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December 6th-20th

Artist in Residence: Jéhan Òsanyìn

Presented by AIR Serenbe

Jéhan Òsanyìn is a Seattle based storypoet and performer.  Yankee Pickney, where Jéhan was the playwright and solo performer premiered in March of 2017 at Theater Schmeater and as subsequently nominated for a Gregory Award.  Though it didn’t win Jéhan took that as a sign that playwriting, performing, and producing their own work should remain a large part of their lives, and it has.

Current projects include: Obeahmxn (A commissioned story of West Indian sorcery, grief, and what lies beneath the misguided lies of previous generations), A Prisoner (a play loosely based on Alexander Pushkin’s narrative poem A Prisoner in the Caucasus), The Theatre of Race: Performing Blackness which is a collaborative project based on the life of Joseph Bologne Le Chevalier de St. Georges, and finally a daily project of being an artist and human who leaves the house.  Sometimes it’s a struggle. But that’s ok.

In 2013, Jéhan founded Earthseed a community development cooperative that uses theatre in Wild spaces to decolonize those spaces and the bodies that pass through them.  Currently she is exploring what it means to administrate a dream, but not facilitate it. That’s an interesting process.

In 2017 Jéhan was awarded GAP funding from the Artist Trust in order prepare Yankee Pickney for it’s 2018-2019 tour of the US.  Jéhan was also awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Creativity Connects Performing Artist Fellowship for Seattle.  During the 2-week Artist Residency that is a part of that award Jéhan will develop a theatrical work that facilitates difficult conversations between families and their young children in community over a meal.

You may have seen Jéhan onstage as Clarice in Seattle Public Theater’s The Liar, in Strawberry Theatre workshop’s Rhinoceros,  as a Featured Poet at Rain City Poetry slam, storytelling with Ampersand Live! at The Moore, or writing at The Station coffee shop on Beacon Hill.  There’s a project that Jéhan is thrilled about but can’t discuss openly yet. Stay tuned for that. 

Jéhan Òsanyìn is part of Creativity Connects Residency with Wolftrap and Institute for Child Success.

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