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The Bayou Blues Tour (LA premiere)

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Bayou Blues dives deep into the consciousness of a black girl’s pursuit to find air amidst the drowning waves of colorism in New Orleans. Shaina Lynn takes the audience through the allure culture of Mardi Gras, Bounce music and second line parades to shine light on the city’s dark history of internalized racism. With spoken word, song, dance and rap she shares her story, based on true-life experiences. A tale of transformation and healing for all, Shaina's powerful one-woman show questions the current impact of colonialism and race on communities of color.

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Shaina Lynn was selected as the 2017 Curatorial Fellow presenting Bayou Blues at Carolina Performing Arts’ Historic Playmakers Theater. During her fellowship Shaina engaged with undergrad, masters, and doctoral students across disciplines of study in class lectures and discussion. Bayou Blues was selected for the 2017 CalArts New Works Festival directed by Monty Cole. For the UK premiere, Shaina collaborated with Los Angeles director, choreographer and arts curator Brian Carbine, assembling a team of designers, choreographers and animators. At the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bayou Blues was nominated for an
Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. At the 2013 New Orleans Fringe Festival, Bayou Blues was listed as one of the Top 12 Must See Shows by Offbeat.com. The show debuted in 2013 to great acclaim at Washington DC’s Capital Fringe performing arts festival, later showing at TADA! during Emerging Artist Theatre’s New Works Series in New York.

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"In the same way Toni Morrison talks about her novel Beloved 'sometimes you're walking along and you'll run into the past.' What you'll see tonight in Shaina's show is she doesn't just encounter the past she dances with it." -Dr. GerShun Avilez
“A new star has been discovered, one whose light is only beginning to gain recognition.” – CultureBlaze

" Shaina Lynn is also well-equipped to draw on her wide-ranging skills as a performer, moving deftly through various settings and bringing to life the various characters that had impact on her early years. Her piercing eyes reach out to us and combine with the haunting tones of her voice to portray the sadness that dominates most of her story." -Broadway Baby 2015 Richard Beck

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Shaina is a writer, poet, and multimedia artist that creates work centered around the black woman's experience in America and her journey to healing. As the creator and a writer for the pursuitofnappiness.org, Shaina cultivates spaces for analytical writing, love and acceptance. Shaina is a contributor for HuffPost, writing about her own experience as a black woman in Los Angeles.. Shaina is collaborating on a multi-media art installation called “Afro Futuro” that “explores the mythologies and realities of black women and Afro-Cuban women”. Additionally, she wrote and performed in a play entitled “Bayou Blues” – a one-woman show that explores the impact of colonialism on communities of color in New Orleans. Shaina Lynn was selected as the 2017 Curatorial Fellow presenting Bayou Blues at Carolina Performing Arts’ Historic Playmakers Theater in February of this year. During her fellowship Shaina engaged with undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students across disciplines of study in class lectures and discussion. Bayou Blues was selected for the 2017 CalArts New Works Festival directed by Monty Cole. For the UK premiere, Shaina collaborated with Los Angeles director, choreographer and arts curator Brian Carbine, assembling a team of designers, choreographers and animators. At the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bayou Blues was nominated for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. At the 2013 New Orleans Fringe Festival, Bayou Blues was listed as one of the Top 12 Must See Shows by Offbeat.com. The show debuted in 2013 to great acclaim at Washington DC’s Capital Fringe performing arts festival, later showing at TADA! during Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Works Series in New York. Shaina received her Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the California Institute of the Arts.


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