Program Type: 
Performance
Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project

red, black & GREEN: a blues

October 13, 2011 - October 22, 2011
YBCA Forum

Overview

It is a hard and obvious truth that people of color are under-represented in the environmental movement. It is also a hard and obvious truth that violent crime and poor education pose more of an imminent danger to most poor neighborhoods than environmental crisis. I personally am of the belief that the movement for social change and environmental accountability are one and the same, that focusing on steps to sustain the planet ultimately forces us to envision a pathway to sustaining humanity. — Marc Bamuthi Joseph

YBCA has had a long and fertile association with Bay Area artist and director Marc Bamuthi Joseph whose artistic work reflects an evolving aesthetic that integrates spoken word with contemporary movement to produce performance works that are populist, experimental and that challenge formal models from both a cultural and environmental perspective.

YBCA is pleased to present the world premiere of Joseph’s newest project, red, black & GREEN: a blues, a collaborative, multimedia performance work that reunites six artists from his acclaimed work, the break/s: a mixtape for stage, including director Michael John Garcés; choreographer Stacey Printz; musician Tommy Shepherd; documentary filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi; media designer David Szlasa; and lighting designer James Clotfelter. Joseph is also joined onstage in the performance by dancer/actor Traci Tolmaire and vocalist/visual artist Theaster Gates, who is also designing the set. Also returning to the team of collaborators is costume designer, Mai-Lei Pecorari, who previously worked with Joseph on Scourge. Intended as both a performance and an installation, red, black & GREEN: a blues, blends poetic text, dance, music and film within a sculptural environment to more deeply engage the audience in an interactive and participatory experience that examines environmental racism, social ecology and collective responsibility in an era of dramatic climate change. Set into Gates’ malleable stage installation of repurposed building materials and artifacts from the Life is Living Festivals nationwide, and heightened by Jacobs-Fantauzzi’s vivid films, red, black & GREEN: a blues provides a vibrant opportunity to unite individuals, families and neighbors in asking, "what sustains life in OUR community?"

Artist's Statement

My work changes, but philosophically my goals do not.

Aesthetically urban, pedagogically Freirean, I derive personal performed narratives out of interdisciplinary collaboration. This work as writer and performer reflects an evolving aesthetic that integrates spoken word poetry with contemporary movement to birth a new theatrical form based on hip hop aesthetics.

The approach is populist, intentionally instructive, and demonstrably experimental in terms of literacy and literary form.

The aesthetic is principally non-European or "alt-white," which is to say that I challenge models of classicism from both cultural and environmental perspectives.

I seek to create space for ritual magic AS performance, and also ritual magic IN performance.

I EXPLICITLY seek to present art that reflects and inspires transformation on personal and collective levels, and that constructs safe space for this transformation to take place.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

It is also commissioned by The America Project, a program of MAPP International Productions with support from The Ford Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

ABOUT THE PIECE

Watch videos about the development of red, black & GREEN: a blues

Red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb) is a full-length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era. Combining dance, text and visuals in a new mode of kinetic performance, rbGb reunites six artists from the acclaimed work, the break/s: a mixtape for stage — writer/performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph; choreographer Stacey Printz; director Michael John Garcés; drummer/beatboxer Tommy Shepherd; documentary filmmaker Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi; and video designer David Szlasa. Joseph is joined onstage in the performance by dancer/actor Traci Tolmaire and vocalist/visual artist Theaster Gates, who is also designing the set. Also returning to the team of collaborators is costume designer, Mai-Lei Pecorari, who previously worked with Joseph on Scourge.

The creation of rbGb utilizes a dynamic research-to-performance methodology that yields community input as artistic resource material; specifically, the voices of people often left out of discussions about "living green." This research has taken place through Life is Living — a series of community eco-festivals in urban parks nationwide featuring art, activism and education. Interviews, poems, films and murals from Life is Living are being translated into text, choreography and imagery that express the challenge of living green where violent crime and poor education pose a more imminent danger than ecological crisis, and that reveal emerging definitions of environmentalism in these communities.

Set into Gates' malleable stage installation of repurposed building materials and clay objects, and heightened by Jacobs-Fantauzzi's vivid films and vibrant graffiti murals from Life is Living, the poetry and performance in rbGb puts forward the idea that valuing your own life, and the life of your community, is the first step to valuing planet Earth.


