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Briana Gause

HOWDY

My name is Briana Sophia Gause and I am an artist. I am an exuberant, whimsical 12-year-old, with the soul of a wise and nurturing 50-year-old mother who loves to tell stories. I was raised in white suburbia, on Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the historic tales of black excellence. As I got older, I became friends with Jesus, 90’s hip-hop, Doctor Who, and Suzan-Lori Parks. All this has brought me to this point of time where I, a radically loving, hybrid, afro-futuristic artist, can live amongst those like Oprah Winfrey, Spike Lee, Donald Glover, and Jordan Peele. I write stories that explore the dimensions of humans and who they are and how that informs what they are capable of. In my script, Summer, I wrote a play that spoke to the child inside of each of us, the one who wants to laugh and the one who was always misunderstood. I direct work, such as Beneatha’s Place, with the intention to invite audiences to sit and get comfortable with characters they want to love or hate, but through realistic attention to details, and guiding motions,  you understand why you feel that way. I play parts from Donkey in Shrek the Musical  to Trust in An Incomplete list of All the Things I'm Going to Miss When the World is No Longer, where in new and old works I offer bold bright choices that make a performance illuminate. I capture moments on film of people who make you wonder what exactly was going through their head in that moment. I take the rhythms and tensions that flow through my body, and exert them onto my canvas of choice. I am a writer, director, performer, painter, and person who captures moments with a camera. I make work that evokes empathy in its audiences and encourages them to be more open with the rest of the world. I think everyone wants to love and to be loved and my art gives me the opportunity to fulfill my give and take with love through those who interact within my realm of creativity

Writer

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Briana Gause

Founder and Resident Artist

HOWDY

My name is Briana Sophia Gause and I am an artist. I am an exuberant, whimsical 12-year-old, with the soul of a wise and nurturing 50-year-old mother who loves to tell stories. I was raised in white suburbia, on Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the historic tales of black excellence. As I got older, I became friends with Jesus, 90’s hip-hop, Doctor Who, and Suzan-Lori Parks. All this has brought me to this point of time where I, a radically loving, hybrid, afro-futuristic artist, can live amongst those like Issa Rae, Spike Lee, Robin Thede, and Jordan Peele. I write stories that explore the dimensions of humans and who they are and how that informs what they are capable of. In my script, Summer, I wrote a play that spoke to the child inside of each of us, the one who wants to laugh and the one who was always misunderstood. I direct work, such as Beneatha’s Place, with the intention to invite audiences to sit and get comfortable with characters they want to love or hate, but through realistic attention to details, and guiding motions,  you understand why you feel that way. I play parts from Donkey in Shrek the Musical  to Trust in An Incomplete list of All the Things I'm Going to Miss When the World is No Longer, where in new and old works I offer bold bright choices that make a performance illuminate. I capture moments on film of people who make you wonder what exactly was going through their head in that moment. I take the rhythms and tensions that flow through my body, and exert them onto my canvas of choice. I am a writer, director, performer, painter, and person who captures moments with a camera. I make work that evokes empathy in its audiences and encourages them to be more open with the rest of the world. I think everyone wants to love and to be loved and my art gives me the opportunity to fulfill my give and take with love through those who interact within my realm of creativity.

Film and Theatre

 

Director

Oils, Acrylics, Collages

 

Painter

Performer

Actor, Singer, Dancer, Bass Player

 

Camera Woman

Cinematographer & Photographer

 

Teaching Artist

Freelance theatre teacher

 

Bio

Briana (she/they) is blessed to be a Philadelphia based multidisciplinary artist who received her BFA in Directing, Playwriting and Production from The University of the Arts. Recently, Briana produced a Black Philly Film Fest, Fade to Black, where her short DISCOVERING BLACKHOLES: A TRAILER showed. She’s also the co-creator and producer of the Black Cloud Festival. Recently Briana directed YOUNG MONEY by Erlina Ortiz and had her play DISCOVERING BLACKNESS: A SHORT FILM produced in the Digirep Festival. She was last seen in the short film, ITS TIME TO GET LOST. Briana’s play AMELIA FRANCHESCA AMADOR... premiered at the Dreams and Delusions Festival hosted by the Painted Bride Art Center. And her play SUMMER premiered at Equinox: A New Play Festival. Her painting GO AWAY was featured in the One Love Sexual Assault Awareness Month exhibition. She currently serves as a teaching artist for the Wilma Theater.

Artistic Statement

Writer

Screen writer, Playwright, Poet