Over the last several weeks, T. Chester has collaborated with students from Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts to create the devised production We Make The Future. T. was delighted to be invited back to their former high school to create with this new generation of performers and storytellers.
Check out our trailer below:
T. Chester moderated an engaging conversation with Toshi Reagon, Aja Burrell Wood, and Darius Jones about the influences of Black Feminism on their artistic practices. It was hosted by Sarah Elizabeth Charles as part of the Winter Jazzfest, the complete conversation can be viewed via Facebook.
Tabitha is excited to announce they were awarded an Educator Grant, from the Abolitionist Teaching Network. The grant is awarded to educators who strive to disrupt inequalities and injustice within their schools, communities, or both. Tabitha plans to use this grant to create a theatrical performance for Queer teens in Palm Beach County. Stay tune for more info!!!
As part of the Lit from the Black! Fellowship, Tabitha recently hosted a roundtable of Black Designers in the Bay Area. The panelists were sound designer Elton Bradman, costume designer Regina Y. Evans, scenic designer Celeste Martore and lighting/video designer Kevin Myrick. The full conversation can be found on YouTube.
Tabitha is proud to be apart of the 2020 Lit from the Black! Design and Technical Production Fellowship for Women and Non-Binary folks of African Descent! Mentored and trained by renowned Bay Area Lighting Designer, Stephanie Anne Johnson. Through the fellowship, they work to harness and ignite the power of perception through the art of lighting, sound and visual design.
It is a 7-month journey of training and work experience in design and technical production skills for Online/Digital/Virtual productions, sponsored by the Afro Urban Society.
Tabitha took part of the foolsFury convening "BUILD from Here: the future of ensemble theater" as a dramaturg. Through conversations with Ayodele Nzinga of Lower Bottom Playaz and Gayle Fekete of Fekete Projects, Tabitha created a visual representation of their work and impact via Word Clouds.
Tabitha is thrilled to be teaching "Staging Black Queer Lives", this fall at The New School. This course will be taught virtually for both undergraduates and graduate students. Please contact Tabitha if you are interested in the syllabus.
Course Description: This course centers dramatic texts and performances that stage and explore the histories, experiences, and stories of Queer Black people in the United States. The study of Black Theatre is often dominated by plays written by and/or about cis-heterosexual Black men. This course seeks to disrupt this imbalance by focusing on plays, playwrights, and performances that are often marginalized in the study of Black Theatre. The course will be arranged chronologically and thematically. The first part of the course will explore major periods in U.S. Black life, including but not limited to Enslavement, The New Negro Movement, the Black Arts Movement, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. The second part of the course will be arranged around major themes in Black Queer life and art such as interracial desire, sexuality, and religion. We will juxtapose performance texts with historical and theoretical readings, giving students the space to engage critically and creatively throughout the course. The purpose of this course is to contribute to the archive of Black Queer stories. This course is not an exhaustive history of Black Queer Theatre but should serve as an entry point to exploring the archive. The course is discussion-based and is designed for upper-level undergraduate and/or graduate students. Black Queer people have always played a major role through art and activism in the United States. This course seeks to address the gaps in both Black Performance Studies and mainstream Queer Studies.
Tabitha partnered with the Center for the Study of Social Policy through the Youth Thrive initiative to produce and create a devised piece that used storytelling to educate those involved in child protection services about the experiences of youth in foster care. Participants created their piece through a series of virtual workshops and a 3-day in person intensive in New Orleans. The performance "Our Words, Our World" was the closing event of the Youth Thrive Convening.