CONTEXTUAL ESSAY
PDF: Shannon Jackson, University of California at Berkeley: "A Rite to Heal"
"A Rite to Heal" introduces rbGb’s multi-disciplinary collaborators and shares their creative and community-engaged process in making the project.

A FREE Celebration of Urban Life Through Hip-Hop, Intergenerational Health, and Environmental Action.

Music concert featuring QUESTLOVE + PETE ESCOVEDO JAZZ ORCHESTRA + LOS RAKAS.
Sat, Oct 8 • 11 am – 5 pm • Defremery Park, 1651 West Adeline (Btw 16th and 18th), Oakland, CA


How "Life is Living" fuels red, black & GREEN: a blues

Bamuthi & his collaborators will be filming & interviewing folks this Sat. for material to include in his world premiere of red, black & GREEN: a blues, which opens in our Forum Thu. 10/13. Bamuthi has been activating these Festivals -- a nationwide series of community eco-festivals in urban parks featuring art, activism and education--as a a dynamic research-to-performance methodology that yields community input as artistic resource material. Culling from the voices of people often left out of discussions about "living green," the interviews, poems, films and murals from Life is Living are being translated into text, choreography and imagery that express the challenge of living green where violent crime and poor education pose a more imminent danger than ecological crisis, and that reveal emerging definitions of environmentalism in these communities.

More information on the even from Life is Living »

CREDITS
Red, black, & GREEN: a blues is produced by MAPP International Productions.

Red, black, & GREEN: a blues is co-commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at University of Houston, Walker Art Center and Lehigh University.

Developmental residencies have been provided by Carolina Performing Arts at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Critical production support for rbGb is provided by Z Space at Theater Artaud.

red, black, & GREEN: a blues has received generous support from The National Endowment for the Arts; The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation; The America Project, with support from the Ford Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation; East Bay Community Foundation, with matching support from United States Artists; Panta Rhea Foundation.

red, black and GREEN: a blues is made possible by the Contemporary Art Centers (CAC) network, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), with major support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. CAC is comprised of leading art centers and brings together performing arts curators to support collaboration and work across disciplines, and is an initiative of NEFA's National Dance Project.

The presentation of red, black and GREEN: a blues is made possible by the MetLife Community Connections Fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project. Major support for NDP is also provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust.

Red, black & GREEN: a blues has also received gracious support from over 50 committed individuals through the United States Artists’ Project Site.

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Events

  • red, black & GREEN: a blues
    Oct 13, 2011 6:30pm
    Oct 14, 2011 6:30pm
    Oct 15, 2011 6:30pm
    Oct 20, 2011 6:30pm
    Oct 21, 2011 6:30pm
    Oct 22, 2011 6:30pm
    YBCA Forum

    Please note time change. Initially listed at 8 pm. Show will begin at 7:30 pm

    All seats on Thrifty Thursday, Oct 13, are $5!

    Installation Open & Free to View: Oct 20–22, 1:30–6pm

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Curator Statement

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of ours.

He’s one of ours because he has committed his life and his life’s work—his artistic practice—to the Bay Area. Over the last decade, he has had multiple opportunities to leave us and go to New York and center his career in the heart of performance production in the US. But his connection to his beloved Oakland and the people and places of the Bay Area is so strong that he has resisted the clarion call of the art world and remains stubbornly and steadfastly a Bay Area artist. We love him for that.

He’s one of ours because virtually every work he’s done since Word Becomes Flesh has been supported, and often premiered, here at YBCA. I met Marc in my first month on the job back in October 2003 when we were planning the Bay Area Hip Hop Theater Festival and I’ve been proud to call him a colleague and friend ever since. Watching Word Becomes Flesh at that time made me aware that I was seeing the work of an artistic master and that we needed to do everything we could to support him. He is one of a very few artists whose work, I believe, is so powerful and so important that it deserves our participation in insuring its creation and its dissemination across the country and the world. What Marc has to say, others outside the Bay Area need to hear.

