JD Stokely is a trickster-in-training who creates and curates performances around Queerness, nostalgia, the Black body, and home. Stokely has produced lectures, workshops and performances at venues such as: Sanctuary@HERE Arts Center (NYC, USA), Wilma Theatre (Philadelphia, USA), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia, USA), Bishopsgate Institute (UK), 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning (UK), and ZLOMVAZ festival DAMU (Czech Republic). Stokely most recently received a Small But Mighty Arts grant (2017) for their curatorial work, and a Leeway Art and Change Grant (2016) to create and direct Mouth/Piece, a performative exploration of the Black feminine mouth as a site of trauma, heartbreak and resistance.
Stokely is a founding member of SUPER|object, a Queer curatorial collective that serves as an arts incubator for emerging artists, and A Collective Apparition, a group of LGBTQ Black artists whose work is "rooted in the past, but poised on the crux of the present & future."
Stokely received an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in 2014, and a BA from Hampshire College in 2011. They are also a 2016 graduate of Arden Theatre Company's professional apprenticeship program. They are a karaoke enthusiast, an astrology nerd, and a lover of gourmet ice cream.