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STARR KIRKLAND

Starr Kirkland (she/they) is a bi-coastal actor and spoken word artist. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and the British American Drama Academy.

Starr continues to stay busy working on plays, readings, dance shows, spoken word performances, and programs with youth in the community. Her passion for the advancement of youth with the use of creative arts continues through her work in many programs that foster a creative, open, intellectual environment for young people to express themselves. 


She works with Realize Your Beauty promoting positive body image through theatre arts, and performs an original one-woman show promoting literacy at The Morgan Library and Museum as Belle da Costa Greene.

 

In a topsy-turvy world, you can often find her upside down: whether it be in a silk, walking on her hands, or generally being strange in a corner. 

CONGRATULATIONS Team COTILLION! - The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in The Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel received 8 nominations at the 51st Annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, and two awards: Mika Eubanks for Best Costume Design and nicHi douglas for Best Choreography.

photos: Still1 / Loreto Jamlig

COMPANY MEMBER

CURRENT PROJECTS

Transformation Theatre 2024 Virtual Reading Series:

Pot Odds

by Gabrielle Wagner Mann

directed by A. Lorraine Robinson

Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm EST

National Theatre Conference

Dec 1-3

DGF:  Fellows 2023 DGF Playwrighting Presentation of New Works

The Care and Keeping of Schizophrenia (and Other Demons)

by Gloria Oladipo

directed by Candis C. Jones

Monday, November 20 @ The Lucille Lortel Theatre

Ensemble Studio Theatre:  Where Everybody Knows Your BRUNCH

Sunday, October 1 @ EST

Brunch begins at 12pm, plays begin at 1pm

Get ready to experience the ultimate dose of quirky and mysterious at "Spooky Vibes" by Manic Pixie Dream C#%! Presents...

How to Bury a Body Before Brunch

by Mecca Medina

Monday, October 2 @ Hart Bar 9pm 

Tight Five

by Jennifer Downes and John Peña Griswold

directed by John Peña Griswold

September 8-24 @ Hudson Guild Theatre

In Tight Five, a terminally-ill comedian makes a faustian bargain with a mysterious interloper to maximize the time she has left. Her life soon spirals into spirited absurdity and deep catharsis.

The Public Emerging Writers Group Presentation of:

UGLY

by Nissy Aya

directed by Dominique Rider

June 26 @ Shiva Theater (The Public) 3pm & 7pm

2023 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference

June 5-17 @ McCall, Idaho

New Georges and The Movement Theatre Company present

THE HARRIET HOLLAND SOCIAL CLUB PRESENTS THE 84TH ANNUAL STAR-BURST COTILLION IN THE GRAND BALLROOM OF THE RENAISSANCE HOTEL

(THE COTILLION)

a play with music
written & directed by Colette Robert
music & lyrics by Dionne McClain-Freeney
additional lyrics by Colette Robert
choreography by nicHi douglas

May 3-27 2023 @ Mezzanine Theater at A.R.T./New York Theatres

THE COTILLION
It’s the Black high society event of the year!

As six high-achieving debutantes interrupt their preparations to peek into the shimmering ballroom, The Harriet Holland Social Club’s esteemed Madam President does her damnedest to ensure it all goes well. She needs no stumbles tonight. No teary-eyed smudges, no unraveling lace, no unraveling ANYTHING. Because if she can’t control these girls, whatever will they think over at Table 4?

 

Experienced as a Black debutante ball in a large American city in real time—and featuring an all-Black-women company and creative team, down to its three-piece band—The Cotillion interrogates the complexities of Black debutante ball culture and finds that beneath all the respectability politics and sweet serenades lie contradictions even quality make-up can’t cover up. It puts us all in our evening shoes—ya know, those fancy ones that start to pinch as the night wears on­—to ask how we choose to uplift young Black women in a world that seeks to diminish them."

RECENT WORK

Interstate 73 Play Reading
Step Mom, Step Mom, Step Mom.
by Jahna Ferron-Smith 
directed by Matt Dickson

New Ambassadors Theatre Company’s FEARfest: HOT BLOOD SUNDAE by Aly Kantor

directed by Mia Anderson

New Light Theater Project presents INK'DWELL by Erin E. Adams 

directed by Tabatha Gayle

59E59 Theaters

 

Ojai Playwrights Conference New Works Festival

Running While Black by Jahna Ferron-Smith

directed by Taylor Reynolds

Tight Five by Jennifer Downes and John Peña Griswold

directed by John Peña Griswold

Cherry Lane Theatre

The World Premiere of CRYING ON TELEVISION by R. Eric Thomas 

directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Everyman Theatre 

Antu Yacob and Project Y present ALL HANDS ON DECK

Featuring work by Julienne Hairston, Lisa Strum, Bleu Beckford-Burrell, and up-and-comer Mahalet Tegenu

directed by Celestine Rae and Dennis Allen II

South Coast Repertory THE 20​2​​2 PACIFIC PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL:
HOW TO ROLL A BLUNT by ​​​Naomi Lorrain
directed by Colette Robert
dramaturg, Francisca Da Silveira

Segerstrom Stage

Ensemble Studio Theatre Youngblood Monday Lunch Episode 15:  Love and Grief or the Mary Christmas Play

by Phanésia Pharel

directed by Mikhaela Mahony

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