And he’s one of ours because he speaks to the issues and ideas that are not just “of the Bay Area” but relevant and inspiring to all of us committed to social justice, to understanding ourselves and our world and to making a difference with our work. Marc is not just a triple-threat performer. He is a thinker, a poet, an activist and a choreographer—someone whose thoughts and ideas resonate with all of us. He does not operate in a rarified world that we feel excluded from. He is one of us.

With red, black & GREEN: a blues, Marc takes his work in yet another new direction as he explores the hybrid relationship of visual, aural and theatrical expressions in a contemporary environment. This piece pushes boundaries of form and content in ways that are new to Marc and exciting for us to witness. Yet at its heart is the essential humanity and dignity that Marc brings to all of us work, as well as his sense of play and fun. For our Big Idea of Encounter, Marc’s work stands as a touchstone of how art, extraordinary art, can indeed change the world. He does that with all of his work; none more so than this one.

Kenneth J. Foster
Executive Director

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Artist Bio

ABOUT THE LIVING WORD PROJECT
The Living Word Project (LWP) is the resident theater company of Youth Speaks, Inc., a premiere youth poetry, spoken word, and creative writing program. The Living Word Project is committed to producing literary performance in the verse of our time. Aesthetically urban, pedagogically Freirean, LWP derives personal performed narratives out of interdisciplinary collaboration. Though its methodology includes dance, music, and film, the company’s emphasis is spoken storytelling. LWP creates verse-based work that is spoken through the body, illustrated by visual and sonic scores, and in communication with the important social issues and movements of the immediate moment. LWP is the theater’s connection from Shakespeare’s quill to Kool Herc’s turntables; from Martha Graham’s cupped hand to Nelson Mandela’s clenched fist: a new voice for a new politic. Repertory works include No Man’s Land, Cause, Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, In Spite of Everything, the break/s: a mixtape for stage, Mirrors in Every Corner, Tree City Legends and War Peace. For further information, please visit www.livingwordproject.org.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Creater and Performer)
Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the seven-part HBO documentary Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists”. In May 2011, Bamuthi was announced as this year’s Alpert Award winner in Theater.

After appearing on Broadway as a young actor, Joseph has developed several poetically based works for the stage that have toured across the U.S., Europe and Africa. These include Word Becomes Flesh, Scourge, and the break/s, which co-premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and the Walker Arts Center in the Spring of 2008. Bamuthi’s Word Becomes Flesh was re-mounted in December 2010 as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces series, and will tour throughout North America and Hawaii through 2013. In addition, Joseph wrote the commissioned libretto, Home in 7 for the Atlanta Ballet in 2011, and is directing Dennis Kim’s Tree City Legends at Intersection for the Arts in 2012.

A gifted and nationally acclaimed educator and essayist, he has lectured at more than 200 colleges and universities, been a popular commentator on National Public Radio, and has carried adjunct professorships at Stanford University, LeHigh University, Mills College, and the University of Wisconsin. Bamuthi’s proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19-year-old writers and curates the Living Word Festival and Left Coast Leaning. He is the co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip-hop arts and focused environmental action. www.lifeisliving.org; www.alpertawards.org

COLLABORATORS
Michael John Garcés (Director)
Michael John Garcés is the artistic director of Cornerstone Theater Company, a community-engaged ensemble in Los Angeles where he most recently directed the musical Making Paradise by Tom Jacobson, Shishir Kurup and Deborah Wicks La Puma, and 3 Truths by Naomi Iizuka. He is very pleased to be continuing the collaboration with Bamuthi which began with the break/s. Other recent directing credits include, Oedipus El Rey by Luis Alfaro at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, where he is a company member, and Funnyhouse of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy at CalArts. Other theaters at which he has directed include Hartford Stage, Guthrie Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Children's Theatre Company, Second Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, INTAR, Yale Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company and Repertorio Español. Garcés is on the executive board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. For Cornerstone he wrote Los Illegals, created in collaboration with communities of day laborers and domestic workers, also produced in Phoenix, Arizona by Teatro Bravo, and which will be published in this summer's Theatre Magazine (Yale School of Drama/Duke University Press). Other plays he has written include THE WEB (needtheatre), points of departure and customs (INTAR), and Acts of Mercy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater). Short plays include hymn in three parts (Chalk Rep), inhabited (Red Fern Theatre Co.), tostitos (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays), on edge and the ride (Humana Festival), audiovideo (Drama League/Directors Project), and catch and sandlot ball (Mile Square). He wrote the text for composer Alexandra Vrebalo's oratorio Stations, recently performed at the NOMUS Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia. Garcés is a recipient of the Princess Grace Statue, the Alan Schneider Director Award, and a TCG/New Generations Grant. He is a proud alum of New Dramatists.

