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Audrey Hailes

Audrey Elaine Hailes (she/her) is a dance-theatre artist raised in Washington DC, currently living in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA in Experimental Theatre from NYU and performs with The Dance Cartel, Paloma McGregor, Maria Bauman-Morales, and Ebony Golden amongst others. Her own choreography has been commissioned by Gibney Dance, Dance Theatre Etc, Movement Research, BAAD! New York Live Arts. She served as assistant choreographer on Secret Life of Bees by Lynn Nottage off-broadway and is currently choreographer and co-video editor for the NYU Abu Dhabi Reality Show, a show created to address health and wellness issues for incoming freshman. Audrey is extremely grateful to be able to tell stories that honor our ancestors and reflect the bright black future. (photo: Hemamset Angaza)

Angie Pittman

Angie Pittman (she/her) is a New York based Bessie award-winning dance artist. Her choreographic work has been performed at The Kitchen, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center, The Invisible Dog, and Danspace Project. Angie has had the pleasure of dancing in work by MBDance, Ralph Lemon, Tere O’Connor, Cynthia Oliver, Anna Sperber, Donna Uchizono Company, Jennifer Monson, Kim Brandt, Tess Dworman, Antonio Ramos and many others.  Angie has also been able to create collaboratively with Jasmine Hearn, Jonathan Gonzalez, Athena Kokoronis, and Anita Mullin.  She holds a MFA in Dance and Choreography with a graduate minor in African American Studies, and is a M’Singha Wuti certified teacher of the Umfundalai technique. Angie’s work resides in a space that investigates how the body moves through ballad, groove, sparkle, spirit, spirituals, ancestry, vulnerability, and power. (photo: Lily Baldwin)

Courtney Cook

Courtney J. Cook (She/Her/Hers) is a Virginia Native now residing in Brooklyn, NY. She began her formal movement and vocal development at family reunions and her home church. She is a graduate of the Virginia Governor’s School of the Arts and holds a B.F.A in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is now a company member, Co-Rehearsal Director, and BOLD facilitator with Urban Bush Women, a company member with MBDance, and featured artist with Marguerite Hemmings (we free). She is honored to be a recipient of the 2018 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Performance for her work with all three of these organizations. As a creator, she has had the privilege of performing her solo work, “PoolPITT”, as a featured artist in ModArts Dance Collective’s Collective Thread ‘17,  the Estrogenious Festival ‘17, curated by Maura Donohue, and BDAC’s Creative Emancipation Collaboration, curated by Ebony Noelle Golden. She has had the privilege to be in collaboration with interdisciplinary artists Tendayi Kuumba and Greg Purnell  (FLUXX Collective 2018-2019) exploring movement, sound, theater, and visual art. (photo: Hayim Heron)

Ziiomi Law

Ziiomi Law (they + she) is a B.A.M.F. They give big GLIT energy on their best day/s. Zii is an ever evolving Blackity Black and queer creative + movement artist who sweats glitter and smells like sweet coco mango shea butta. They stan for Black womyn and are committed to a liberated life & legacy. She joins this expressive and expansive conjuring gleefully and with a full body YES! She luxuriates in the opportunity to do so as it is her deepest pleasure to be able to collaborate, explore, and share within their community. (photo: Kalyn Jacobs)

Wendell Gray II

Wendell Gray II (He/Him) is a dance artist and choreographer currently living in Brooklyn, NY. He has collaborated with artists such as Pavel Zustiak, Joanna Kotze, Maria Bauman-Morales, Jumatatu Poe + Jermone “Donte” Beacham , Jonah Bokaer, I-Ling Liu, Helen Simoneau, Christal Brown, Esther Baker- Tarpaga, J Bouey, and Janeill Cooper. He has shown his own work at Gibney Dance, Movement Research at Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, La Mama Galleria, and BAAD and has been commissioned to make works for University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet II + Philadanco II, and Periapsis Music and Dance. Wendell is a BFA graduate of the University of the Arts (15’) under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield and was raised in Atlanta, GA.  (photo: Alexey Kim)

Sharon Bridgforth

Sharon Bridgforth (Dat Black Mermaid Man Lady), a Doris Duke Performing Artist,  is a writer that creates ritual/jazz theatre. She has received support from Creative Capital, MAP Fund, and the National Performance Network.  She has been in-residence at: Thousand Currents; allgo, A Texas Statewide QPOC Organization; Brown University’s MFA Playwriting Program; University of Iowa’s MFA Playwrights Program; The Performing Blackness Series at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at UT Austin; The Theatre School at DePaul University; and The Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University. Widely published, Sharon is a New Dramatists alumnae, and has served as a dramaturge for the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative’s Choreographic Fellowship Program. Sharon is host of the “Who Yo People Is” podcast series, is a 2020-2023 Playwrights’ Center Core Member, and is proud to serve as dramaturge for Maria Bauman-Morales’s, Desire: A Sankofa Dream. More at: http://sharonbridgforth.com.

Kaleidoscope Image by Fernando Maneca

Desire: A Sankofa Dream Trailer by Kierah King