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“Children of the Last Days” lastdays Productions

“Children of the Last Days” is written and performed by Thandiwe Thomas De Shazor. It is a comedy show that aims to satirize Black church culture and the contradictions therein. So bring your Good Sunday Clothes, Your Tambourine, Your Church Fan and Your Sense of Humor!  Get Ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!

Written & performed by Thandiwe Thomas DeShazor

Directed by Norman Gee

Produced by Shalonda Ingram

A Nursha Project Production

Get Into It

Get Into It1 300x288 Productions Join Nursha Project in launching our newest production, Get Into It ! Written and produced in a talk-show format, Get Into It will delve into topics relating to health, wealth, and prosperity. The purpose of the the project is to document and share the experiences of transnational pop-culturalism in real-time through the kaleidoscope of arts, entertainment, social, political, historical, and environmental media.  Community members will be encouraged to express current and ever changing experiences that reflect their hyper-local social experiences. To learn more, click here .

The Paul Robeson Project

Ever heard of Paul Robeson?

He is an internationally renowned and celebrated actor, athlete, lawyer, singer and activist.  Yet, he is all but erased from mainstream US history. Paul Robeson is pre Civil Rights Movement and smack dab Jim Crow and McCarthyism. Despite these obstacles, he achieves highly.  Despite being a high achiever, human flaws arise…

This lecture demonstration about Paul Robeson by “Paul” shares his history, experiences, and what elements make up his particular brand of icon.

Performed by Kim Howard Picture 6 Productions

Developed and Directed by Mimi McGurl

A Nursha Project Production

“Where My Girls At?”

“Where My Girls At?” is a “thoughtful, provocative, and insanely funny” one woman show written and performed by the “multi-talented” Micia Mosely. Portraying five drastically different characters representing the diversity of Black lesbian experiences, Micia challenges the notion that there is only one way to be Black or queer in the 21st century. A phenomenal one hour performance steeped in improv and audience participation, Where My Girls At? has thrilled audiences across the country from San Francisco, Detroit and New York to Amherst, Chapel Hill and Honolulu. A New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee, the show, while hilarious, continues to tackle difficult issues including inter and intra-group racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Written & Performed by Micia Mosely WMGAMontage 300x198 Productions

Directed by Tamilla Woodard

Produced by Shalonda Ingram

A Nursha Project Production


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Notable Quotes

NPA milDred Image RebeccaGirlMan WordPress Artists “A lean, sinuous woman, milDRED Gerestant is a charismatic performer, brimming with raw talent, high energy and a gentle, winning charm. Using a blend of poetry, dance, music and monologue, she explores the fragile, fluid definitions of sexual identity and cultural stereotypes…Gerestant is a trickster. Watching her channel her characters produces a strange sensation. As her costumes change, we witness transformation by degree, an experience that not only challenges our assumptions but also teases us with an uneasy feeling of dislocation. Just as we settle into one character, Gerestant pulls a quick change and sends us looking for another label.”

– Mark Muro, Anchorage Daily News

“From Flip Wilson as Geraldine to Martin Lawrence as Sheneneh, men have made tons of money as drag performers. Now it’s the women’s turn, and one of the world’s leading character actors is Haitian-American milDRED Gerestant, the artist formerly known as DRED.”

Port of Harlem Magazine

“At “Divercity,” … the Haitian-American star actress DRED Love created a remarkable gender collage in motion… out of a trunkload of hairpieces, costumes, props, and sexy, dead-on body language . With muscles and curves… goatee, and a surprise between her shapely legs, she danced a manifesto of freedom and self-respect.”

– Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Village Voice

“milDRED Gerestant’s own act is a gender-bending roller coaster ride alternating between man and woman, outrageous and serious, ironic and sincere. It also preaches the message of self-love as if Eddie Murphy were to perform Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues… milDRED Gerestant uses sexuality as a departure point to preach the message of tolerance, acceptance, and diversity. While a lot of her act uses hilarity to demonstrate that femininity and masculinity are not set in stone, she hopes that once her audiences realize the multiplicity of beings in themselves, the various shades of man and woman that is in all of us, regardless of sex, then we are more apt to realize and accept all the myriad differences of those around us.”

