"i am just totally fascinated by people..." nikki giovanni
multi-hyphenated artist, artivist, lover of beauty
photo by Cheyenne Gil
Mia Y. Anderson, I am an actress, director and bourgeoning writer. A native of NewYawker born and raised in the Republic of Brooklyn. I lived for over 10 years in Boston, where I founded, directed and produced the first all-female cabaret/drag troupe Drag Kings, Sluts & Goddesses, which successfully ran for a decade at the historic Foot-light Club. My ground-breaking performance group was profiled nationally and internationally in the Boston Globe, The Weekly Dig, Curve Magazine, Color of Change, and Bay Windows among others . We were invited to perform in the first International Fresh Fruit Festival and were the winners of the InternationalFresh Fruit FestivalAudience Favorite in New York. As a a legit actress in Boston, I worked with companies like RadioDisney,Commonwealth Shakespeare, Boston Theatre Works, Boston Playwrights Theater and Theater Offensive. Since returning to New York, I have been featured in over 35 films including award-winning films like Sleep, Production and If You Leap. Some of my favorite roles include Lady in Yellow in Colored Girls, Tatiana in Midsummer’s Night Dream,and the Porter in Macbeth among many others.
As a director in New York, I have worked with several theater companies including Rising Sun Company, Construct Theater, Culture Project, and the National Black Theater. I was a 2014 directing fellow with New Perspectives Theater and an alum of the 2015 Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab. As a writer, I began in the poetry slam scene, spitting at the Nuyorican Poets Café, New York Public Library, Fresh Fruit Festival Poetry Night and The New American Theatre. I am currently a member ofPoetic Productions. As a published writer myessays are included in the Lambda Literary award nominee Pinned Down by Pronouns and Getting Bi. In 2016, my first residency as a writer at BarnArts Hamilton Project I penned my first solo work “her, him, prince, michael, and marvin aka love is love is love” . This solo work was accepted into the 2017 Failsafe Festival , selected for a workshop production in 2018 produced by the Dirty Blondes Theater and in 2019 “her,him….love is love “was one of 4 plays that was chosen for the QuickSilver Theater POC Summit play development program in Seneca, New York. In 2020, my 603 word play " The Phone Call" was selected for The Tiny Play Festival of the Little Red Theater Companyof Minneapolis, Minn. In 2021, my essay " An Abundance of Love" was included in the Chicken Soup for Soul first all black female anthology " I'm Speaking Now".
For the past 9 years I have been co-creating with Improvscience as the Performer Director co-facilitating workshops on Professional Presentations with founder Dr. Raquel Holmes for Boston University, Harvard University, University of Connecticut and The Chemical Society. In the Fall of 2017, I presented my workshop at the Cestemer17 conference “Better Version of You” which focused on speaking during Professional Presentations for scientists. in 2021 Dr. Raquel Holmes and myself have a chapter included on the Professional Presentations techniques ( focusing on the work at Harvard University) in the Bloomsbury's The Applied Improvisation Mindset Tools for Transforming Organizations and Communities Edited by Theresa Robbins Dudeck & Caitlin McClure. Check me out www.miayandersonchannel.com, @stagedame for Instagram, @actressnoir for Twitter and miayandersonchannel on Facebook.