Sage Ni’Ja Whitson
18th Street Campus
Sage Ni’Ja Whitson is a Queer Nonbinary Trans interdisciplinary artist based in California and New York. They are a United States Artist Fellow, Creative Capital and two-time “Bessie” Award winner, 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 in a nexus of transdisciplinary and African Diasporic performance practices.
Whitson is the 2020–2021 Center for Performance Research technical artist in residence, 2018 and 2020 MAP Fund awardee, featured choreographer of the 2018 CCA Biennial, and invited presenter at the 2019 Tanzkongress international festival. Residencies and fellowships include Jerome/Camargo, Dance in Process at Gibney, Hedgebrook, Movement Research, and Bogliasco Fellowship with commissions including St. Mark’s Church at Danspace, American Realness and Vision festivals, ICA Philadelphia, and EMPAC. Their award-winning practice extends to choreography and directing in conventional and experimental theater and performance with their most recent commission from Yale Dance Lab. 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. Their 18th Street Arts Center residency is supported by Fathomers.