Adanna Paul (she/hers) will be workshopping her original, one-woman play, Matayanda, with YPT. Adanna is a recent graduate of Howard University, where she earned a BFA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in acting. While at Howard, Adanna was a Fulbright Program semi-finalist. She was also a Howard University Research Symposium 2018 winner for her thesis Bound to Post-Black: Examining and Redesigning Tenets of the Post-Black Art Movement (published in the March 2020 issue of Evoke: A Historical, Theoretical, and Cultural Analysis of Africana Dance and Theatre) which included her development of a one-person show. Her one-person show, Base A, was performed in The Dawn Showcase at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Adanna’s writing has also been featured in FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company's Next to Kin Black Women's One-Act Festival in honor of Octavia Butler, Howard Players’ 8x10 Play Festival, and the La MaMa Umbria International 2019 Playwright readings. Most recently, Adanna performed in The Agitators (Mosaic Theater Company of DC) and served as an actor, teaching artist, and audio engineer with the National Players Tour 70.
Fun Facts: Adanna’s hobbies include yoga and dance roller skating. She has been practicing yoga privately for three years and teaching yoga to children ages three to ten for one year. She is currently in the process of building her private yoga practice and received her 200-hour yoga alliance certification through the Get Loved Up Yoga Teacher Training at the end of 2019. Adanna is also an avid dance roller skater and is participating in the 365 days of skating challenge, documenting her progress on Instagram. Her mission for 2020 is to create an environment that intersects her passion for writing, acting, and yoga in order to promote healing, sociocultural consciousness, and creativity.
In Adanna's words: "Matayanda is a one-person play about the way Black girls cope with trauma. It is a surreal look into the mind of a troubled young woman through the voice of her favorite childhood doll/imaginary friend. As this young woman is lost in her struggle to confront ugly parts of her past and ultimately establish her own identity, her doll is on a quest to find her. Matayanda explores that night and glimmer of hope."