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Antiracism in Your Individual Practice
The conversation of antiracism within our industry exists on both sides and is not just reserved for organizations. In this community-driven class come share space with Jay Woods to learn how independent artists* across disciplines can activate their personal artistic practice through the lens of antiracism. Jay will also guide us to understand how artists can feel equipped to be in conversation and action with organizations regarding antiracism. How can an individual’s practice of antiracism become a tool for organizational accountability and growth? Join the conversation and learn with us!
*We encourage all independent artists to attend no matter your primary focus or discipline. Designers, technicians, stage manager, orchestra members, teaching artists, actors, dancers, writers, this is open to all who regularly engage with organizations.
Jay Woods: Miss Jay is a Seattle based artist-activist currently serving as the Co-Artistic Director of Sound Theatre and founder of Seattle Theatre Leaders. Jay has taught and directed internationally at institutions such as Village Theatre, ACT Theatre, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, bringing her Anti-Racism, community building, trauma informed practice in everything she does. Jay holds an MA in Directing from Edinburgh Napier University.
Thursday, June 3 at 7:30 pm
CONVERSATION: Kathy Hsieh will share from her years of experience in the grant and producing world how to do a true self evaluation of what your skills are so you can feel confident as you apply for opportunities. We’ll discuss how to find joy through the process of applying and how to seize an application process as an opportunity to create a work plan that will benefit you whether you receive funding or not. It’s all about your mindset. She’ll also share insight about what to expect throughout and after the process. A joy-filled conversation to help you discern what might be the right path for you.
Kathy Hsieh is a founder and Co-Executive Producer for SIS Productions and is also an award-winning actor, writer and director whose honors include the National Association of Asian American Professionals in Seattle as their Artist of the Year, an International Examiner Community Voice Awardee in the Arts, and a Gregory Award for Sustained Achievement. Her scripts have been experienced in Vancouver, B.C.; Chicago; Minneapolis and Seattle. Artistic projects in the last year include Notes for My Daughter as part of Macha Theatre Works’ 17 Minute Stories, 14/48 Projects’ It’s a Wonderful Life, Harlequin Productions’ radio version of Snow in Midsummer, and Parley’s Patch and Piper Save the Multiverse. She has also worked with SIS Productions, Pratidhwani, Pork Filled Productions, Raisins in a Glass of Milk, Sound Theatre, ReAct, Seattle Rep, Book-It, ACT, Intiman, Taproot, ArtsWest, Living Voices, Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O and more.
Thursday, June 17 at 7:30pm
PRACTICAL: Representing yourself and your craft in ways that feel authentic and empowering on paper can be difficult. Sara Porkalob will lead us through this workshop that will use immersive storytelling exercises to mine individual experience, objectives, and tactics to develop personalized, specific language that you can use for grant writing, cover letters, artistic statements, and other such documents. Being aware of what you need to flourish and being ready to receive with open us to our full potential to thrive and grow.
Thursday, February 11 at 7:30 pm
Conversation: Join us for a conversation with Jay O’Leary Woods where we explore how we, as artists, can be our own best advocate. Jay will guide us as we consider how we can come back stronger by prioritizing wellness and positive self-esteem as we reenter artistic spaces after this prolonged pause.
Jay O’Leary Woods
Miss Jay is a Seattle based artist-activist currently serving as the Co-Artistic Director of Sound Theatre and founder of Seattle Theatre Leaders. Jay has taught and directed internationally, at institutions such as Village Theatre, ACT Theatre, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, bringing her Anti-Racism, community building, trauma informed practice in everything she does. Jay holds an MA in Directing from Edinburgh Napier University.
Thursday, February 25 at 7:30 pm
Practical Lesson: Learning to take care of yourself as an artist is paramount. Sadiqua Iman, practitioner at Nile’s Edge Healing Arts, will teach us some practical ways to find and maintain balance, explore mindfulness, and practice body awareness. Come prepared to move, breathe, and connect to your inner joy.
Sadiqua Iman performs as the character Namii and uses burlesque, storytelling, and dance to deconstruct issues of gender fluidity, relationships, and what it means to “strip down” outside of sexual connotations. She is Founder/Artistic Director of Earth Pearl Collective, a queer black womyns social justice non profit organization dedicated to healing communities through artistic collaborations. Sadiqua works as a freelance director, costume designer, teaching artist, and project manager in the Seattle area and around the country. She has directed an all woman of color cast of A Streetcar Named Desire to raise awareness of same sex domestic violence and created an interactive performances based on the disappearance of queer black leadership in social justice movements called We Be Dat. In 2018 she premiered an original boi-lesque ballet called Tail Feather that explored female bodied masculinity at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Her most recent project was directing August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at Chattanooga Theatre Centre in January 2020. Sadiqua Iman earned her Masters of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership at Seattle University. She was awarded the 2019 Arc Fellowship award by 4Culture and used the funds to open the new Afro-centered healing arts center Nile’s Edge.
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Thursday, March 11 at 7:30 pm
Conversation: Join artists Josephine Kearns, Aaron M. Davis-Norman and Jasmine Joshua as they share how producers, directors, designers and artistic decision makers can best support artists throughout the theatre-making experience, from season selection all the way through running a show. They will share their experiences in these areas as it relates to the TGNC and BIPOC artists and the various intersectional identities that are too often missing from the room. Let’s talk about what equity within the arts looks like, how we can amplify under used artists’ joy and talents and the practical ways these artists are bridging the gap between two communities to create one collaborative community.
Thursday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Practical Lesson: Join us for a virtual voice-affirming lesson from Alexandra Plattos Sulack, Co-Founder of the Chicago based studio THE VOICE LAB.
The Voice Lab provides voice affirming services for transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming individuals as well as music lessons for adults and kids in voice, piano, and guitar. Our teachers are educated, diversely trained pedagogues and performers. Not only is it our job to meet every question you have about the inner workings of the voice with a thoughtful and thorough explanation, but it is also our goal to hear you and understand what taking lessons means to you.
Alexandra Plattos Sulack (she/her) (March 25)
Alexandra is a performer, singer, and teacher/coach based in Chicago, and the Co-Founder of The Voice Lab, Inc. She believes that everyone has a voice worth sharing. Her work centers around meeting voice users where they are and co-creating a plan steeped in science-based pedagogy and play, so that their most authentic voice (singing or speaking) can emerge.
Thursday April 8 at 7:30 pm
Conversation: Does tackling financial planning, budgeting, and things like taxes stress you out and fill you with fear and anxiety? Join us for a conversation with Chandra Savage and Janell Johnson where we will discuss how to flip that mindset of scarcity to one driven by potential. We will talk about tactics that help us approach our finances one bite at a time and vocabulary that allows us access to the wide world of financial abundance. No matter where you are on your journey to financial wellness, we welcome you to join us.
Thursday April 22 at 7:30pm
Practical Lesson: It’s time to roll up our sleeves and take a Practical Lesson from Akeiva M. Ellis on how your business finances relate to your personal finances. Let’s get to work and learn how to prep for our taxes throughout the year, start a budget, and gain knowledge and begin to take control. Akeiva is very interested in supporting the artistic experience – so please feel free to send questions in advance so she can better support your needs. It’s a new world for artists and that includes financial well-being, let’s discover a new level of agency and understanding together.