– The Korean Herald

Awards and Recognitions

2009 OUTMusic’s Spirit Award

GO Magazine’s ” 100 Women We Love

Two-time Recipient of The Field’s Artward Bound Artist in Residency

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“In him, I see a sense of purpose, the art we have yet to express, the fantasies we’re forced to suppress, the release of the rawest and realest gay divinity and the lives we have yet to save.”

Tahea Robie, Oakland Local

To read the Oakland Local article that features this quote, you may click here .

Links to Other Articles:

Locals Chip in on Globally Popular LGBT Support Videos (Karmah Elmusa, Oakland North )


August 3, 2010 by  
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Written and Performed by Thandiwe Thomas deShazor

Directed by Norman Gee

Produced by Shalonda Ingram

A Nursha Project Production

Notable Quotes

“Afro Solo won’t be ‘Last Days’ for gifted performer!”

Kevin Thomas,

Links to Full-Length Articles

East Bay Express

The Berkeley Daily Planet

lawtf2009miciamosely 300x300 Projects “Where My Girls At?”

Written and Performed by Micia Mosely

Directed by Tamilla Woodard

Produced by Shalonda Ingram

A Nursha Project Production

Notable Quotes

Where My Girls At? , written and performed by the talented Micia Mosely, is a laugh-out-loud comedy that pushes the envelope in too many ways to describe… Where My Girls At? is a great night out and a shining example of what a talented and flexible mind can do when given the freedom.”

-New York Amsterdam News

“Where My Girls At? was a rich multi-layered experience that provided a dissertation into being black and lesbian including having the audience rate by applause which of the “contestants” was the most black, which was the most “womanly” and which was the most “lesbian”. I didn’t stop laughing during this whirlwind performance by an extremely talented artist.  As a matter of fact it wasn’t until I sat down to write this review that I noticed the “medicine” of this show was so cleverly hidden in the candy.”

-D.C. Theatre Scene

Awards and Recognitions

2009 New York Innovative Theater Award Nominee for Best Solo Performance

Links to Full-Length Articles

DC Theatre Scene

Queer Art Impact

August 2, 2010 by  
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Stay tuned as  Mat Heggem , Brooklyn-based Artistic Director and Curator of Bushed/Gay Wars, and Nursha Project Founder, Logo QueerArtImpact SMALL Queer Art Impact Shalonda Ingram, launch their newest initiative, Queer Art Impact .

What is Queer Art Impact?

Queer Art Impact (QAI) explores the conversation between politics, art and action. The New York City-based initiative is intended to bring together individuals and organizations who self-identify their body of work as queer. By supporting artists whose works challenge the hetero-normative, QAI seeks to embrace queerness and create opportunities for all artists – living in the political and social fringe – to move to the center.

QAI is about action and re-action . It’s the motivation to do something and to speak out . This action/reaction takes the form of art, politic gesture, youth engagement, community movement, education, and business training with/by/for queers.

QAI features performances, cabarets, parties, panel discussions and networking events that occur throughout the year, culminating in an annual spring festival where QAI commissioned works are premiered. Subsequent discourse catapults the community into a Summer of Inspired Pride — S.I.P. – a Rooftop WrrkQ P(art)y on the regs!

We accept applications on an ongoing basis, and are especially looking for those who want to build on-going communications with their fellow queers. Upon receipt and approval of materials, the artist will be included on our website, provided access to (coming soon), and may be curated and/or commissioned for QAI events throughout the year.

QAI welcomes partnerships and shared programming proposals from educators, community organizers, and other arts entities.

What is WrrkQ?

WrrkQ is about sharing resources, creating opportunities, developing collaborative relationships, keeping communications open, and providing a physical & virtual space to meet individuals who share the same motivation for their queer agendas.  But, it’s also about the business side too — having your needs met and understanding the systems that need to be in place to make the wrrkq happen.

