SKiNFoLK: AN AMERICAN SHOW

Jillian Walker (Writer & Performer)
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Music Direction by Kasaun E. Henry

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Powerhouse writer-performer Jillian Walker blends music, history, and live storytelling into a cabaret experience unlike any other this festival season. This big-hearted and highly imaginative concert-play is a sensuous celebration of our bodies and the stories they carry. Through an intoxicating mix of memoir, movement and song, Walker asks: How well do we know the skin we live in?

CREATIVE TEAM

KASAUN E. HENRY (Music Director) is an award-winning composer, music producer and pianist from Harlem NY. He creates music in various genres, such as Jazz, Hip Hop, and Classical. He earned a M.A. in music theory from the University of Michigan.

MEI ANN TEO (Director) is a director/devisor/dramaturg who works at the intersection of artistic/civic/spiritual practice in theatre and film. She makes investigative and cross-cultural work that spans genres of experimental participatory, multi-media music,

JILLIAN WALKER (Writer) is a singer, writer, performer, dramaturg and thought leader with a passion for creating seismic cultural shifts. Her theatrical work bends genre and ruminates on “non-traditional” themes to deliberately disrupt the status quo and dig for a path to collective liberation. Named “one of New York City’s most exciting playwrights” by the Bushwick Starr in 2016, her play, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, appeared in the 2017 ANT Fest at Ars Nova. Her first play SARAH’S SALT. is the winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series and was recently selected by the American Playwriting Foundation for the 2017 Relentless Award’s Honorable Mention list.

CAST

RAYQUILA JANESE DURHAM (Avery Nolastname) is an Atlanta native finishing her final year at Carnegie Mellon University. Making art and inspiring others through it is what fuels her. Recent performances include: The Heather Headley Gala in New York and The Drowsy Chaperone and Love’s Labor’s Won at CMU. Thank you PCLO! Psalms 119:105 

GENA SIMS (Smiling Tuxedoed Man/Richard Nixon)  Founder of Autism Theatre Project; CMU's Thomas Auclair Memorial Award recipient; Recently played title role in Medea adaptation and Lula in Violet with Front Porch Theatricals; original play "In the Life of a Child" will premiere at Area Stage Company

JILLIAN WALKER (Me) is a singer, writer, performer, dramaturg and thought leader with a passion for creating seismic cultural shifts. Her theatrical work bends genre and ruminates on “non-traditional” themes to deliberately disrupt the status quo and dig for a path to collective liberation. Named “one of New York City’s most exciting playwrights” by the Bushwick Starr in 2016, her play, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, appeared in the 2017 ANT Fest at Ars Nova. Her first play SARAH’S SALT. is the winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series and was recently selected by the American Playwriting Foundation for the 2017 Relentless Award’s Honorable Mention list.

Gena Sims, Jillian Walker, Rayquila Janese Durham | Photo: Matt Polk

Kasaun Henry, Jillian Walker, Mei Ann Teo | Photo: Matt Polk

Gena Sims, Jillian Walker, Rayquila Janese Durham | Photo: Matt Polk

Gena Sims, Jillian Walker | Photo: Matt Polk

Gena Sims, Jillian Walker, Rayquila Janese Durham | Photo: Matt Polk

Benjamin Brosche, Kasaun Henry | Photo: Matt Polk

Rayquila Janese Durham | Photo: Matt Polk

Kasaun Henry, Ross Antonich | Photo: Matt Polk

Rehearsal for SKiNFoLK: AN AMERICAN SHOW | Photo: Pittsburgh CLO