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Tuesday, March 20, 2018 4:00 PM // 202 S. Thayer Building (Atrium)

Artist Interview: Jillian Walker with Anita Gonzalez

Jillian Walker sits down with director, writer, and U-M Professor of Theatre & Drama Anita Gonzalez to talk about the ways that she has both used and imaginatively transcended the limits of the historical archive in her new play Tignon.

Jillian Walker, the 2017-18 UMS Education and Community Engagement Research Residency Artist, has been working throughout the season with UMS and U-M and community partners to develop Tignon, a play with music inspired by an 18th-century New Orleans law requiring women of color to cover their hair in public.

Walker is a singer, writer, performer, dramaturg, and thought leader with a passion for creating seismic cultural shifts. Her theatrical work bends genre and ruminates on “non-traditional” themes to deliberately disrupt the status quo and dig for a path to collective liberation. Named “one of New York City’s most exciting playwrights” by the Bushwick Starr in 2016, her latest work, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, appeared in 2017 ANT Fest (aka All New Talent Festival) at Ars Nova. Her first play, SARAH’S SALT, is the winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. She was born in Detroit, MI, and aspires to uphold the tremendous cultural legacy of her birthplace.

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3/20/18 4:00 PM
202 S. Thayer Building (Atrium)

Artist Interview: Jillian Walker with Anita Gonzalez

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Jillian Walker sits down with director, writer, and U-M Professor of Theatre & Drama Anita Gonzalez to talk about the ways that she has both used and imaginatively transcended the limits of the historical archive in her new play Tignon.

Jillian Walker, the 2017-18 UMS Education and Community Engagement Research Residency Artist, has been working throughout the season with UMS and U-M and community partners to develop Tignon, a play with music inspired by an 18th-century New Orleans law requiring women of color to cover their hair in public.

Walker is a singer, writer, performer, dramaturg, and thought leader with a passion for creating seismic cultural shifts. Her theatrical work bends genre and ruminates on “non-traditional” themes to deliberately disrupt the status quo and dig for a path to collective liberation. Named “one of New York City’s most exciting playwrights” by the Bushwick Starr in 2016, her latest work, SKiNFoLK: An American Show, appeared in 2017 ANT Fest (aka All New Talent Festival) at Ars Nova. Her first play, SARAH’S SALT, is the winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. She was born in Detroit, MI, and aspires to uphold the tremendous cultural legacy of her birthplace.

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