In 2007 I moved from Durham, NC to Boulder, CO to study for my master’s in Theater and Contemporary Performance at Naropa University. In Boulder, I became part of the tiny 1% African American sliver of the demographic pie. Coming out of the diversity of Durham, I was in shock. // Everything "Black" about myself was magnified in this environment: my attitude, my point of view, my hair. I realized that in order to get through my academic program I'd have to quickly establish my support system. // At the same time, I was being asked to make original performance work based on what was "present" for me. So, I found 7 Black women from the Boulder-Denver area, and for 10 weeks I facilitated a creative process where we explored the complicated relationship that we have with our hair, while cultivating community. // That early work in Boulder, CO was the seed for what would later become my first full length play, I LOVE MY HAIR, an interdisciplinary piece integrating interview text, original music, movement and video. I LOVE MY HAIR premieres in Durham, NC at Manbites Dog Theater, March 8-17, 2012, and in Boulder, CO, April 5, 2012. // Developing this play has been my most rewarding and ambitious creative experience to date. I have worked tirelessly to construct a piece that I hope is an accurate and a sincere representation of all of the voices and stories that I have collected over the past few years. It is in the spirit of community engagement that I offer this project, with the hope that we can all see and hear one another more clearly.
Present theater that entertains, educates and affirms positive cultural experiences
Create an opportunity for people to come together who might not otherwise come into contact with one another
- Increase the sense of collective identity and community pride
- Create jobs for local artists (check our our website to see our fabulous actors and designers)
- Contribute to supporting positive community norms of diversity and tolerance
WHO I AM...
I am Chaunesti Webb, creator and director of I LOVE MY HAIR, a Durham, NC native, writer, director, actor, arts administrator with an MFA in Theater and Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of NC at Greensboro. -MY BIO-
HOW YOU CAN HELP...
I am grateful to have received early support for the development of I LOVE MY HAIR, through a Creation Fund Award from the National Performance Network, co-commissioned by St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation in partnership with Naropa University; and the Durham Arts Council Emerging Artist program. I LOVE MY HAIR is a multi-faceted production featuring original music, video design and choreography. It has been a MAJOR undertaking and a labor of love to get this baby on its feet. We still need to cover expenses related to: rehearsal space, costumes, set construction, props, design & printing.
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THEN…tell all of your friends about our project by posting on Facebook, tweeting, telling the lady in front of you in the check out line because she has REALLY cool hair. We can’t do this without you!
Thanks in advance for your support!