Performance in the Post-Wave Present panel will feature Brooke O’Harra of the Dyke Division of the Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, Tina Satter of Half Straddle, Haruna Lee, and Aladrian C. Wetzel and Christen Cromwell of Two Strikes Theatre Collective, moderated by Dr. Jessica Del Vecchio, James Madison University.
The Dyke Division was created as an independent wing of Two-headed Calf in 2008 with Brooke O’Harra, Jess Barbagallo, Laryssa Husiak, and Laura Berlin-Stinger, and later Sacha Yanow and Barbara Lanciers to develop Room for Cream, a live lesbian serial that ran for three seasons from 2008-10 and returned for a fourth season in 2017 at The New Museum.
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Haruna Lee is a non-binary Taiwanese/Japanese/American theater maker, screenwriter, educator and community steward whose work is rooted in a liberation-based healing practice. Recent plays include Suicide Forest published by 53rd State Press (Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Bushwick Starr), plural(love) (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab; New Georges), and Memory Retrograde (UTR; Ars Nova; BAX). Lee is a recipient of an Obie Award for Playwriting and Conception of Suicide Forest, the Ollie New Play Award, FCA Grants to Artists Award, Mohr Visiting Artist Fellowship at Stanford University, MacDowell Fellowship, the Map Fund Grant, and Lotos Foundation Prize for Directing. They were a member of the 2019 artEquity cohort, and is a co-founder and lead facilitator for the Women-Trans-Femme-Non Binary Asian Diasporic Performance Makers Potluck. They write for HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant, and co-direct the Brooklyn College M.F.A Playwriting Program. harunalee.com
Learn more at www.harunalee.com
Two Strikes Theatre Collective is an independent Baltimore theatre company founded in July 2019 to celebrate, promote, and encourage the intersectional voice of Black women and how it can be used for social change through art and community engagement. Two Strikes was created as a direct response to a lack of diversity and representation in theater spaces and propelled forward by the #sayhername movement. Our mission: To create art that is unapologetically Black femme-centric, to upset the white patriarchal status quo, and to provide creative outlets for Black women in the Baltimore community to express themselves through art.
Learn more at https://www.twostrikescollective.com
HALF STRADDLE is an Obie-winning, New York City-based ensemble of performers and designers that make plays, performances, videos, and music led by writer and director Tina Satter that have been seen throughout the United States and internationally. The company’s work has highlighted female and/or queer stories and contexts.
Half Straddle has premiered 10 full-length shows, and a number of shorter works and video projects that have been seen at festivals and theaters throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and Asia. In October 2020, the critically acclaimed Is This A Room, a show conceived of and directed by Tina Satter and starring Becca Blackwell, Emily Davis, Pete Simpson, and Will Cobb’s, with costumes by Enver Chakartash, became the company’s Broadway debut at the Lyceum Theatre. The show premiered at The Kitchen in January 2019 and moved Off Broadway to the Vineyard Theatre in Fall 2019.. In 2014, Half Straddle’s show House of Dance was nominated for a ZKB Patronage Prize at Zürcher Theater Spektakel. The company began in 2008 and received their Obie Award grant in 2013.All of Half Straddle’s company members and collaborators work extensively in a range of other performance contexts, often creating their own work, in avant-garde theater to Broadway, to university teaching and as theater artists in NYC public schools.
Learn more at www.halfstraddle.com