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Cristal Chanelle Truscott

February 9 - February 29, 2016

As a playwright, director, and ensemble artist, Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott creates Neo-Spirituals through “Soulwork," the comprehensive theatre-making practice she developed from African American performance traditions and aesthetics. Truscott is founder of Progress Theatre, where she has created several Neo-Spirituals including: PEACHES, a rich, complicated picture of Black female experiences in contemporary America (published in the TCG anthology Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy); and ‘MEMBUH, a family saga that explores the power of remembrance and inherited legacies, both imagined and real. She has received a NEFA National Theatre Project grant, multiple NPN Creation Fund grants, and is a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Awardee. Truscott will be presenting her Neo-Spiritual The Burnin' at Shangri La on February 20. 


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