TeAda Performing Artist Impact Fellowship
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
WHO WE ARE:
The TeAda Performing Artist Impact Fellowship offers actors, artists, and activists interested in social justice art the opportunity to train in TeAda’s performing arts methodology. Fellows 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 TeAda Performing Artists Impact Fellows are partnered with TeAda Productions local program and community organization partners. The 2018 fellows worked with TeAda’s CreAtive Self-Care Spring workshop series and community partner organizations UCLA Labor Center, Los Angeles Worker Center Network, Pilipino Workers Center of Los Angeles (PWC), Program for Torture Victims (PTV), Antena Los Angeles, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), and Garment Worker Center (GWC) . The 2019 Fellows will partner with TeAda Productions Refugee State creative workshop series and community partner Program for Torture Victims (PTV).
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 is 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.
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 in workshops and participate in a culminating live performance alongside 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 low-wage workers, immigrant and refugee communities.
2019 COMMUNITY PARTNER ORGANIZATION
Program for Torture Victims (PTV) restores the health and human dignity of survivors of human rights abuse providing critical assistance to more than 300 refugees annually. As the pioneer in human rights abuse rehabilitation, PTV has developed an integrated and comprehensive approach that encompasses a full spectrum of needs. Committed to survivors’ well-being and care, PTV has partnered with some of the region’s leading health and legal service providers, including the Eisner Health, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Public Counsel, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, among others.
2019 IMPACT FELLOWS
Christelle Baguidy is from Haiti and raised in Florida. She studied theater for three years at a theater conservatory. She also studied commedia dell’atre in Italy for a summer study abroad program. She has played NASTY NORCA from the play Our Lady of 121st Street at the Odyessy Theatre Ensemble and at KCACTF festival in Utah. She was part of Flyin’ West as Fannie Dove and appeared in an original play entitled PAIN. She’s grateful to be working with TeAda and looks forward to bringing their vision to light.
Grace Nabasaaka is a PTV member she holds a Bachelor's degree from Uganda Christian University Mukono in Mass Communication. She has a journalism background and worked for Horizon Television and CBS FM. She has been acting on stage and performing folk songs and dances since childhood.
Natalie Camunas is a native Los Angeleno, USC graduate, queer second gen Latinx actor, writer, singer, voice-over artist, and entrepreneur. As an actor, Natalie just finished a triple understudy engagement in Luis Valdez’ Valley of the Heart at Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum. Previously, she originated the role of Gabby Orozco in the World Premiere Co-Production of American Mariachi at the Old Globe Theatre & Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Recent TV/Film credits: Goliath opposite Billy Bob Thornton, Speechless on ABC, Netflix feature Bright opposite Will Smith directed by David Ayer. As a voice over artist, you can hear Natalie’s voice in promo spots for Fox’s 911. As a playwright, Natalie’s plays have been seen all over the world, including Los Angeles, New York, and Ireland. As an entrepreneur, she runs two businesses: The Hallway Space, a free monthly community space for folks of color to co-create, and The Happy Actor, a space for coaching, succeeding, and thriving in Hollywood. nataliecamunas.com, thehallwayspace.com
NATIQ AKINYEMI ESHILOKUN
Natiq Akinyemi Eshilokun, is a west African Immigrant now living in Los Angeles, CA. He is a writer, actor and filmmaker. He studied at the University of Lagos in Nigeria. He is passionate about the intersection between arts and social justice. He worked for the National Youth Service Corps, creating stage plays that educated people about HIV, gender inequality, and other social issues. His internship with Toyin Abraham, a famous Nigerian actress, inspired him to work hard and persevere. Natiq hopes to tell diverse African stories from an authentic perspective.
Rogers Tamale began writing at an early age. He has worked in banking and statistics prior to coming in the US. Rogers holds a degree in Economics and a Masters in business administration, all from Uganda Martyrs University, Kampala, Uganda. Since coming to the US, Rogers is a client at the Program for Torture Victims and a volunteer with Big Sunday. Rogers Tamale lives in Los Angeles, California.
2018 IMPACT FELLOWS
The 2018 Impact Fellows (L-R) Toni Temehana Pasion, Uhuru Moor, Chella Coleman, and Anatalia Vallez.
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
2018 COMMUNITY PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS:
UCLA Labor Center, Los Angeles Worker Center Network, Pilipino Workers Center of Los Angeles (PWC), Program for Torture Victims (PTV), Antena Los Angeles, Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA), Garment Worker Center (GWC)