Theaster Gates (Set/Installation Designer and Performer)
Theaster Gates is a Chicago-based artist whose practice covers performance and installation, urban planning and design, and the traditional fine arts. His work in performance, installation art and public intervention offers a platform that opens up challenging issues by presenting them, not as acute encounters, but as invitations to engage hard information creatively. His exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Temple Exercises, built of wooden boards recycled from a factory in Chicago's post-industrial heart, encouraged people to see these discarded materials not only in the light of Modernist Art, but to reflect on cultural traditions that depend on scrap for survival. The installation housed performances by the Black Monks of Mississippi, a music ensemble which Gates founded. Other performances, installations and exhibits include Black Monks & the Gospel of Black, (Van Abbemusuem, Netherlands); Black Monks of Mississippi-If You See Jesus Tell Him Where I Am (Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago); Branded Alongside the Cabinet of Curiosities (Milwaukee Art Museum); Tea Shacks, Collard Greens & the Preservation of Soul (Center for Proliferation of Afro-Asian Artifacts, Chicago); Plate Convergence (Yamaguchi Institute, Chicago); Mississippi Houses (Inax Ceramic Museum, Japan); and The American Negro: Too good to be true (St. George Cathedral, South Africa). Gates received an interdisciplinary Master's in Urban Planning and Public Sculpture from Iowa State University in 2005. He is currently Director of Arts and Public Life and Artist in Residence at the University of Chicago.

David Szlasa (Media Design)
David Szlasa is a media artist, curator and producer. He is the recipient of the Gerbode Award, Future Aesthetics Artist Award, and Lighting Artists in Dance Award for innovative use of video in performance. The San Francisco Chronicle called Szlasa’s ongoing work with interactive technology “so timely as to feel timeless”. His work has been presented in a range of venues from the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to the Sydney Opera House and the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe. Szlasa has collaborated with artists including Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Sara Shelton Mann, Rennie Harris, Deb Margolin, Hope Mohr, Synaesthetic Theater, and Bill Shannon. In addition, Szlasa produces and curates programming at Z Space in San Francisco and has worked on staff at Culture Project, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, The Drama League, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York. Szlasa is currently engaged in a commission awarded by the National Science Foundation and the Geissler Group in Theoretical Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley. www.davidszlasa.com

James Clotfelter (Lighting Designer)
James Clotfelter is committed to the creation of collaborative and socially conscious work for theater and dance. He is an Artistic Associate with Pig Iron Theatre Company (Chekhov Lizardbrain, Welcome to Yuba City), Resident Lighting Designer and Production Manager for Miro Dance Theatre (Punch, Spooky Action), and a Company Member of johannes wieland (newyou, Progressive Coma). In 2005 he co-founded Mlab, a laboratory for innovations and design technologies in the live arts which has realized numerous scenic, light and video designs specifically tailored for efficient and sustainable touring. Recent collaborations include work with Rennie Harris, John Jasperse, Bill Shannon, Thaddeus Phillips, Sara Shelton Mann, Rainpan 43, Southern Repertory Theatre and Lubelski Teatr Tanca. www.jcld.net

Stacey Printz (Choreograper)
Stacey Printz is artistic director of the Printz Dance Project (PDP). Founded in 1998, PDP has performed extensively in California with home seasons at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco, and has toured all over the U.S., being presented in such places as New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, Arizona, Colorado, and internationally in Lithuania, Russia and Ireland. Printz has been commissioned to choreograph for many companies in California and has received awards the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the W&F Hewlett Foundation and Fort Mason Foundation. She is also a recent recipient of the New Work Fellowship from the Marin Arts Council. Printz received sociology and dance degrees from U.C. Irvine. In addition to teaching at San Francisco Dance Center, she has been on faculty at St. Mary's College, Sonoma State University and RoCo Dance Studio. She has taught master classes and workshops across the United States, as well as internationally in Switzerland, Italy, Amsterdam, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania and Ireland. Highly interested in collaborative experiences, Printz had the pleasure of working with Marc Bamuthi Joseph on Scourge and the break/s. www.printzdance.org

Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi (Documentary Films)
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi has traveled the world capturing the voice of international hip- hop and documenting the art of storytelling around the globe. After graduating U.C. Berkeley, while still enrolled in the M.A. program at N.Y.U. Tisch School for the Arts, he completed his first acclaimed international documentary Inventos: Hip-Hop Cubano in 2005, winning the prestigious Student Filmmaker Award at the Pan-African Film Festival. Jacobs-Fantauzzi then created Homegrown: Hip Life in Ghana, the story of Hip Life (a combination of hip-hop and Ghana’s native High Life music style), that documents the band V.I.P.’s ten years journey from the ghetto in Accra to their first international tour. Jacobs-Fantauzzi launched Fistup.tv, an online channel dedicated to documenting the global hip-hop movement. Episodes have featured Los Rakas (Panama), Las Krudas (Cuba), Ana Tijoux (Chile), and Blitz the Ambassador (Ghana) and also covered the 2011 SXSW music/film conference in Austin, Texas. Jacobs-Fantauzzi works as an educator and activist, teaching in the Ethnic Studies Department at U.C. Berkeley and working as a documentarian for the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution in Ghana. Jacobs-Fantauzzi has worked with Sacramento Youth Speaks, Sol Collective Arts and Cultural Center, and the National Institute of Culture and History in Belize. Jacobs-Fantauzzi was recently awarded a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts for “Breaking the Paradigm: The Reciprocal Relationship Between Traditional Cultural Artforms and Contemporary Hip-Hop.” He is currently curating the 2nd Annual Fist Up Film Festival and working on a new film in Medellin, Colombia entitled Revolucion Sin Muertos (Revolution Without Death).

Bethanie Hines (Photographer)
Bethanie Hines moves through the world with her whole heart. She loves deeply and those on the other side of her lens feel the reverence she holds for life. Hines is committed to a mindfulness practice which connects her to moments that could easily be missed. Vulnerability, emotion, intimacy, and connection to her subjects are evident. For Hines, less is more. Her work documents the perfection of who we are, reminding us of our wholeness, replacing stories with truth. www.bethaniehines.com

Mai-Lei Pecorari (Costume Designer)
Mai-Lei Pecorari is an independent costume designer and wardrobe stylist based in San Francisco and New York. She began her career as a designer while attending college at the University of Florida, where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Costume Design. From there, with Atlanta as homebase, she designed shows with Jomandi Productions and worked with neighboring theaters such as Virginia's Mill Mountain Theater. These projects granted her the opportunity to work with a range of talented artists, such as choreographer Moustapha Bangoura of Les Ballets Africains, Chuck Davis, artistic director of DanceAfrica, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph on the production of Scourge . Since her move to the West Coast, she has been wardrobe stylist, costume supervisor and key costumer on film and video sets. Currently, her focus is on commercial and advertising productions. With clients ranging from the Gap and Levi Strauss & Co. to Microsoft and Apple, Inc. to Adidas and New Balance. Pecorari's love for good design and creative expression is her motivation for working hard to create beautiful art. She is happy to be on board for a second time with The Living Word Project for the premiere of red, black & GREEN: a blues.

