Submitted by: Brittney Harris
Artist's Project Description: Drafted in the Summer 2020 and filmed in Summer 2021, 'Pedigree' features a first-time protester sharing her emotional experience with being arrested and disrespected. This solo performance piece is about personal acceptance and recovery from the inexplicit influences of racial hatred and violence. In the wake of the political backdrop of the Black Lives Matter Movement, this applied theatre work is relevant to our Black community in providing insight into a cathartic resolution and dialogue.
Artist's Bio: Brittney Harris is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise are in Race and Performance, Theatre for Social Change, and performative community-engaged programming. Throughout the Southeast regions of VA, NC, DC, and GA, Brittney has created numerous community engagement-based projects and conducted workshops on solo performance development, and devised theatre for the past 10 years.