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Angela Bey

But, my friends call me "Ang".

(they/them/theirs)

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.

co-artistic director of Shoe Box Theatre Collective and the new Wings of Paper Theatre Co.

proud member of Ring of Keys and Director's Gathering

former member of Jouska PlayWorks

contact: theangelabey@gmail.com

Artistic resume download here. Arts administration resume download here.

"Bey navigates nuances seamlessly in their performance as Zoe, a Black woman who has been told to be “patient” and “tolerant” by her (white) counterparts—counterparts who don’t offer her any solicitude. Bey strikes balance, never leaning into any extremes to get the point across. Bey's anger, their joy, their weariness are all tempered, much to Zoe’s own chagrin. This, too, is frustrating: Black women (and nonbinary Black folks) are always muted in reality and in fiction. While Zoe’s decisions are invigorating, the compassion in me was rooting for her to kick Janine out of her chair."

-Kyle V. Hiller, Broad Street Review of The Niceties

"...The issue here is whether tenured professor Janine (Dardaris – just brilliant in a play with LOTS of

dialogue) has called her student Zoe (an also amazing Bey) a racist term and could possibly lose her job. I don’t want to give anything away here but urge you to see this duo (who, remember, are in different locations as they interact) work their acting magic."

-Steve Ramm, Next Door Philly Review of The Niceties 

"As a fresh face in the industry, I was not ready for this frank dialogue about intersectionality in theatre. But it needs to be had. We want so badly to be diverse and to create diverse stories, but we don’t want to listen to the voices that make them. Ang Bey has done a wonderful job calling out the double standards through the story of Meddie, and her journey creating a devised piece about the Greek Medusa Myth."

-Kelly Hayes, Captive Audience Review of The Medusa Play

"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

"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

"In this streamed performance from a cast of four, all of the actors had to nail their performances to sell the intense, stressful, and desperate feel of the show, and they did. As an avid gamer in love with visual storytelling and choice-based narratives, I felt Alex’s passion for the medium and her outrage when describing the misogyny and objectification targeting female characters. Bey’s Alex conveyed enthusiasm and exasperation as well as visceral rage, sickening fear, and dead-eyed exhaustion: the harassment Alex experiences felt both personal and real..." 

-Mina Reinckens, Broad Street Review of D-Pad

"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, on Walk the Line

"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, on Walk the Line

contact: theangelabey@gmail.com

Artistic resume download here. Arts administration resume download here.

Performer | Playwright | Producer | Director | Teaching Artist

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Read my viral Facebook post about white "allyship".

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Watch my interview with Ryan Rebel for Venice Island at a Distance discussing racism in theatre.

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Listen to my episode of "no small parts" - a podcast hosted and created by Brittany Brewer.

 
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"Whatcha Been Up To?"

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HATCH at Schoolhouse

 

Next year, I'll be completing a residency at HATCH.

Summer 2022

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Vernon Park Play

I'm the lead writer of the Vernon Park Play - Shakespeare in Clark Park's Park Plays series. The show will be directed by Seema Sueko.

August 2021

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Emerging Playwrights Virtual Residency

I am one of three resident artists chosen for this new residency with queer-centered theatre company, The Strides Collective.

February 2021

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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.

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Every Everyman

 I was the lead writer of Shakespeare in Clark Park's Pageant Wagon show, based on Everyman. Click here to watch.

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

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Rockland Woods

I'm in the Winter Cohort of this prestigious, Washington-based residency.

January 2022

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The Niceties 

I am playing "Zoe" in the regional, virtual premiere of The Niceties by Eleanor Burgess at InterAct Theatre Company. Click here for free tickets.

April 2021

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

I was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Click here to read the article.

February 2021

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D-Pad

I played"Alex" in the world premiere of this original play by Jeremy Gable, virtually-produced by Theatre Exile. Click here to read my article in Philadelphia Gay News. Click here to read my article in the Philadelphia Tribune. Click here to read the Broad Street Review. Buy tickets to D-Pad

November 27—December 13

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Days of Re-Creation


I performed 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

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Twelfth Night 

I'll be directing a production of Twelfth Night for the Friends Select Upper School Drama Department

Fall 2022

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Spotlight Artist 

I am New Light Theatre Company's Spotlight Artist for the month of March. Click here to read my interview.

March 2021

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QT Noir Fund

I am part of the inaugural cohort of QT Noir Arts Fund grantees. Click here to learn more about the fund.

February 2021

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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 

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

October 2020

 
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Playwriting 

UPCOMING

  • Vernon Park Play (Shakespeare in Clark Park)

 

COMPLETED

  • Every Everyman (One-Act)a devised, socially-distant, live adaptation of Everyman with contemporary emphasis on Black liberation.

  • 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.

  • Coruscatum (One- Act) - a devised, multimedia performance piece/time capsule//machine with the Upper School students of Friends Select.

  • The Medusa Play (Full-Length; Barrymore Recommended) - Who is the Black artist? Who is Medusa? ​

  • The White Feather Project (One-Act) -  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 are available for public and academic use

  • Little Dancer (One-Act) - A solo show about a toxic, Black/White interracial relationship

  • Com[promising] Freedom (One- Act; produced at 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. Click here to read an article.

  • Pedestals (Monologue) - ​​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 PedestalsListen to the Philadelphia Young Playwright's podcast series "Mouthful" here!​

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

IN-DEVELOPMENT 

  • Twenty-Six (Full-Length)

  • 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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Directing 

UPCOMING

COMPLETED

 NEW WORK:

  • Every Everyman - produced by Shakespeare in Clark Park, assistant-directed with Kittson O'Neil

  • The Medusa Play - produced by Shoe Box Theatre Collective, co-directed with Ryan Rebel 

  •  The White Feather Project - produced by Ang Bey at Ursinus College & Shoe Box Short Theatre Festival, co-collaborated with Raychel Ceciro

  • Little Dancer - produced by Ang Bey at Ursinus College

  • Daffodil by Arthur Robinson - produced by Ang Bey at Ursinus College

  • Coruscatum - produced by Friends Select Upper School Theatre Department

Click here to watch a full, live recording of Every Everyman
 
 
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Contact

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

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