Blooming. Truth. Passion. Power.
The art being created by BIPOC artists and non-binary artists embody these words. The SoSu Series focuses light on these artists in the moments of the Black Lives Movement and the movement for racial equity we’re seeing here in DC Theatre.
“Our stories deserve to be heard and listened to…and taken seriously.” – Tyasia “Ty” Velines
As BIPOC artists, we want to be in the creative space. That’s made clear every time we step into a production process; now it’s time that we join these spaces as our whole selves. Not only do we deserve to be unapologetically us, but we will create better art because of it.
Tyasia “Ty” Velines (they/them/theirs) has always been a powerhouse and we are proud to feature them in our first interview for The SoSu Series.
Hailing from Baltimore, MD, their artistic focus ranges from theatre, music, creative writing, and visual arts.
“As a Black, non-binary artist … the scene hasn’t allowed for the vastness of who I am.” – Tyasia “Ty” Velines
As an actor, they’ve worked with various theatre companies including Round House Theatre, Mosaic Theater Company of DC, The Keegan Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Welders, and Rorschach Theatre. They most recently have been seen on stage at Adventure Theatre in The Snowy Day and Other Stories! But their best project so far? Goes back to their days their college days.
They’re also known for their love of tech and working in the field of technology around the D.C. and Maryland area.
“Black lives matter. Regardless. There’s no going back.” – Tyasia “Ty” Velines
I believe that if we all step outside of our own perspectives more often, the world will begin to achieve a sense of balance.
Today’s episode is an opportunity to do just that. May you listen to Ty. May you reflect on the action you can take to aid in their journey and that of others who share their experience as BIPOC artists. May you hire them in the future and support them and allow them to be whole every step of the way. They deserve it.
Donate to Ty via Venmo and CashApp: @valions
Ty, as bloomingboi, has created cool curated playlists. Listen to their playlists here!”
Ty provided some awesome resources:
Ty mentions Dr. Khalid Long’s project “For Colored Folks” at Univ of Md, College Park:
– For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
– For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When the Streets Were Too Much by Keith Antar Mason
May some producer, somewhere, put Dr. Long’s project back on a stage.
Ty calls out expanding knowledge beyond your “home theatre” by getting to know these theatre makers:
GALA Hispanic Theatre in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, DC
Theater Alliance in the Anacostia neighborhood, DC
Young Playwrights’ Theater
The Welders 3.0
Instagram and Twitter: @WeldersDC
Finally, we hope our series adds to your understanding of the world, and deeply appreciate your support.
All proceeds will go to further productions of the series.
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