Public Forum presents:
Open Circle: Black Art, Black Liberation
January 19, 2020
Public Forum presents
OPEN CIRCLE: BLACK ART, BLACK LIBERATION
Featuring nicHi douglas, Deadria Harrington, Juliette Jones, Eric Lockley, and Kameron Neal
Under The Radar 2020 features a number of Black artists exploring the theme of liberation throughout the African Diaspora. But as more stories by Black artists are produced on stage, how do we know if this moment is a zeitgeist or a true systematic shift in the field? Part roundtable, part community conversation, the OPEN CIRCLE series invites audiences to connect with creatives who are in direct dialogue with the world – and each other.
Free and open for all, but requires a reservation.
Running time: 90 minutes
Please note: All tickets will be held at the box office. Tickets not picked up by 11:30 AM may be released to standby.
nicHi douglas is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, director, playwright, and activist. She chooses to spell her name "nicHi douglas" and requests that you honor that. She is the Head of Movement and teaches a Performance Symposium at NYU/Tisch – Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. She has developed original work at Denver Center, Berkeley Rep/The Ground Floor, and Ars Nova. She is a resident artist at The New Victory Theater in their LabWorks program 2019/20. Her sacred offering for Black womxn (pray), which is being co-composed by Starry Busby & Jerome Ellis, has been commissioned by Ars Nova. Recent stage credits: A Time Like This: Music for Change (Carnegie Hall, Stage Director), Runaways (City Center/Encores! Off-Center and The Delacorte/Public Theater, Associate Director and Associate Choreographer), Girl From the North Country (The Public Theater, Associate Choreographer), Last Stop on Market Street (Atlantic Theater Company, Choreographer). upcoming: SKiNFoLK (The Bushwick Starr, Movement & Ritual)
BFA, NYU; MFA, The New School
DEADRIA HARRINGTON is a NYC based creative producer, artist and member of the Producing Artistic Leadership Team of The Movement Theatre Company. With The Movement she has developed numerous new works by artists of color, most recently What To Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris, directed by Whitney White. Select producing credits include: The Architecture of Becoming (WP Theater) and At Buffalo (NYMF, CAP21, TED 2019 Conference participant). Harrington was a Time Warner Foundation Fellow of the 2012-2014 Producers Lab at Women’s Project Theater, a Next Generation Leader of Color at the 2014 Latinx Theatre Commons National Convening and artEquity National Facilitator Training participant. She is currently the Associate Director at New Georges and A.R.T/NY Board Member. BA in Drama and Psychology, Vassar College.
JULIETTE JONES is a multi-genre live and studio recording violinist. A BMI composer, Juliette has scored, recorded and contracted for a number of live, television and multimedia events, including the Oscar-nominated film ‘Mudbound’ (Dee Rees), the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards Elton John Tribute, NBC’s broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, the world premiere of the Geva Theater-commissioned play, ‘The Agitators,’ (Mat Smart/Logan Vaughn) and Solange Knowles’ Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall performances of ‘A Seat at the Table.’
She is the founder of Rootstock Republic, a boutique, broad-based string production company that specializes in consulting, contracting, music preparation, live performance and studio recording.
For more information, please visit: www.rootstockrepublic
ERIC LOCKLEY - OBIE award-winning actor, writer, producer. Stage: Choir Boy, Black Odyssey, How We Got On. Screen: First Reformed, Knockout Game, Luke Cage. Eric is performing in Marcus Gardley’s The Sporting Life of Icarus Jones at the New Ohio Theater, and recently completed an Off-Broadway run in the interactive comedy, #DateMe. Lockley’s comedic web series Blacker is featured on The Root and his self-produced award-winning short film, The Jump is available to watch on Amazon. Eric is a founder of and producer with Harlem-based orgs, The Movement Theatre Company (What To Send Up When It Goes Down) & Harlem9 (48Hours in . . .™), and he creates #blackboyjoy content on various social media platforms. @iamericlockley
KAMERON NEAL is a video artist, designer, and performance-maker. He is currently a Resident Artist at CultureHub and The Public Theater’s Devised Theater Working Group. He was recently in residence at Ars Nova's Makers Lab with Shayok Misha Chowdhury. Forbes describes his work as “an absurd escape that simultaneously provokes and entertains.” His video art was featured in Rufus Wainwright's music video “Sword of Damocles.” Kameron has also shown work at BAM, New York Theatre Workshop, Bushwick Starr, La MaMa, Digital Graffiti Festival, Detroit Art Week, Vox Populi, Williams College Museum of Art, New Orleans Film Festival and Yale's CCAM.