Land and Body Summer '21

 Devising Community Through Memory led by Sabriaya Shipley (She/They)  

During the summer of 2021, the class explored the multiple voices of community through various storytelling prompts centered around themselves and the communities they came from.

This video, Community Critique: Your Story is My Story by our 2021 summer Land and Body class, is the culmination of the class led by Sabriaya Shipley. Over the course of six weeks, these amazing storytellers explored various tools of personal monologue and digital storytelling from poetry as performance, community ethnography, personal archiving, and dramaturgy. Enjoy the video!

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Get to know Sabriaya Shipley (She/They) 


Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Sabriaya Shipley is a Philadelphia-based Black Queer educator, poet, and community organizer. They hold a BA in Acting with concentration in Poetry as Performance and Poetic Ethnography from Temple University. Sabriaya has worked with Philadelphia Young Playwright as a Resident Playwright and with The Colored Girls Museum's as a Special Projects Fellow and Lead Teaching Artist. She currently works with North   Philadelphia’s Tree House Books as a Literacy Program Director fostering partnerships with organizations such as Black Educators Matter in their recent Equity Pod initiative. Sabriaya is the co-founder of Griot Girls, a youth writing collective for young Black girls. Her devised work has been featured at the Painted Bride Art Center, Bartram’s Garden, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, within the Call & Response Journal, Claer Magazine, Ode to Queer, and Dizzie Magazine. Named one of Philadelphia’s A+ Educators by Philadelphia Family Magazine, they are a citizen artist focused on creating and holding space for Black and Brown youth through the arts.  


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), and Tiny Beautiful Things (Arden Theatre).

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