Orenstein, 2020 Lilach Orenstein is a choreographer, performer and producer. She is an Israeli immigrant with Yemeni-Polish-Romanian roots based in New York City. Lilach earned her B.Dance from The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, majoring in choreography, in 2017, and her M.F.A from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia in 2019. Among her awards are The Presidential Scholarship (U.S.), Outstanding Dancer from the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Excellence Award by The Jerusalem Foundation. She was recently invited to residencies in L1dancefest2019 – Budapest, EMERGENYC 2020 – NYC, The Center at West Park – NYC, IMPULSTANZ’s ATLAS program
Liliana Padilla, 2008 Liliana Padilla makes plays about sex, intersectional communities, and what it means to heal in a violent world. Their play, How to Defend Yourself won the 2019 Yale Drama Prize and is a 2018-19 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist. It was produced in the 2019 Humana Festival and will be at Victory Gardens in 2020. Liliana’s work has been developed with OSF, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Victory Gardens, INTAR, Hedgebrook, Seattle Rep, the Playwrights’ Center and San Diego REP. MFA, UC San Diego, BFA, NYU Tisch. Liliana is currently commissioned to make new plays with NNPN, Colt Coeur,
Lilian (Lily) Mengesha, 2011 Lily is a director, dramaturg and assistant professor of race and performance in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at Tufts University. Her research focuses on contemporary indigenous performance art of North and Central America, particularly on art that address legacies of violence against women. In her performance work, she aims to make legible temporal scales of memory as measured through social and ecological difference, as in “manifestroom” (2014), “an emotion is a sign that something has shifted” (2016) and her current devised work that focuses on the history of the ocean. lilymengesha.com
Linus Ignatius, 2017 Linus Ignatius is a queer Armenian-American filmmaker and a proud third culture kid. Born to journalist parents, Linus grew up in various countries and inhabited the role of the outsider, constantly learning new languages and social structures. After film school in the Czech Republic, Linus directed large scale immersive events in Berlin before getting sober and committing to filmmaking. Now, Linus tells stories about rebels, making work with strong LGBTQ+ leanings and addressing the ongoing HIV epidemic. Linus’ most recent project, an indie web series called “Marque and Hector Turn Trash into Treasure”, is their first foray
Lio Mehiel, 2016 Lio Mehiel (they/them) is a Puerto Rican and Greek non-binary, trans masculine writer, actor, and artist. They are currently based between Los Angeles and New York. They attended Northwestern University and are a co-founder of Voyeur Productions with creative partners Russell Kahn (Scrap Paper Pictures, Amazon) and Dulcinee DeGuere. Lio’s work spans film, multimedia installation, and theater. They employ techniques of surrealist cinema and movement-based performance to explore the inherent contradiction of the trans experience – equally rooted in socialized flesh and transcendent in its imaginative embodiment. Lio began their career as a child actor on Broadway
Liz Andrews, 2011 Liz Andrews is an artist, curator, and scholar based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University, MA from Tisch School of Arts, NYU, and Ph.D from George Mason University. Her dissertation, Envisioning President Barack Obama, focused on the role of visual images in the 2008 election. She currently works in the Director’s Office at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her curatorial projects at LACMA include The Obama Portraits Tour; A New Dawn, A New Day, A New Life: Black American Portraits; and LACMA x Snap: Monumental Perspectives augmented reality monuments in
Lolo Haha, 2014 Lolo Haha (he/him) is an organizational consultant, conflict mediator, and communication skills trainer based in Portland, Oregon. He works with companies, nonprofits, and community groups to develop creative, collaborative, conflict-positive cultures within their teams. His unique combination of skills in Liberating Structures and Process Work center fun and lightness in the context of teamwork and emphasize the potential for transformation and generative organizational change through times of conflict. In his creative work, Lolo explores the means of deep personal and social transformation through community ritual performance. lolohaha.us
Lorena Pipa, 2023 Virtual Lorena Pipa is a Brazilian multimedia artist who studied Image and Sound Design at University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She works at the intersection of performance, video, photography, music, object, and installation. Her work crosses the boundaries between image and sound, generating sensorial relationships between body, space, and technologies. Her research explores the encounter between matter and immateriality, pushing the limits of the visible, thinking about representation as a projection. She received a full scholarship in the Programs: Formation and Deformation at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts; Sonic Art Amplified by Oi Futuro and
Lucy Phillips, 2023 Virtual I am a grieving person, by default I am an artist. Searching for my own autonomy in images and websites and machines that create and tell me who I am. How do I pull apart from it? I am an artist. I test how we commodify ourselves to have a connection to others. I am a distortion artist. Am I sexual for being vulgar or am I vulgar for being sexual? I ask questions and I use my body to tell me the answers. My body explains away trauma. I am a distortion artist. I write,
Luisina Quarleri, 2009 Luisina is an actress, singer and dancer originally from Argentina. She’s performed internationally; notable credits include: Carmen (directed by Franco Zeffirelli) at L’Arena di Verona, Italy; Shrek The Musical (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Madrid, Spain); Limitless (with Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro); Coyote Lake (with Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza and Riverdale’s Camila Mendes); VH1 Save the Music with Tony Bennett; Edha on Netflix. She studied theater at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and The William Esper Studio. She speaks English, Spanish, and Italian fluently and currently lives in Los Angeles. IG @luisinaquar
Madi O’Halloran, 2023 Madi O’Halloran (she/they), hails from Morningside Heights, New York City, Lenape Land. A movement practitioner, performer, researcher, abolitionist feminist, and witch, Madi understands dance to be a powerful tool for imagining and gesturing toward liberatory futures based in mutual care, pleasure, and curiosity. Their practice is grounded in investigating the queer world-making capacities of dance through performance, collective movement, and theory. Madi graduated with Departmental Honors from Columbia University (B.A. in Dance and Political Science) and has had the pleasure of performing works by Arnie Zane/Bill T. Jones, Chameckilerner, Candace Brown, Doug Varone, Martha Graham, and Wesley
Magnus Elias Rosengarten, 2014 Magnus (he/him) is particularly interested in the relationship between moving image, sound and live performance. He loves visual storytelling. His work is deeply inspired and motivated by People of Color critique, Black Feminist thought and theories working within the larger Global African Diaspora. Currently, his focus lies on questions around Black fatherhood and its particular stigma within discourses of family structures in the West. He is also interested in identity questions of the mixed-race subject and what a certain proximity to whiteness does and not does. Where does theory begin and end, and how has Blackness
Maira Duarte, 2022 Maira Duarte, a Mexican New York-based artist, educator, and organizer, champions non-hierarchical artistic exchange through Dance To The People (DTTP), an evolving collective created in 2015. DTTP has created choreographed pieces and organized community forums, workshops, public practices, environmental movement research, and performance parties, all donation-based and open to the public. Recent DTTP work has involved the development of public and participatory practices, called Trash Outings, as well as multiple choreographed street performances around trash and discarded materials. Other DTTP work includes Papalotl Muyus, a protest dance film in solidarity with migrant families at the border, made
Manuel Lopez, 2023 Virtual From far Far Rockaway to the Catskill Mountains, Manuel E. “Manny” Lopez is fluttering about blossoms not only of his/their own hand-aided germination, but amidst daffodils and daisies dug down deep by schoolkids of the Manhattan Country School. Before the ides of March when we found him/them snowed in under two feet of snow, they lived in Brooklyn, acted on stages for a living, and roller skated in Prospect Park for recreation. Newly inspired by a change of scenery, he wants to write songs and is eager to broaden his horizons as a performance artist. IG:
Manuel Molina Martagón, 2014 Manuel Molina Martagón is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, video and social engaged projects. Molina Martagón holds a MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, and a MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, United States, Spain, China and Cuba. His videos have been featured in festivals like Proyector Madrid, Region 0 The Latino VideoArt Festival, YANS & RETO, and Festival de Video Arte de Camaguey, and institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in
Marcela Barrientos, 2009 Marcela Barrientos is a proud immigrant born in Honduras and raised in New York City. She grew up in a household where art and politics went hand-in-hand, resulting in her love for theatre and activism. Ms. Barrientos is currently the Director of Training and Leadership Development at the New York Civic Engagement Table (NYCET), a coalition organization working with over 70 community-based partner organizations across the state. She oversees NYCET’s statewide leadership program, develops all field curricula including voter registration, voter mobilization, census and political education. Ms. Barrientos also has an extensive background working in the labor
