Becoming Our Spaces

              

Court “C” Meranda (they/them) is a live artist, theater-maker, and cultural organizer who creates interactive installations and performances from scratch combining fact and fiction, and often incorporating real people's stories. As a creator, facilitator, and longtime educator, C works with people from all backgrounds and sectors to explore ethical storytelling, narrative power, and everyday practices of transformative justice. Their facilitation style blends serious play, healing, liberatory frameworks, and big dreaming.

C is currently an Instructor with the Center for Communicating Science and School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech, and a dual degree M.F.A./M.S. Candidate in Theatre: Directing & Public Dialogue and Urban & Regional Planning at Virginia Tech. C collaborates regularly with The Clinic Performance and Ping Chong + Company, and dreams wild dreams with Streaks of Lavender, a queer collective of artists building ourstory.

They’re a recent NEW AESTHETICS Fellow with Theatre Replacement, Visiting Fellow at Skidmore College's MDOCS Storytellers' Institute, SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence with the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Social Practice Artist-in-Residence with ProjectArt, Fellow at The Performance Project at University Settlement, and EmergeNYC Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics. They've studied with The Art & Law Program, the Center for Artistic Activism’s Art Action Academy, and New York University's Art & Public Politics Department.

A third-generation New Yorker with Ashkenazi Jewish and Sicilian roots, C calls the occupied lands of the Massapequa, Matinecock, and Lenni-Lenape (Queens, NY) home.

Photo Credit: Whitney Brown Photograph