Speakeasy DC's "Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story", conceived and directed by me :) 

Speakeasy DC's "Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story", conceived and directed by me :) 

PAST PROJECTS

Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story - A combination of true stories, live music, and dance about one of Washington, DC’s finest and most distinct cultural legacies – go go music. Performed in September 2013 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC and funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Performances by Be’la Dona Band, Da Originalz, Patrick Washington, Nina Mercer, Christylez Bacon, Natalie Hopkinson, and Kato Hammond. Directed  and conceptualized by Jess Solomon and produced by Amy Saidman, Director, SpeakeasyDC. [VIDEO]

Chispa - “Spark” in Spanish, 6 – 10 minute talks, featuring the most interesting thinkers, do’er and dreamers from seemingly disparate industries finding common ground through talking about what they love.

The Handgame Society - For many of us, hand games were the first time we learned the power in our movement. The Handgame Society is contributing to the archive of the games that in some ways empowered us, and others indoctrinated us! Through cultural exchanges via text, video, audio and performance we preserve and document hand games from around the world.  

The Saartjie Project - From 2008 – 2012, the performance ensemble explored the intersections of race, gender and power through devised theatre and community gatherings.