BIO

Howdy!

My name is Afrikah Smith and I am a multi-hyphenate cultural worker, working primarily in theatre, arts journalism, and performance art.

I hold a B.A. in Theater and a certificate in Multicultural Theater from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I have freelanced as a cultural worker since graduating in 2019, collaborating as a dramaturg, facilitator, stage/production manager, arts journalist, and more; finding ways to expand my craft.

My work is rooted in multicultural theatre that intersects with community, identity, education, and dialogue. Often experimenting and pushing traditional forms, I work with devising, adaptation, and ritual theatre.

Currently I am a member of Queer & Now and the Re/Emergence Collective. I was a member of the 2020 Front Porch Arts Collective’s Young Critics Program and BIPOC Critics Lab taught by Jose Solìs.

 

My Mission

As a multicultural theatre maker I am dedicated to uplifting the voices and stories of communities marginalized by white supremacy, with thoughtfulness, empathy, and care.  I believe theatre is a communal space to reckon with identity, reflection, and healing for both audiences and creative collaborators. From start to finish, the creative process should be insightful and mind expanding as the audience experiences, as each story we tell carries lessons we can all benefit from learning and growing from.

My Values

I value creating meaningful connections, honesty, and honoring the legacy of QTBIPOC theater makers who have pioneered theatre movements that emphasize building community, integrity, and uplifting their stories.

I am committed to dismantling white supremacist practices within communal theater spaces and practices.