(HERE Artist Residency Program)

Priestess of Twerk Nia Ostrow Witherspoon

Show Description

Nia Witherspoon’s new work, Priestess of Twerk -- inspired equally by the "bad bitches" of hip-hop, the reproductive justice movement, and the sacred sex workers that graced Egyptian temples -- presents women and trans folks of color with opportunities to re-encounter their sexualities through the lens of the sacred, in the hopes of increasing bodily autonomy and dispelling toxic masculinity.

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Artist Bio

Nia Ostrow Witherspoon is a black queer NAACP-nominated theatre-maker, vocalist/composer, and cultural worker investigating the metaphysics of black liberation, desire, and diaspora. Witherspoon is currently the Playwright-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts (Amherst), an AIR at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and was a 2017-18 2050 Playwriting/Directing Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop. Her award-winning work has been featured by JACK, Playwright’s Realm, BRIC, HERE, National Black Theatre, BAAD, Movement Research, BAX, Dixon Place, Painted Bride, 651 Arts, and elsewhere. As a performer, Witherspoon appeared in Sharon Bridgforth’s River See (Links Hall), and in Cherríe Moraga’s La Semilla Caminante/The Traveling Seed (Intersection for the Arts). She holds a B.A. from Smith College and a PhD from Stanford University in Theatre and Performance Studies, and has held tenure-track professorships at Florida State University and Arizona State University. Nia has recently been awarded a two-year Jerome Foundation Artist Fellowship.


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We are are extremely grateful for the generous support of the following people: Anonymous, Alexandra Beller, Jamie L. Bennett , Richard Brundage, Nicole Burman, David Cote, Rima Fand, Gia Forakis, Vanessa Gilbert, Sally & Fred Harris, Rachel Jendrzejewski, David Koren, Dominik Landowne, Ginny Louloudes, Donna Roseman, Lake Simons, Kathleen Turco-Lyon.