What: The News: Fresh, Queer Performance
When: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 7:30–9pm, house opens at 7pm.
Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)
How Much: $5 admission. Advance tickets:http://thenewsperformance.eventbrite.com
The News is the new place to see fresh, queer performance by Bay Area artists. On the first Tuesday of each month The News will spotlight performance pieces, experiments, and works in progress by pre-selected solo artists, groups, or troupes. An informal session for artist-led critical feedback follows the performances.
January’s theme “The Ages” builds upon intergenerational, collaborative projects by OutLook Theater Project, featuring artists ranging in age from their 20’s to their early 80’s. A combination of interactive performances created in community by the OutLook ensemble seek to answer the question, “What is age to you?”
This January The News features performances by the OutLook ensemble (Derik Cowan, Rebecca Schultz, Anthony Julius Williams, and Jason Wyman) as well as Shirley Acuna, Star Amerasu, Donald Curry, Dazie Grego, Lynn Johnson, Allison Kenny, Anne Carol Mitchell, Ida VSW Red and others to be determined.
Artists interested in performing at The News can find more information here.
Shirley Acuna is a first generation Peruvian American, blessed to have roots flourish in the city of San Francisco. She graduated from School of the Arts High, with an emphasis in theater, and furthered her training at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. Upon returning to San Francisco, she attended National Holistic Institute and is now practicing the healing art of massage therapy. Acuna is happy to have the opportunity to share her vision, intuition and spirit.
Star Amerasu has been a performer from the womb. This young, intelligent woman started out telling stories. Learning to read and write at just two years old, this child began her performing life, reading books aloud. Amerasu began singing as a child, in primary school choir. She went to a fine arts academy for high school, and later attended Cornish College of the Arts on a scholarship. She then left the school and landed in San Francisco. She has performed many different roles, crossing gender boundaries. She is thrilled to perform her acoustic set at The News. Look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
Derik K. Cowan first joined OutLook Theater Project as a core ensemble member for “Reviving Spirits”. He is a former company member of the Magical Acts Ritual Theater Company (M.A.R.T.) and is currently serving as co-founder and Creative Director for the Circle of Dionysos, a ritual theater group dedicated to exploring the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and gender. While most of his focus has been on self and ensemble created original works, he has also appeared as Tingle/Anne Putnam Jr., in Morgan Bassichis’ “The Witch House” (at The Garage), Dionysus in Euripides’ The Bacchae (for Circle of Dionysos at Mama Calizo’s Voice Factory), James in Terrence McNally’s “Corpus Christi” (for M.A.R.T. at Theater Rhinoceros), and as a Horse/Dance Captain/Understudy to Alan in Peter Schafer’s “Equus” (for M.A.R.T. at Ashby Stage). He has a B.A. in theater and dance from Amherst College and can also be found performing on the San Francisco drag scene as Diana Sauce.
Anne Carol Mitchell, MFA, is an eco-artist and teacher. She is recognized as a compelling voice in songwriting and for her work as an interdisciplinary composer who merges poetry and music. Her work has been heard in collaboration with LGBTQ poet Judy Grahn, in an opening ensemble for Ani DiFranco, and as a nationally touring songwriter. Samples of her songs, scores, and collaborative projects can be found at www.annecarol.com.
Ida VSW Red is an 81 year-old writer and performer who spent 20 years acting and directing in college and community theaters in Virginia, 20 years writing and performing with Mothertongue Feminist Theater Collective in San Francisco, and the past ten years learning how to be old and participating in experimental theater projects with the Fringe of Marin, Siren Theater’s “Mad Love,” and OutLook’s “This Many People.” Her biographical sketches and poems are published in several lesbian anthologies, the feminist journal “Sinister Wisdom” and the 2012 Marin Poetry Center Anthology. Her Generations Workshop film “Changeling: A Lesbian-Feminist Fable” was shown in the 2008 Frameline Film Festival.
