Thrilled to be invited by Universes as a Mentee at the National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation.
The Institute is committed to supporting the professional development and exchange among artists of color, LGBTQ2+ and women directors.
2018 Directing Institute
July 12-15, 2018 –– First Peoples Pre-Conference
July 16-26, 2018 — Mentorship Institute
‘Crossing Rivers’ is a transmedia play that translates the prophetic works of visual artist Valerie Maynard into digital landscapes and characters that interact with real word bodies. The story traverses a thousand years of human development as we explore the continuum of violence visited on black and brown bodies and the planet we inhabit.
Making film magic with Deana J Becker, Bubu Mazibuko and Stephanie Neroes at the AT&T Create-a-thon - Los Angeles 2018
- Wednesday, April 5 | "The Unseen" Screening at the First Wednesday Film Club | 7:30PM | Atlas Studios, 33 Frost Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa
- Friday, April 7 | "We Are Here" performance at the National Blackbox Performing Arts Festival | 7PM CT | National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN | Buy Tickets
- Saturday, April 8 | HBCU Theatre Conference Panel 2: The Market with Lydia Diamond, Regina Taylor, Keith Arthur Bolden, and Scott Whitehurst | 1:45 - 3:15PM CT | Hattiloo Theatre Development Center Classroom, 37 South Cooper Street, Memphis, TN
- Saturday, April 8 | "We Are Here" performance at the National Blackbox Performing Arts Festival | 7PM CT | National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN | Buy Tickets
- Sunday, April 9 | "We Are Here" performance at the National Blackbox Performing Arts Festival | 3PM CT | National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, TN | Buy Tickets
- Friday, April 28 | "The Unseen" Screening at BAMcinématek New Voices in Black Cinema | 4:30PM | Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Rose Cinemas | Buy Tickets, $14: www.bam.org/film/2017/the-unseen-and-the-suit
WE ARE HERE @
THE NATIONAL BLACK BOX PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
APRIL 6 - 9, 2017, MEMPHIS, TN
The National Black Box Performing Arts Festival is a three-day event promoting cultural equity by showcasing the works of African-American and Latino artists.
SCREENINGS: THE UNSEEN
Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 07:30 pm
First Wednesday Film Club
Atlas Studios, 33 Frost Avenue, Johannesburg, South Africa
Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 4:30pm
New Voices in Black Cinema
LOCATION: Peter Jay Sharp Building
BAM Rose Cinemas
RUN TIME: 70min
GENERAL ADMISSION: $14
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - Concurrent Session VIII - 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Applied Workshop Presenters:
Dwayne Brown and Antonio Lyons Intersectional Invisibility – A Conversation on Identity/Gender
WE ARE HERE is so very proud to be collaborating with
SisterLove Inc. in designing and delivering the new iSTARSHIPP initiative in three province and 5 districts of South Africa. The announcement was recently made at the International AIDS Conference in Durban. Our solution was selected from more than 800 ideas to infuse new thinking and high-impact approaches to empower adolescent girls and young women in 10 sub-Saharan African countries to live HIV-free.
WE ARE HERE Alumni Mxolisi Masilela and Mongezi Mabunda conducted WAH workshops at the inaugural Women Now! 2016 Conference in Durban, South Africa. The sessions was co- facilitated with Refilwe Nkomo. The session focused on using Applied Theatre practices to examine the risky behaviours that can lead to HIV/AIDS.
We Are Here (Applied Workshop)
The making of meaning through performance and sustained workshop interventions with African Diaspora males.
Presented by Dr. Alford A. Young and Antonio David Lyons
Sunday April 3, 2016
Concurrent Session XII
SSW Room 8780
11:15 am-12:45 pm
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
I performed an Excerpt from WE ARE HERE!!!
The Art of Justice Conference: Articulating an Ethos and Aesthetic for the Movement
New York University (Hemmerdinger Hall)
Silver Building, 33 Washington Place First Floor, NY NY
We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Südwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915
by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Peter J. Kuo
In Jackie Sibblies Drury's WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT a group of actors tell the little-known story of the first genocide of the 20th century, testing the limits of empathy as their own stories, subjectivities, assumptions and prejudices catalyze their theatrical process.
Mike Axtell, Misha Bouvion, Ryan Michael Hartman, PJ Johnnie, Erin Pettigrew, and Antonio Lyons
Workshop of The Hunting of the Snark at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
The Snark: An Agony in 8 Fits
Conceived by Anita Gonzalez.
Collaborators: Nasya Kamrat, Joshua Balgos, Cameron Van Dyke and Anita Gonzalez. Actor/Devisers: Patrick John Kiernan, Alaina Albertson, Carley Colbert, Antonio David Lyons and Melissa Golliday. Recorded @ the Duderstadt Digital Media Commons
Sponsors: the University of Michigan Office of Research and the School of Music, Theatre and Dance
April 28th, 2014 BACK IN STUDIO!
Finally after almost three years I'mm back in Studio with one of my favorite producers, DJ Mbuso. Over the years we've created dance floor classics like Mbuso's Revenge and Medicine Man. On my last album (We Dance We Pray) we embarked on a song concept with , My Hearts Truth Vol.1. The concept gives me the opportunity to feature some amazing poets writing their truths. So keep your ear out for My Hearts Truth Vol. 2: featuring Kojo Baffoe and Linda Gabriel!
FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL: STAGED READING
GLASS - Written by Azure D. Osborne-Lee
Directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
Two figures meet at a crossroads and strike a bargain. Lightning splits the ground between them, and a handful of witnesses creep forward to claim pieces of lightning-forged glass. Elsewhere, in Mississippi, Early May tends to his deeply depressed wife as he watches the roads leading into town.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21 AT 6 PM at the Billie Holiday Theatre, Inc./ Center for Arts & Culture in Bed-Stuy (Restortion Plaza) for The Bard of Pittsburgh in Bed-Stuy, August Wilson, 70th Anniversary Tribute. An extraordinary cast of actors! I'll be performing in a staged reading of The Piano Lesson, directed by Peggy Alston.
Free and open to the public. You don't want to miss this!
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February 2015 - The Book of Negroes aired on BET and CBC (canada). What an an amazing project to be a part of! It is an adaptation of the award-winning novel by Canadian writer Lawrence Hill. The cast also includes Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Alexander and Lou Gossett Jr. The project was directed by Clement Virgo.
February 2015 - In Residence at the University of Michigan! My residency included: guest lectures, performances of WE ARE HERE and engaging with communities in both Ann Arbor and Detroit.
October 10th, 2014 - WE ARE HERE was performed in NYC at The National Black Theatre!!! CHECK OUT PHOTOS HERE
June - October 2014 back at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Co-producing their bi-annual event CultureFest
June 28th - June 7th, 2014 My reconnect tour:) a magical moment of re connecting with friends, family, colleagues and places from my time living in Los Angeles. Question explored: How does time away from a place reshape you and your relationship to all that you left behind?
May 17th -24th , 2014 I'v finished the workshop/ residency at the University of Michigan. The residency consisted of a devising process with animators, projectionist and actors of The Hunting of the Snark (Lewis Carroll). This is one of the most exciting and innovative projects I've been a part of in a long time. The residency culminated in a workshop production that was streamed "live". The project was conceived and directed by Anita Gonzalez.
Check out HowlRound, where I curated a conversation about South African theatre. As a nation it is characterized by its Apartheid legacy and struggle for liberation. During the series you will hear the story of a nation reborn and the art at its center through the voices of some of its most dynamic artists. I kick off the series with - The Gift of Belonging: A Journey Into South African Theatre. Find the full series here.