A devising group named OXYGEN, made up of nine Black artists in the company. The name OXYGEN is in honor of the many black people whose final words were, “I can’t breathe” before being killed by police. Produced by ART Development & Marketing Director, Kisha Jarrett, and created by collaborating artists Vin Shambry, Josie Seid, Lava Alapai, Jeff George, Ayanna Berkshire, Andrea Vernae, Pancho Savery (ART Board Vice-Chair), and Kristen Mun (Line Producer). The group’s first project will be a short film called See Me, which is a slice of life of seven black people interwoven with animated fantastical dreamscapes and will be filmed in September 2020. This group will expand to include BIPOC artists and will continue to devise works beyond June 2020.
Oxygen has three goals: 1. incubator for young BIPOC individuals to learn and grow as theatre designers and artists (including one mentor/mentee production a year where the entire production team and mentees are BIPOC), 2. development of BIPOC artists (through funds for project development and production), and 3. a BIPOC affinity group for ART.
Jacinta’s Magical Traveling Theatre; Chapter I: Dreams on the Bridge
by Blanca Forzán Our multicultural story will follow Jacinta’s journey as a young girl starting on the Mexican border and then visiting the landmarks, culture, and cities of the United States of America. The first city Jacinta will visit is...learn more
Premiered at Portland International Film Festival (PIFF)
Written By Kisha Jarrett, Dawn Jones Redstone, Aki Ruiz, Josie Seid, and Vin Shambry Directed By Dawn Jones Redstone Creative Producer Kisha Jarrett Daily routines intersect with the turmoil of the world outside as three Black Portlanders go about their...learn more
Coming Out and Overcoming
This project is a collaboration with Asian Pacific Network of Oregon, Theatre Diaspora and Artists Repertory Theatre. Queer and Trans Asian American and Pacific Islander community members will participate in a storytelling workshop, sharing their stories of coming out, transitioning,...learn more
The Great God of the Dark Storm Cloud
The Great God of the Dark Storm Cloud is a project in Mercury III (June 2021) written by Josie Seid A contemporary retelling of the Greek tragedy Hecuba is told from an African American perspective, integrating modern themes and concepts,...learn more
The Killing Fields
written by Anya Pearson For Cly, the news of her husband’s early release from prison threatens to unravel everything she’s worked for. Set in East Oakland in the midst of the 1980’s crack epidemic, The Killing Fields re-imagines the story of Agamemnon through...learn more
Written by Reena Dutt Every neighborhood has a mystery to solve…and residents with clues. Similar to Spoon River Anthology, everyone’s history develops based on who you ask, and how your hippocampus recollects these memories. In this piece (utilizing Eko or...learn more
Those Places We Carry
Artists from across areas of practice gather for a single day intensive story circle/sharing workshop. Participants are guided through a series of prompts/themes and share autobiographical stories in response to those prompts. Writing breaks are interspersed throughout so storytellers can...learn more