Member Spotlight: Sisi Reid
Photo: Candace Carney Photography
Actor, Playwright, Teaching Artist, Applied Theatre Practitioner,
& PYTA Advisory Board Member
Sisi Reid is a vibrant and proud Black Queer Artist from the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) who loves to laugh and dance. Sisi practices theatre and performance as tools for collective liberation, healing, and youth empowerment in marginalized communities. She is an actor, theatre maker, spoken word performer, and teaching artist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in theatre from University of Maryland, College Park where she developed as a multidimensional storyteller. She engages with the creative process of theatre as a performer, playwright, director, teacher, and facilitator. She has performed at various venues as an actor including: University of Maryland, The National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Atlas Performing Arts Center, American University’s Katzen Arts Center, Mosaic Theatre, and the Anacostia Playhouse. Recently, she workshopped her first solo play Rock,Paper,Scissors in Floripa and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She has performed her spoken word at theatres and open mics in Maryland, D.C., Michigan, and London. As a playwright, her plays have been performed in University of Maryland’s Second Season and Next Now Festival, as well as Young Playwright’s Theatre’s Silence is Violence: LGBTQ + You and Silence is Violence: Who Earth Is This DC?. As an applied theatre practitioner, she has facilitated theatre workshops in male prisons through University of Michigan’s Prison Creative Arts Project and the DC based organization, Voices Unbarred.
What's Been Going On:
In October, Sisi closed Theater Alliance’s production of The Events, where she acted and sang in the Choir/Ensemble (see below). The Events was Helen Hayes Awards Recommended and considered a “praiseworthy ensemble” by DC Metro Theatre Arts. After its closing, Sisi went on to successfully complete Theatre Lab’s Life Stories Institute Training where she learned methods in facilitating theatre with vulnerable populations based on their life experiences. Recently, she did her first feature as a spoken word performer at a monthly Rhymez and Rhythmz Performing Arts Series open mic. Sisi also completed her first session as co-facilitator with Voices Unbarred. After co-facilitating a month of weekly workshops with a cohort of more than 30 incarcerated men, Sisi watched them perform their original play “Dear America: Disconnect Between Perception and Truth”. A play which explored themes of violence, redemption, and personal responsibility through poetry, forum theatre, and skits.
Regina Aquino as Claire with the Ensemble (Moses Bossenbroek, Tess Higgins, Drew Frederick Holcombe, Rachel Hynes, Karen Lange, Lee Liebeskind, Jane Petkofsky, Sisi Reid (Far Left) , Alex Turner) in ‘The Events.’ Photo by C. Stanley Photography.
Up Next: Sisi is currently a teaching artist for Educational Theatre Company, CARE Actor, and the Latin American Youth Center where she will continue teaching theatre youth ages 4 - 15 years old throughout the DMV. In December, she will be teaching theatre and playwriting at Anacostia Playhouse’s Winter Break Camp. Sisi is excited to continue teaching, acting, and working in the DMV theatre community full time.
To keep up with Sisi visit her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SRactor/