Live & On Stage is a two-night production that will take place during the NPN/VAN Annual Conference, December 15 and 16, 2017. This year’s production will be hosted by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and will feature the work of nine Bay Area performing artists/artist companies.

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Live & On Stage provides an opportunity for conference attendees to experience the work of artists living and working in the Bay Area. It also provides those performing artists an opportunity to show their work to the attendees of the Annual Conference, an audience made up of presenters, curators, colleagues, funders, and artists from across the nation.

The selection process included a full application and review by a panel comprised of the Bay Area Host Committee, NPN/VAN Partners, NPN/VAN staff, production staff, and artists. Applications were evaluated based on feasibility, stage readiness, potential audience, and Partner interest. All artists are creating work in alignment with NPN/VAN’s commitment to anti-oppression and freedom of expression, and we are thrilled about presenting them this December.

In an effort to provide attendees the opportunity for deeper local engagement and organizing, all performers were chosen from a pool of artists nominated by members of the Bay Area Host Committee. Nine artist companies were chosen that represent the racial, geographic, aesthetic, career stage, disciplinary/genre, and cultural diversity of the Bay Area artist communities.

Bay Area artist companies selected for the 2017 Live & On Stage performances:

DelinaDream Productions

DelinaDream Productions

An Open Love Letter to Black Fathers

Embodiment Project

Embodiment Project

Ancient Children

Echo Brown

Echo Brown

Black Virgins Are Not for Hipsters

Campo Santo

Campo Santo

H.O.M.E. (Hookers On Mars Eventually)

Ryan Nicole Austin

Ryan Nicole Austin

If You Give a Black Girl a Lemon

Guerrilla Rep

Guerrilla Rep

Mommy Queerest

Star Amerasu

Star Amerasu

Rebecca

Rotimi Agbabiaka

Rotimi Agbabiaka

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