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Carlos Sirah

writer, performer, and cultural worker

Carlos Sirah is a native of the Mississippi Delta. He is a writer, performer, and cultural worker. Sirah creates formal structures rooted in Black expressions of possibility that take the shape of concert, lyric prose, procession, & screen and stage plays. His work aims to center and uplift the voices of the often unheard. Sirah’s transdisciplinary work takes its cues from multiple aesthetic traditions: Black Arts Movement, Butoh, Free Jazz, Blues, & Field Hollers.

Sirah has shown or developed work with The Flea Theater, The Playwright’s Center, The Bushwick Starr, AS220, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, The Palestinian National Theatre in Jerusalem, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Veterans Art Museum. His work has been supported with residencies or grants from the Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Warrior Writers in collaboration with the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Ragdale, The Hambidge Center, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Millay Colony, The Blue Mountain Center, MAP Fund, Network of Ensemble Theatres, Alternate Roots, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the Writers Guild Foundation.

Sirah is a member of the Remember2019 collective, the emerging Veterans Art Movement, Warrior Writers, and Petit Maroon, and is the founder and project director of the ritual ecology project, RiverRites. Carlos Sirah is a Macdowell fellow and a graduate of Brown University’s MFA in Writing for Performance.

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Not Another Memory Play

Not Another Memory Play


16 July 2020

Ashley Teague, in partnership with Carlos Sirah, Arielle Julia Brown, Mauricio Tafur Salgado, and Yazmany Arboleda, talk about their eight-year durational, grassroots engagement with the Black community of the Arkansas Delta, Remember2019.