We are offering three days of virtual arts workshops centered around the inspirational phrase “Blackness Is…” These robust and engaging workshops, led by phenomenal artists and experts in their disciplines, will invite creativity, expression and the joy of being in your skin!

Whether you’re a middle/high school teacher looking for experiences for your students or an independent artist hoping to meet new creators and celebrate community, we have a wide variety of offerings.

Public Workshops

Saturday, May 22

5–6 p.m. | Workshop: SLAY! with Brian Bose
Dance your way to empowerment in this thrilling workshop by Brian Bose, a professional AEA actor/singer/dancer, rapper, choreographer, director, emcee and international teaching artist. Feel sexy, fierce and powerful while learning fun choreography and grooving to music. This workshop creates an open environment to explore your body, challenge yourself, and reconnect with your inner child. Strip away fears and perfectionism and learn to get out of your own way so you have no choice but to SLAY.

Brian Bose (he/him) received a double B.A. in Theatre and Dance from the University of California, San Diego, and he trained at the British American Drama Academy, Steppenwolf West and CSULA Academy of the Dramatic Arts. He has acted in and choreographed productions at the Ordway, Children’s Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, Mixed Blood Theatre and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and he taught dance internationally with the Patricia Rincon Dance Collective in Germany from 2014 to 2017. In Minneapolis, he is a teaching artist for Upstream Arts and the Guthrie Theater.

Sunday, May 23

4:30–5:30 p.m. | Workshop: Costumes with Trevor Bowen
Curious about costume design? Learn about the costume design process for a contemporary dance production from acclaimed Twin Cities costume designer Trevor Bowen. In this engaging workshop, he’ll speak to the joy that comes from teaching and collaborating with performers.

Trevor Bowen (he/him) graduated from West Virginia University with a Master in Fine Arts. He held multiple roles in the Long Wharf Theatre costume shop, beginning as an intern while in graduate school. In 2012 he moved to the Twin Cities to continue work as a design assistant, and moved into becoming a full-time costume designer in 2013 with the Pillsbury House Theatre production of The Road Weeps, The Well Runs Dry. Since then, Trevor has worked at various Twin Cities and regional theaters, including Asolo Rep, Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Jungle Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company and 5th Avenue Theatre.

Student Workshops

We’re eager to serve educators and their middle and high school students through six engaging virtual workshops. To request registration access for your classroom, email [email protected].

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