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Marc Bamuthi Joseph and /peh-LO-tah/

Amara Tabor-Smith (Performer) is an Oakland based performer/choreographer who has performed in the works of Choreographers such as, Ed Mock, Joanna Haigood, Pearl Ubungen, Ronald K. Brown, Adia Tamar Whitaker, Faustin Linyekula and is the former associate artistic director and dancer with Urban Bush Women. She has also performed in the works of theater artists such as, Anna Deveare Smith, Aya de Leon, Herbert Siquenza, The SF Mime Troupe, and performed in Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s past work “Scourge". Amara is the artistic director of Deep Waters Dance Theater and co artistic director of Headmistress, an ongoing collaboration with movement artist Sherwood Chen. Her work has been performed in Salvador, Bahia, The Republic of the Congo, Judson Church/Movement Research and many venues throughout the USA. Amara is currently on faculty in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. She is a 2016 recipient of the Creative Capital grant. Other residencies and awards include, The Headlands Center for the Arts artist in residence, CHIME Mentorship Exchange grant, CounterPULSE artist in residence, Green Choreographers exchange at Dance Exchange in MD, and she was a three year artist in residence at ODC Theater in San Francisco.www.deepwatersdance.com

 

Traci Tolmaire (Performer)  is an actor, dancer, singer, and choreographer from Chicago. Her training in theatre arts and dance include a BA in Theatre from Spelman College, theatrical studies at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and dance training at Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre (Chicago), Joel Hall Dance Center, Lou Conte/Hubbard Street Dance Company, and classes with master teachers Katherine Dunham and Savion Glover. Credits include The High Priestess of Dark Alley (Le Petit Theatre); Cherchez La Femme (La MaMa ETC); Dancing On Eggshells (The Billie Holiday Theatre); Black Joy In the Hour of Chaos (Creative Time); The Circle Unbroken is a Hard Bop (651 Arts/MAPP International Productions); red, black, & GREEN: a blues (MAPP International Productions/Living Word Project); Plenty of Time (New Federal Theatre); Mirrors In Every Corner (Intersection for the Arts/Campo Santo); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Fulton Opera House); and Trouble in Mind (Actor's Express). Choreography credits include Gee's Bend (Hartford Stage); Rejoice!, a holiday musical (Lorraine Hansberry Theatre); and Dancing On Eggshells (The Billie Holiday Theatre). Traci currently resides in New York City. www.tracitolmaire.com

 

Yaw Agyeman  (Performer) Yaw has performed on both the theatrical and musical stage. He's not just an incredible singer but also an aspiring actor that has had the privilege to work with such prolific playwrights as Ntozake Shange and Paul Carter Harrison while still embracing his love for music. He has toured in the play Red, Black and Green: a blues (MAPP) and performed in the world premiere of the musical, "Mister Chickee's Funny Money" (Chicago Children's Theater). The play features music from the Motown Great, Lamont Dozier.

In music, YAW has shared the stage with the likes of StevieWonder, Roy Ayers, Floetry, Jaguar Wright, Kindred, Amel Larrieux and has backed up Eric Roberson and Liz Fields in several concerts. He has been featured on VH1's "Soul Cities", a show produced by Nelson George that showcases singers in cities all over the country. Most recently, he is featured on the Africa Channel's, "Soundtracks at Red Kiva", a program that focuses on artists of African descent. Additionally, he is a member of the artistic collaboration, "Black Monks of Mississippi", headed by the dynamic and prolific, Theaster Gates. Yaw is excited to be performing again with MAPP and Bamuthi. "There are no ceilings here."