My Skin as Witness

Conceived and Directed by Tanisha Christie

Sundays 1:30 -3:00 p.m.

October 9, 2016
October 23, 2016
October 30, 2016
November 6, 2016
December 4, 2016

FREE

These workshops are free, but pre-registration is necessary. You may register for 1, 2, or all the weeks offered. RSVP at tanishachristie@gmail.com.

My Skin as Witness is a series of mini creative workshops with individuals or small groups of 2 or 3 that will include storytelling and creative exercises that explores Personal History, Grief and Civic Discourse.  My Skin as Witness is a place to connect deeply with your personal story, to create, and commune with others. Participants may be asked if they can be documented; their anonymity will be respected.

This is a workshop for adult participants of all ages, races, backgrounds and abilities. BAX is NOT wheelchair accessible.

About the Artist

Tanisha Christie is a Interdisciplinary AIR at BAX and currently in her last year of MSW training at Hunter College. My Skin as Witness is a workshop modality that she created with her friend/colleague playwright/poet Denise Kumani Gantt after having taken an anti-racism/anti oppression workshop and training with the late artist/activist Rebecca Rice and Erika Thorne of Training for Change. The initial project focused on the protracted experiences of violence for mothers in addiction recovery within the black diasporic experience. The creative engagement project used structured writing, theatre, and performance exercises as a vehicle for processing difficult experiences, emotions and, above all, to create and find agency. Fast-forward 15+ years later and her new project bathtub desires to explore intimacy with the others and an exploration of gaze, through storytelling, questioning and conversation. An aspect of developing this work is exploring engagement modalities and gathering stories around the trauma of racism and our collective grief. Stories of rage and awakenings of understanding are the keys to transformation. Tanisha has performed extensively throughout the country and internationally. She holds a BFA Theatre performance with a concentration in Holistic Drama from Arizona State University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School.  A member of Actors’ Equity Association, her work has been recognized through an Artist’s Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Puffin Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Humanities Council of DC. She was a 2015 Target Margin Theater Fellow.