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“Intersections 2” Returns To Celebrate A Variety Of Art From Queer, Trans, POC, Enby & Neurodiverse Artists
LONELY ARTS CLUB
“We wanted a space that celebrated comedy from the voices that weren’t being amplified. Our scene has an incredible wealth of performers who are people of color, womxn, LGBTQ folx, and people with disabilities. We just weren’t seeing them lifted up in the same way that we saw cis, white, straight men lifted up.”
THE SEATTLE TIMES
”To those who say the ‘PC police’ are ruining comedy, Brown says, ‘If you can’t be funny
without punching down on a marginalized group, then maybe you aren’t as funny as you thought.’”
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“Improv comedy queens Natasha Ransom, Jekeva Phillips, and Kinzie Shaw are organizing a festival for performers who identify as LGBTQ+, are of color, and/or have disabilities. Phillips asks: “Seattle is a diverse city. Why are we only seeing the same faces and hearing the same voices?” Rejoice in representation and see burlesque, improv, theater, dance, and music acts.”
”The four-day festival will feature a myriad of comedy-related acts from Seattle's best and brightest POC, Queer, Trans, non-binary, and neurodiverse performers.”
CAPITOL HILL TIMES
”Each show is a different experience loaded with a variety of acts. No show in the festival will be the same, so the Intersections team strongly encourages patrons to be a part of it all.”
SEATTLE GAY SCENE
"But here’s where things get wild. Unlike the usual of, “Hey, uh, can we find some [insert minority descriptor here] people? Anyone know anyone?” — or, worse (and I swear this has happened, right in front of me, at leading institutions), the popular excuse of, “We can’t, because [insert minority descriptor here] people don’t do [insert generic art form here, that the org professes to specialize in]” — unlike all that mess, the Intersections Festival knew them, found them, brought them. In other words, not only did organizers know they exist, they knew where to find diverse excellence across many crafts, and put in the time to connect with them and book them. That is the commitment to artistry and craft — not tokenization — that all organizations should aspire to. (On that note, the next time you hear a flimsy excuse justifying a stage full of all white improv artists, please show them this piece and ask them to do better. You can always find another place that will.)"
"For Phillips, what’s particularly great about Intersections is, yes, it’s focused on POC, queer people, non-binary people and women—but they’re not tokens. They’re producing their own work, she says, and Intersections is just giving them the platform. 'I think the reason we’ve had such a huge amount of support is that this is long overdue,' Shaw says."
"Improv comedy queens Natasha Ransom, Jekeva Phillips, and Kinzie Shaw are organizing a festival for performers who identify as LGBTQ+, are of color, and/or have disabilities. Some highlights include the promising new duo Poop Tooth, stand-uppers Val Nigro and Monisa Brown, "Mother of the House of Luna" Jade Dynasty, and Tootsie Spangles"
Recommended in their "Nightlife Roundup"
SEATTLE GAY SCENE
Recommends Butch Alice: "Butch Alice is a Writer, Director, and Performer highlighting Genderqueer and Drag performers in new ways."
Recommends you check out the festival!
WEST SEATTLE BLOG
"The four-day festival will feature a myriad of acts from Seattle’s best and brightest POC, Queer, Trans, non-binary, and neurodiverse performers. Each show is a different experience loaded with a variety of acts. "
"DeConstruct met Natasha, Kinzie and Jekeva over coffee for what felt like a really fun first date. We heard about the festival, the fundraiser, and why you should go to both; but mostly we talked about performance, comedy, representation, equity, and, well, intersectionality. The conversation was so good that we’ve reproduced choice sections here."
CityArts featured Jekeva Phillips, our co-founder and co-producer! "..she’s currently collaborating with comics Kinzie Shaw and Natasha Ransom on curating Intersections, 'a comedy festival focused on equity, inclusion and representation' slated for this spring."