What I'm up to: Past and Present
The Living Theatre
I have been a member of The Living Theatre since 2007. It is the longest running experimental theater company in the United States. We lost our director, co-founder, visionary -Judith Malina, but we have carried on forging new work as well as honoring and continuing the traditions of the hundreds of Living members who have come before us.
As the world watches the massive deportations and atrocities the US government continues to commit against immigrants, The Living Theatre headed to the frontlines. We organized a series of workshops and daily performance interventions with locals in Tijuana and San Ysidro, criss crossing the border in the summer heat; just a taste of what locals experience regularly. Thanks to our collaborators at Nett Nett and The Front Arte Cultura for hosting us and inviting us into your beautiful, strong communities. Our daily performance acts addressed femicide, border control, human connection and culminated with a homemade saint procession through the center of Tijuana's Zona Rosa neighborhood with gifts of love notes, humor, chocolates, and balloons.
Check out The Living
and videos of some of the performances from Jessica Daugherty
In the fall of 2017, we collectively created our first show without Judith's direction called "Electric Awakening"/ "Despertar Elétrico", created by The Living Theatre, with 17 Brazilian artists.
70th Anniversary of the company, within the exhibition: Living Theatre Presente!
SESC Consolação - São Paulo, Brazil
From our cross country tour in 2016:
We seek a reawakening of one’s rights and rites. We traveled to over 20 cities in 21 days to present:
- Performance of Seven Meditations on Political Sado-Masochism
Funkrust Brass Band
I am lucky to dance, play cymbals and sometimes sing lead vocals through a megaphone with this awesome band!
Funkrust Brass Band is a twenty-piece brass band founded and led by songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Phil Andrews (Rude Mechanical Orchestra, Gay Panic, Apocalypse Five & Dime). Funkrust was born in a basement in Ridgewood, Queens in November of 2014. Their sound stems from a unique blend of punk, disco, EDM, metal, funk, Balkan brass and New Orleans second line. Featuring snazzy uniforms, choreography, megaphone vocals and all original compositions, they are a sight not to be missed.
I am a camp counselor for an adult summer camp, Camp Wonderful. Leave your technology behind and embrace the opportunity to reconnect with your imagination, nature and a bunch of new friends. Be on the look out for the next gathering! It's a heavenly long weekend jam packed with music, storytelling, playshops, delicious food, swimming in the lake, dancing, camp fires, star gazing and much more!
New York Bike Dance
We are an all-women-identifying dance troupe on bicycles based in New York City. Like the Solid Gold Dancers or synchronized swimmers in a Busby Berkeley dream... but on wheels. We use dance as a means to make bicycling and sustainability fun and inviting. Check out our next rides and events here! https://www.facebook.com/NewYorkBikeDance
Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping
We are a radical performance community based in NYC. I was a member of the church from 2002 until 2016 after witnessing an action in the middle of Astor Place at Starbucks. I acted as a Soprano in our 35 person choir and also Action Captain for our holy interruptions in banks, super malls and chain stores. From the Rev: We are a post religious church. We hold “services” wherever we can, in concert halls, theaters, churches, community centers, forests, fields, parking lots, mall atriums, and perhaps most importantly, inside stores, as close to the cash register as we can get, within spitting distance of the point of purchase.
We sing, we dance, we preach, sometimes we perform small “interventions”, invisible plays, acts of ritual resistance. We exorcise cash registers and remythologize the retail environment, we illuminate the Devil. We make media and send it out around the world. We get hassled by security guards and sometimes get arrested. http://www.revbilly.com/
Occupy The Pipeline
Occupy the Pipeline is a grass-roots environmental organization founded in 2012 to oppose the Spectra Pipeline in the West Village with creative, non-violent direct action. We continue to fight fracked gas infrastructure and champion renewable energy methods in NY and across the country. Get involved!
Beautiful Trouble is a book, web toolbox and international network of artist-activist trainers whose mission is to make grassroots movements more creative and more effective. I am an active trainer and am ready and willing to be brought to your community and figure out creative tactics with you to help bring down your bad guy! Hire me! http://beautifultrouble.org/trainings/trainers/
Public Space Party
We are group of rabble rousers on the frontlines of New York City's battle for public space and protection of freedom of speech, assembly and expression. We defend gardens and the commons. We start dance parties in the streets and invite you to join us! www.facebook.com/PublicSpaceParty
Friendship Bench Fridays
Having been inspired by the Friendship Benches by grandmothers in Harare, I'd like to start something similar. I know that folks are having a hard time lately and we don't necessarily take the time to process or always have someone to talk to. If you would like, I am going to offer every Friday (that I can) afternoon from 2-3pm as a Friendship Bench at StoneFruit Espresso in BedStuy, right when I get out of yoga work-study next door.
I will not necessarily offer advice, but I will sit and listen to anything you'd like to share, express, talk out and just hold space for you.
So, if you would like to take me up on it, make sure you message me in the morning, let's say by 11am, and I can let you know if the slot is filled or open.
New Sanctuary Coalition
Once a week, I commit to doing one accompaniment, which means showing up and being there in solidarity with someone who has to be processed through the dehumanizing immigration system, ICE. Find out how you can get involved.
The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to stay together. We recognize that unjust global and systemic economic relationships and racism form the basis of the injustices that affect immigrants. We seek reform of United States immigration laws to promote fairness, social and economic justice.