Q-STAGE: New Works Series • Winter/Spring 2021

Curated for the first time by Artistic Director Marcela Michelle, the Q-STAGE: New Works Series is an annual experimental incubator program dedicated to providing a stage and resources for local queer & transgender artists to create, develop, and premiere new work. Q-STAGE seeks to shift consciousness of and about queer identity through new performance work, facilitate conversation surrounding queer identities and queer art, and contribute to the growth of local, emerging queer artists.

20% Theatre Company's 7th annual Q-STAGE: New Works Series will feature original works by Nakita Kircher, Kat Purcell, Commarrah Bashar, and Yoni Tamang.

Dates & details coming soon!

About the Artists

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Commarrah Jewelia Bashar (they/them) is a black, trans-nonbinary, actrix, activist, writer, and ritual-performance-art maker. They are a TransPlant from NY: Graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts for Drama and have 23 years of theater experience, including performances in New York City, Paris, and their true home of Minneapolis.Their piece Ance$tor Money<span ">--an experimental improv with all black trans artists--was featured in Stonewall @ 50 curated by Andrea Jenkins and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. They are one of three Ward 8 appointees to the Minneapolis Arts Commission, the Ward 4 appointee to the Transgender Equity Council for the City of Minneapolis, and have been selected as one of this year’s Marsha P. Johnson Institute membership class of 2020. Please visit Commarrah.com for full resume and booking.

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Nakita Kirchner is a queer Lebanese-American performer in diaspora. Her choreography has been presented at Dear Gaza (2018, 2019) and Controlled Burn (2020). Nakita will perform her work in the second annual Lebanon International Contemporary Dance Festival (2021) and the 2021 season of Q-Space. She currently apprentices with Ananya Dance Theatre.

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Kat Purcell (they/them) is a nonbinary trans performer, lighting designer, experimental producer, installation artist and theatrical director-- best known in the Twin Cities as the Producing Director of Lightning Rod, an ever emergent and evolving political flash theatre intensive for artists. They have performed and worked in London, New York, Paris, Stockholm and Minneapolis. They have worked with (MPLS) Catalyst Arts, Intermedia Arts, Patrick's Cabaret, Guthrie Theater, Southern Theater, Queertopia, Center for Performing Arts, Pangea World Theater, New Native Theater, Red Eye Theater, Kudeta Dance, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre, Umbrella Collective, Pillsbury House + Theatre, (NYC) Target Margin Theater, HERE Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Old Can Factory, Theatre Three Collaborative, Theatre for a New City, MoMA PS1, Irondale, Incubator Arts f.k.a. Ontological-Hysteric (Paris) Fondation des Etats-Unis, Cei de Facto, and (London) Oubliette Arthouse. Kat graduated from the London International School of Performing Arts in 2009 (now known as Arthaus-Berlin). They are also a passionate activist and organizer, with a focus on prison abolition, immigrant detention and fighting for the bodily autonomy of queer and women folk.

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Yoni Tamang is a multimedia artist, based in Minneapolis since 2008. Their work often combines elements of text, audio-visual installation, performance, and design. One of Yoni's core beliefs is that bacteria already did it all and that there isn't much left for "higher-order" biological entities to do or invent.