The Bushwick Starr, in collaboration with Whitney White, invites US-based artists to submit work within the mediums of: video, design, photography, painting, drawing, and other visual forms, speaking to the themes of Black female mental, physical, and sexual health. These pieces will accompany an installation production of DEFINITION by Whitney White, a musical and theatrical experience piece which takes a surrealist look at an African American woman’s inner awakenings, to be held in summer of 2021 at the Mercury Store in New York City. This initiative is an effort to expand artistic opportunities limited by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Selected artists will receive an honorarium, and work will be exhibited in concert with work by Whitney White, Dan Rosato, Daniel Soule, Stacey Derosier, and Johnny Moreno.
Artists should feel free to submit previously created work, or respond with new work that defies genre boundaries, embraces the tenants of Afro-surrealism, and centers the Black female experience.
Whitney White is an Obie Award and Lilly Award winning director, actor, and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the current recipient of the Susan Stroman Directing award, an Artistic Associate at the Roundabout, and a part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her original musical DEFINITION was part of the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab 2016 ANT Fest, and her five-part musical exploration of Shakespeare’s Women and ambition; Reach for It is currently under commission with the American Repertory Theater in Boston. She has developed work with The New York Times, Ars Nova, The Drama League, Roundabout, New York Theatre Workshop, 59E59, The Lark, The Movement, Jack, Bard College, NYU Tisch, Juilliard, Princeton, SUNY Purchase, South Oxford, Luna Stage and more. She received an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep; and a BA in Political Science, and Certificate in Musical Theatre from Northwestern University.
Application due April 15, 2021