Jéhan Òsanyìn

is creating theatre performances about race and identity

13

patrons

$123

per month
Thank you so much for becoming a Patron!  Your contribution allows me to continue creating theatrical work about marginalized people and populations.  In February of 2018 I will travel back home to my mother's homeland, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), for the first time in thirteen years to hold interviews with family members and other local folks about their relationship with "Obeah".  Obeah is, "a kind of sorcery practiced especially in the Caribbean." It's also a word I wasn't even allowed to say growing up.  Some call it a religion. Some call it sorcery. I am calling it home.  What stories lie within it that want to be told?  I am here to tell those stories.  Your support allows me to do so. Thank you. 

Who am I?

Jéhan (yay-hand  without the "d") Òsanyìn (oh-sahn-yeen) is a Seattle-based gender vacillating Afro-Caribbean performer, one-sided storyteller, metalsmith, poet, and writer whose most recent play, Yankee Pickney, was nominated for 2017 Gregory Award. Jéhan was also recently awarded a 2017 GAP Award from Artist Trust in order to prepare "yankee pickney" to go on the road in 2018.   If you'd like more info on Jéhan you can visit: www.jehanosanyin.com or learn about the organization she started at www.earthseedseattle.org

What am I working on?

#1: After Hurricanes Maria and Irma decimated the Caribbean. I was reminded of how tetherless I felt.  My family history is complicated at best.  Then, when popular news media picked up on news stories surrounding Puerto Rico's revitalization process but not about St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix's recovery process I was hurt and became worried. St. John, the home of my family was, at one point, without power for over a month. The bulk of my biological mother's family is located on those islands.  My ancestors are laid to rest on those islands. But, because of recent generational trauma my relationship to my family and ancestors has been decimated as well.  This trip to the USVI is an attempt to heal wounds and call home messy stories.  What lies beneath the lies we pass down? Is there freedom in the telling?

For this project your support will offset the costs of: travel, research, boarding, participant compensation, and staged reading accommodations.

Collaborators for this project include:
 Andrew RussellJess K. Smith, and Sam Pinkleton! (Thanks friends!)


#2: I am also collaborating on a project with l to create a piece that explores Performing Blackness as it pertains to 18th century violinist, Joseph de Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.  He was a brilliant violinist, composer, fencer, conductor, and athlete. Despite all of his accomplishments he still found himself on the run after a duel gone wrong.

For this project your support will offset the costs of: Studio time, collaborator compensation, studio space rental, and so much more! 

#3: In addition to writing poetry and creating jewelry I am also adapting my solo show Yankee Pickney into a book.  I'm a few weeks shy of a 2-week residency dedicated to that adaptation. Plus there's a publisher who wants to read a few chapters!

Every penny you extend in support is further encouragement that the stories I value are stories that need to be told. Thank you for that support and encouragement.  

xoxo - Jéhan

Goals
$123 of $500 per month
At this level
  • ...you've helped to offset public transportation costs for getting around the Islands.
  • ...you've helped offset round trip air travel to the USVI
  • ... you've helped offset ferry travel between the two islands
  • ... you've helped compensate interviewees for their time
  • ... you've helped off-set room and board costs for the folks hosting me while I'm in the Islands
  • ...you've helped offset the technical aspects of doing this work: online storage, wi-fi access while in the islands
  • ...you've helped offset administration costs while engaging in my creative work: transcription and logistics
  • ... you've helped provide compensation for some of the 240+ hours of donated artist time
  • ... you've helped offset the cost of renting spaces to perform stage readings 
  • ... you've helped offset the cost of renting spaces for rehearsals and performances
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Thank you so much for becoming a Patron!  Your contribution allows me to continue creating theatrical work about marginalized people and populations.  In February of 2018 I will travel back home to my mother's homeland, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), for the first time in thirteen years to hold interviews with family members and other local folks about their relationship with "Obeah".  Obeah is, "a kind of sorcery practiced especially in the Caribbean." It's also a word I wasn't even allowed to say growing up.  Some call it a religion. Some call it sorcery. I am calling it home.  What stories lie within it that want to be told?  I am here to tell those stories.  Your support allows me to do so. Thank you. 

Who am I?

Jéhan (yay-hand  without the "d") Òsanyìn (oh-sahn-yeen) is a Seattle-based gender vacillating Afro-Caribbean performer, one-sided storyteller, metalsmith, poet, and writer whose most recent play, Yankee Pickney, was nominated for 2017 Gregory Award. Jéhan was also recently awarded a 2017 GAP Award from Artist Trust in order to prepare "yankee pickney" to go on the road in 2018.   If you'd like more info on Jéhan you can visit: www.jehanosanyin.com or learn about the organization she started at www.earthseedseattle.org

What am I working on?

#1: After Hurricanes Maria and Irma decimated the Caribbean. I was reminded of how tetherless I felt.  My family history is complicated at best.  Then, when popular news media picked up on news stories surrounding Puerto Rico's revitalization process but not about St. John, St. Thomas, and St. Croix's recovery process I was hurt and became worried. St. John, the home of my family was, at one point, without power for over a month. The bulk of my biological mother's family is located on those islands.  My ancestors are laid to rest on those islands. But, because of recent generational trauma my relationship to my family and ancestors has been decimated as well.  This trip to the USVI is an attempt to heal wounds and call home messy stories.  What lies beneath the lies we pass down? Is there freedom in the telling?

For this project your support will offset the costs of: travel, research, boarding, participant compensation, and staged reading accommodations.

Collaborators for this project include:
 Andrew RussellJess K. Smith, and Sam Pinkleton! (Thanks friends!)


#2: I am also collaborating on a project with l to create a piece that explores Performing Blackness as it pertains to 18th century violinist, Joseph de Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges.  He was a brilliant violinist, composer, fencer, conductor, and athlete. Despite all of his accomplishments he still found himself on the run after a duel gone wrong.

For this project your support will offset the costs of: Studio time, collaborator compensation, studio space rental, and so much more! 

#3: In addition to writing poetry and creating jewelry I am also adapting my solo show Yankee Pickney into a book.  I'm a few weeks shy of a 2-week residency dedicated to that adaptation. Plus there's a publisher who wants to read a few chapters!

Every penny you extend in support is further encouragement that the stories I value are stories that need to be told. Thank you for that support and encouragement.  

xoxo - Jéhan

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