This event is an intersectional discussion around diversity and adversity in the entertainment industry. It will be hosted by Gia-Rayne Harris (director, writer, performer) a woman who has made it her mission to make space for marginalized groups to have their voices heard, supported, and celebrated. The panel will feature three diverse artists with distinct voices inside and outside of the entertainment industry.
Alana Raquel Bowers is a Baltimore-bred, New York City-based actor, dancer, singer, and activist. She is a passionate artist whose life goal is to inspire those who have a dream and to use her own to change the world for the better. She has been featured in the International Fringe Festival in New York City as well as a number of short films that have made their way into festivals around the country.
Rebecca Hidalgo is a queer Latinx performer and creator from Brooklyn, NY. Her work includes choreography, live music and songwriting, acting, nightlife performance art, aerial circus, photography, digital media and everything in between. She has performed throughout NYC and Europe. She holds a BFA in Drama from NYU Tisch (Experimental Theatre Wing), is a company member of the immersive circus troupe Cirque du Nuit, and co-choreographer for the multimedia dance company Tactile Movement Collective. Most recently, she choreographed and was featured in the “Lead With Love” video campaign, directed by Rayne Harris and sponsored by The Advocate. Rebecca’s original video “Safer to Dance”, a piece about queer resistance in the Trump Era, was featured as the “video of the week” in Go Magazine this past October. She continues to use her voice and privilege as a member of both the Hispanic and Queer community to create pieces of art advocacy. She will be performing an original multimedia dance theatre piece, “Están Mirando”, at Brooklyn Arts’ Exchange Upstart Program this March– a darkly comedic piece exploring gender roles in the Hispanic community. She is also continuing her ongoing project Move With Pride: a photo/video documentation series featuring dancers & movers from the queer community; exploring the relationship between queerness, dance, Pride, and the importance of queer spaces for social dance. Her mission as an artist is to create live and digital content that exists together and separately, using personal content and a high energy aesthetic to tell stories that spark controversy, conversation and communication.You can follow her work and travels on her Instagram page: @r_dalgo, as well as www.rebeccahidalgo.com.
Alicia Bella is a New York based actor with a degree in Political Science – Human Rights from Hunter College. She will be graduating from a 2-year Acting conservatory at the Terry Knickerbocker Studio this spring. As an artist she wants to find a way to couple her drive to tell stories through commitment and vulnerability with her need to fight injustice not only with my words but with necessary action.
This event is part of the Part Of The Conversation Presents Black History Month @ Civic Hall.
The mission of “Part Of The Conversation” is to change the dynamics of the conversations regarding people of color. We strive to cultivate an environment where people of color are invited to actively participate in the conversation, rather than simply being the topic of discussion.