Marcelitte Failla, 2012 Marcelitte Failla is a Black and biracial educator, researcher, and scholar of African heritage religions in the United States and throughout the African diaspora. Through a Black feminist lens, her work explores how religions such as Yoruba Ifá, Haitian Vodou, and Hoodoo of the American South are used for collective healing and social justice. Marcelitte is a Ph.D. candidate at Emory University whose dissertation investigates Black witchcraft and how practitioners employ its spiritual technology for manifestation, healing, and protection from anti-Blackness. As a practitioner of both Ifá and Hoodoo and a self-identified Black witch, Marcelitte often holds
Mare Berger, 2015 Mare has been playing the piano for 34 years and writing music for a loooong time too. Mare believes in the importance of creative collaboration and community to help stop fascism and oppression and facilitates workshops called: Collective Songwriting for Collective Liberation. For many years they curated The Moon Show which featured underrepresented artists, and helped start The Moon Choir, a monthly song-share for queer and trans folk. Mare has played at the Jazz Standard, The Bitter End, and in the pit for the Broadway musical Evita. marielberger.comSoundcloud @mariel-berger-1
Maria Schirmer, 2011 Maria Schirmer is a theater artist, writer and arts educator. She has received a Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellowship with the Jana Sanskriti Center for Theatre of the Oppressed in Kolkata, India and was an artist in residence at the Women’s International Study Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Currently she is a member of the movement installation ON DISPLAY with Heidi Latsky Dance, which has been performed at Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum, and the United Nations. IG @mariaschirmer
Mariam Bazeed, 2017 An Egyptian immigrant living in Brooklyn, Mariam Bazeed is a performance artist and alliteration-leaning writer of prose, poetry, plays, and personal essays. They have an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College; have been awarded fellowships from the Center for Fiction, Asian American Writers Workshop, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU, and Lambda Literary; and residencies from Hedgebrook, Marble House Project, the Millay Colony, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. IG @bazeedmemariambazeed.com
Mariano Ruiz, 2021 Mariano Ruiz is a trans nonbinary cabaret artivist from Mexico City. They use humor, pop culture, and satire to talk about Othered bodies and their experiences, creating projects that question the social segregation created by the rejection of identities or sexualities that are outside the “norm.” A graduate from CUT-UNAM, Mariano is the co-founder of Parafernalia Teatro and the recipient of a full scholarship to study at the Midsummer in Oxford program by BADA, Yale, and UCLA. Mariano was awarded the 2021 Scenic Creators Scholarship and the Take a Breath residency at The Action Lab in Ossining,
Marilou Mariko Carrera, 2022 Virtual Marilou Mariko Carrera (they/siyá*/she) is a queer Filipinx-Japanese cultural worker participating from the area called Chicago on Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi lands. As an emerging artist with roots in health, organizing, and advocacy, Marilou Mariko is finally comfortable in the home they call body. While exploring personal and collective power as healing, they continue to unlearn assimilation lies, relearn decolonized truths, and learn from family, community, plant, and animal friends to better understand the legacies they have inherited. It is lifelong reclamation work done with words, body, food, textile, sculpture, flipcharts, and community to connect
Mario Lamothe, 2023 Virtual Mario LaMothe is a Haitian-American performance artist, curator, and scholar. He was a 2021-22 Links Hall Co-Mission resident (Chicago) and a 2022 emerging choreographer in the Atlas program in Vienna’s ImPulsTanz International Dance Festival. His curations and performances have been hosted and funded by Duke University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Haitian-American Museum of Chicago, among others. His physical storytelling approach explores queer Haitians’ liberation efforts and questions the country’s heterosexist gender and sexual codes of conduct. In particular, the pedagogies of Haitian Vodou are the fulcrum of Mario’s artistic process, which illuminates
Marta Jovanović, 2013 Marta Jovanović (b. 1978, Belgrade, Serbia) constructs scenarios in which she interrogates politics, identity, beauty, and sexuality. Jovanović received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University in 2001 after attending Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, in Florence. Her works have been presented in institutions such as Museo Pietro Canonica and Museo della Civiltà Romana, both in Rome; G12HUB, Belgrade; Studio Marina Abramovic at Location One, New York; and Centre Culturel de Serbie, Paris, among many others. m-art-a.net
Mary Notari, 2011 (and Invited Alumni Faculty, 2014) I am a multidisciplinary theater artist, cultural activist, and dork. I firmly believe in live art and non-violent direct action as sites of world-making, radical empathy, and resistance. I have presented solo physical theater work and cabaret and I have appeared as an actor, physical theater artist, and puppeteer in independent theater productions. I worked with the culture-jamming collective The Yes Men as an idea producer, performer, and media strategist. With their non-profit the Yes Lab, I facilitated workshops on satire, narrative-building, and artistic activism. I continue to participate in grassroots activist
Mauricio “Cio” Alexander, 2019 Mauricio Alexander is a first-generation bilingual artist of Latin American and East European roots. A graduate of Oberlin College and the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, he has performed at the US Social Forum, Kennedy Center, D.C. Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Symphony Space, and Public Theater. A SAG-AFTRA member of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, his original work has appeared at the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival, on television, and in new media. Mauricio is an Actors’ Equity 2018 recipient of the Actors’ Fund Push Grant and teaching
Maxine Montilus, 2014 Maxine Montilus is a native of Brooklyn, New York and a first-generation Haitian-American. Maxine has a B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance from The University of the Arts, an M.A. in Arts Management from City University London, and an M.A. in Dance Education from Hunter College via the Lincoln Center Scholars program. She has also had the opportunity to study Cuban folkloric dance, music and culture through the annual “Dog Aguas” program founded by Danys “La Mora” Perez from 2010-2012, which took her to Havana, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba; and has studied Haitian folkloric dance with various
Megan Paradis Hanley, 2009 Megan Paradis Hanley has worked in theater in New York and internationally for the past ten years. She is Co-Artistic Director of The Syndicate, an ensemble theater company that produces new plays by women, queer, and trans artists. As an international network, The Syndicate seeks to expand professional opportunities in the field for both company members and fellow artists. The company’s work advocates for diversity, both in how we tell stories and whose stories we tell. With Man Meat Collective, she was an invited artist in the 2014 and 2015 editions of Squirts: New Voices in
Melanie Greene, 2014 Melanie Greene is a dance artist, writer, and podcast host. She is no stranger to swirling on the edge of impossible, swimming in the sea of the minority. She has received generous artistic support from MANCC, Marble House Project, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, New York Live Arts, Gibney Dance, Actors Fund, BAX, Dancing While Black, Bogliasco Fellowship, and Brooklyn Arts Council. Greene is a contributing writer for Dance Magazine, co-host of the Dance Union Podcast, and Movement Research Artist in Residence. Research question during EMERGENYC: How does my artistic practice live in conversation with my activism and
Mercy Viola Carpenter, 2018 Mercy Viola is a Black and Native nonbinary femme raised in Brooklyn, New York. They are passionate about land sovereignty, reclaiming ritual and healing intergenerational trauma. Mercy incorporates these values as a Visual Artist, Performance Artist, Reiki practitioner and Educator. They create art with the intention of elevating indigenous wisdom that supports TGNC, black and native peoples. Their intention is for their artwork to reflect the historical resistance blueprints. They create vibrant multimedia science fiction, bridging vision to lived practice. Creating art that allows understanding of concepts that could otherwise lose their meaning gathering dust in
Mette Loulou von Kohl, 2013 Mette Loulou was born from the orange at the center before the new world came. She is a performer and a wanderer. Currently living on the unceded land of the Lenape people, now colonized as New York City, Mette Loulou is a queer femme, of Lebanese/Palestinian and Danish ancestry. She has lived in New York, Romania, Morocco and Denmark. Mette Loulou is fascinated by the intersection between her personal identities as a jumping off point to reveal, dismantle and rebuild realities and dreams. She uses performance as her first step to understanding and surviving generational
Michael Zalta, 2020 Michael is a queer Syrian-American Jewish, writer, researcher and playwright interested in the intersections between Media Studies, Arab Cultural Studies, Black Studies, and Human Rights Practice. He is particularly interested in examining the ways in which theories of blackness and indigeneity circulate across various marginalized communities around the globe in order to foster or disallow forms of anti-racist coalition and intercommunal solidarity.
