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.
I am a member of Queer & Now and the Re/Emergence Collective and I was a member of the 2020 Front Porch Arts Collective’s Young Critics Program and BIPOC Critics Lab taught by Jose Solìs.
As a multicultural cultural worker I am dedicated to uplifting the voices and stories of communities marginalized by white supremacy, with thoughtfulness, empathy, and care. I believe theatre and the arts are communal space to reckon with identity, reflection, and healing for both audiences and creative collaborators. From start to finish, I believe 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.
I am committed to dismantling white supremacist practices within communal theater spaces and practices, tasking myself and my collaborators with the question: how do we prioritize self-care, communal care, and rest, in the work that we do?
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.