STARR KIRKLAND

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

Starr continues to stay busy in New York 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. 

 

Check out her community work in the Starretry link above

THEATER IN THE TIME OF THE RONA

RECORDED PROJECTS AND EXCERPTS:

Normal Ave QuaranStream:  Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? 

by Harron Atkins

dir by Jeremy Landes

Featuring Justin Sams, Jeorge Bennett Watson, and Starr Kirkland

RULE OF 7x7: 13MAR2020 1930EST USA(NY,NJ,GA)

Created through Rule of 7x7 Social Distance Edition. This is a recording of the live performance on March 29, 2020 over Zoom.
Written & directed by Alton Alburo

Starring Brendan Germain , Matthew Bovee , Jose Useche, and Starr Kirkland

Music by baby chemist

The Cotillion

An excerpt from "The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel"

by Colette Robert, music and lyrics by Dionne McClain-Freeney

presented byThe Movement Theatre Company & New Georges. (Though the May workshop has been cancelled, a world premiere is still planned for October.)

The Playground Experiment Virtual Volume 138:  An excerpt from "Agriculture" by Ruthie Rado

The Playground Experiment Virtual Volume 121:  An excerpt from "Settle Down, or Almost Sitcom Star" by Kendra Augustin

The Playground Experiment Virtual Volume 119:  An excerpt from "Pot Odds" by Gabrielle Wagner

The PGE Faces of America Monologue Festival #2:  Reparation Day by Eric Jones

You can purchase The PGE Faces of America Monologue Festival Anthology #2 HERE, a portion of every purchase benefits Black Lives Matter. 

Here in the center of the pandemic in NYC, artists were hit immediately.  Most of the gorgeous work this year has been postponed, or more often cancelled completely (along with a lot of our other careers, day jobs, gigs, and 9-5s). There are so many levels to what is going on mentally, physically, emotionally, and individually.  As a community, it has truly been difficult, and there are difficult days ahead, but artist have a way of reflecting the times while also providing light and hope.  It's not easy and it's not the same, but the theatre community has sprouted up with innovative ways to move theatre online, exposing that we can thoughtfully make theatre more accessible, and how vital art is to survival and community.  The creativity and heart of the artist is bright and pulsing, and I am so grateful and proud to be a part of this big theatre family. 

COMPANY MEMBER

Tell Me I'm Gorgeous
Tell Me I'm Gorgeous

Tell Me I'm Gorgeous At The End of the World

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BFVG
BFVG

Black Feminist Video Game

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Zoetrope
Zoetrope

Zoetrope

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Tell Me I'm Gorgeous
Tell Me I'm Gorgeous

Tell Me I'm Gorgeous At The End of the World

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CURRENT PROJECTS

 Blurring Boundaries 2021 Festival:  Binders by Erin Moughon

directed by Raquel Valiente

Streaming Friday, August 27-September 12, 2021

Pot Odds by Gabrielle Wagner

directed by Joy Kelly

Live Virtual Performances August 20-22

Streaming August 23-25

HANG TIME by Zora Howard
Streaming Sunday, August 15, 2021
4:00 PM PST  &  7:00 PM PST

Ensemble Studio Theatre Youngblood Monday Lunch Episode 7:  How Will We Know When the Play Starts?

by Lily Houghton & Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

directed by Jake Beckhard

 

HELD in 2020 due to Covid-19:

A work in progress reading of Hallmark by Emily Breeze

directed by Jessica Slaght
Saturday, March 21, 2020 3:00 PM @ The Tank

WP Theater present The Pipeline Festival:  SANDBLASTED by Charly Evon Simpson
directed by Victoria Collado
produced by Ilana Becker

April 2-4, 2020 Thursday 7:00 pm, Friday 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm, Saturday 8:00 pm

 

The Movement Theatre Company and New Georges present
THE HARRIET HOLLAND SOCIAL CLUB PRESENTS THE 84TH ANNUAL STAR-BURST COTILLION IN THE GRAND BALLROOM OF THE RENAISSANCE HOTEL (aka The Cotillion)
written and directed by Colette Robert

studio production May 8th-10th in the Mezzanine Theater at A.R.T./New York Theaters, with a full production in October 2020

Hottentotted
Hottentotted

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Journey Around My Bedroom
Journey Around My Bedroom

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Of the Woman
Of the Woman

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Hottentotted

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RECENT WORK

Seven Devils Playwrights Conference: Crying on Television by R. Eric Thomas
directed by Pascale Florestal

 

The Workshop Theater presents Words Matter Plays

The Seventeenth Chapel by Aditi Brennan Kapil

Old Furniture by Christina Ham

When the Sun Touches you the Monsters Die by Franky D. Gonzalez

Thursday, May 20, 2021 All donations directly benefit Invisible Hands
 

(NY Times Critic's Pick)  Exquisite Corpse Company: Zoetrope 

by Leah Barker, Emily Krause, and E​linor T Vanderburg

co-directed by Porcia Lewis & Artistic Director Tess Howsam

developed as a part of John Drew Theater at Guild Hall's Artist in Residency

Short engagement @ Guild Hall April 23 and 24

Summer 2021 May 1- June 20 

A national collaboration with presenters 59E59 Theaters’ Plays in Place Program, Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and co-commissioner Williams Center for the Arts, Lafayette College: 

Black Feminist Video Game  by Darrel Alejandro Holnes 

directed by Victoria Collado

Six live streaming performances  Tuesday, April 27 through Sunday, May 2

On-demand from May 3–9, 2021.

The Workshop Theater presents TELL ME I'M GORGEOUS AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Aaron Coleman

directed by Dominique Rider

Thursday, April 15 All proceeds to The Audre Lorde Project

Adventure Player's Live:  Sharing Space in Outer Outer Space

Livestreamed March 2021