Mieke D, 2009 MIEKE D (she/they) is a mixed-race genderqueer femme of Asian and European descent. She is an experimental dance, theater, and performance artist committed to making work that is personal, political, and playful. As an educator and cultural worker, they hope to destabilize rigid definitions of race, gender, and nationhood, while celebrating the inherent resilience and intelligence of the body. Recent Philadelphia-based collaborations include Half Magic (director) with Joseph Ahmed, Philly Education Stories (deviser-performer) with Simpatico Theater and Teacher Action Group at Theatre Exile, and Philly Asian Histories: A Living Museum and Neighborhood Showcase (co-director) with Philadelphia Asian
Mijori Goodwin, 2021 Mijori is a multidisciplinary creative focused on healing through sight & sound. As a singer-songwriter, musician, MC, spoken word artist, graphic designer & illustrator, every extension of herself creates spaces for those who have not yet been given the chance to feel. She aims to be a bringer of connection & understanding on her journey. IG @iammijori
Mikah Baumrin-Daniels, 2023 Mikah Baumrin-Daniels (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in dance and performance. Their practice leans towards somatic and emotional movements while navigating humor and illusions in the diasporic and mundane. Their work is centered in collaboration, connection, and searches for the pleasures to be found within the SWANA/Jewish diaspora. Mikah grew up in NYC and is currently based in Philadelphia. IG: @mikahbdmikahbd.com
miscelvnea, 2023 miscelvnea (they/she, it) (elle, elli/ellu) is a Boriké-born multimedia and interdisciplinary artist whose work mainly integrates image, text, performance and spirituality informed by an academic background in History, Caribbean and Gender studies. Mother and collaborator to Haus of Vanguardia, a collective of queer artists striving for the liberation of colonized body-mind-spirits through expressions of radical joy. The experiences of colonial and transqueer abjects are at the center of miscelvnea’s explorations as a way of deconstructing ingrained patterns of survival and reimagining future worlds where transcendence and expansiveness of the self can be real. In Me Ocupo (July 2021),
Mobéy Lola Irizarry, 2022 Mobéy Lola Irizarry (they/she) is a genderqueer composer, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, and transdisciplinary artist. Based in Brooklyn, they hail from the Puerto Rican diaspora in Hartford, CT, and are a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She makes within the lineages of decolonial uprisings, collections of tiny mirrors at queer clubs, and the precolonial languages of the drum and the braid. mobeyirizarry.comIG: @lola.machine
Mon Iker, 2013 Mon Iker is an interdisciplinary artist devoted to elevating feminist, social, and environmental justice issues. Their work spans a variety of media, including street art, photography, performance, animation, film, and traditional herbalism. They combine experience in visual media making with knowledge of strategy, operations, and arts administration with and within social and environmental justice nonprofit community-based organizations, museums, and movements. Their artistic endeavors have shown internationally, been featured in the New York Times, and their arts administration work ranges from facilitating the growth of the world’s only queer museum to managing mural programs for detained young people
Monet Clark, 2022 Virtual Monet Clark is an eco-feminist and performance based video and photographic artist, curator, and professional psychic. Her wryly humorous performance characters and costumes are inspired by subculture, pop-culture, superheroes, marginalized groups, history, and more. Her works address sexual stereotypes, objectification, cultural taboos, ritual, and nature’s sentience, and draw upon her experience with disability and enviromental illness. They examine connections between misogyny, domination and mistrust of nature, disrespect of animals, and climate change. Monet sees her work in the art-world and as an intuitive, both as countering to patriarchal cultural biases. She was born and raised in
Monica Furman, 2018 Monica Furman is a multi-hyphenate artist and conflict mediator. She was raised in Brooklyn by her Jew-ish Russian-speaking family from Ukraine, so she’s working out her dual-identity crisis by being an artist instead of a doctor like her babushka wanted. Monica’s most recent work includes The Waiting Room for the ASHTAR Theatre Festival in the West Bank and TBD: The Live Devising Project at FringeNYC. Her bilingual TV pilot, First Jen, was recently the winner for Pickford West’s Pitch Fest and a finalist for the Orchard Project’s inaugural TV Episodic Lab. At Emerge, she investigated the intersection
Monica Torres, 2020 Being an eco-feminist artist of Caribbean descent, Torres has been theorizing on the idea of jungle mangroves, coastal archways, and ancient cenotes. She expresses them through the symbolism of her everyday environments, meshing the two together in new and compelling ways. In her work she explores tropes of migration, diaspora, and identity. She is forming a vigorous body of work, as she has replicated over a dozen sites by hand as 3-inch sculptural models, from the magical Na Pali coast, to the sacred Cenotes of Mexico, to the mysterious Cave of Wonders of The Dominican Republic that
Naisha Solomon, 2022 Naisha Solomon is a Trinbagonian singer-songwriter, sonic archivist and Caribbean scholar living and working in Brooklyn as a Community Organizer. Her practice explores Afro-Caribbean music genres, dance, storytelling and other modes of performance in relation to colonial resistance. Her motivation to emancipate the unheard or concealed has catalysed her passion for studying, reimagining and rewriting Caribbean female slave narratives. With Caribbean oral histories and folklore in the biology of her concepts, she is encouraged by characters like the La Diablesse and Soucouyant and is convinced their stories are rooted in reality. Intent on decoding their messages, she
Natacha Voliakovsky, 2019 Natacha Voliakovsky (Buenos Aires, 1988) is a political performance artist, feminist, and activist who has been performing around the world for the last 10 years. Her work revolves around the concept of culture as a humanizing system and the deconstruction of the social body, and raises awareness on issues regarding gender identity, body sovereignty, and women’s rights. She has taken part in the Venice International Performance Art Week workshop, Ûberbau Haus residency (Brazil), and Sur Polar residency (Antarctica). She is Director of Argentina Performance Art, the first research platform on performance art in Argentina. FB @natacha.voliakovskyIG @natachavoliakovskynatachavoliakovsky.ru
Natalie Cook, 2018 Natalie Cook is a filmmaker, poet, and theater-maker. Natalie’s poetry film, “Backwards God,” received the Best Social Justice Film Award at the New York International Film Awards and was the Grand Prize Winner of the AT&T Film Awards. She is the founder of Atlanta Word Works, as well as an alumna of the First Wave Hip Hop Theatre Ensemble, the BARS Workshop at The Public Theater, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship Program. She received a Bachelor in Arts in English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing and Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master
Nefertiti Asanti, 2015 Nefertiti Asanti (they/she) is a poet from the Bronx and a recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Watering Hole, Queer Cultural Center, Lambda Literary, Anaphora Arts, Winter Tangerine, and the Hurston/Wright Foundation. Nefertiti’s work can be found at AfroPunk, Foglifter, Santa Clara Review, Split Lip Magazine, and elsewhere. During Nefertiti’s time at EMERGE, Nefertiti’s research asked: What can intergenerational experiences of Black menstrual pain tell us about healing ourselves? IG @electricfl0wernefertitiasanti.com
Nessa Norich, 2020 Nessa Norich (she/they) is a writer, director, producer, creative coach and performer who creates works of comedy and social critique for film and theater. For the past five years, she has dedicated herself to independent filmmaking, building on fifteen years of theatrical production. Nessa is a recipient of the 2022 NYC Women’s Fund for Media for her latest project, Jelly Bean, which has so far screened at seven film festivals including NewFest 2022, and Rhode Island International Film Festival, where Nessa was recognized with the award for Best Actress. Nessa is an alum of Jacques Lecoq, Barnard
Néstor Pérez-Molière, 2023 Néstor Pérez-Molière was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, currently residing in The Bronx. His art entails a process of self-discovery; a series of confessionals revealing private conflicts; hoping towards catharsis. Through this cathartic process he hopes to connect with the viewer’s struggles and depathologize negative feelings so that they can be seen as a source for political action rather than its antithesis. Néstor exposes mental health issues like depression, dysmorphia, food addictions, and loneliness: describing their mechanisms, scrutinizing their origins, and illuminating the impossibility of fixing them. His practice mainly takes place in the
