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Who we are: Resident Artists

Nailah Harper-Malveaux

Director, CFT Mentee

Nailah Harper-Malveaux is an emerging director, community organizer, and Oakland-based theater artist of color with a passion for centering complex intersectional identities and challenging systems of injustice and complacency. She has worked with Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Creative Artists Agency, American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) and Crowded Fire Theater (CFT). Nailah recently produced and directed a Crowded Fire Matchbox Project, SUBVERiTas: SUBVERTING whiteness as TRUTH/ UNEARTHING the BLACK play, which was comprised of two short staged readings and a devised piece exploring the complexities of code-switching, mask-wearing, and story-selling in the American Theater. She finished a 9-month Community Producing Fellowship at A.C.T., where she co-produced Every 28 Hours: Black Arts Festival, assistant directed Hamlet featuring John Douglas Thompson, directed Sunset Baby as a part of A.C.T.’s Sky Festival and directed Brainpeople for the 2018 Fellowship Project. Her partnership with Crowded Fire began with her work as the program manager of the HIVE Project, a unique audience-sharing collaboration between CFT, Gritty City and Ubuntu theater, and has continued as the assistant director of Church and a CFT Resident Artist through their Mentee Program. She recently returned to A.C.T. to direct Belleville for Sky Festival, assistant direct Men on Boats directed by Tamilla Woodard and associate direct Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Dawn Monique Williams. She received her B.A. in American Studies and Theatre Studies from Yale University.

CFT Credits

Director and Producer: SUBVERiTas: SUBVERTING whiteness as TRUTH/ UNEARTHING the BLACK play

Assistant Director: Church

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