photo by Cindy Elizabeth
Briyana D. Clarel is a young, gifted, and black queer writer, performer, and educator dedicated to making the arts, education, and healing accessible to all. Briyana is the founder and director of The Starfruit Project, an initiative bringing creativity for radical healing and brilliant growth to communities of color. They are currently the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Homology Lit, a co-moderator for the Philadelphia Dramatists Center’s Playwrights’ Happy Hour, and a member of Ring of Keys. Briyana’s writing is published in Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge & Resilience and After Ferguson, In Solidarity. Their solo show unboxed: a healing debuted at the 2018 OUTsider Festival and they directed Rage to Heal, a piece devised by a black cast exploring rage toward healing, as part of the 2017 Cohen New Works Festival. They are a 2016 recipient of the Acts of Greatness LGBTQ Youth Community Award, a 2018 ASTEP Artist as Citizen Fellow, and a 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Fellow.
Briyana has facilitated workshops on leadership, theatre, and justice to learners of all ages in the US and South Africa. They have conducted research on race in the SlutWalk movement, intersectionality in LGBTQ Activism in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, and black women and violence in Austin, Texas. Briyana holds a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. Born and raised in South Jersey, they are passionate about musical theatre, mangoes, and memoirs.