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VOCAB

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My proposal to fund my upcoming show, VOCAB, has been accepted by Philly Stake, a micro-granting event for creative & relevant community engaged projects. I’ll be presenting at the February 16th dinner and hope to go home with $800 toward the creation of an exciting new show. VOCAB is currently being developed as part of Simpatico Theatre Project’s SoLow Incubator. It’s a one-person show that attempt to construct a vocabulary for manhood as an American person of color. It was initially inspired by the false identification of two brown high school athletes as the Boston bombers.

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I began thinking about what it means to see a brown boy running, what level of threat that creates, what that boy runs from and where he runs to. Using an oral history of hip-hop and studies on black masculinity as basis, VOCAB is a letter to my unborn son and an attempt to find a new way to talk about myself. It also involves dancing!

Check Simpatico’s page for more info on the workshop public showings in March and April and check out Philly Stake for info on the February 16th dinner and the very exciting micro-grant work they’ve been doing for year.

And, of course, check back here or Like me on FB to for updates on this new work as it develops!

WINTER/SPRING SCHEDULE:

February 14th – First Person Arts’ THE EX-FILES V-Day Story Slam

This is my third year hosting this annual event and it’s, honestly, one of my favorite things to do. Bring your significant other, bring someone you just met, bring a bunch of friends, bring everyone at your office who you secretly hate. Storytellers are sharing 5-minute, true stories about–must I spell it out?–exes. Come for the schaedenfreude, stay for the best tales this city has to offer. 8pm, Underground Arts

February 16th – Presenting VOCAB at the Philly Stake Dinner

March 18th – Songbird: The Search for Philly’s Best Singer

Season Two of Tabu’s wildly successful singing competition kicks off its 14-week run with 20 new contestants and one brand new host–me! I can’t wait to Ryan Seacrest my way into America’s hearts! 9pm, Tabu

April 15th – May 20th – Laugh! Gasp! Cry! The Anybody Guide to Storytelling

My popular storytelling class returns to First Person Arts for a third time. Perfect for newbies and vets alike looking to get practice brainstorming, developing and performing their stories in a variety of platforms.

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falling-off-the-horseGood news for stalkers! New posts are up occasionalish on my dramedy blog, I Just Have a Few Notes.

Welcome…

Welcome! Here’s some things!

Last summer I finished a year’s worth of development with Artists U, a phenomenal program with branches in Philly, Charleston and Baltimore. The past 12 months have been no less than revolutionary for me and much of the credit goes to this amazing program. I am able to think about myself and my work in a new way, I challenge myself to take my work seriously, to ignore self-doubt that tells me what I make artistically isn’t important. I came away with a new Artist’s Statement and a two-year plan, documents that are unprecedented and extraordinary for me.  I also came away with a respect for and pride in what I do. I have big goals and I know how to plot the small steps to reach them.

I’m so very grateful to the fellow artists who went through this year with me and the phenomenal facilitators who shared their experience, practice and wisdom. The people in this picture are already doing amazing things (check out The Bearded Ladies or Team Sunshine Performance Company or Raphael Xavier or Applied Mechanics or, really, just on the site). I’m truly honored to have been included in this class and I’m excited to live up to the confidence that Artists U has shown in me!

More info:  Artists U

In other news:

Read this funny interview I did!

And, look: video from my first NYC storytelling appearance!