Felicia Holman, is, by trade, a Certified Personal Trainer with both the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. However, her lifelong passion for performance/expression and creativity motivated her charter membership with the Chicago-based women’s performance collective, Ladies Ring Shout (LRS). As a founding member of LRS, Felicia has helped build evocative performance pieces that confront/explore such notions as sexuality, home, race, history, and memory.
Meida Teresa McNeal (PhD Performance Studies, Northwestern University) is an Independent Artist and Scholar, a 2010 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist, Dance Researcher for the Chicago Artists Resource Web Project and a Teaching Artist with Changing Worlds, a nonprofit educational arts organization. In addition to developing a number of performance projects, Meida is currently completing her first book-length manuscript “Compromised Subjectivities: Constructing Trinidadian Nationhood and Navigating Postcolonial Caribbean Performance” based on over ten years of ethnographic research in Trinidad.
Abra M. Johnson teaches with the City Colleges of Chicago and its Bridge Program with DePaul University. Having scholarly interests in representations of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class in popular music, she will be travelling to Savannah, Georgia to study Gullah and Ogeechee African-American subcultures as a National Endowment for the Humanities Community College Faculty Fellow.