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Cripple Creek Theatre Company

About the Company: The Cripple Creek Theatre Company is a professional, non-profit organization dedicated to producing dramatic works of cultural, historical, and political relevance in order to provoke the general public into social action. Current Projects: “Possum Kingdom”: For the

Elise Witt

About the Artist: The producer of the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage calls Elise Witt “a performer to remember with international savvy & personal charm.”  Singer, songwriter, educator, and community activist, Elise was born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and

Voices in the Treetops

About the Artist: Paula Larke left professional theatre in NY, returning to the southeast for now over two decades of community conflict transformation and youth arts education. North Carolina’s Visiting Artist Program, NC Touring Program, innumerable residencies, keynote addresses and

José Torres-Tama

About the Artist: José Torres-Tama explores the underbelly of the North American Dream mythology, the Latino immigrant experience, and the lingering legacy of white supremacist power structures in the United States. His interdisciplinary creative practices include spoken word poetry, critical

Melanie St. Ours

About the Artist: Melanie St. Ours works at the crossroads of arts and healing. Previous work includes a Zilphia Horton cultural organizing residency in partnership with undocumented immigrant youth in NC, co-directing and devising The Eleventh Face: Ravana’s Untold Story

Barry Stewart Mann

About the Artist: Barry Stewart Mann is an Atlanta-based actor, storyteller, writer and educator.  He has a BA from Harvard and an MFA from the University of San Diego, and has been working in theatre, storytelling, and arts education for

SpiritHouse Inc.

About the Group: SpiritHouse is a Durham-based cultural organizing non-profit organization that uses art, culture and media to support the empowerment of communities most impacted by racism, poverty, gender discrimination and the school to prison pipeline. Since 1999, we have

Queen Sheba

About the Artist: Queen Sheba graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA with a B.A. in English, is an internationally renowned award winning poet, journalist, budding playwright, actor, activist, and CEO of Oya Exclusive Int’l which houses several endeavors

King Shakur

About the Artist: King is a poet and spoken word artist heavily influenced by poverty, youth engagement, Hip Hop and Soul music. He does powerful performances, and teaches workshops on media images and Hip Hop and how it influences youth,

The Pacha Mamas

About the Group: The Pacha Mamas is comprised of three unique individuals who work in harmony with each other and spirit to create, express and inspire. Their performances are primarily driven by their eclectic original songs, but also include movement,

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.