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DNA: Oxygen

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.

Advisory Committee

Kisha Jarrett
Jeff George
Pancho Savery
Josie Seid
Lava Alapai
Vin Shambry
Ayanna Berkshire
Andrea Vernae

See Me

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...

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See Me
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Forget Me Not, America

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written by Josie Seid Forget Me Not, America is a FREE video. However, your gift today ensures that this resilient artistic home continues to produce complex, challenging, and diverse bodies of work like Forget Me Not America.  “We continue to...

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Better Maybe

Better Maybe

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Scroll to the bottom to view Better Maybe   A video project of Obie Award winner Caridad Svich’s short play Better Maybe that will be shared this summer and features the entire company. Originally commissioned by the Play At Home...

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