Poets' Theatre Presents: Other Voices In The Room
The vibrant world of spoken poetry is alive and well in Boston. The Poets' Theatre has invited six of the city's most talented practitioners of rap, hip-hop, and spoken word poetry to this dynamic evening. Included in the cast will be Boston's new Poet Laureate, Porsha Olayiwola.
Amanda Shea is a New England based spoken-word artist, organizer, host, and artist manager. She has performed at numerous venues throughout Boston, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. She served as an official host for the 2018 Boston Art & Music Soul Festival and has been featured on podcasts and broadcasts such as ItsLitBoston, Boston Come Through, and Live Free or Die Radio. In April 2019 Shea will appear in the cast of The Poets’ Theatre’s seventh revival of Boston Abolitionists, a program developed in partnership with the Boston Athenaeum. Shea is passionate about humanity and the arts. She enjoys staying busy being a mother, an artist, and a polymath.
Khadijah Aliyyah is a spoken word poet and writer bred and buttered in Boston, Massachusetts. She is one out of six siblings raised by a single, black Muslim mother. She has roots in the tiny Caribbean island of Antigua. Khadijah earned her BA in African Studies and English from Brandeis University. Her favorite color is purple.
Pedro “FLAKO” Cruz is a Boston born and raised Boricua creative, specializing in documentary photography and spoken word. His longtime love for art and passion for social change has helped him grown into the community artist he is today. When he isn’t diving deep into his creative process, he is Directing a Youth Development Program in the South End area of Boston. Working with local youth, exploring social justice topics through art exploration. He aims to continue creating pieces and spaces that inspire others like him to think and create.
Literary performer Regie Gibson has lectured and performed widely in the U.S., Cuba, and Europe. As a representative of the U.S., Regie received the Absolute Poetry Award in Monfalcone, Italy. He and his work appear in “love jones”, a feature-film based on events in his life. Gibson has been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, various NPR programs, nominated for a Boston Emmy, and has been a featured presenter for several TEDx events. He’s served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts, James Madison’s Montpelier and is Poet-in-Residence for Mass Poetry. Regie has performed with & composed texts for, The Boston City Singers, The Mystic Chorale, the Handel+Haydn Society, and is a recent recipient of a 2017 Brother Thomas Fellowship for Artistic Excellence from The Boston Foundation.
Phree is a Boston bred SpokenWord Artist and founder of the Bois & Bullshit collective, a working space for Masculine-of-Center Queer/Trans People of Color (QTPOC) to heal, break barriers and build bonds. She began journaling and poetry writing at the age of 14 and mustered the courage to perform as an adult to fight the system of silencing. Her work consists of topics ranging from intergenerational trauma, cycles of abuse, identity and self-love. Phree uses her voice as tool to fight for self-liberation, influence the power of passion, and works to counter systemic oppression with community building and advocacy. She has performed in spaces such as Rutgers University (Newark, NJ), Emerson College (Boston, MA), The Oberon Theatre (Cambridge, MA), and will be at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston with her Team Be Spoken (TBS) family out of the “if you can Feel it, you can Speak it” open mic located in Jamaica Plain. Phree believes in the distinct virtue of love and the healing power it has within it. “Spread more love, heal more hearts.”
Porsha Olayiwola is an Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and was named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Most Influential People of Color. She is the Artistic Director at MassLEAP, a literary non-profit organization in Massachusetts serving youth artists. Olayiwola is the current poet laureate for the city of Boston and has her first full collection of poetry forthcoming with Button Poetry in November 2019.
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