The Black History Museum… According to the United States of America will collaborate with HERE Art Center (NYC) to form a theatrical museum exposing the different “lessons” taught to Black bodies and how black identity is being defined by the millennial generation. The intention is to explore issues including the militarization of the police, the cycle of incarceration from the trans-atlantic slave trade to the modern prison industrial complex, dehumanization of Black bodies, economic marginalization of Black communities, and why/how these issues continue from one generation to the next.
Bio: Zoey Martinson is a director, producer, and co-Artistic Director of Smoke & Mirrors Collaborative. Her play Olityelwe won the Overall Excellence Award for Best Play in the New York City Fringe Festival and subsequently toured in South Africa and Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Martinson co-created and directed Skype Duet, which won the 100 Grand award at the HAU2 Theater in Berlin, and directed the world premiere of Jeremy Kamps’ Gutting at the National Black Theater in Harlem. In 2015, she produced and directed an Arts Mission for the U.S. Consul General to South Africa’s informal settlements, creating original work with adults and children in Durban, Johannesburg, and Soweto. Martinson holds an MFA from NYU. She is currently a 2016/17 Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theater Club, 2016/17 Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellow, and formerly a 2013/14 Artistic Mentor Fellowship at Lincoln Center.