Untitled Mockumentary Project
Directed by Vision Resident nicHi douglas
Written & Performed by DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI, MORTICIA GODIVA,
N’YOMI STEWART & TAMARA MAURICE WILLIAMS
Director of Photography ADELE OVERBEY
Sound TERESA-ESMERALDA SANCHEZ
Gaffer MARLEY CHAPMAN
Producer ASHTON MUÑIZ
Assistant Director AVA ELIZABETH NOVAK
Production Manager & Community Engagement MELISSA MOWRY
Production Assistant/Key Grip GALEN POWELL
Co-Composers GABBY HENDERSON & TROY ANTHONY
Music for Episode 4 Features the Song “Because of Love”
Music & Lyrics GABBY HENDERSON
Singer GABBY HENDERSON
EPISODES 1 & 2: March 12, 2021
EPISODES 3 & 4: March 19, 2021
Run Time: All Episodes 10 minutes
STREAMING ON DEMAND
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
nicHi douglas (Director, Vision Resident) is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, director, playwright, educator and ART-IVIST who spells her name with a capital H. she is the Head of Movement in the NYU/Tisch Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. she has developed original theater work at Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, and The Public Theater, among others. she recently developed an interactive dance exhibit for the National Museum of African-American Music, and Co-Directed an evening-length event for the Women’s Summit at this year’s all-virtual Sundance Film Festival (2021). her sacred offering for Black womxn, (pray), co-composed by Starr Busby & JJJJJerome Ellis, has been commissioned by Ars Nova. nicHi’s reparations-based mutual aid fund, nicHi’s SuSu, launched in October 2020. nicHi is currently also a Resident Artist in New Victory Theater’s LabWorks Residency 20-21. recent stage credits: A Time Like This: Music for Change (Carnegie Hall, Stage Director), Girl From the North Country (Public Theater, Associate Choreographer), where love lies fallow (Open Call/The Shed, The Public Theater, Playwright/Choreographer/Director), SKiNFoLK: An American Show (NYT Critic’s Pick//The Bushwick Starr/National Black Theater, Choreographer) upcoming: The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel (The Movement Theatre Company/New Georges, Movement Director) BFA, Tisch/NYU; MFA, The New School
mynameisnichi.com | @mynameisnichi
DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI (Loud Aunty) Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Black Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American performance artist, author, educator, speech writer, a Helen Hayes Award winning playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem (Helen Hayes Award 2020), For Black Trans Girls…, Ghost/Writer, The Diaz Family Talent Show, Quest of The Reed Marsh Daughter, The Dance of Memories), advocate, dramaturg, a two-time Helen Hayes Award nominated choreographer (2016, 2018) and co-editor/co-director of the Black Trans Prayer Book. She is the curator and a co-producer of Long Wharf Theater’s Black Trans Women At The Center: An Evening of Short Plays. Her radio play, Quest of The Reed Marsh Daughter, can be heard on the Girl Tale’s Podcast, and her play The Diaz Family Talent Show can be read on the Play at Home website. She was featured as Patra in King Ester and acted as a story consultant for the series. She wrote episode nine (Refuge) of Round House Theater’s web series Homebound, and was one of the writers for Arena Stage’s short film The 51st State.
MORTICIA ANTOINETTE GODIVA (Goddess G) is an actor, writer, producer and dancer. Some of her work includes Feeling Like An Orchid, a short film that she wrote, produced and starred in. The film tells a story of black love and dating within polyamorous relationship. Towards the end of summer 2020, Godiva wrapped filming for a murder mystery web series Hotline. As an artist, Godiva often engages in work that may intersect with their identity. In January 2020, the Black Trans Travel fund welcomed Morticia Godiva as their Director of Client Services.
N’YOMI STEWART (Collegiate Ki) (she/they) is an actress, dancer and writer finishing up her final year at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She is very thankful to have been a part of this project and to have shared space with such beautiful and inspiring women.
