Psalm’s Salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of creatives, signal-boost local and Black-owned businesses, kick back to live music, and promote a sense of community. Salons are hosted by director, educator, theatre-maker Psalmayene 24 with original music from DJ Nick tha 1da.
Psalmayene 24 moderates a discussion with Natalie Graves Tucker, Dane Figueroa Edidi, and Farah Lawal Harris on August 20 at 5 p.m. The first all-female or femme Psalm's Salons panel, guests will discuss forging a career in theatre as a woman of color, support systems for women of color in the DC-area arts sector, and opportunities for trans and nonbinary people in theatre, among other topics.
June's Salon featured Philadelphia-based playwright James Ijames. The Studio-commissioned artist was last in DC for a reading of his play-in-development, Good Bones, for the Studio R&D: Works in Process series. The two Black theatre artists discuss their careers, artistic inspirations, and the role of theatre during this moment of racial unrest.
Studio's series of digital dance parties with conversation continued in July with actor Justin Weaks, Galvanize DC founders J.J. Johnson and Jefferson A. Russell, and activist-ally Jjana Valentiner. They discuss the region's theatre landscape, the industry's reckoning on issues of race and creating support networks for Black artists, and being an effective ally.