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Land and Body


Power Street is bringing back our

FREE IN-PERSON Theatre Course for adults

this spring!!

A Timeline of Community

taught by Sabriaya Shipley

Thursdays, March 23-April 27th, 6pm-8pm (EST)

Thursday-Saturday May 4-6 will be tech rehearsals and showcase

Registration opens on January 30th!

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Delving into significant moments of injustice, resilience, triumph, and intersectionality within communities of color, Sabriaya Shipley invites storytellers, poets, musicians,and more to explore the ways collaborative creative expression can be used to tell the stories of our past, enact change in our present, and build towards the reparations of justice in our future. Students will engage in the creation of a culminating collective timeline brought to life with theater, poetry, digital media art, and movement. 

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Get to know the Teaching Artist

Sabriaya Shipley (She/They) 


Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sabriaya is a Philadelphia-based poet, educator, and community ethnographer determined to study, receive, and cultivate nontraditional performance/ art spaces centered around the expressive freedom of Black & Brown youth. Named a 2019 A+ Educator by Philadelphia Family Magazine and a 2021 Black Lives Matter Philly Educator /Fellow, Sabriaya holds a BA in Theatre from Temple University with concentrations in poetry as performance and poetic ethnography and a MA in Social Justice and Community Organizing from Prescott College. Sabriaya has collaborated as an educator, artist, and artistic advisor with several community based organizations and art spaces such as Theatre Exile,  Power Street Theatre, the Painted Bride Art Center, the Colored Girls Museum, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, New Voice for Reproductive Justice, Residency 11:11 in London, Girls Rock Philly, and Tree House Books where they served as a Literacy Program Director decolonizing access to literacy for Black & Brown North Philly Youth.They are a co-founder of Griot Girls, a youth writing collective for young Black girls. Her first publication “Somewhere Between God & Mammy '' was released in January 2022. A recipient of the 2021-2022 Philadelphia Foundation and Forman Art's Initiative Art Works grant, Sabriaya is a citizen artist determined to represent the intersections of their community.


Theatre credits include the Philadelphia Premiere of Ike Holter's Hit the Wall - Roberta (Temple Theaters), Bob: A Life in Five Acts (Azuka Theatre) Clouds in the Kitchen (Painted Bride),  Ground that Shout (Philadelphia Contemporary/ Almanac Dance Theatre), Mother Emmanuel: An American Musical (the New Freedom Theatre), Babel  (Theatre Exile ),  For Colored Girls Who.... - Lady in Brown (Temple Theaters), Trade and Generations (Inis Nua Theatre),Tiny Beautiful Things (Arden Theatre) When the Truth Comes Out (Beacon Theatre), Hurricane Diane (Iron Crow Theatre).

Question about the class? About Land & Body? Email!!

Power Street Theatre is sponsored by;

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Independence Media Foundation 2022
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PST is fiscally sponsored by the Culture Trust of Greater Philadelphia.

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