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  • Profile:

    Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded writer, performer, and cultural worker. She is the Social Justice Coordinator, for the School of Drama at the New School College for Performing Arts, and the Coordinator for Drama's Collaborative Research Studio, a project based learning course that engages New School students and community partners in collaborative art. In addition to her work at the New School, Kirya is a co-host for PBS's digital series, First Person, the Lead Community Artist in Residence with Lincoln Center Education, and is Co-Director of the Naked Angels' Issues Project Lab. Kirya's latest creative project, What We Needed, a blues song cycle, is in development in collaboration with a Bronx-based family-shelter, through the generous support of Lincoln Center Education. Kirya received her MFA in Acting from the School of Drama at the New School, and is the recipient of the California Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, Robert Redford’s Sundance foundation award for Activism in the Arts, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Certificate of Recognition, an Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund award for Poetry, and is a former judge for the LAMDA Literary awards in LGBT Drama. In 2014, her solo show, OVERHEARD, had a successful national tour, and has since been featured in the LAMDA Literary's Best LGBT Anthology: Glitter and Grit: Queer Performance from the Heels on Wheels Femme Galaxy. In that same year, Kirya became a LCE Artist Fellow, where she developed, Both My Grandfathers: a play with music. Following her fellowship, Kirya went on to co-created the Community Artist Residency program at LCE. Kirya’s poetry has been published  in, Other Tongues, an anthology by Inana Press, and in her chapbook, black chick. Kirya is an alumnus of the VONA/Voices retreat for writers of color and the EmergeNYC intensive at the Hemispheric Institute, and Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Throughout her ambitious performance and writing career, Kirya has continuously worked as a teaching artist, and cultural worker, with youth and adults, in school and community based settings, and within the juvenile justice system. More at kiryatraber.com

    Degrees Held:

    BA Psychology, San Francisco State University '08

    MFA Acting, New School College of Performing Arts, School of Drama '14


    Training & Intensives

    VONA Voices, Emerging Writers of Color Workshop 2010

    Hemispheric Institute, EmergeNYC Artist-Activist Intensive 2012

    School of Unity and Liberation, National Youth Organizer Training Institute 2014

    Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute 2015

    Ping Chong + Company Summer Institute 2015

    NYCORE ItAGs 2016


    Professional Affiliations:

    Lincoln Center Education, Artist Fellow 2014-2015

    Naked Angels, Issues Project Lab, Process Mentor 2014-Present

    Lincoln Center Education, Artist-In-Residence Present


    Awards And Honors:

    California Governor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts 2000

    Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Certificate of Recognition 2006

    Robert Redford's Sundance Award for Environmental Activism in the Arts 2007

    Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund, Honorable Mention, Poetry 2011