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Misty De Berry
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Misty De Berry

Winter 2007
Institute Fellow
Chicago, IL

Misty De Berry

Misty De Berry is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, the bulk of De Berry's work traverses the landscape of social behavior through language and the body as it pertains to gender-based violence- specifically Black women and girls. With training in classical theatre from North Carolina School of the Arts, she holds an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. DeBerry is currently enrolled in the PhD program in Performance at Northwestern University. Recently she authored Milkweed, an original solo-play documenting the journeys black women make from trauma to recovery and the words used to construct the self along the way. Presented by the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, it was awarded a 'Global Encounters Grant' by the Mellon Foundation in partnership with Northwestern University and will later be published by Northwestern University Press. Misty has received fellowships and honors from several leading cultural and performance venues including the Kennedy Center; New York Theatre Workshop; the New Federal Theatre in New York City, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has been featured at the 2nd Story and Wine Festival with Serendipity Theater Collective, the XYZ Festival with Holly Hughes and Megan Carney at About Face Theatre, Core Project Chicago and most recently Blood Pudding with Sharon Bridgforth.  Her latest work Skyline- commissioned by Links Hall, is an ensemble based piece exploring the relationship between architecture, language and identity through poetry, live sound, video and gesture. Currently she is touring college campuses using Milkweed as a platform to infuse transdisciplinary art practices as a means to invite healing into intrapersonal relationships. In this way she most recently delivered the Keynote address at DePaul University for the annual Take Back the Night Rally and was invited by University Wisconsin Milwaukee as a guest lecturer and featured artist though the Peck School of Arts along with the LGBT Resource Center and the Women’s Resource Center in conjunction with RAINN Day.

DeBerry utilized the Institute Fellowship to develop Milkweed, a solo performance piece exploring the lingering effects of gender-based sexual violence. Milkweed focuses on the lives of five African-American women surviving the trauma of sexual violence, while spanning an intergenerational and socio-economic gap, with an intimate look into the politics of sexuality in the black community.

For more information visit: www.mistydeberry.org