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AMERICAN THEATRE | Incapacity Futures Fellows Declares 2022 Cohort

Alexandria Wailes, Antoine Hunter (photograph by RJ Muna), Camisha L. Jones (photograph by Brandon Woods), Dickie Hearts (photograph by Ambe J. Images), Jjjjjerome Ellis (photograph by Cameron Kelly McLeod, courtesy of ISSUE Venture Room), Khadijah Queen (photograph by T. Amari), NEVE, and Yo-Yo Lin (photograph by CONFIDANZ).

NEW YORK CITY: The Ford and Mellon Foundations have introduced the 2022 class of Incapacity Futures Fellows, the nationwide fellowship devoted to supporting artists dwelling with disabilities. The fellowship, administered by United States Artists, is geared toward rising the visibility of disabled creatives throughout disciplines whereas supporting them with an unrestricted award of $50,000 per member. The 2022 class contains 20 inventive members who had been nominated for the fellowship, together with 8 performing artists, poets, and theatre writers, together with actor/theatremaker Alexandria Wailes, poet Camisha L. Jones, choreographer/humanity advocate Antoine Hunter, actor Dickie Hearts, composer/poet JJJJJerome Ellis, multidisciplinary author Khadijah Queen, terpsichorean artist NEVE, and multimedia artist Yo-Yo Lin.

“Mellon is honored to assist Incapacity Futures, a program that could be very near our hearts,” mentioned Emil J. Kang, program director of arts and tradition on the Mellon Basis, in a press release. “Created out of dialog, collaboration, and care, Incapacity Futures provides an opportunity to honor and study from generations of artists. It’s fantastic to announce that this group simply grew bigger.”

This system initially started as a year- lengthy analysis initiative involving dozens of disabled artists and inventive practitioners throughout the nation in 2020. Since then, this system has grown to proceed addressing field-wide issues in arts and tradition, journalism, and documentary movie, together with: a dearth of incapacity visibility within the cultural sector, lack {of professional} growth alternatives accessible to disabled practitioners, and the distinctive monetary challenges dealing with disabled artists and inventive professionals.

Along with appearing and dancing, Alexandria Wailes has spent a few years advocating for Deaf and incapacity rights inside the performing arts, and presently serves on the Dance/NYC incapacity activity drive in addition to the inventive advisory board of Perelman Performing Arts Middle, and on the board of the Nationwide Theatre of the Deaf. She obtained a 2022 Chita Rivera for Excellent Ensemble on Broadway for For Coloured Women; she additionally appeared in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening and Massive River.

Camisha L. Jones is the creator of Flare, a poetry chapbook printed by Ending Line Press in 2017 centered on her experiences with listening to loss and continual ache. Her poems have been printed in The New York Instances,, Button Poetry, The Deaf Poets Society, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Typo, The Quarry, and elsewhere. Jones is Franklin & Marshall Faculty’s 2017 Lapine Poetry Fellow and one of many Loft Literary Middle’s 2017 Spoken Phrase Immersion Fellows.

Antoine Hunter, a.ok.a. Purple Hearth Crow, is an African American, Indigenous, Deaf, and disabled choreographer, dancer, actor, teacher, speaker, producer, and Deaf advocate. He based the City Jazz Dance Firm in 2007 and the Bay Space Worldwide Deaf Dance Competition in 2013. Awards embody the 2021 Dance Instructor Award, the 2019 Nationwide Dance/USA fellowship acknowledged by the mayor of Oakland, the 2018 inaugural Jeanette Lomujo Bremond Humanity Arts Award, and the 2017 Isadora Duncan Award (for the Bay Space Worldwide Deaf Dance Competition).

Dickie Hearts is a Deaf, homosexual, multiracial actor and three-time nationwide movie contest winner. Along with his display credit, his stage work inlcudes New York Deaf Theater’s Maple & Vine and IRT’s StepchildPlease Untranslate Me, and Trash

JJJJJerome Ellis is an animal, stutterer, and artist. He was raised by Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants in Tidewater, Virginia, the place he prays, gardens, and resides among the many egrets and asters. He desires of constructing a sonic tub home.

Khadijah Queen is a multidisciplinary author, professor, visible artist, and disabled veteran who has authored six books, most not too long ago Anodyne. Her verse play Non-Sequitur, launched by Litmus Press 2015, received the Leslie Scalapino Award for Revolutionary Girls’s Efficiency Writing. The award included a full manufacturing at Theaterlab in New York Metropolis, directed by Fiona Templeton and carried out by the Relationship theater firm.

NEVE is a disabled, aesthetgender, multiracial, multidimensional dramatic terpsichorean femme artist. They’re an Indigenous African dwelling in Duwamish nation and touring wherever they’ve entry/an invite. (S)He’s a 2020 Pina Bausch Fellow and a 2022 Arc Artist Fellow. They collaborate with fellow Seattle multidisciplinary artist Saira Barbaric as MouthWater.

Yo-Yo Lin is a Taiwanese-American interdisciplinary artist who explores the probabilities for self-knowledge within the context of rising, embodied applied sciences who usually makes use of animation, dwell efficiency, and plush sound design to create meditative “memoryscapes.” She was a 2019 artist-in-residence at Eyebeam and a 2020 Open Name recipient for the Shed, and he or she teaches at NYU Tisch ITP/IMA because the 2021 Purple Burns fellow. She is the cofounder of ROTATIONS, a collaborative motion observe working in direction of deepening understanding of artistry, incapacity, and entry.

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