Angela

Antoinette

Bey

Performer | Playwright | Director | Teaching Artist

Ang is a black, queer (they/them/theirs) storyteller from Southwest Philadelphia with a penchant for Ecostyler gel, spoken word, and Prince.

 

Selected acting credits [stage]:  Twelfth Night (Shakespeare in Clark Park), The Baldest Eagle (PHIT), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ursinus College); [film]: Sundance Directors Lab Actors Ensemble 2017, LP (dir. Alexander Etseyatse), Bracelet (dir. John Deswert).

Selected playwriting: "The Medusa Play" (upcoming mainstage, Ursinus College), Com[promising] Future (National Constitution Center), Pedestals (Philadelphia Young Playwrights/Interact Theater Company).

 

Ang is a senior at Ursinus College pursuing a degree in Theater with Africana Studies and Creative Writing minors.

"I believe in the transformative power of storytelling. Through dynamic, socially conscious art, I hope to challenge audiences, allowing them to lean into discomfort. There is no change without conflict. Let art start fires."

Upcoming (Acting)

Georgie, a short film by Lars Keer. I'll be playing the role of drag queen, Regina Royale. 

I'll be particpating in a workshop of Malika Oyetimein's new work (S)laughter : a play on pain with Simpatico Theatre Company

I'll be acting in a reading of Haygen-Brice Walker's Rhonda’s Dad Dies In The End/No One Really Cares/He Was A Racist/Anyways directed by Elaina Di Monaco as part of Interact Theatre Company's Core Playwrights Weekend.

Playwriting 

COMPLETED

  • The Medusa Play (Full-Length; Themes of Racial Injustice; WORLD PREMIERE @ Ursinus College Mainstage Spring 2019)

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

  • 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 PedestalsListen 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.

  • Little Dancer (Solo Piece; Autobiographical; Produced @ Ursinus College)

    • ​A young black femme struggles with their identity in the face of interracial love.

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

IN-DEVELOPMENT 

  • 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. ​

  • Twenty-Six (One-Act)

  • Rice & Em 

    • 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 anbey@ursinus.edu 

 

Directing 

COMPLETED

  • 8 the Play by Dustin Lance Black  @ Friends Select School (Full Length; Staged Reading)

  • High School Daze! by Angela A. Bey @ Friends Select School (Full Length; New Work)

  • Dracula by Paul Olsen @ Friends Select School (One-Act)

  • The Guardian by Angela A. Bey @ Episcopal Academy Play Slam (One-Act)

  • Daffodil by Arthur Robinson @ Ursinus College (One-Act; New Work)

  • The Playground  by Angela A. Bey @ Ursinus College (Full-Length; New Work; Workshop Reading)

  • Twenty-Six by Angela A. Bey @ Ursinus College (One-Act; New Work)

  • Little Dancer by Angela A. Bey @ Ursinus College (One-Act; New Work)

  • The Medusa Play by Angela A. Bey @ Ursinus College & PYP Learning Lab (Full Length; New Work; Workshop Reading)

 

IN-DEVELOPMENT 

For more information, please email anbey@ursinus.edu 

 

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.

 
 

Ursinus College produces The Medusa Play in Spring 2019. This is the first time in eighteen years that a student-written piece will be presented on the main stage. A kaleidoscopic critique of black bodies in the white gaze, The Medusa Play reclaims stolen and distorted narratives to get at something close to the "truth". A black actor, Meddie Lark, will confront an audience that applauds the fractured version of herself put on display.

Directed by Tamanya Garza 

(Logo by Chyanne Kemp Designs)

 

Headshots & Production Stills

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Contact

For acting work, commissions, collaboration inquiries, and general questions, please email Angela directly at theangelabey@gmail.com or fill out the contact form.

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