Rebecca Schultz is a community-based artist and educator who has focused her career on making and supporting creative endeavors that build community, increase visibility for people whose stories aren’t always heard and that inspire personal and social change. She has spent the last fifteen years creating original performance works as a performer, director, teacher and facilitator. Highlights include making plays with LGBTQ youth in San Francisco and Berkeley, co-founding Bay Area Theatre of the Oppressed in 2003 and producing a conference on theater and social change featuring Augusto Boal, interactive theater work in Burkina Faso, South Africa and Niger, Safer to Name, an ensemble-created performance piece examining gender in the LGBTQ community, and her work with OutLook. In 2010, Schultz directed This Many People, a play developed by OutLook based on the personal histories of Bay Area LGBT elders and performed by an intergenerational, mixed professional and community cast.
Schultz’s experience as a theater educator includes working as an artist in residence in schools across the Bay Area, leading professional development workshops for educators, and developing curriculum for arts education programs (including educator guides for the documentary “Stage Left: A Story of Theater” in San Francisco and the dance theater film “Well Contested Sites.” She holds an MA in Education with a concentration in Community-Based Theater Education from San Francisco State University, and has studied with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Headlines Theatre, the Siti Company, Michael Rohd, Augusto Boal, Leigh Fondakowski and Deborah Slater Dance Theatre.
Anthony Julius Williams is a performance artist who makes work about sustainable communities and social justice. As Artistic Director of The Iruke Project, he’s created two full-length shows, one about mass incarceration and the other about gentrification: “Blood Is Mere Decoration” at Intersection for the Arts and “SHAFTED: The Blaqxsploitation Project” at the African-American Art and Culture Complex. With OutLook Theater, he played the role of Edwin/a for the workshop production of OutLook Theater’s “This Many People” at The Garage and helped create the “Reviving Spirits” performance series at Progressive Grounds café. He recently directed the sold-out world premiere of Morgan Bassichis’ play “The Witch House.” He has performed in more than forty productions, including roles with Asian American Theater Company, Traveling Jewish Theater and Erica Shuch Performance Project. A lifelong LGBTIQA community activist, he was Volunteer Director for the City University of New York’s groundbreaking Black Nations/Queer Nations Conference, served for three years as a Board Member for the MIX NYC Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film and Video Festival, and was Co-Founder and Director for five years of GuyWriters, the Bay Area’s largest community network for gay male writers.
Jason Wyman is many things. Today, he is an interactive writer engaging audience to share their identities through the ages as an ensemble member of OutLook Theater Project. He is also the co-founder of 14 Black Poppies, an intergenerational event production company at the intersections of community, arts, and wellness. He teaches political education and media literacy and production to youth throughout San Francisco through “CHALK,” a youth employment program, and “TILT,” the youth media program of Ninth Street Independent Film Center. Wyman sits on the board of Independent Arts and Media, an organization that provides fiscal sponsorship to independent artists, producers, media makers, and journalists. You can stay connected with all Jason does at www.14blackpoppies.com.
Kolmel WithLove is the creator of The News. WithLove curates, builds cameras and costumes, collaborates with other artists, makes films, and performs. Their films have screened in a variety of settings including Frameline Film Festival, MIX Mexico, Seattle Center of Contemporary Art, RAID Projects and in the book and DVD project “Strange Attractors.”
WithLove has performed in venues including SOMArts Cultural Center, CounterPULSE, Highways Performance Space, The Velaslavasay Panorama Theatre, The Garage, various galleries, a few living rooms, two very nice leather bars, and a piano lounge.
ABOUT OUTLOOK THEATER PROJECT
OutLook Theater Project was founded in 2007 by Rebecca Schultz and Lynn Johnson, queer theater artists and educators committed to using theater as a tool in community dialogue and development. OutLook’s first project was rooted in the stories of LGBTQ elders through a partnership with New Leaf Outreach to Elders. OutLook later partnered with LYRIC to collect additional stories LGBTQIA youth.
Using workshops, interviews, and speak backs, OutLook collected transformed the stories shared across the generations into a narrative play, then took their work off the stage and into the community, including in the form of an interactive story booth. Most recently, Outlook has partnered with artists and performers to create interactive solo performances staged at Progressive Grounds, a cafe in Mission district of San Francisco.
Pictured: Anthony Julius Williams performing in SHAFTED: The Blaqxsploitation Project, June 2013, photo by Robbie Sweeny