Aleshea Harris-Artist Bio
Aleshea Harris received a B.A. in General Theatre from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently an MFA Writing for Performance candidate at California Institute of the Arts. She has worked as a playwright, actor, poet and singer-songwriter in a number of different places. Ms. Harris developed Bag of Beans Productions as a vehicle for sharing and making art (www.bagofbeans.net) and is a proud Co-Founding Artistic Director of Blue Scarf Collective, an entity which strives to recognize the female perspective through production of their original work. With Blue Scarf, Aleshea’s plays Big Trick, Pussy Poets, Skin Trail and Babble/Babel were produced in the Tampa Bay area. In addition, Blue Scarf Collective was commissioned to write Faces Live: Reclamation, which was presented at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL in October 2011. Aleshea’s writings have been featured in the films Anatomy of Anger, (a collaboration with Art Not Hate founder Bob Barancik) and in the award winning short God of the Ground, (a collaboration with Roundhouse Creative’s Andy Lee). Her own solo play Oddlie, premiered at the Studio@620 in 2009 and went on to receive rave reviews at the Orlando Fringe Festival in 2010 and at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Aleshea’s full length play, Rip.Tied., premiered in 2012 at freeFall Theatre Company. Currently, Harris is developing new works at CalArts and seeking new ways to challenge herself and her community through conscious creation.