2018 PYTA Conference Special Events: Open to the Public

This year, the PYTA Conference is hosting TWO public evening events at the OBERON in Harvard Square. Admission is free for conference attendees and tickets are available to the public on a sliding scale.

About the OBERON:

OBERON, the second stage of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), is a destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square. In addition to offering work from the A.R.T’s main season, OBERON is also a thriving incubator for emerging artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club theater environment.


Friday, July 27th

7:30 - 11:30

Loud and Queer

PYTA Conference Celebration


in the OBERON Main Space

Billy Dean Thomas

Billy Dean Thomas also known as “The Queer B.I.G “ is a musician who challenges the hip hop game with lyrics that align with #blacklivesmatter, intersectional feminism and highlights the difficulties of growing up in NYC. Their musical career began at the age of 8 playing congas and being a part of an advanced Poetry/Performance program where they were mentored by Pharaohe Monch, Rosie Perez and DMC. They were booked twice as a spoken word artist for The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, performed as a part of the "We Wanted A Revolution" Exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum and were recently selected as the 2017 Resident Artist for The Theatre Offensive in Boston Massachusetts. Billy Dean has also just completed their first Debut Album Titled "Rocky Barboa" after recording in Berlin Germany, Paris and NYC.

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Quisol is an artist and organizer from Charlotte, NC with an indie rock sound known as #LatinxFuture. Quisol draws from their diverse roots to put a futuristic spin on Afro Caribbean beats, Salsa, Bossa Nova, and Soul.

Quisol is also behind Queen's Collective, a DIY art movement cultivating the Charlotte house show scene. Since December 2016, Quisol and friends of Queen's Collective have been hosting a monthly popup show that features local artists and supports community initiatives.

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Complex Movements

Detroitt-based Complex Movements' Beware of the Dandelions, the recipient of the New England Foundation for the Arts' 2017 National Theater Project presentation grant, is a touring arts-based organizing project and multim