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Ang Bey

(they/them/theirs)

Performer | Playwright | Producer | Director | Teaching Artist

[abridged] mission

"I am a Black, Queer artist from Southwest Philadelphia. I am committed to the transformative power of storytelling. Provocation with purpose makes for dynamic, socially conscious, and challenging work. I create to ignite decolonization and radical healing within myself & within the world. It is our divine duty to strive for the Utopia we may not live to see."

personality & podcasts

[selected] credits

[co-artistic director of Shoe Box Theatre Collective]

[co-creative director of the new Wings of Paper Theatre Co.]

 

[member of Jouska Playworks]

[member of Director's Gathering]

[admin]: Freelance teaching artist; 2019/20 Season Apprentice at Theatre Horizon

[stage]: Candles (Philadelphia Young Playwrights); Our Ouija Board… (On the Rocks); Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in Clark Park) upcoming:, Lilith & Her Demons (Apartment20),The American Revolution (Theatre Unspeakable), The Niceties (InterAct Theatre Company)

[film]: Sundance Directors Lab Actors Ensemble 2017; LP (AE Film; Carl Lerner Award, Best Student Film Nominee at Bronzelens & Woodstock Film Festivals); Georgie (dir. Lars Keer); Bracelet (dir. John Deswert)

[playwriting]​: Everyman ( & co-directing; Shakespeare in Clark Park); The Medusa Play ( Shoe Box Theatre Collective); Peter Pan and Other Men (Apartment20: Ghost Stories 24 Hour Theatre Festival); The White Feather Project (Upstream Performance Collaborative);Com[promising] Future (National Constitution Center); Pedestals (Philadelphia Young Playwrights); Jouska Play Works Inaugural Member (Simpatico Theatre Company) upcoming: virtual presentations of Twenty-Six (Jouska PlayWorks) & Walk the Line (Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival). 

Contact: theangelabey@gmail.com

Artistic resume download here. Arts administration resume download here.

"Societies never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real."

-James Baldwin, "The Creative Process"

 
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Upcoming

"Ang Bey stuns in all three of their roles in To the Stars With Love, The Nerd, and S.C.R.I., bringing crisp focus and definition to characters who are similar in their drive and confidence, but are tonally distinct as firm but gentle, righteously outraged, or overeager and overwhelmed in turn."

-Mina Reinckens, Broad Street Review of The Days of Recreation

"All of the actors put in strong performances, but Bey is the strongest, their soulful eyes and magnetic voice making it clear why director Bi Jean Ngo would have wanted such a performer in so central a role. But just as Bey is able to break your heart with a single glance, the rest of the cast shows the hard work of mending after a tragedy."

-Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey, Broad Street Review of Candles

Bracelet

I star in a film called "Bracelet" which premiered in the San Fransisco Independent Short Film Festival. Out of 159 films, we won 1st Place or "Best of the Fest". Click here to watch without a pay-wall.

The Utopia Project

I am directing and devising an original play with high school students for an online (and in-person) multimedia event.  

November 2020

play/paint/pass

I am participating in this theatrical event by It Gets Worse But Then... Theatre Company.
play/paint/pass is a collaboration between improvisers, playwrights, and artists, producing art over the entire course of Philly Fringe 2020. In one long game of Telephone, an improv workshop will inspire a series of art pieces from artists working in four day intervals.  

Philly Fringe 2020

exxx...stasis, exxx...hale...

I'll be performing in this original Zoom play by Alexandra Espinoza and directed by Cat Ramirez for Villanova Theatre's Bakkhai Variations

October 2020

Lilith and Her Demons

I'll be a vocalist on this original concept album for a play by the same name. The album will be produced by Apartment20 and released during Philadelphia's Virtual Fringe Festival. 

Philly Fringe 2020

Field Calls

I'll be playing "Alex" in this original piece written by Tenara Calem, dramaturged by Jenny Ruyman, directed by Linnea Bond, and produced by Lupine Performance Collaborative. The narrative culminates to an auditory, (solo) outdoor audience-experience that will premiere in-person during Philadelphia's Fringe Festival. 

Philly Fringe 2020

The Niceties 

I'll be playing "Zoe" in the regional, virtual premiere of The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess at InterAct Theatre Company.

April 2021

D-Pad

I'll be playing "Alex" in the world premiere of this original play by Jeremy Gable, virtually-produced by Theatre Exile.

November 27—December 13

Walk the Line

My short play Walk the Line debuted virtually in "Untold Voices in Voting" produced by the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival. Click here to watch.

