- Busboys and Poets - Takoma, Washington DC
Tickets purchased in store are cash only - $5
Wednesday Night Open Mic! A Busboys and Poetry Event For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians and a different host every week.
Jamila Reddy is director, poet, dramaturg, and teaching artist currently living in Washington, D.C and wearing many part-time hats.
(If you’re looking for Jamila’s poetry–text and video– click here!)
She is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received BAs in Dramatic Art and Sociology. She directed several productions at the undergraduate level, including the premier of Kind of Blue, an original play by Kuamel Winston Stewart, and Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. For her contributions to the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC, Jamila received the Richard and Christopher Edward Adler Award for Excellence in Dramatic Art (2010) and the Louise Lamont Award for Excellence (2011).
As a scholar in the Ronald E. McNair post-baccaleaurate achievement program, Jamila conducted and presented research on the invisibility of whiteness in North Carolina’s regional theatres.
Jamila has been writing and performing poetry since 2007. She was a member of the 2008 Bull City National performance poetry slam team. She served as artistic director (2008-9) and two-term president (2009-11) of Ebony Readers Onyx Theatre, a spoken word/theatre performance ensemble at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After graduation, Jamila served as the inaugural Artistic Apprentice at The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC where she assistant directed five main stage productions and worked in the literary department. She served as dramaturg for the workshop and staged reading of Danielle Mohlman’s Stopgap, and subsequently directed the World Premier production at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival.
Jamila most recently worked as dramaturg on David Mamet’s Race at Theater J in February of 2013. She is currently serving as team coach for a group of youth poets from Woodrow Wilson High School, who will to compete in the annual Louder Than a Bomb DMV poetry slam in April of 2013.
Our Tribal Statment
Busboys and Poets is a community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted...a place to take a deliberate pause and feed your mind, body and soul...a space for art, culture and politics to intentionally collide...we believe that by creating such a space we can inspire social change and begin to transform our community and the world.