Meet your co-producers
Kristen adele calhoun
Kristen Adele is a writer, actress, producer and organizer. She is the co-founder and co-host of Denver Artists of Color and an original co-producer of InterFest NYC, an intersectional arts and ideas festival. She is the Founding Program Director of Arts in a Changing America and previously served as a consultant for the Arts and Culture portfolio of the Ford Foundation. She is an assistant editor for the new edition of Contemporary Plays by Women of Color and her play, Canfield Drive, about Ferguson, Missouri and the murder of Michael Brown, Jr. was performed at the National Black Theatre Festival and had it’s world premiere at The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre in 2019.
Off-Broadway & regional acting credits include Deck of Cards, Jackie and Me (Denver Center); Skeleton Crew (Premiere Stages); In the Red and Brown Water (Curious Theatre Co.); A Raisin in the Sun (Clarence Brown Theatre); Myrna in Transit (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Clybourne Park (Geva Theatre & Cleveland Playhouse); and Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Shadow Theatre Co.)
Television and film acting credits include House of Cards, Elementary, The Sinner, Orange is the New Black, and Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, and Everything I Whispered to Dorothy. A native of Dallas, Texas, she is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. www.KristenAdele.net
Music is a universal language, and for SUCH, it is the language of her soul. Growing up the daughter of Haitian immigrants, her life was centered around faith and family. Singing in church planted the seeds for a music career that is on the rise and touching the world. Following an appearance on American Idol, which took her to Hollywood, Such wrote and recorded Trial and Error, spawning a hit single, “Sugar Maple.” Her music found a solid following in the UK, where she spent several consecutive weeks atop the Soul charts, and in Africa where she won the All Africa Music Award. Such also discovered a passion for acting and played Celie, the lead character in the stage adaption of The Color Purple, earning Broadway World Best Actress and Best Acting Debut Awards. Her latest single “Before Dark”, a top 40 Urban Adult Contemporary hit oozes with the growing self-confidence of a woman who knows what she wants, and how and when she wants it. “I’ve been on this road to discovering who I am as a Black woman and someone who is a little more comfortable in her skin.” Such shares this journey with her new album, WIDE NOSE, FULL LIPS. Inspired by challenges such as police brutality and a desire to flip the mainstream standards of beauty, WIDE NOSE, FULL LIPS is an unapologetic love letter to blackness. Such is currently touring and looks forward to creating unforgettable bonds and memories with music lovers everywhere.
Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker fusing a non-traditional multi-hyphened professional identity to imagine new realities, empower communities, advance arts and culture, and serve as an agent of provocation and social transformation, equity and change. LeFebre is and Emmy-nominated, SAG-Eligible talent represented by Radical Artists Agency and has been named one of Colorado's top 100 creatives by Westword Magazine. LeFebre is a two-time Grand Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam Finalist, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and a two-time TEDx speaker. LeFebre has performed at hundreds of cultural events, social actions, detention centers, conferences, and colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. LeFebre is a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures fellow, A National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Advocacy Fellow, and an Intercultural Leadership Institute Fellow. LeFebre’s work has been featured in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, PBS, and The Guardian. LeFebre currently serves as a Board Member for the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, the Clyfford Still Museum, and the Latino Cultural Arts Center. LeFebre holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Metropolitan University of Denver and a master’s degree in Arts and Culture from the University of Denver. LeFebre was recently named Colorado’s 8th Poet Laureate and he is the youngest and first person of color to hold that post.
Suzi Q. Smith is an award-winning artist, activist, and educator who lives in Denver, Colorado. Her forthcoming collection A Gospel of Bones will be published by Alternating Current Press in Spring 2020. Her poems have also appeared in Union Station Magazine, Suspect Press, La Palabra, Muzzle Magazine, Malpais Review, no dear magazine, The Pedestal, The Los Angeles Journal, Denver Syntax, Word is Bond, The Peralta Press, Yellow Chair Review, and in the anthologies Diverse-City, His Rib: Anthology of Women, and In Our Own Words, and her chapbook collection of poems, Thirteen Descansos, was published by Penmanship Books. Currently, Suzi Q. Smith performs throughout the U.S., in addition to leading workshops on writing and performance. She continues her work with civil rights organizations, victims advocate organizations, arts organizations, peace organizations, hospitals, prisons, and more. She also serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and she is the co-Chair of the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs.
Kerrie Joy is an artist, educator, and entrepreneur. Born in Brooklyn and raised on a church pew in Newburgh, NY, Kerrie brings her east coast flare and fervency to the stage for every single performance. The truth of her words and the power of her delivery have been said to lift her listeners out of their seats. It is that same magic that has brought her to stages such as the Red Rocks Amphitheater, TEDx MileHigh, the 2018 Denver Womxn's March and MLK Marade, and many more. Kerrie channels her creativity through poetry, hip hop, song, short story, graphic design, and fashion. Reveling in her awkward nature, Kerrie also brings a conscious vulnerability and a learned confidence to the classroom where she challenges her students to journey to their truest, and most powerful, selves.
Kerrie also believes that artists play a special role in preserving culture and telling the stories of marginalized groups in a way that demands meaningful change. As creatives, we build the world that we deserve. Through this lens, she is currently facilitating ongoing workshops with Project VOYCE, the Tennyson Center for Children, and self-advocacy groups at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.