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POSSESSION

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM FOR BROWN PEOPLE

Carnegie Mellon University Playground Festival XX (2022)
Directed by Aysha Zackria

Possession: Night at the Museum for Brown People came from frustration about the mistreatment of Global Majority artifacts as well as hope and love for the next generation of dramatists. My co-creators and I imagined a world where the rightful owners of these stolen artifacts could come back to life and recognize each other, across space and time and against the colonial forces that bound them.

  • Pitched Possession concept to the Playground selection committee

  • Led the process of devising: research, idea generation, character development, outlining, writing, and staging

  • Advised lighting, sound, scenic, and media designers creating alongside actors

  • Facilitated a decolonial space that prioritized ancestral and lived experience, focused on actor embodiment above text-based knowledge

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