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Ni’Ja Whitson (CA/NY) is a Queer Nonbinary interdisciplinary artist, Creative Capital and “Bessie” Awardee, wound and word worker, referred to as “majestic” by The New York Times, and recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. Through a critical intersection of the sacred and conceptual in Black, Queer, and Trans-embodiedness, architectures, science, and spirit they engage a nexus of transdisciplinary and African Diasporic performance practices. Whitson is a 2020 Center for Performance Research artist in residence, 2018 MAP Fund awardee, featured choreographer of the 2018 CCA Biennial, 2018-2020 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellow Candidate, and invited presenter at the 2019 Tanzkongress international festival. Residencies and fellowships include Jerome/Camargo, Dance in Process at Gibney, Hedgebrook, Movement Research, Bogliasco Fellowship with commissions including St. Mark’s Church at Danspace, American Realness and Vision festivals, ICA Philadelphia. Their award-winning practice extends to choreography and directing in conventional and experimental theatre and performance with recent commissions from Yale Dance Lab, the Spoleto Festival (Omar composed by Rhiannon Giddens, directed by Charlotte Brathwaite), and New York Live Ideas Festival (Saul Williams). Whitson received an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a second MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College, receiving merit and artist awards at both. Whitson is a sought-after speaker, presenter, and masterclass facilitator whose offerings have been shared among notable institutions and arts organizations: Princeton, Cornell, Movement Research, 2020 keynote of the Collegium for African Diasporic Dance conference.