NIC Kay, 2009 NIC Kay is from the Bronx, NY. They make performances and organize performative spaces with an un disciplined approach. Their approaches to space and objects are led by choreographic motivations and they engage with the body with a sculptural eye. NIC is concerned with the process of moving, the change of place, the production of space, and the potential as well as the meaning of shifting perspectives. They published their first book, Cotton Dreams, with Candor Arts in February 2020. Their last live performance was of their work pushit [an exercise in getting well soon] at Pomona
Nína Hjálmarsdóttir, 2020 Nína Hjálmarsdóttir (she/they) is a performance artist, writer & producer. Her art collective, Sálufélagar, has produced four performances for the stage. She makes and writes about performances of image and identity, often focusing on the Nordic image and Nordic whiteness. She holds an M.A. in Performance Studies from NYU Tisch. Her most recent performance staged the Icelandic image and how one is excluded from that image. She has produced for different festivals and groups, facilitated workshops on national identity, created a personal podcast for the National Radio on love and relationships, and worked as a performance art
Nina Terra, 2022 Virtual Nina Terra is a Brazilian artist-therapist who lives in the city of Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After earning a degree in psychology, she studied dance technique with Angel Vianna, and specializes in Pedagogy of Cooperation and Collaborative Methodologies. Nina is the creator of such practices as Corpo Oráculo, Corpo Potência Criativa, and DANÇA-RITO, and she has been singing and practicing the body-voice connection for the past 11 years. She is a body trainer, a yoga instruction, and conducts individual consultations in which she facilitates experiences of connection, awareness and expansion. She develops relational and ritual
Noelle Ghoussaini, 2011 Noelle Ghoussaini creates expansive and genre-defying theatrical experience exploring the politics and spirit of liberation. She brings to light to the divine feminine and the resilient spirit of womxn living under patriarchal norms. She tells nuanced stories about the unexposed beauty and complexity of spiritual and social landscapes in the Middle East. She creates theatre and ritual experiences in public space, as a way to examine and reimagine our society within political, cultural and mystical contexts. Her work is grounded, yet offers visions of the surreal, sacred and abstract. She recently created “shapelight” – a organization dedicated
Nrzagaray, 2023 Virtual Nrzagaray (Culiacán, Sinaloa, 1998) is a multi-disciplinary artist and Audio Visual Arts and Communication student at Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Jalisco, México. His artistic development is born from the necessity to explore his identity, the wounds that cross him and his relation to others. He inhabits these dimensions from a visual and bodily focus, looking to translate these personal processes onto photography (still and moving), performance and writing. Nrzagaray (Culiacán, Sinaloa, 1998) es artista multidisciplinar y estudiante de Comunicación y Artes Audiovisuales por el Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente, Jalisco, México. Su
nyx zierhut, 2014 nyx zierhut is a mixed black tenderqueer performer, poet, healer, organizer, and educator living in Bulbancha (New Orleans, Louisiana). a creator of visceral aesthetic and political interventions, they share public ritual in the wake of state sanctioned violence. their #BlackTouch practice offers somatic and energetic healing and connection for Black, Indigenous and other people of the global majority.
Oceana James, 2019 Oceana James (she/her) is a St. Croix-born interdisciplinary artist. Her work is an examination/a re-telling/ a re-imagining of her Caribbean indigeneity. It is a commentary on the socio-political, cultural, and economic realities of peoples of African descent. In her work James deconstructs the idea of language as one’s sole means of communication and experiments with the use of time, space, non-linear form and movement to do this. Additionally, she uses her Caribbean “Nation Language” to further explore the mythologies and stories that she grew up hearing. Right now, her research is centered on epigenetics, trees, (the biology
olaiya olayemi, 2021 olaiya olayemi is a blk/trans/femme/womxxxn/anti-disciplinary artist/educator/and organizer who centers womxxxn of the african diaspora in her performative/literary/ cinematic/ and sonic works of art that explore love/sex/relationships/family/history/ memory and radical joy/pleasure. IG @capricorn1089
Ọmọlará McCallister, 2015 Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (pronouns: o, love, beloved) is a dynamic creator who shows up in many forms. O’s work is a call and response blend of sculpture, performance, installation, ritual, space holding, community building, surface design, adornment, word, sound, song, movement, moving images and photography. The roles that Ọmọlará steps into include: artist, educator, organizer, cultural strategist, conjurer. In all forms O’s work is immersive and interactive, it is co-authored by the people who inspire and encounter it. Ọmọlará is from Atlanta, Ga. O’s artistic journey began in church at 7 years old as a classically trained
Oraison Larmon, 2010 Oraison H. Larmon (they/them) is a doctoral student in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Larmon’s research centers around bodies, records and archives with specific focus on 20th century performance art in the Americas. Their dissertation “Trans Figural Records: Trans Bodies Across, Through and Beyond Archives” introduces a new archival concept that re-configures how records come to represent trans bodies. Employing an innovative methodological approach, Larmon examines trans and travesti artists who create performances that counter the historical erasure of gender variant bodies in archives. This research breaks new ground by
Honey Bundy / Parker White, 2022 Honey Bundy/Parker White (he/him) is a genderqueer trans man and drag artist based in NYC. Originally from Pittsburgh, Honey has only recently started his drag journey, but has been a lifelong multidisciplinary artist who draws inspiration from all corners of life. Horror, camp, occultism, bimboism, gender, and sexuality are all core fragments of Honey’s persona; he aims to combine the uncombinable, explore the grey areas of life, and co-exist with many truths at once. As someone who has struggled immensely with mental health, Honey uses drag as radical medicine to not only heal himself,
Pati Cruz Martínez, 2023 Virtual Born cuir (queer) and brought up catholic in the colonized archipelago of Borikén (Puerto Rico). The catholic slowly disappeared, the cuir stuck around. Spent a few years in New York (Bachelor of Arts at Vassar College, 2008-2012), then another few years in Cuba (Film Directing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV, 2015-2018). In 2019, they co-wrote and directed the short film “La amante” (“The Mistress”) which was selected at international film festivals, such as Raindance Film Festival, trinidad+tobago film festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (LOLA award), and Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film
Patrícia Faolli, 2011 The Brazilian artist Patrícia Faolli (she/her) received a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance Art from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil in 2009. Always exploring the interdisciplinary aspect of her artistic work, she started her career in theater but later focused on performance and dance using her body as the primary medium. In 2007 she developed her first performance, “Artérias” (Arteries), which started as video art and developed into an installation. It is still in constant transformation to this day. In 2008, she joined the performance group “Ajuntamento MeninasJoão de Performance”, creating collaboratively several performances and urban
Paul Bedard, 2016 Paul Bedard is a Brooklyn-based theater director. He is an artistic director of Theater in Asylum. His work has appeared at the Hangar, Cherry Lane, IRT, and Dixon Place Theatres, as well as the Prague, Chicago, and Rochester Fringe Festivals. He has collaborated with Bread and Puppet Theater and The Democratic Socialists of America. Paul is a Drama League Directing Fellow and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. FB @paul.h.bedardIG @paulhbedardTwitter @paulhbedardpaulhbedard.com
Pêdra Costa, 2021 Pêdra Costa (they/she) is a ground breaking, formative Brazilian, Visual & Urban Anthropologist, Performer and Tarot Reader based in Berlin that utilizes intimacy to connect with collectivity. They work with their body to create fragmented epistemologies of queer communities within ongoing colonial legacies. Their work aims to decode violence and transform failure whilst tapping into the powers of resilient knowledge from a plethora of subversive ancestralities and spiritualities that have been integral anti-colonial and necropolitical survival. IG @pedraxcostaTwitter @pdracosta1cargocollective.com/pedra
