is a multidisciplinary performing artist based in Minneapolis that centers afrofdiasporic expression. Within the past two years, this artist has worked and performed for Amnesty International, So Far Sounds, First Avenue, Intermedia Arts, Patrick's Cabaret, 20% Theater, Button Poetry, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Five Watt, The Loft Literary Center, The Illusion Theater, The Cedar Cultural Center, MNKino Film Score Fest, and so on.
I come from Malmiñañ, a Bàsàa land in southern Cameroon. In this place where all the stories are told, I am Sandjock Likinè, a Bog ArtiVist collecting and recounting stories from oral tradition or language conversation. Bog means to fix what has been disturbed. An ArtiVist uses arts for activism. This social 'me' Sandjock Likinè promotes and protects culture with language. She differs from the personal 'I' Veronica Quillien, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota specializing in the re/making of culture.
Teighlor is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. They are a spoken word poet who has performed in a number of slams. Their work focuses on experiences revolving around the intersections of race, class, gender and disability. The are currently pursuing their bachelors degree in Women’s Studies and English at St. Catherine University.
Beverly Cottman, a multidisciplinary artist creating at the intersection of literary, visual, and performance art. She writes poetry, creates collage art works from found objects, tells African and African American folktales as Auntie Beverly, and in all things celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the African Diaspora.
Ashawnti Sakina Ford is an actress, teaching artist, improviser, poet and playwright in the Twin Cities. Her work focuses on social justice and arts accessibility. She has been seen across Twin Cities stages performing with companies such as the History Theatre, Full Circle Theatre and Sandbox Theatre. She hopes to inspire youth of color to become artists and art patrons to ensure a future of a culturally diverse artistic community.
A CRACK IN THE SKY @ History Theatre FEB 2018
THE IMAGINARY INVALID w/ Combustible Company MARCH 2018
Chava Kokhleffel is a theater artist, educator and organizer with deep roots in Theater/Pedagogy of the Oppressed and physical approaches to devised performance. Chava’s artistic process sparks in the space between rigorous play and conceptual fervor, creating performances that challenge, connect and incite. She has worked with Children’s Theater Company, Teatro del Pueblo, and Steppingstone Theater Company doing youth-work, as well as performing and directing at Bedlam, Red Eye Theater, Raw Sugar, Patrick's Cabaret and other DIY spaces.
marcie rendon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (Cinco Puntos Press) is currently available. She is an author and sometimes a performance artist. She is the creative mind behind Raving Native Theater, which produced Rendon’s play Bring the Children Home at 4 venues in 2015-16, and the co-curator for Raving Native Date Nights in 2017.
Tori Hong is a queer, non-binary, 2nd generation Hmong and Korean American visual artist based in Minneapolis. Throughout their work, they weave their experiences with and knowledge of personal and intergenerational healing in order to create healthier, more powerful communities. They also have two cats.
Seth Matz is a community artist and facilitator based in Minneapolis. His past performance credits include 20% Theatre Company, The Friction Collective, Madame of the Arts, St. Catherine University, and Patrick's Cabaret. He has also served as a teaching artist with youth from infancy through school age, in schools and organizations throughout the metro including Sabes JCC, Minnesota Internship Center High School, St. Paul's Childhood Center, and Laura Jeffrey Academy. He currently lives in Uptown with his partner, Jenn, and their three cats.