Denzel Belin works as a director, actor, and improviser based in the Twin Cities. He currently works at The Brave New Workshop as a member of their Mainstage cast and at the Science Museum of Minnesota as an Actor/Presenter. He is an instructor at The Brave New Workshop Student Union and a teaching assistant at HUGE Theater. Belin is proud to be a part of Blackout and hopes to shine a light on African-American involvement and excellence in the improv community as a performer and instructor.
My name is Alyssa DiVirgilio-- I am a graduate of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and continued studies at American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Ivana Chubbuck studios in Los Angeles.
As a biracial person I grew up denying my blackness and often having my blackness denied. In the predominately white schools and neighborhoods I grew up in I was often given a "pass" of acceptance. "Well, you're not really black," I was told.
I joined Blackout to say I am black. And to find the love in my blackness. The vulnerability in my blackness. The power in my blackness.
I am finding that and so much more.
Joy Dolo Anfinson
Joy Dolo is an actor and improviser in the Twin Cities. She lives in Saint Paul, MN with her husband and two cats. Though she pays her taxes with her stage work, she has found this love of comedy through Theater of Public Policy and her 2nd family, Blackout. Her goal is to create a safe space for people of color to be on stage and to feel the same freedom she feels when she is performing. Shine BRILLIANTLY, claim your power, and fail FEARLESSLY. And eat sweets as much as possible, it’s sooooo good.
John Gebretatose rose from the ranks of a HUGE Improv Theater student, to a HUGE Improv instructor and now also the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. He trained and worked at Brave New Workshop and has been performing stand-up comedy in the Twin Cities for over nine years. John is a founding member of one of the hottest new improv groups, Blackout. He is the co-creator of the Black and Funny Improv Festival.
Kory LaQuess Pullam is a theatre artist from Corpus Christi, Texas. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University in 2013. Since moving to the Twin Cities, Kory has worked with the Guthrie Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Ten Thousand Things Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, and much more. Since forming Blackout Improv in 2015, he has performed and led workshops with the group all over Minnesota. Kory is also the founding artistic director of Underdog Theatre, a new company that serves the under-represented and unheard.
Originally from Lansing, Michigan, Derek “Duck” Washington has been a theatre artist in the Twin Cities for over twenty years. He is an actor, director, audio designer, playwright and improviser. Duck is a member of American Civic Forum, Fearless Comedy Productions, and the insult comedy troupe Vilification Tennis. He is also a producer for The Encyclopedia Show: Minneapolis and is a former member of the board of directors for the Cromulent Shakespeare Company. Some of his recent artistic credits include companies like Chameleon Theatre Circle, Walking Shadow, Theatre in the Round, Comedy Suitcase, Freshwater Theatre and Little Lifeboats.
My name is Nimene (nim-in-knee) and I have a passion for learning languages, traveling, people, life and new experiences. I joined Blackout to learn more about myself as a performer, an improviser, and a black woman. I wanted to hear different perspectives on being black in America and making it in the theatre world. Blackout was my very first improv troupe and I can't imagine starting anywhere else. They’re a wonderful group of people who are so fond of helping each other succeed and I love them:)
Khary Jackson is a poet, playwright, dancer and musician whose first poetry book, Any Psalm You Want, was published with Write Bloody Publishing in 2013.
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