New Chitlin Circuitry : Reparations Vaudeville

Support the invisible genius/ creative labor and the appropriated brilliance of Black women.
House/Full of Black Women seeks your financial or in-kind donations our latest work  --  Episode 14, The New Chitilin Circuitry: Reparations Vaudeville.  As Black women, we are known to undersell and over-deliver.  These times can't afford to lose us. 

GIVE …  Like an offering, a tithe, an unpaid overdue bill for services rendered.  

These funds will be used to DIRECTLY, financially support Black women artists, scholars, abolitionists, and ritual healers to create a full-scale 21st Century vaudeville to premiere Fall, 2020. 
Vaudeville is the chosen form to represent these times of great challenge, confusion and the need for radical knowledge. Staging is playfully healing through the creation of Orisha Burlesque, Metaphorical MagicTrickster Escapism, Healing Comedy Sketches, Spiritualism and Mesmerism,  Hypnotism for Climate Change, silent films and Recession Stew.  

Our In-kind donation needs include:
- Rehearsal space
- Services such as carpentry and fabrication
- Garden supplies
- Space for editing sound and film 

We financially compensate the Black women of House/Full to do this critical work!
We also offer stipends, meals, and healing circles: this is "shadow work," quiet work, work that happens over time and space and in respect to the (un)recognized creative service and brilliance of the unnamed Black women and girls who inhabit and fuel our imaginations.


House/Full of Blackwomen began in December 2015 as the vision of choreographer and Deep Waters Dance Theater founder Amara Tabor Smith, in an ongoing collaboration with theater director Ellen Sebastian Chang. We sit at the literal table in conversation, in grief, in laughter, in questioning and many times in awesome wonder with abolitionists, dancers, nurses, architects, musicians, somatic PhD Scholars, video artists, chefs, teachers, healers, athletes, survivors of sex trafficking and anti-trafficking organizers.  We create Episodes—public processions, installations, and performances — that represent the private rituals of healing and wellbeing for Black women and girls. 

Developed through intimate dialogues, rigorous research and skilled intentional creative practice between the collaborators, these performed rituals address issues of displacement, erasure, the sex-trafficking of Black women and girls in Oakland California, ignited by the core question, “how can we, as Black women and girls find space to breathe, and be well within a stable home?" All House/Full of Black Women episodes are envisioned and presented throughout Oakland, CA. Our goal is to effect change and create a "vibrational" shift through ritual performance dance/theater and song, bringing awareness to the displacement of Black women and girls with regard to housing security and trafficking. 

We have held space and are in an ongoing collaboration with sex trafficking abolitionist, Regina Evens of Regina’s Door, who hosted our first episode, we are here/to stay.  Some of these episodes have been "publicized" but most have been transmitted through word-of-mouth by Black women and/or via Oakland's First Friday or anti-trafficking events. We have created 13 Episodes, 90% have been FREE to attend.  

Deep Water's Dance is fiscally sponsored by the 501.c3 Dancers Group. Founded in 1982, Dancer's Group (DG) assists and supports the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) dance community by creating a nexus of resources, expertise, and knowledge. Working to advocate for dance in the SFBA and beyond, DG  assists in the creation and production of engaging, original dance. Dancers Group serves artists at multiple stages in their careers and supports dancers, choreographers, teachers, funders, dance companies, students, writers, critics, and audiences in the passionate pursuit and enjoyment of art. 





Once again… We seek your financial or in-kind donations to fund House/Full of Black Women’s Episode 14, The New Chitilin Circuitry: Reparations Vaudeville, our largest scale episode to date.
Your tax-deductible donation will serve as a match for funding provided by the Kenneth Rainin Open Spaces Grant. 

As Black women, we are known to undersell and over-deliver!  SUPPORT THE INVISIBLE GENIUS/ CREATIVE LABOR AND THE APPROPRIATED BRILLIANCE  OF BLACK WOMEN. These times can't afford to lose us. an offering, a tithe, an unpaid, overdue bill.  

On behalf of House/Full of Blackwomen,
Amara Tabor Smith and Ellen Sebastian Chang

We Are:

Regina Evans

Chris Evans

Asatu Hall

Monica Hastings-Smith

Zakiya Harris 

Tossie Long

Amber McZeal

Sit-Al Muktari

Nkeiruka Oruche

Karen Ransom

Shelley Davis-Roberts

Sheila Russell

Keisha Turner

Amara Tabor-Smith

Erica Wilson

Spiritual Support-

Tobe Correal

Yvette Aldama

Production Team and Designers

Alexa C Burrell

Unique Holland

Dana Kawano

Stephanie Johnson 

Shelley Davis-Roberts

Photo Documentarians

Robbie Sweeny and Bethanie Hine



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  • Lisa Moresco 
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Fundraising team: Deep Waters Dance/House/Full of Blackwomen (3)

Ellen Sebastian Chang 
Raised $825 from 7 donations
Oakland, CA
Dancers' Group 
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Alexa Christine Burrell 
Team member
Raised $581 from 14 donations
Amara T. Smith 
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Raised $331 from 8 donations
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