Cristal Chanelle Truscott is a multidisciplinary theater artist whose acapella musicals and generative method, “SoulWork,” are developed from African American performance traditions and engage communities toward connection, conversation and healing.Artist Bio
Plantation Remix, a site-responsive acapella musical, will be performed at historic plantations and related sites to revisit, raze and reimagine the separatist genre of plantation tourism by rehabilitating the singular story of antebellum glory through shared histories and multiperspective narratives of both enslaved and slave-holding families and their descendants, with a central tenet that no American identity—across a multicultural range of experiences—is left uninformed by the systemic and sociocultural descendants of US Slavery.
Cristal Chanelle Truscott
Houston, TX | Washington, DC
Cristal Chanelle Truscott is a playwright, director, and theatre artist whose “NeoSpirituals,” or acapella musicals and generative method, “SoulWork,” are developed from African American performance traditions and engage communities toward connection, conversation and consciousness. Truscott gains inspiration from Negro Spirituals, Black Folklore and Slave Narratives fusing these with contemporary Black performance aesthetics, such as Blues, R&B, Spoken Word, and Hip Hop. In her works PEACHES, ‘MEMBUH and The Burnin’, which feature complex timelines of identities from slavery to contemporary America, Truscott produces innovative performances that span and straddle time between histories and the present to support the healing of communities.
Truscott’s artistic work has garnered recognition and grants from the likes of the National Theatre Project Grant (New England Foundation for the Arts), Ford Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, MAP Fund and the National Performance Network’s Creation Fund Grant. She is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award, which honors artists who are influential in the shaping of powerful creative movements in contemporary dance, jazz, theatre and related multidisciplinary work. She received her MA and Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University.