Polina Porras Sibolovoba, 2012 Polina Porras Sivolobova is a Russian-Mexican multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Her work includes visual arts and performance. She explores narrative using ritual, iconography, technology and nature. She has performed at the Venice Biennale and has been supported by the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, El Museo del Barrio, The Smithsonian Institute, and the Queens Council on the Arts. FB @Polina.P.SivolobovaIG @polinapsivolobovaTwitter @Polina_Porraspolinaporras.com
Rad Pereira, 2018 Rad is a two-spirit Afro-Indigenous, Jewish, Brazilian (im)migrant artist currently based in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn). Their practices range from renegade participatory ritual facilitation, to popular theatrical and TV/film performance, to community based educational artmaking and healing centering an Afro-futurist longing for transformative justice and queer reindigenization of culture. Their work has been supported by over 50 cultural institutions on Turtle Island/ Abya Yala. 2017 NYC Public AiR. Research question: Who gets to live off of making Art under the NYC capitalist cultural model AND how can we decolonize performance through models of participatory storytelling? IG @______rad___RadPlanet.org
Rae De Vine, 2019 Rae (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and cultural worker who engages with the arts primarily as a vehicle for healing and building community. Queer, Black, and Indigenous with Gullah and Caribbean roots, while in EMERGE her research question explored the intersection and convergence of these identities, all through a transracial adoptee lens. As a Poet, Vocalist, and Theatre Artist, they have participated in workshops and readings at Cave Canem and The Leslie Lohman Museum, have appeared Off-Broadway, and as a featured vocalist in iconic venues including The Apollo, Carnegie Hall, BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music),
Rania Manganaro, 2016 RANIA SALEM MANGANARO is a New York City based actor, artist, activist, and proud member of Actors Equity. Rania is known for originating the role of Peg in Ike Holter’s Hit the Wall, Off-Broadway at Barrow Street Theatre and in Chicago at The Steppenwolf Garage (produced by The Inconvenience). Last year Rania played the role of Zarina in Ayad Akhtar’s The Who & The What (Directed by Eric Rosen) at Kansas City Repertory and most recently she guest-starred in NBC’s new criminal drama, BLINDSPOT. In New York City Rania has also worked with Barrow Street Theatre, Paradise Factory, and Calliope Theatre Company. In Chicago, she
Raquel Karro, 2022 Virtual Raquel Karro is an actress, director, choreographer, teacher of performing arts, pilates instructor and former trapeze artist. She graduated in dance from Faculdade Angel Vianna and in circus from Escola Nacional de Circo, both in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her trajectory in the arts is marked by the crossings and entanglements between theater, dance, audio-visual and circus arts. Raquel stars in Julia Murat’s feature film Pendular, best film (FIPRESCI) at the Berlin Festival (2017), and La Chancha by Franco Verdoia, an Argentina/Brazil co-production. She is a master’s student at the Artes da Cena program at UFRJ,
Racquel Mavecq, 2011 Raquel Mavecq graduated in Comunicação e Artes do Corpo at PUC-SP. Through dance, performance art, video, installation and sound, her work understands the body as a catalyst for the micro and macro politics of human relationships. IG @raquelmavecq
ray ferreira 2015 ray ferreira w h e n a m i a performer of sorts aka multidisciplinary artist aka polymath. She stays playin : the dance between materiality<->language through her body w h e n a m i where histories are made and remade. She plays with iridescence, text, rhythms (aka systems), to cruise a quantum poetics. Englishes, Spanishes, and other body languages spiral, dance, and twirl to create a banj criticality: that turnup w/the grls; that swerve past white cishet patriarchy. wh e n ami IG @xxrayferreiraxx rayferreira.net
Rebecca Fitton, 2019 Rebecca Fitton (she/they) is from many places. She cultivates community through movement, food, and conversation. Her work in the dance field as an artist-scholar, administrator, and advocate centers arts and culture policy, Asian American communities, and disability justice. Her practice takes shape in studios, classrooms, basements, warehouses, bars, grocery stores, rooftops, gardens, sidewalks, and streets. IG @_rebecca.fittonrebeccafittonprojects.com
Rebecca Nagle, 2012 Rebecca Nagle is an award-winning advocate, writer, and citizen of Cherokee Nation. As the host of the chart-topping podcast “This Land”, Nagle told the story of one Supreme Court case about tribal land in Oklahoma, the small-town murder that started it, and the surprising connection to her own family history. Nagle has been covering the Murphy case since May of 2018. Her writing about Native representation and tribal sovereignty has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, USA Today, Teen Vogue, The Huffington Post, and more. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for advancing Native
Régine Romain, 2018 Régine Romain is a Haitian-American artist, educator, visual anthropologist and race equity coach living in Brooklyn, NY. As a storyteller and cultural producer, she uses photographs/film/performance as mixed-media educational tools to promote love, understanding and respect by addressing issues of representation and equity through participatory and reflective learning practices. Régine is founder/director of the Urban PhotoPoets Project, Brooklyn Photo Salon and the WaWaWa Diaspora Centre. She is the director/producer of the award winning short film and podcast “Brooklyn to Benin: A Vodou Pilgrimage” and “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical.” Régine received her BS in International Studies from Bowie State University and MA in
Renee Floresca, 2014 Originally from Hercules– East Bay Area, Renee is a Filipina actor, educator & writer based in Brooklyn. Creator of original theater works Sidewalk Sisters; Nanay, Tatay, Anak; and Undressing the Fragments, Renee uses theater, hip hop, story telling, poetry & improv to transform personal narratives into theater pieces not yet highlighted in society. IG @reneefromthebay_reneerises
Resham Mantri, 2023 Resham Mantri is a queer, first generation Indian-American interdisciplinary artist, writer, death doula and single co-parent seeking liberation and pleasure through practicing vulnerability, exploring lineage, dismantling socialized notions of self, and deathwork. They explore these ideas across mediums including installations, essays, photos, podcasting, Instagram, written interviews, vintage Indian textiles, and hosting death cafes. In the Fall of 2022, Resham and their partner Eliana Yoneda showed their collaborative art installation, Holding Space, under their ongoing project, The Community DeathCare Digest. Resham co-created a written exploration of non-monogamous love with their partner Carvell Wallace in February of 2022 with
rexylafemme (rex renée leonowicz), 2017 rexylafemme (rex renée leonowicz) is a visual + performing artist, writer, and healer born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens. As a working class trans femme, rex’s work is grounded in a politics of radical resistance, healing, and witness. s/he blends genders and genres, using drag/burlesque, comedy, visual art, and voice, to critically respond to the relationships people “on the margins” have with our surroundings and each other. rex’s book of poems and illustrations, when there is no one and there is everyone is available from Magic Helicopter Press. IG @rexylafemmerexylafemme.com
Ricardo Gamboa, 2010 (and Invited Alumni Faculty, 2011) Ricardo Gamboa (They/ Them/ Theirs) is an artist, activist and academic. Ricardo is currently staffed on THE CHI for showtime, and is writing the pilot for YOSHUA at HBOMax with Issa Rae & Scott Free producing; they are also developing a feature project with Macro. Before becoming a screenwriter, Gamboa created radically politicized arts interventions, theater and performance, and media with, by and for communities of color in their native Chicago for over a decade. This work includes endeavors like Gamboa’s critically acclaimed webseries BRUJOS about gay Latino doctoral students that are also witches fighting white
Rina Espiritu, 2018 A local of Queens Village, NY with a US greencard and Pilipino passport. This multidisciplinary artist has organized various things but not limited to: public discourse with artists/curator, a physical theater with clickbaity title, solo movement improvisations, solo exhibition of gestural paintings, durational performance in a pond, sculpture with trash and notes, Instagram memes, solo and collective performance art projects, and anonymous dissents. Oftentimes, she daydreams about a borderless and debtless world of a collectively thriving society free from cycle of bad parenting, home and food insecurity, and of historical amnesia/erasure/distortions.
