QEAR Spring 2017 Application


Destiny Arts Center’s Queer Emerging Artist Residency (QEAR) is a 3-month paid residency that cultivates the artistic growth of QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) artists ages 18-24. 

Please note: this Spring 2017 residency is focused on the experiences of trans and queer performing artists who self-identify as black and/or members of the African diaspora

Led by Mentor Artist Lisa Evans, Spring 2017 artists in residence will work through a collaborative process to create solo and group performance pieces that include storytelling, spoken word, movement, and theater.  These pieces will be premiered at an interdisciplinary performance and interactive art-making event that will serve as a space to dive deep into discussions of anti-blackness while identifying strategies for dismantling internalized racism inherent in the process of building QTPOC community.

This is a unique opportunity for young performing artists who also identify as black and/or members of the African diaspora to collaborate with Lisa on their current work in progress, “Confronting The Ghost of Willie Lynch: A Tale of Exorcism in Six Parts,” the first segment of which premiered at SOMArts’ 2016 Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party.

February 20 – May 20th, 2017
Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30-9
Performance date, venue, and time TBD

With consistent attendance, artists in residence will receive a stipend of $1200 ($400/month) over the course of the 3 month residency period.

Spoken word poets. Hip hop artists. Vocal musicians. Drag queens. Dancers. Theater geeks. Storytellers. Multidisciplinary Performance Artists. If you feel comfortable in front of a crowd and have a story to share, we want to hear it. Prior experience in a performing arts form will be helpful but is not required to apply.

Fill out the Online Application Form by Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 5pm.

Applicants will be contacted by email by January 16th regarding the status of their application. Please add Onsite Engagement Coordinator Hannah Klein’s email, hannah@destinyarts.org, to your email contacts to ensure that our messages don’t go to spam.


Lisa Evans is a QPOC actor, poet, and cultural worker based in Oakland, CA. They have worked with several different Bay Area youth development and arts organizations including Youth Uprising, Youth Speaks, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Queer&Trans Network of Alameda County, and Art Equity as a cultural worker and change-making consultant. Lisa is currently the Associate Director of Artistic Engagement at the California Shakespeare Theatre. 

Lisa has also performed with several different Bay Area performance outfits including Peacock Rebellion, Queer Rebels, REVOLVE OAKLAND PRIDE FEST, Doc’s Lab and Writers with Drinks. They were a member of 2010 Santa Cruz Team and 2012 Bay Area Unified Team at the National Poetry Slam as well as the 2010 Santa Cruz representative at the 2010 Women of The World Poetry Slam.

Most recently, they have performed at SOMArts’ Night Light: Multimedia Garden Party and the Oakland Art&Soul Festival.  They were featured in award-winning filmmaker Cheryl Dunye’s short film Black Is Blue.  Lisa is a 2016 YBCA Fellow and a co-founder of the How Spirit Moves Us Project, a healing arts project focused on using performance art to celebrate the struggles, resistance and resilience of Black Queer and Trans folks.

Confronting The Ghost of Willie Lynch is an interactive performance piece that seeks to explore how queer black love can be a tool for dismantling internalized racism.  Audience members are brought through multiple spaces featuring performers, visual art installations and video projections that together build an understanding of how queer black love (and black love as a whole) can in itself be an act of liberation.

Email Destiny Onsite Engagement Coordinator Hannah Klein: hannah@destinyarts.org


What a brave band of determined souls is Destiny!

Alice Walker
Author, poet, feminist, and activist