TAMARA MAURICE WILLIAMS (Working Girl) is an actress/dancer/Writer hailing from New York City! Most recently had a recurring role on hit tv show, Dispatches from elsewhere as a fierce, high energy Aerobics Instructor (AMC). Currently streaming on season 1 of Pose on Netflix. Her theatrical start was being featured as part of The New York Times critics’ pick Street Children!, choreographed by Tamara. Tamara is a classically trained performer by way of Harlem School of The Arts, she is passionate about seeing change in her community and Globally; a former Human Rights Campaign youth ambassador, advocating for the basic human rights of Inner-city youth throughout the greater New York and Tri-State area for much of her younger life. Tamara co-starred alongside fellow cast-mates Carlie Guevara, Amanda and Ivana Black in the critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film The Garden Left Behind directed by Flavio Alves, written by John Rotondo, produced by Roy Wol; and she continues to reinvent the way we view Trans/Gender non-conforming Non Binary Performers.
ASHTON MUÑIZ (Producer) (They/He) is a New York-based queer actor, performance artist, filmmaker and producer. Ashton’s goal through life and artistic work is to continue to instill joy into the world by embracing the realities of the present. Muñiz is a co-founder of Legacy: A Black Queer Production Collective, a production company focused on providing resources to artists systematically excluded from — and exploited by — media and the arts. Ashton has recently been seen in/collaborated on works around the globe at venues such as Centre National de la Danse, The Guggenheim, New York Theatre Workshop, The Art Institute of Chicago, St. Ann’s Warehouse, New Museum, The Park Ave Armory and more. Ashton attended actor/artist training programs at Ithaca College and Moscow Arts Theatre School. Follow along: @arshton @legacy.bqpc
AVA ELIZABETH NOVAK (Assistant Director) is a theater and filmmaker concerned with rituals of self-love, healing and joy. Recent works include A Plan Against Despair and 444 Fine Street as well as working on the animation for The Map Project (created by TaNia, Soho Rep) and Moonface (song by Nazareth Hassan). An organization they would like to highlight is the Trans Housing Coalition: Cashapp: $TransHousingCo
MELISSA MOWRY (Production Manager & Community Engagement) is an actor, director, theatermaker and teaching artist based in NYC and Virginia. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Melissa has a BA in Music Industry and Drama from Randolph-Macon College and her MFA in Directing from The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. In 2018, Melissa was accepted into the Stage Director and Choreographer Foundation’s Observership Program, where she assisted Patricia McGregor on her Production of Lights Out: Nat King Cole at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. She has also worked with The Lower Eastside Shakespeare Company, The WP Theatre, The Tank, Women of Color Productions, The Secret Theatre, The Ume Group, New York Fringe Festival and The New Group in New York; Virginia Repertory Theatre and Cadence Theatre Company in Virginia and the Kattaikkuttu Sangam and Gurukulam in Tamil Nadu, India. melissamowry.com
TERESA-ESMERALDA (Sound) is a first-generation Dominican visual artist and award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. With nearly a decade of experience, thoughtfully curating vivid images, details, music, and sound design. Her passion for visual storytelling has brought her to different parts of the world. Teresa-Esmeralda’s directorial debut was featured in the American Documentary Film Festival.
Untitled Mockumentary Project is excited to partner with and to uplift the following organizations:
A note from the Untitled Mockumentary Project:
each organization or collective that is being spotlighted alongside our featured Writer/Performers is one that we on the Creative Team are already in community with in some way. in uplifting organizations/collectives from within these communities, we hope to move past barriers towards building small bridges to Ars Nova’s community, and to any folx — especially queer folx, Trans and Non-Binary folx & non-White folx — that may be seeking connection. each organization/collective was selected with the intention to better understand the individuals that are crafting the Untitled Mockumentary Project, and what they value not only as Artists but also as Advocates.
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ABOUT THE VISION RESIDENCY
Designed to create more equitable and power-sharing curatorial practices, Ars Nova’s new Vision Residency invites seven artist-curators to create, develop and present their own work and work by artists they are inspired by or wish to amplify. Untitled Mockumentary Project is directed by Vision Resident nicHi douglas. Learn more about nicHi and her vision HERE.