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• Events and workshops
  February 1 through 5, 2016

• Reading & Performance
  Books & Books, Coral Gables
  Wednesday, February 3

• Teen Slam
  Miami Beach Botanical Garden
  Thursday, February 4


All events are FREE
Note that these events already took place

Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables

Miami Beach Botanical Garden
2000 Convention Center Dr.
Miami Beach

To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Tigertail at 305 324 4337, info@tigertail.org, five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).


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SpeakOut Tigertail's LBGTQ teen spoken word project — featuring Andrea Assaf

Andrea Assaf leads this year's SpeakOut week residency. SpeakOut, a LGBTQ teen spoken word project includes workshops in public high schools, slams and performances, and artist residencies. Andrea Assaf is a performer, writer, director, cultural organizer and the founding Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., with a Masters degree in Performance Studies and BFA in acting from NYU. She returns for a 2nd year for this residency in Miami-Dade schools

In addition to her work in the schools, Andrea will perform at Books & Books on Wednesday, February 3 and lead SpeakOut a teen slam at Miami Beach Botanical Garden the next day. All SpeakOut events are free and open to gay-friendly persons.

SpeakOut grows out of Tigertail Productions' existing and highly successful WordSpeak teen spoken word project, which brings poets and performers to Miami each year to lead workshops for teens. Tigertail also sponsors and coaches a WordSpeak team of Miami teens who attend the national Brave New Voices spoken word youth slam and festival in the summer. Tigertail produces a book and a CD of the teen poems. Gay teens from the SpeakOut project have the opportunity to participate in the main WordSpeak program adding their unique voices to Miami's youth culture.

Andrea Assaf is a writer, performer, director and cultural organizer. She is the founding Artistic Director of Art2Action Inc., former Artistic Director of New World Theater (2004-09), and Program Associate for Animating Democracy (2001-04). She has a Masters degree in Performance Studies and a BFA in Acting, both from NYU. Awards include a National Performance Network Creation Fund Commission, 2010 Princess Grace Award in Theater, 2007 Hedgebrook residency and a 2004 Cultural Contact grant. She is a Board member of Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists and Alternate ROOTS, and a member of Radius of Arab American Writers).

photo credit: La Mama

Andrea creates original performances – from page to stage, language to embodiment, political consciousness to poetic sensibility. In 2015, performances of her original, poetry-based theater production, Eleven Reflections on September, included La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City, The Apollo Theatre’s Women of the World (WOW) Festival, and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Other original theatre works include Outside the Circle, a play about sexuality and (dis)ability co-written with Samuel Valdez, which toured nationally in 2012; and Fronteras Desviadas/Deviant Borders, created in collaboration with Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, which toured in Mexico, Nicaragua, the U.S. and Canada (2005-07).

Read more about Andrea Assaf and Art2Action

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