September 10, 2020 @ 8PM

Days of Re-Creation
I am acting in Live & In Color's rolling premiere of The Days of Re-Creation: A Virtual Play by Masi Asare, AriDy Nox, Erlina Ortiz, SEVAN, Nandita Shenoy, BD Wong, and Lauren Yee with Philadelphia Theatre Company.

September 2020

Twenty-Six

My play Twenty-Six will debut virtually in the Jouska PlayWorks Inaugural Showcase.

Fall 2020

Mt. Vernon Park Play

I'll be assistant directing Nell Bang-Jensen on James IJames's new play for Shakespeare in Clark Park's Park Plays series.

Postponed due to COVID-19

DG Jam 2021

I am one of the directors chosen for this year's virtual Directors Gathering Jam, highlighting Black directors in Philadelphia.  

Spring 2021

The Pageant Wagon

I am the lead writer of Shakespeare in Clark Park's Pageant Wagon show, based on Everyman.

October 2020

Paul

I performed in this original, Zoom play by Ryan Rebel, produced by Shoe Box Theatre Collective. Click here to watch. Click here to watch our takeover of Genderfunk Philly.

August 2020

154 Revisited

adapted three of Shakespeare's sonnets for this ongoing Revolution Shakespeare project. I also performed and directed an adaptation of Sonnet 43 by Ryan Rebel.

Philly Fringe 2020

The American Revolution

I'll be performing in Theatre Unspeakable's Philadelphia production of The American Revolution at Christ Church Neighborhood House.

Postponed due to COVID-19

 
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Playwriting 

COMPLETED

  • The Medusa Play (Full-Length; Themes of Racial Injustice; WORLD PREMIERE @ Shoe Box Theatre Collective- Barrymore Recommended Production)

    • Who is the black artist? Who is Medusa? ​

  • The White Feather Project @ Ursinus College  (Director and Playwright)

    • The White Feather Project is a theatre piece devised from interviews of the Ursinus community concerning cowardice under racial stress. Accompanying the final performances and script, a website including a reading list, video diaries (of the process), and original blog posts will be available for public and academic use long after the project’s completion. ​

  • Com[promising] Freedom (One- Act; Historical Fiction; Produced @ The National Constitution Center

    • "What will we do with all this freedom?"- Elizabeth Powell​ and her peers ask themselves this question in studying for their final history exam about The Declaration of Independence.

  • Pedestals (Monologue; Themes of Racial Injustice; Produced @ Interact Theater Company)

    • After assaulting a peer due to a racially charged incident, an African-American star student is confronted by her principal and her future

      • Click here to watch a recording of Pedestals

      • Philadelphia Young Playwright's podcast series "Mouthful" interviewed me about Pedestals. Listen to the podcast here!​

  • The Playground (Full-length; Themes of Mental Health; How I Learned to Write Festival & produced @ Ursinus College)

    • High school senior Grey Bowman tries to reorient himself after a severe trauma involving himself and a childhood best friend.

  • Editorial for Grid Magazine about my experience as a young artist of color.

IN-DEVELOPMENT 

  • The Pageant Wagon: Everyman- a devised, socially-distant, live adaptation of Everyman with contemporary emphasis on Black liberation.

  • Twenty-Six (Full-Length)

  • 154 Revisited with Revolution Shakespeare  (Adapting sonnets 46, 85, & 98)

  • Walk the Line (One-Act)-  Run. Don't walk. Who decides how we pursue our legacy? Who decides how we fight for liberation? Who draws the line? A hood-angel Zoom-bombs Hudda's final moments. They are both in crisis. They argue over what it means to live and die in a world that'd rather you be erased. Hudda won't live to be erased.

  • The Utopia Project- a devised, multimedia performance piece/time capsule//machine with the Upper School students of Friends Select.

  • The Treehouse (Full-Length)- "I want to build a world Black dads don't get lost in..."

  • Rice & Em Fight a Lion (Full-Length)

    • On-going, world-building exercise exploring the intersections of (non-binary) gender and race in the digital age.

 

For more information (commissions, writing samples, inquiries), please email theangelabey@gmail.com

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Walk The Line

A Zoom Play

Commissioned by The Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival

Synopsis:

Run. Don't walk. 

Who decides how we pursue our legacy?

Who decides how we fight for liberation? 

 

Who draws the line?

A hood-angel (Marissa Kennedy) Zoom-bombs Hudda's (Briyana D. Clarel) final moments. They are both in crisis. They argue over what it means to live and die in a world that'd rather you be erased. Hudda won't stand to be erased.