Robert Anthony Gibbons, 2023 Robert Anthony Gibbons is author of Close to the Tree” (Three Rooms Press, 2012) and “Flight” (Poets Wear Prada, 2019). He was nominated for the Pushcart in 2022 by Great Weather for Media for his poem, ” a self taught genius.” He has been published in hundreds of literary magazines and in several notable anthologies. Recent publication credits include Killens Review, Tribes, Involuntary Magazine, Peregrine, Expound, Promethean, Turtle Island Quarterly, Killer Whale, Suisun Valley Review, Voices of Lefferts and the Bronx Memoir Project: Vol. 2 published by the Bronx Council of the Arts. He recently featured
Rodrigo Arenas-Carter, 2021 Rodrigo Arenas-Carter is an arts worker, researcher, migrant, and pansexual. His performance artworks have been exhibited through the Americas, receiving grants and awards, and he is the author of academic essays on performance art. He holds an M.A. in Literature, and is a member of RACA (Red de Arte de Centroamérica) and Cuirpoétikas (LGBT Central American collective). arenascarter.weebly.com
Rory Golden, 2013 Rory Golden creates multi-layered figurative work that deals in a clever and sometimes startling way with social issues like racial bigotry, sexuality, love and hate-based violence. A native of Miami Valley, Ohio, Golden holds an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama. He has exhibited his work widely in both solo and group shows at venues such as Spruill Gallery and Eyedrum, both in Atlanta, GA; the Denver International Airport, and the San Francisco and New York Public Libraries. Upcoming exhibits include a group show this coming fall on torture awareness at the John Jay
Rosary Solimanto, 2017 Activist artist Rosary Solimanto, explores oppression and societal stigmas living with multiple sclerosis evolving into her international artistic career. She approaches disABILITY identity, biology, healthcare and medicine from a humanitarian perspective. Solimanto graduated with her MFA from SUNY New Paltz in 2015 and since exhibited and performed across the US, Toronto, London, Greece, China and Spain, and featured in twelve international museums. Awards include Unlimit Fellowship from Art OMI; Kulakoff Award at SUNY Albany; and the Sojourner Truth Fellowship at SUNY New Paltz. She was a selected for the activist program, Emerge NYC. rosarysolimanto.com
Rosina Ivanova, 2022 Virtual Rosina Ivanova works in community art, public art, ecological actions, performance art, and experimental writing. She holds an MFA from the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (Norway) and a Master in Creative Practice from the Transart Institute (Berlin/New York) via the Community Scholarship. In 2017, the Norwegian Council for the Arts supported her return to Athens with the Guerrilla Optimists—a street performance group she has collaborated with since 2007—to ‘blow air’ in front of the Greek Parliament. She writes from lived experiences of sounds and spaces, without fixed destinations, to create manifestos, poetic texts, calls to
Sabina Ibarrola, 2013 Sabina is a Brooklyn-based performance artist, activist, and troublemaker: a dancer and bruja on the path towards becoming a writer and healer, too. Sabina apprenticed with herbalist Robin Rose Bennett of Wisewoman Healing Ways. A graduate of Hunter College and the New York School of Burlesque, she collaborates with the Boston-based Femme Show and Brooklyn’s Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow. As a mixed-race Latina femmedyke, her work coalesces around conscious, performative femininity and camp as strategies for resisting racist heteropatriarchy. sabinaibarrola.com
Sacred Walker, 2012 Sacred Walker is a master facilitator and the CEO and Lead Holistic Trainer of Kuumba Health LLC. Sacred’s creative writing and dance performances include gracing the stage of Alvin Ailey World Dance Festival, WOW Cafe, Second Stage Theater, Malonga Dance School, Union Theological Seminary, LGBT Community Center, etc. Her creative passion is the cross-section between the ways dancing and co-creating artistically with the divine in the hardest of times, bridging ancestral and modern wisdom, helps build resilience and has brought out the best in those she is blessed to support and serve year after year. IG @asksacredFB
Sahar Sajadieh, 2011 Sahar Sajadieh is a digital performance/media artivist (artist+activist) and scholar, interaction designer, and computer scientist, born and raised in Iran. Sahar’s research and practice lie at the intersection of computational performance, media arts, interrogative design, performance/media theory, artificial intelligence, and human-computer interaction. She is interested in the application of digitally-mediated interactivity, extended reality, machine learning, and virtual & robotic embodiments in live performances and public spheres as means of storytelling, poetic expression, and socio-political intervention. For Sahar, digital media practice is a form of activism, a way to challenge the public’s comfort zone and provoke dialogues about
Sahar Sepahdari-Dalai, 2019 Sahar Sepahdari-Dalai is an Iranian American video and performance artist. Healing and language are the axes of her practice. She is interested in the metaphorical flux of translation that speaks to diasporic displacement when considering the decolonization of time and space. She is a world-builder and engages her audience in self-reflexive and affective moments of recognition and play. She has performed at The New Museum, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, and Performa ‘15 NYC. She also curates a show called Digital Diaspora for digital artists in the Islamic Diaspora centering Black Muslim Artists. saharspace.com
Salome Egas, 2018 Salome is proudly Ecuadorian, an interdisciplinary artist, educator and bilingual children’s book author who is permanently questioning her identity through multiple mediums: dance, theater, film and textile arts. She’s a Brooklyn Arts Council grantee, an American Immigrant Council Fellow, and a For the Artist! resident artist at MOtiVE Brooklyn for 2022. She founded By Salo Books and her first bilingual book highlighting self-love in mixed-race characters launched in April of 2022. salomeegas.com IG: @salomeegas
Samantha Galarza, 2012 Samantha Galarza (she/her/ella) is a queer, Puerto Rican, SAG-AFTRA actress, writer, performance artist, educator, podcaster, and director. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and progressive “de-colonial” art. Her work interweaves personal narratives of queer identity, internalized and systemic anti-black racism, generational trauma, migration, and gender-based violence with policies that disproportionately affect historically marginalized communities. She’s been published in award-winning anthologies and has performed internationally. Sam is co-foundeder/co-host of the bilingual queer femme Latina/e/x centered podcast Latinas en Queerantine and co-founder of the queer performance-art collective A Beautiful Desperation. She’s a
Samira Mendoza, 2023 Samira Mendoza is a transdisciplinary performance artist, visual artist, curator, and educator based in Brooklyn. Their work centers improvisation through different mediums including sound, sculpture, organizing, and movement to investigate oppressive systems, familial history in Latin America and the Caribbean, and my personal experiences growing up in the South. Mendoza sees improvisation as an act of resistance, a space to reject formal structures and create new ideas. Their current projects include Dendarry Bakery, Las Mariquitas, Dyspheric, and the Uhaul Disco. Dendarry Bakery is an experimental performance trio including Gladstone Butler and Mobéy Lola Irizarry. Dendarry Bakery combines
Santiago Venegas Duque, 2013 Santiago Venegas Duque is a Colombian fashion designer and performance artist, currently working at Brooks Brothers as a knitwear designer. He ultimately wants everyone to be happy including the animals and environment. IG @sanvene
Sara Kostic, 2018 Sara Kostic (born in 1990 in Belgrade), received an M.A. in Architecture Design from Belgrade University. She attended EmergeNYC program, at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU. She polished her practices by working with artists such as VestandPage, Marlin Arsem, Franko B. In her work, she incorporates her fields of interest referring to the physical and social context that the role of the psychological and physical body takes. sarakostic.com IG: @arbor_sara
Sara Lyons, 2012 Sara Lyons is a director who seeks to explode form/politic in new, critically embodied theatre and performance works. Working frequently in adaptation, social practice, and new media, their work has been presented by Los Angeles Performance Practice, The Wattis Institute, OUTsider, SFX Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, HERE, LaMaMa, Edinburgh Fringe, and more. MFA-Directing, Carnegie Mellon. sara-lyons.com
