Grant Recipient Details

Brooklyn, NY
Project Title
Priestess of Twerk
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant
Grant Amount

Nia Witherspoon will write and direct Priestess of Twerk, a devised theater work centering Black women and femmes, presenting them with opportunities to re-encounter their sexualities through the lens of the sacred, increasing bodily autonomy and dispelling toxic masculinity. Developed in collaboration with the Musical Theater Factory the work will also be supported by a multi-year residency at HERE Art Center in New York City, where it will premiere in the Fall of 2022 before touring nationally and internationally.

Projected Touring Availability

Please contact the tour coordinator for more information.

Tour Coordinator

Abigail Grubb
Musical Theatre Factory

Work Samples

In dim blue and green light, two folks in hoodies are intertwined.
courtesy of Nia Witherspoon
In front of a dancer and in pink light, a Black woman reads from a book.
courtesy of Nia Witherspoon
A woman is backlit and sits in front fo another woman in white pajamas.
courtesy of Nia Witherspoon