TeAda Performing Artist Impact Fellowship
(L-R) Toni Temehana Pasion, Uhuru Moor, Chella Coleman, and Anatalia Vallez.
MEET OUR 2018 IMPACT FELLOWS!
TONI TEMEHANA PASION
Toni Temehana Pasion is a dancer and educator of Tagalog, Ilocano, and Kapampangan heritages, born in San Jose, California and raised in Los Angeles, California. She received her BA from the University of California, Riverside in Asian American Studies and Women’s Studies, and her MA in Dance at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her creative practice includes Hawaiian hula, Philippine dance, ori Tahiti, contemporary dance, and writing. Toni is the founder and producer of A Stage of Our Own (ASOO), a Philippine and Pacific Island collective of artists, organizers, educators, and researchers, creating contemporary works centered on womxn’s experiences. She is also a Teaching Artist of Dance for Arts Alive, serving various elementary schools in the South Bay. Her curriculum includes dance, music, language, geography, and cultural values. She works towards expanding culture-based education, thereby fostering a future generation geared towards social equality and tolerance. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TONI, VISIT tonipasion.com
The Uhuruverse is a Los Angeles-based PROTEST ARTIST who uses multiple mediums and performance styles to speak against oppression and demand and encourage liberation. Best known as the electric guitarist for the band Fuck U Pay Us (a four piece Black femme punk band demanding land reparations for the African Holocaust and free self defense training for femmes), the Uhuruvese also raps and sings--their solo album, The Brightest Oddest Strangest Star U Ever Did Saw Up Close and Afar From Planet Earth to Mars and Beyond!! was released January 1, 2018. The Uhuruverse directed the psychedelic film noir, “FIGHT IN HEELS”, a collaboration with the #SNATCHPOWER artist collective. The Uhuruverse founded #SNATCHPOWER in 2014. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT UHURU, VISIT SnatchPower.com
Chella Isabel Marie Coleman is a transgender activist using art as well as organizing in the community in Los Angeles California. Using art as well as popular education to educate folks around issues that impact the trans and gender non conforming community especially low income trans women of color. She also is a part of many other organizations seeking to better high risk low income communities. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT CHELLA, VISIT chellacoleman.com
Anatalia Vallez is a performer/artivist from Orange County, passionate about theater and performance as a tool for creating consciousness and community. She is currently an ensemble member of Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, as a playwright, and performer. Her first exposure to Latinx theater was through a program called Barrio Actors Guild in Santa Ana where, as a teenager, she got to share her very first monologues. Anatalia took up a minor in Theater and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley where she learned about the history of theater in Latinoamerica and around the world, theater of the sphere and theater of the oppressed. As a result, she helped start the Performance Colectiva at CAL. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ANATALIA, VISIT anataliavallez.weebly.com
WHO WE ARE:
The TeAda Performing Artist Impact Fellowship is a month long program that offers actors, artists, and activists interested in social justice art the opportunity to train in TeAda’s performing arts methodology. Fellow will engage and support community in a space that expands capacity to express personal and collective narratives.A pioneer in social justice theater TeAda has developed various programs and theater productions that seek to empower communities of color. The 2018 TeAda Performing Artists Impact Fellows will be partnered with TeAda Productions CreAtive Self-Care Spring workshop series.
TeAda methodology emphasizes storytelling as a tool for social justice, healing and solidarity among communities of color and marginalized groups.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Under the guidance of a seasoned TeAda Teaching Artist, the fellow will be immersed in storytelling circles with a local partner organization and a diverse group of community participants. This will allow fellows to undergo hands on training in specific TeAda methodology. Fellows are expected to attend a minimum of 4 workshops.
This fellowship allows for the exploration and development of authentic storytelling from communities with the goal of encouraging healing and inter-community solidarity. Fellows will have the opportunity to apply TeAda methodology and technique to lead one workshop and participate in a culminating live performance with community members giving fellows hands on experience in leading social justice arts workshops. Impact Fellow must agree to fully engage in a safe space for expression, healing, solidarity, community building and sharing with Black workers, low-wage workers, immigrant and refugee communities.
2018 PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS include:
UCLA Labor Center
Los Angeles Worker Center Network
Pilipino Workers Center of Los Angeles
Program for Torture Victims