Saul Villegas (The Sun), 2023 Virtual Saul Villegas (The Sun) is a First-Year MFA student in the Future Stages cohort in the Digital Arts & New Media program at UCSC. Using art to create a revolving system from the mental, physical, and virtual environment, he invites people to participate in the viewer experience through digital mixed-media works. His practice seeks to use the virtual creative space to reimagine archives and extend a stream of consciousness to memories that helped inspire his work. Using AI and editing tools, he builds scenes with projections that mirror perception in altered states—alluding to traumatic
Shelah Marie, 2011 With her authentic, rebellious and playful personality and her @curvycurlyconscious movement, Shelah Marie engages an online community of over a quarter million people. Her mission is to create a movement of total self love and liberation for women of color. She’s the creator of the Curvy, Curly, Conscious movement, where “self help” meets “real talk” and has been featured in NBC, Fox5, Luxe Radar, Black Girl In Om, and Live Civil by Karen Civil among others. Prior to Curvy, Curly, Conscious, Shelah led her signature workshop named The Sustainable Theater Workshop to entities such as The United
Shenny de Los Angeles, 2019 Shenny de Los Angeles is a Dominican-American performance artist. Her work focuses on healing generational trauma, inviting every hurt to free itself into joy. During her time at Emerge, Shenny was researching the Afro Latinx experience in America and Domincan American’s relationship to DR, exploring rituals of beauty passed from generation to generation. Shenny centralizes Black Caribbean femmes in her work; affirming the beauty in being alive. “when you in pain just focus on somebody else’s business,” is her first piece to be published by The Caribbean Writers. This past fall, she was commissioned by
Sita Frederick, 2013 Sita Frederick is a choreographer, performer, arts administrator and teacher based in New York City. After graduating from Swarthmore College, Frederick performed with Bessie-winning choreographers Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women and Merian Soto, co-founder of Pepatian. In 2003, Frederick and visual artist José Miguel Ortiz co-founded Areytos Performance Works, a multi-disciplinary performance company that presents innovative contemporary dance-theatre rooted in Caribbean traditions and the principles of social justice. From 2007-2010 Frederick produced a body of work reinterpreting Afro-Cuban, Salsa and modern in “Maletumba II,” “What Do You Dance On?”, “Sirenas” and “Bembé, Salon, y
Sol Cabrini de la Ciudad, 2017 Sol Cabrini de la Ciudad is a Chicago trans creator based in NYC. Sol has created and collaborated in numerous seasons of shows at Free Street Theatre. From audio engineering to performative efforts she has made mediums concerning the abstraction of how sounds are produced and operating sonically within and without the hands of the State. She is also a member of the radically politicized theatrical group Young Fugitives. A portion of her work can be viewed under the name Sol Patches and 1/2 of collaborative group solYchaski. Listen on Spotify Twitter @solciudadsolpatches.bandcamp.com
Sól Casique, 2023 Virtual Sól Casique (they/elle) is an undocumented Venezuelan and Colombian creative living in D.C. on Piscataway Conoy Lands. They come to Emerge through a joint residency with House of Alegría. They exist within the gender fckery and immortality of fungi and lichen and the interconnectedness of celestial bodies. They center their work on themes of transformation, the complexities of mental health and our deep connection to nature – dreaming and creating worlds where there’s no negotiation for identities or communities. They’ve been published in the anthology “Somewhere We are Human ” and are one of the creators
Sophia Mak, 2016 Sophia Mak is a Brooklyn based, multi-disciplinary artist and educator. They have had the pleasure of working with young artists across New York City’s five boroughs. Sophia is currently in collaboration with Bex Kwan (EMERGE’16) creating performances which unearth secret histories of foreignness, family mythologies, and kinship in East Asian communities in the United States. IG @so_mak | @soandbex sophiamak.comsoandbex.com
Sophia Valera Heinecke, 2023 Virtual Sophia Valera Heinecke (she/her) is a writer for the screen and stage as well as a dramaturg, archivist, and creative consultant. Her play Trash Lord: Renovation is a semi-finalist for the 2023 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. While she is a very interdisciplinary artist, Sophia believes theater above all mediums involves a deep consideration of human bodies and their emotional/intellectual output which will be critical to witness and consider as our world continues to transform. She strives to have her live performance works evoke meaningful questions and respectfully respond to the needs of
Sriya Sarkar, 2015 Sriya Sarkar is a digital media producer, comedian, and filmmaker working at the intersection of digital media, comedy, and activism. She has worked with artist Maya Lin for the What Is Missing? Foundation as well as the feminist sleeper cell of riotously funny reproductive rights advocates at Lady Parts Justice. She is the producer of Speakout Laughout, a comedic storytelling show about abortion, as well as lolvote, a comedy variety show and accompanying Twitterbot encouraging youth voter turnout. Currently, she’s the Digital Content Producer for Priorities USA. sriyasarkar.com
Star Mitchell, 2023 Star Mitchell is a Celestial force descended from the sun and the moon’s love. A Brooklyn based artist using natural elements to connect to their ancestors and rebuild narratives that provide a gentle approach to healing. Star uses movement/multimedia as a further expression of our inner being. Giving voice back to the inner child that lives within. While walking in light of their Highest self. They are focused on Creating with all mediums that excite them, aiming to invite more pleasure through play. Star has Choreographed & Performed in collaboration with Center for Performance Research as an
stefa marin alarcon, 2019 stefa marin alarcon is a vocalist, composer and multi-media performance artist born and raised in Queens, NY. Using an amalgamation of punk, experimental pop and classical minimalism with queer ethereal aesthetix and video collages, stefa builds worlds that offer a somatic decolonial respite for the misfits & displaced who are yearning for a sense of home. They studied euro-centric classical music for 20 years (Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts ‘07, CSSD ‘10), were an Artist-in-Residence at TrueQué Residencia Artística, Slippage Residency at Duke University, a Hemispheric Institute of Performance
Stephano Espinoza, 2015 Stephano is an artist and educator from Guayaquil, Ecuador. He is the co-founder and director of TrueQué Residencia Artistica, an annual artist residency in the coast of Ecuador. He holds a BA in Social and Cultural Analysis with concentrations in Latinx and Metropolitan Studies from New York University. He was part of the NYFA’s Immigrant Artists Program and the Center for Artistic Activism’s 2016 Art Action Academy. Espinoza has worked at the Queens Museum as a Public Programs and Community Engagement Fellow, as an educator at the Museum of the Moving Image and a teaching artist at
Stephen Graf, 2011 After many years in the NYC theatre scene, Stephen began pursuing doctoral studies in 2017 at the New School for Social Research, with a major concentration in comparative politics and a minor in global politics. His research interests include the structure of political institutions, inclusiveness in public service delivery, state-society relations, and social movements in India. He has worked in the Permanent Observer Office for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) to the United Nations for over five years. IG @grafstephen
Stevie Walker-Webb, 2014 Stevie Walker-Webb is an Obie award winning Director, Playwright, and Cultural Worker who believes in the transformational power of art. As a survivor of poverty and the associative violence that comes with growing up black and poor in America, he’s knows how liberating and necessary it is to create. He is a 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Theatre. The Lily Award in honor of Lorraine Hansberry awarded by the Dramatists Guild of America. He’s served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Jubilee Theatre and has created
Susana Plotts-Pineda, 2020 Susana Plotts-Pineda (she/her) is an artist, writer, and translator. Her work touches on cultural identity, revolution, and post-historical debris, by delving into archives and speculative landscapes. She has been published in Kitchen Magazine, Global Performance Studies, Waif Magazine and The Drunken Canal. Her performances and film have shown at Performance Studies International’s 2019 Conference, Beam Center’s The Lighthouse on Governors Island, and the Orange County Film Fiesta. She has worked at The Kitchen, Mapa Teatro, and Noche Flamenca. Currently she is an MFA Candidate in Poetry at Brooklyn College and a resident artist at CoLAB Arts.
