A three part event, #BMF premiered new segments in September (Roots), October (Wounds) and December 2020 (Healing), with each act consisting of a panel discussion and artistic performances addressing the challenges experienced by Black men, specifically Black Queer men, as it pertains to the ability to express, process and move through individual and collective experiences - mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
QUESTION MARKS (2020)
BSC’s inaugural virtual performance
tackles the brutalization
and murders of black people
at the hands of police, anti-blackness, systemic racism, transphobia and violence
aimed at black trans women.
SHOW & TELL (2019)
This special one-night-only engagement featured dramatic & comedic monologues, short scenes and staged readings written & directed by BSC members.
Brave Soul Collective’s #BlackGayRage was an assemblage of short scenes, monologues, poems and personal testimonies performed by a cast of seven, speaks to what it’s like for black queer people living at the intersection of racism and homophobia.
This special one night only engagement was presented in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the groundbreaking film, "Tongues Untied" (Marlon Riggs, 1989).
BSC joined forces with The Catharsis Project to present an evening of theatre, dance & poetry focusing on various issues affecting black gay men & people of color. This one night only performance was centered on the importance of affirming black gay men within the black community.
A CELEBRATION OF BLACK LGBTQ EXCELLENCE (2019)
BSC joined the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs and DC Health to celebrate Black History Month and the legacies of Audre Lorde and Bayard Rustin.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS (2019)
On Thursday February 7th, 2019, BSC and The Counter Narrative Project presented an evening of theatre, poetry & personal testimonies in honor of Nat’l Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day & the 2019 We Will Be Heard National Day of Action).
An evening of theatrical performances in honor of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2018 (#NGMHAAD) & the 2018 We Will Be Heard National Day of Action (#WeWillBeHeard2018).
LIFE LINES (2018)
BSC rounded out Pride Month with a new evening of theatrical performances in observance of National HIV Testing Day 2018. Life Lines included 7 actors and 6 writers who joined forces to explore the importance of human connections
The Counter Narrative Project in partnership with Brave Soul Collective presented an evening of performances focusing on Black Gay Men & Vulnerability.
WTF HAPPENED TO BABY SISTER? (2017)
Inspired by Michael Sainte-Andress & James Foster Jr, written & directed by Thembi Duncan, the production is an explosively entertaining mash-up of drag performances, comedy, tragedy, battles, bondage, murder AND - an affectionate nod to legendary divas of Old Hollywood…and classic R&B.
Presented in partnership with The Counter Narrative Project and Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc., BSC showcased an evening of theatrical performances and discussion in honor of the "I Will Be Heard" National Day of Action and National HIV Testing Day 2017.
NOW WHAT? (2016)
BSC'S special year end event to round out its 10 year anniversary celebration and to commemorate World AIDS Day 2016.
BLIND SPOTS (2017)
Blind Spots, an adult drama with explicit themes was presented by BSC during the 16th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival at The Kennedy Center; performed in three acts, Blind Spots examined the human experience of accepting life-altering truths.
TEN FOLD (2016)
Ten Fold was BSC first time participating in the (15th) annual “Page-to-Stage” Festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
BRAVE SOUL IIIII IIIII (2016)
"Brave Soul Ten: The Performance & The Party" took place on Saturday May 28th, 2016 at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC in honor of BSC's ten year anniversary as a vital arts, education, and outreach organization
MORE PLOT TWIST... (2015)
Five actors, five powerful stories, one afternoon of entertainment, discussion, healing, and celebration!
PLOT TWIST... (2015)
BSC made its 5th DC Black Theatre Festival appearance, with “Plot Twists” an evening of all new works written and performed by some of Washington DC’s most talented African American LGBTQ artists.
WTF HAPPENED TO BABY SISTER? (2014)
Jared Shamberger & Monte J Wolfe are “The Fabulous Jenkins Sisters” - glamorous drag ball icons who’ve fallen on lean times, in “WTF Happened To Baby Sister?” presented in collaboration with The Rainbow Theatre Project
12, a solo act written and performed by BSC member, Jared Shamberger; one man’s exploration of truth through fiction.
BSC's 7 Year Anniversary & World AIDS Day 2013 Show
SUBJECT TO CHANGE (2013)
BSC's staged "Subject To Change" during the DC Black Theatre Festival 2013
BALANCING ACTS (2013)
BSC presented "Tales of Triumph, Tri al & Error" to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013
FACING IT (2012)
BSC presented "FACING I T: Encounters of an Epidemic" to bring artistic attention to World AIDS Day 2012
MOMENTS IN TRUTH (2012)
"Moments In Truth" was staged thrice in 2012. First, in workshop at The Warehouse Theatre (Feb.) , then during the DC Black Theatre Festival (June), and lastly during the 2012 International AIDS Conference (July).
SMOKE SCREENS (2011)
BSC returned to the DC Black Theatre Festival in 2011 with "Smoke Screens: The Lies We Tell Ourselves & Everybody Else"
A BSC reunion performance.
BSC staged "Aesthetics: Perception ( & the Eye of the Beholder) - Variations In Beauty" twice during its 2010 season. First, in May at the Run of the Mill Theater and again in August during the DC Black Theatre Festival.
"What distinguishes the BSC esthetic is a sensitive, unsensational honesty that risks not reaching for laughs yet consistently reaches the heart."
-John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts
"I had the absolute privilege (yes it was a privilege!) to see this [Impressions] performance in DC! It was a hard day and attending the evening performance washed away everything! Perfect, riveting, thought-provoking, funny, etc. ... Recommended highly!"
-Cris Sardina, Audience Member
"Phenomenal and thought provoking writing and performances. Their work is so personal and yet relatable. It touches on our common humanity"
-Kristen Bean, Audience Member
"Through provocative storytelling and highly, personally charged performances, they sought to engage and transform using raw, transparent, and honest approaches to personal tragedies we often keep hidden."
-Cynthia Bledsoe, DC Metro Theater Arts (Blind Spots, 2017)