WHO WE ARE
Harlem artist Francesleslia Millien in "CON DOUGH: STORIES OF 1 in 5 GENTRIFIED" (2021)
EXILED TONGUES IS A NYC BASED THEATER COLLECTIVE THAT PROVIDES FINANCIAL, ARTISTIC AND COLLABORATIVE SUPPORT TO GLOBAL MAJORITY ARTISTS WHO CENTER DIASPORIC CONSCIOUSNESS. WE SUPPORT ARTISTS WITH STRONG TIES TO THEIR COMMUNITIES WHOSE WORK EMBODIES A SPIRIT OF CHANGE.
EXILED TONGUES OFFERS A "PAY WHAT YOU CAN" CREATIVE PRODUCING CONSULTATION SESSION MEANT TO EQUIP EMERGING ARTISTS WITH SKILLS LIKE BUDGETING, FUNDRAISING AND MARKETING TO ADVANCE THEIR ARTISTIC CAREERS. WE OFFER AN ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES ARTISTS WITH LONG TERM FINANCIAL FOR PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT.
OUR PRODUCTIONS SHOWCASE THE COMPLEX STORIES OF PEOPLE OF THE GLOBAL MAJORITY AND ACKNOWLEDGE INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES. WE SEEK TO MAKE CHANGE BEYOND THE STAGE AND WORK WITH OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES.
Our inaugural 2020/2021 season featured our first production, "CUT WOMAN", which was presented at the Prelude NYC 2020 Festival. Our second production, "CON DOUGH: Stories of 1 in 5 Gentrified" was commissioned by the Center at West Park in February 2021, and premiered at The Tank in May 2021. "CON DOUGH" is a fiscally sponsored project by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
EXILED TONGUES' 2021/2022 season featured "Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could" (Rogue Theater Festival), "First Sight: A Queer Indonesian Love Story" (The Tank, Rogue Theater Festival), "(Re)imagining Greenpoint's Green Waters" ("Tending The Edge"), "Our Bang For Their Buck: No Pipeline for LNG" (recipient of the NYSCA 2022 Individual Artist Grant), "Querencia" (Jamaica Performing Arts Center), supported by the NYC City Artist Corps Grant "Mixed Asian Media Fest", "After the Cut" (Queens Theatre), supported by the City Artist Grant and"Ghana, Guinea, or Guatemala? A Historiography on Guyana by Jim Jones (Fifth Avenue Theater)
In our 2022/2023 Season, EXILED TONGUES is focused on the intersection of racial and climate justice - connecting marginalized communities with their waterfronts and educating local communities about pollution and climate emergencies. Additionally, in our third year we are committed to continue developing new works generated from our first two seasons. We believe strongly in the creative process and want to provide long term sustained commitments to all of artists. In February 2022, EXILED TONGUES premiered "Kept in the Dark" at the New Ohio Theater as part of their "Now In Process Series". On June 24, 25, Artistic Director Ray Jordan Achan directed and performed in site-specific performances at the Newtown Creek Nature Walk as part of their project "(Re)Imagining Greenpoint's Green Waters". In November-December 2022, additional site-specific performances will be held along the North Brooklyn Pipeline route to raise awareness of its harm as part of "Our Bang For Their Buck: No Pipeline for LNG"