Taja Lindley, 2014 Taja Lindley (she/her) is a spirit-led interdisciplinary generative artist creating dynamic and iterative works designed to transform audiences and to shift narratives, culture and consciousness. She is inspired by the healing arts and metaphysical sciences which support her healing journey and inform the rituals of conceiving, developing and presenting her artwork. She is most known for her performances, installations, and podcasting addressing state sanctioned violence, reproductive freedom, economic sovereignty, bodily autonomy and our relationship with the past. Her work is often immersive, participatory, socially engaged, political and autobiographical. Her mediums (to date) include film, memory, sound, dance/movement,
Timothy Du White (later known as UGBA), 2016 Timothy DuWhite (he/they) is a Black/queer poet, actor, and activist based out of Brooklyn, NY. His essays and poetry can be found in The Rumpus, The Root, Afropunk, Black Youth Project, The Grio, and elsewhere. In the summer of 2018, DuWhite debuted his one-man show NEPTUNE as the headliner for Dixon Place’s annual “Hot Festival.” Following rave reviews and sold-out performances, NEPTUNE was then restaged as the 2019 kick-off event for Brooklyn Museum’s acclaimed “1st Saturday” series. DuWhite was named a “Black LGBTQ+ playwright you need to know” by Time Out NY.
Troizel Carr, 2017 An artist, advocate, and academic, Troizel Carr is black + alive and that means more than these words can say. They are pursuing their PhD at New York University in Performance Studies, where they also earned their MA. Currently, their research wants to consider figurations of black children in post-emancipation aesthetics and the capacities of those figurations to articulate the possibility of black freedom. They also hold a Teaching Fellowship at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City, where they lead weekly New Perspective tours. Troizel enjoys facilitation and curriculum development and created a
Valentina De Roca Fuerte, 2020 Valentina De Roca Fuerte is a sensitive poet, awakening visual artist, workshop facilitator, and creative wellness educator. Born in Bogotá Colombia, raised in the DMV & Washington state, to now living in Harlem; she carries all these places with her. Her words are motivated by the urgency to write through brown immigrant women’s pain & power. Her written work can be found printed in Undertone Magazine’s On Body collection as well digitally in Spanglish Voces ‘Desahogo Al 2020’ Series. She also recently graduated with a Masters in Art Politics from NYU Tisch & is now
Vanessa Cuervo, 2016 Born in Bogotá Colombia, Vanessa is a dancer, curator & cultural producer exploring the connections between identity, collective memory building and rituals of resilience in (but not limited to) Latin America. Working with dance, theatre and film organizations in Toronto, Buenos Aires, New York & Bogotá she has collected a multiplicity of stories. She currently works with film teams strategizing on how to use their documentaries as tools for social change, and connecting them to changemakers and partners that can fuel their impact campaigns.
Vaseah Dupree, 2014 Vaseah Dupree is a spoken word artist and creative writer who grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn during the height of the drug wars and the AIDS/HIV epidemic. She is a survivor of Urban America, sexual, physical, verbal and domestic abuse. While struggling to cope with the affects of the environment in which she grew up, Vaseah received her Associates Degree from BMCC.
Verónica Peña, 2021 Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women’s empowerment. Recent works include participatory performances that create shared moments amongst strangers. Peña has performed in various countries around Europe, Asia, and America. In the United States, her work was featured at Times Square, Armory Show, NYU’s Hemispheric Institute, Queens Museum, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Grace Exhibition Space, Triskelion Arts, Defibrillator Performance Art
viento izquierdo ugaz, 2022 Virtual viento izquierdo ugaz is a multidisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, educator & language justice worker based between Lima & New York. Their work considers the effect of migration on the visual language of their lineage, and how this lexicon permeates their queer & trans chosen family archive. They are founder of Cabritas Resistiendo, a platform in Perú which uplifts trans joy & co-organizer of BODYHACK, a NY/global mutual aid happy hour for trans & nb people. They are a 2021-2022 Leslie Lohmann Museum and EmergeNYC fellow, and their work has appeared in El Museo del Barrio,
Wazina Zondon, 2020 Centering her own identities as both an obstacle and a breakthrough, Wazina generates from the in-between space of insider-outsider. Her process is a hybrid of disciplines to recollect memory and nostalgia through written word, personalized soundscape and the rehearsal of cultural choreographies. As a visual thinker and processor, the re-creation of stories and rituals serves as both the site of performance and offers viewers to distill their imprints for new understanding. wazina.com IG: @wazina
Wow Quisqueya, 2023 Wow Quisqueya (they/them) is a Brooklyn born and bred multidimensional artist who specializes in making their most intimate feelings and hardships less scary. Their visual art is often colorful and texturized and aligned or accompanied by poetry, thoughts and/or sounds. They are a Peer Leader at Recess Art Org where they learn about Black art and creative history in the forms of photography, videography, writing, print making, and storytelling. Wow is also a vocalist and is currently curating a barbershop quartet with the goal of reaching new harmonizing heights and solo confidence. IG: @wowlifeonearth
Yali Romagoza, 2022 Yali Romagoza (she/her) is a Cuban-born multidisciplinary artist currently based in Queens, NY. She graduated with a Master’s degree in Fashion, Body, and Garment from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016) and a BA in Art History from the University of Havana, Cuba. Her works have been included in the Art and Social Activism Festival, NY; The Immigrant Artist Biennial, NY. Romagoza has performed at Links Hall Theater, Chicago; White Box, NY; Teatro LATEA, NY; Art in Odd Places, NY; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC; Grace Exhibition Space, NY; NY Latin American Art
Yara Colón, 2021 Yara Colón is an interdisciplinary voice artist based on ancestral Nonotuck land. Thematically, their work focuses largely on queer intimacies, ritual, diasporic fragmentations, and collective utopic progressions. She believes that all living and non-living beings “have voice”—and in the importance of listening deeply to them. IG @sospechosa808
Zachary Wager Scholl, 2013 Zachary Wager Scholl is an educator, artist and cultural worker. He’s a member of The Aftselakhis Spectacle Committee, a multi-disciplinary arts collective making queer, intergenerational, diasporic radical purimshpiln; a member of Jews For Racial & Economic Justice; an educator at Kolot Chayeinu Synagogue. Recent projects include researching Jewish women partisan fighters from the Nazi Holocaust; food ethnography; and learning songs and singing in Yiddish, Ladino and Appalachian traditions. IG @zacharyisafox
Zavé Martohardjono, 2011 Zavé Martohardjono is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist born in Montréal, Canada. Their artistic practice explores geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, embodied healing, and modes of decolonization. Martohardjono studied political economy at Brown University, filmmaking at CUNY City College, and entered dance and performance art in 2009. IG @zavozavitoTwitter @zavozavitozavemartohardjono.com
Zoe Lukov, 2009 Curator, Emmy-nominated producer, and writer Zoe Lukov develops non-traditional, experimental exhibitions that engage and respond to pressing issues in real time. Previously, as chief curator of Faena Art in Miami Beach and Buenos Aires, Lukov organized the first Faena Festival in 2018, its follow up in 2019, in addition to major solo exhibitions by internationally recognized artists throughout the Faena Districts. She is also a founding board member of Desert X, the nonprofit site-specific exhibition based in California, and recently produced a documentary about Desert X 2021 which premiered at the Getty Museum, aired on PBS, and