Tamara Della Anderson is a change maker and is always seeking ways to uplift and honor the voices of the invisible. Her work as one of the founding organizers of the National Black Lives Matter Week of Action at School, that she started with a group of teachers and parents in Philadelphia is just one of the many reasons why the Gumbo Lab is the next step. After years of performing on stage, TV, and film, it is time to create a space and platform dedicated to BIPOC artists. Especially for women, gender non-conforming, and non-binary. She wants to center their stories and their writing.
When the pandemic hit, life as we knew it for artists changed overnight. Theaters and studios closed. Work disappeared and many of us were left with “What now?” And then the uprisings and protests across the country started because the murder of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor reminded us that Black Lives still don’t matter. The cases of COVID continue to grow and attack our Black and Brown citizens the hardest. Theatres spaces are being challenged and everyone is demanding that diversity and equity conversations move towards actual policy changes. Ones that no longer marginalize, harass, or demean Black or Female bodies.
Gumbo Lab LLC is THE way for us to be seen, heard, and celebrated. And Tamara's experience as an activist, professional performing artist, writer, and director (film and stage) make her the perfect human for the job.
The Solo Project is our first project!
Short Description of The Solo Project...
The Solo Project is a virtual two-month residency for Black female, femme, queer, and trans artists to create original solo shows. This unique genre merges theatre and film. Each cohort of artists are given their own creative team (director-dramaturge-mentor- cinematographer) to guide them each step of the way. Professional workshops are provided to make sure that each artist can achieve more than they dreamed to be possible while developing valuable skills. And shine a light on what it means to be Black and Female in today’s America – by creating powerful and relevant stories .
Gumbo Lab LLC is committed to helping BIPOC artists find their voice and story, to break with the traditions of being dismissed, ignored, or actively silenced.
Gumbo Lab LLC can provide space and resources for:
development of new work (theatre, film, or TV)
a virtual platform
workshops and training
festivals (theatre or film)
teaching artist showcase
script and story development