Alternative 80’s music, Afro-Futurism, Black punk bands, Caribbean folklore, Orishas, and a powerhouse ensemble of Black and Latinx women.
F.Punk Junkies is an Afropunk-inspired theatrical work that digs deeply into our collective ancestral roots. Honoring the elders in the artist community and cultivating the next generation of artists in the process, F.Punk Junkies disrupts traditional ways of both creating and experiencing art. Blending movement, music and spoken word, F.Punk Junkies brings Teo Castellanos D-Projects’ continued development of an “AfroRican Punk” aesthetic to the forefront, and breaks away from traditional Eurocentric proscenium theater by returning to the ritual and interactive performance circle. Text in the work is based on Puerto Rican folklore and stories of Elegua, the trickster/shapeshifter Orisha of the Yoruba pantheon, while music is driven by alternative 80s Black punk bands, with improvisation and both live and recorded music.
Teo Castellanos (Director, Writer and Performer) is a Doris Duke Artist 2021 and U.S. Artist Fellow 2019. His award-winning solo “NE 2nd Avenue” toured for a decade and won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 2003. He is Artistic Director of Teo Castellanos D-Projects and Combat Hippies theater companies.
Michelle Grant-Murray (Co-Choreographer and Performer) Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre. Michelle is Associate Professor and Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College.
Augusto Soledade (Co-choreographer) is an award-winning choreographer and 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Brazzdance, and currently serves as an Associate Professor in Dance at the University of Florida.
Keshia Abraham (Performer and Dramaturg) has spent a lifetime as a globally minded, transformational educator, rooted in traditional systems.
Niurca Marquez (Performer) artist/researcher, performer in film, site-specific work, and staged performance.
Inez Barlatier (Performer) is a Miami native and a multifaceted performer of Ayisyen (Haitian) decent.
Maria “Mercy” Lopez (Performer) is a Miami Native who had trained under the guidance and mentoring of Michelle Grant-Murray and Augusto Soledade.
F.Punk Junkies is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional supportfrom the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Knight New Work award fromThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; FAN’s AWARE (Artistic Works Addressing and Rethinking Equity) Grant; NALAC (National Association of Latino Arts & Culture) – Fund for the Arts; the Miami–Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami–Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at the Miami Foundation.
Teo Castellanos is an actor, writer, and director, who works in theater, film and television. His award-winning solo NE 2nd Avenue toured extensively for a decade and won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 2003. His most recent solo Third Trinity, was directed by Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney, whom Teo has had a working relationship and friendship for over 30 years. He founded the Dance/Theater Company Teo Castellanos D-Projects in 2003 and is Artistic Director of the devised theater company Combat Hippies. Teo has toured solo and company works throughout the U.S., Europe, South America, China and the Caribbean. Some acting theater credits include playing Elegba in Tarell’s The Brothers Size, (Miami) and Santos in The Hittite Empire’s Skeletons of Fish (London). Film credits include playing opposite Matt Dillon in Sunlight Jr. and opposite John Leguizamo in Empire as well as in A Change of Heart with Jim Belushi. He is a United States Artist Fellow 2019 funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and a recipient of several awards and grants including NEA, NEFA, MAP, NPN, Knight New Works, Knight Arts Challenge, Knight Foundation People’s Choice Award, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs and also won the State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship 2005 and 2013. He’s a Sundance Institute Screen Writers Intensive Fellow 2015. Teo is a member of SAG/AFTRA, and Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and holds a BFA in Theater from Florid Atlantic University. He is Board President of Miami Light Project in Miami, FL.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.