Tommy Shepherd (Composer & Performer)
Tommy Shepherd aka Emcee Soulati, is an actor, playwright, composer, educator, b-boy, rapper, drummer and beatboxer. Tommy is a co-founder of the live hip-hop collective, Felonious: onelovehiphop, who play music throughout the world and create original theatrical productions from their base as a resident company at Intersection for the Arts. Felonious’ last project was Angry Black White Boy, adapted from the Adam Mansbach book by Dan Wolf, for which Shepherd created the original music and performed. Shepherd has also been a long-time Hybrid Resident Artist at Intersection, a member of Campo Santo, and a performer with Erika Chong Shuch’s ESP project. He acted in and created the score for Nobody Move; and Hamlet: Blood in the Brain, by Naomi Iizuka, and created the sound design and score with Howard Wiley for A Place To Stand. He also acted, beatboxed, and composed a live score with Scheherazade Stone for Domino by Campo Santo with Sean San José, which premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2007 he created and performed his first one-act solo The MF in ME, premiering at Intersection for the Arts’ GROUNDED? festival of new works. Other credits include: co-composer/collaborator/performer with the Jazz Mafia Symphony, performing the world premiere of The Joshua Norton Suite, creating the score for Donald Lacy’s Color Struck, which was performed at the National Black Theatre Festival and for the National Black Congress leading up to President Obama’s election. Shepherd was a commissioned artist, co-creator and performer of Raw Dios for headrush crew, which toured Berkeley, CA Denver and at the famed El Teatro Campesino in San Juan Bautista. He also recreated the previously unfinished Duke Ellington musical Queenie Pie, which premiered at the Oakland Opera in 2008. Shepherd has performed and toured internationally with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, collaborating on Scourge and the break/s.

Traci Tolmaire (Performer)
Traci Tolmaire is an actor, dancer, singer from Chicago. Her training in theater arts and dance include a B.A. in Theater from Spelman College, theatrical studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and dance training at Sammy Dyer School of Theatre in Chicago, Joel Hall Dance Center, and classes with master teachers Katherine Dunham and Savion Glover. Her theatrical credits include IPH…a translation of Iphigeneia at Aulis by Euripides (Brava Theater/African-American Shakespeare Company), Mirrors In Every Corner (directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph for Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo), Susan Lori Parks’ 365 Days/365 Plays series (Hartford Stage Company), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Fulton Opera House), The Darker Face of the Earth (Take Wing and Soar Productions), Trouble in Mind (Actor's Express), and Breath, Boom (Synchronicity Theatre Group). She was an understudy for Lisa Kron's play In the Wake at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and appeared twice in the New York International Fringe Festival as a leading actress in original productions Fantasy, Girl (choreographer) and Eggs and the Rebound Guy. Tolmaire also worked as choreographer for Hartford Stage Company's production of Gee's Bend, Connecticut Critics Circle award winner for best ensemble. Tolmaire currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.tracitolmaire.com.

PRODUCTION TEAM
Rebecca Cullars (Stage Manager)
Rebecca Cullars a.k.a. B^2 worked on the break/s: a mix-tape for stage as Stage Manager and Lighting Director. She is excited to be working with Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Michael Garcés, James Clotfelter, Tommy Shepherd and the MAPP team again on rbGb. Based in New York City, she has worked on the N.Y.C. Downtown Urban Theater Festival as Stage Manager, Fyvush Finkel Live, Two Brothers and Metamorphose as Interim Production Manager, Video Supervisor and Master Electrician, Perfect Fit as Lighting Designer, Nathan the Wise as Assistant Lighting Designer, Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Life and Times of Jim Jones as Stage Manager, Cyclone and the Pig-Faced Lady as Assistant Lighting Designer and Any Night as Technical Director. She has worked as Sponsor Liaison for the Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Summer Concert Series. She is regularly visited by the Holy Ghost while lighting gospel acts at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, including Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Hezekiah Walker, Kirk Franklin, the Clark Sisters, JJ Hairston, and Richard Smallwood. Steve Bailey this glow stick’s for you!

Josh Johnson (Production Manager)
Josh Johnson is a technical artist who uses all the tools of our time to support the emotional expression of theater artists. In his time, Josh has engineered performances in airplane hangars and train stations, toured with shows to 35 countries, and worked with such notables as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Robert Rauschenberg, and Radiohead. A highlight of his career was the years spent with Merce Cunningham, who taught him how to see again. Josh loves acting as the bridge between artists and reality, empowering artists to realize their visions through whatever means necessary. Josh’s latest adventure was traveling overland from Guatemala to Argentina over the span of two years.

YBCA's programs are made possible in part by:
Abundance Foundation
Adobe
National Endowment for the Arts
Novellus Systems

YBCA Performance 11–12 is made possible in part by:
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Performance 11–12:
Zellerbach Family Foundation
Panta Rhea Foundation
Cultural Services of the French Embassy
New England Foundation for the Arts
and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Media Sponsor:
SF Bay Guardian