WrrkQ includes a monthly gathering hosted by a QAI artist and a quarterly newsletter on relevant artist resources for the queer community. Stay tuned for more information about .

Queer Art Impact Resources

To stay abreast of queer resources, click the QAI Resource Guide:

International Conceptualizations of Queerness: A Resource Guide

Connect with QAI on Facebook and keep your social streams as open as you icon wink Queer Art Impact!/pages/Queer-Art-Impact/129147190461382?ref=ts

Twitter hastag #wrrkq and follow @queerai

Upcoming Events

“A Cocktail of Glamour and Anarchy”

Monday, February 14th, 2011 @ 9:30pm

The Tank

354 West 45th Street, New York City

A fun-filled musical odyssey with Rumi Missabu of the fabulous Cockettes

co-hosted by Warhol Superstar Agosto Machado

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Hibiscus and Rumi Missabu in Pearls Over Shanghai. Ross Alley, Chinatown, San Francisco 1970 Photo by David Wise

with special guests from the New York Underground hip elite including:

Eugene Soldatov

Joey Kipp

Ferrin Solano

Emily McGowan

Mathew Heggem

Jarvis Earnshaw

Rachel Mason

Max Vernon

Charlie Demos

Mark Golamco

Nicholas Gorham

& directly from Paris, French dance sensation Francois Chaignaud

This just in…Glam-rock wearable art designer Bill Bowers who has dressed everyone from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to the New York Dolls to Alice Cooper will present his incredible new collection

Additional performers TBA

For additional info:


June 15, 2010 by  
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Nursha Project Newsletter Archives 2010

  • September 2010: CAYA and HHTF ( PDF )
  • August 2010 ( PDF )
  • May Dance Collaborations 2010 ( PDF )
  • May 2010 ( PDF )
  • March 2010 ( PDF )
  • January 2010 ( PDF )

Nursha Project Newsletter Archives 2009


May 28, 2010 by  
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Shalonda Ingram | Founder, Nursha Project™

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Shalonda Ingram is a social entrepreneur committed to empowering communities via the arts. In doing so, Nursha employs place-based strategy enabling and encourages free exchange between audience and artist as a way of building the courage to work for change.

Her early work, founding the social enterprise “Born Brown: All Rights Reserved,” sought to promote understanding and collaboration among people of color of diverse origins.  Born Brown creates products featuring original works of art that counter oppressive media with messaging and merchandise that evokes self-acceptance and self-love.

Shalonda’s work as Producer at Dance Theater Workshop represented the opportunity to mix the global view  honed in Born Brown with the innovative staging created for Nursha inside an organization of long tradition and high regard.

In recognition of excellence in this body of work, she accepted invitations to City of Oakland Funding Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Arts Council Council Community Arts Regrant Program, City of Oakland Arts Funding Advisory Board and  She has also  received nominations for the Corporation National & Community Services Eli Segal Award.

Nursha Project is Sponsored by Fronde Baliste.




About Us

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Nursha Project™ |

Nursha is a small creative enterprise designed around principles of creative economics, local growth, and network based scale. It is an enterprise with an established track record for double bottom line impact, achieving social and financial returns via micro-funding and sweat equity investments.

Nursha’s structure is a product of design and necessity. It is an open network-based business model for partnering with local neighborhood venues. The model succeeds by utilizing design and technology tools to create combined performance and concept development space. Nursha’s open structure motivates co-created experiences, in which audience and artist may show up with an expectation of meeting individual needs, but leave with a sense of community. Nursha’s ability to create and sustain its market depends on repeatably enabling this environment of creative exchange.

Nursha Project is Sponsored by Fronde Baliste.


Alliance for Artist Communities | Nursha Project™ Fiscal Sponsor
The Alliance gives a collective voice on behalf of its members, small and large, that leverages support for the field as a whole; promotes successful practices in the field; and advocates for creative environments that support the work of today’s artists.

Nursha Project is an Alliance for Artists Communities Emerging Program.