Erin Michelle Washington is an artist, community builder, and teaching artist from Montgomery, AL. She attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco's award-winning, American Conservatory Theater. While in the Bay Area, Erin co-lead a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Hunter’s Point.
In 2009, Erin started Soul Productions, a company that exposes urban communities to emerging independent artists who are pioneering new approaches to music and theatre. She has since taken her thoughts on community on the road. She has participated as a New Play Producing Fellow in the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, A Community Producer at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theater for Party People, a multimedia community-based theatre piece that explores the movements of the Black Panther Party and Young Lords.
Washington just recently served as a Producing Associate at American Conservatory Theater where she was a producer and strategist for the Women's Leadership Conference, Creator and Producer of the Bayview Arts Festival.
Washington is currently living in Atlanta, GA and is building the Soul Center: A space that curates art, conversation, and community. Come visit us in the south!
"Come as you are." www.soulc.org
The launch of #BLKARTS Presents: Black Womyn Going Dark! a look at the history and legacy of black womyn in the arts.
Erin Washington interviews Steven Sapp about his process with Universes, and their show Party People at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Blognews, trends, insights
Erin Washington highlights Black women who are doing extraordinary work, and encourages others to leave shout-outs in the comments.
Erin Washington discusses her relationship with Harlem and the cultivation of HowlRound's Harlem series.
In the wake of Trayvon Martin's murder, Erin Washington asks what is the role of artists when faced with unspeakable collective tragedy?
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