We Are Singing Songs of the South

December 30, 2010 by  
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Queer Art Impact presents Cabaret Cataplexy:

Songs of the South

Following the 2010 holy holidays, the cementing of resolutions anew and the national celebration of MLK we deliver the first 2011 dose of Cabaret Cataplexy! This 3D rendition, carefully themed Songs of the South is one part variety, two parts dance party with major irreverence and a touch of racial inappropriateness.  Expect to be titillated and transformed. For more information, click here.


Monday, January 24th, 2011 @ 8:30pm

Doors at 8pm

Haven, NYC

244 East 51st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.)

Tickets: $15 Online; $20 @ Door

21 and Finer; ID Required

Register for Queer Art Impact presents Cabaret Cataplexy's Songs of the South in New York, United States  on Eventbrite


August 5, 2010 by  
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The Events Archive Page documents Nursha Project Productions that have just been missed. Check out descriptions and images from recent events:

Micia Mosely & Friends is a series of performances intended to provide audience members a sneak peek into Micia’s newest project, Get Into It! Micia Mosely & Friends is a fund-raising initiative to help with the cultivation and development of the show. If you would like to donate to this project, or other Nursha Project initiatives, you’re welcomed to via:

Credit Card, click here.

Make Checks Payable to Nursha Project and mail to:

Nursha Project (East)

748 Putnam Avenue

Brooklyn, New York 11221

MEMO: “Get Into It!” (or the Nursha Project Production of your choosing)

Cash may also be donated during the Micia Mosely & Friends performances.

Micia Mosely&Friends At Nuyorican Poets Cafe; July 18, 2010

Images by: S. Torho

FIERCE 10th Anniversary Gayla

This year, Nursha provided production management services for FIERCE’s Tenth Anniversary Gayla; the show was hosted by NPA Micia Mosely. For more information on the event and some images, click here.


August 3, 2010 by  
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Notable Quotes

“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

Thandiwe de Shazor

“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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“Children of the Last Days”

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, examiner.com

Links to Full-Length Articles

East Bay Express


The Berkeley Daily Planet

“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, 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 www.wrrkq.com (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 www.wrrkq.com.

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 😉


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

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: cocketterumi@gmail.com


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

  • October 2009 (PDF)
  • September 2009 (PDF)
  • August 2009 (PDF)
  • July  2009 (PDF)
  • June 2009 (PDF)