photo by Cindy Elizabeth
Briyana D. Clarel is a young, gifted, and black queer writer, performer, and educator passionate about musical theatre, mangoes, and memoirs. Briyana is the founder of The Starfruit Project, an initiative supporting radical healing and brilliant growth through creativity. They are currently the Creative Nonfiction Editor for Homology Lit, one-fifth of the sketch comedy team The Rhubarbs, and a member of Ring of Keys. Briyana’s writing is published in cavity, Black Youth Project, MELANINzine, 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 and a 2018 ASTEP Artist as Citizen Fellow.
Briyana facilitates workshops on leadership, theatre, and justice to learners of all ages. 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 Born and raised in South Jersey, they hold a BA in Sociology from Princeton University.