This reading was originally broadcast live to Facebook on September 17th, 2020. 

Audience Reviews:

"Walk The Line was visceral, timely & so moving. No fat, all substance, lean and fierce with piercing moments of silence, that spoke volumes. Brilliant!" -Brian Anthony Wilson

"I thought your work tonight highlighted a very important conversation Black people are having right now. This work will be something to look back on as it examines the nuance in the lives and decisions of Black people as well as their fight for liberation. The play creates space for the fears we hold onto on a daily basis and rather than stay in a place of scarcity this play ignites us to start thinking from a place of abundance. It challenges us to think about what changes really means and how willing are we to start imagining the lives we deserve as Black folks." -Deja Morgan

"Ang's clever use of the Zoom medium made it all the more impactful. It was relevant and clear. You pulled no punches. Theatre at its sharpest."

-Kristin Curley

 
Wildlife

A Zoom Play

Commissioned by Revolution Shakespeare's 154 Revisited

Dandelion

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Synopsis:

Isis (Adaeze Nwoko) and Nile (Satchel Willams) are in love and try very hard to keep that true. But distance, miscommunication, and fear marks disaster when you can't reach through a screen to hold a hand.

Adapted from William Shakespeare's Sonnets 98, 85, and 46.

From FringeArts Website:

"Timeless, ageless, and intangible in so many ways — love can be translated into so many forms. Revolution Shakespeare hopes to purely spread more love to any and all who would engage, and to embrace where Shakespeare’s words meet modern sensibilities.

Over 50 playwrights, poets, songwriters, creatives have adapted Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, considered masterly textual representations of love, into their own uniquely voiced forms. These 154 adaptations, now embodied by a variety of talented individuals in video/audio form, represent a way for us all to translate love into a new form — and perhaps, find and give love radically."

 
 
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Directing and Producing 

COMPLETED

  • The Medusa Play by Ang Bey @ Shoe Box Theatre Collective (New Work) [Co-Director with Ryan Rebel & Playwright]

  •  The White Feather Project  @ Ursinus College & Shoe Box Short Theatre Festival (New Work; Devised)  [Co-Devised/Directed with Rachel Ceciro, Playwright, & Producer] ​

  • Twenty-Six by Ang Bey @ Ursinus College (New Work) [Director & Playwright]

  • Little Dancer by Ang Bey @ Ursinus College (New Work) [Director & Playwright]

  • The Medusa Play by Ang Bey @ Ursinus College & AAI (Workshop Readings) [Director, Producer, & Playwright]

  • Daffodil by Arthur Robinson @ Ursinus College (New Work) [Director]

  • The Playground  by Ang Bey @ Ursinus College (New Work; Workshop Reading) [Director & Playwright]

  • 8 the Play by Dustin Lance Black  @ Friends Select School (Staged Reading) [Director]

  • High School Daze! by Ang Bey @ Friends Select School (New Work) [Co-Director with Jenny Hayden & Producer]

  • Dracula by Paul Olsen @ Friends Select School [Director & Producer]

  • The Guardian by Ang Bey @ Episcopal Academy Play Slam [Director]

UPCOMING

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The Medusa Play

Academic Premiere at Ursinus College in Spring of 2019  (Directed by Tamanya Garza)

BARRYMORE RECOMMENDED World Premiere with Shoe Box Theatre Collective at Venice Island Performing Arts Center November 15th though 27th (Co-Directed by Ang Bey & Ryan Rebel)

Click here to read my director/playwright's note.

(Photography by Christian Hayden from World Premiere featuring cast members Taylor Cawley, Briyana D. Clarel, Bryce Menard, Terriny Morrison, & William Morrison; poster design by Shahana Jan)

The White Feather Project  

is a ethnographic play concerning white fragility and cowardice. Devised from scholarly texts, primary sources, and in-person interviews, the community of Ursinus College is the vehicle and incubator for this piece. 

Performances took place on Thursday, April 25th, 2019 at Ursinus College as part of Celebration of Student Achievement (COSA) and Sunday, May 19th, 2019 as part of Shoebox Short Theatre Festival.​

(Cast: Bonnie Baldini & Quinton J. Alexander)

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Visual Art 

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Resume

Artistic resume download here. Arts administration resume download here.

 

Headshots & Production Stills

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Contact

For all inquiries, please email Ang directly at theangelabey@gmail.com

Artistic resume download here. Arts administration resume download here.

Writing samples, reels, and letters of recommendation available upon request. 

 
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