Nina Angela Mercer is a multi genre writer and performing artist. She has studied at Howard University, American University, and University of Maryland. She is the Executive Director of Ocean Ana Rising, Inc. – an arts education non profit organization (www.oarinc.org) based in New York City and Washington, D.C. Much of her work is dedicated to healing trauma through artistic expression as a cultural arts activist and advocate. Nina’s play “Gutta Beautiful” was staged in Washington, D.C. at The Warehouse Theatre (2005) and The Woolly Mammoth Theatre (2006), and in New York City at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement by AUDELCO award-winning Woodie King Jr’s New Federal Theatre Company (2007). “Gutta Beautiful” will be staged in Trinidad by Griot Productions in 2011. Her one woman performance piece, “Racing My Girl, Sally” was read at The First National Conference of Women of Color Writing Plays in Chicago in August of 2008, where she was also a panelist and Fellow. Nina’s choreopoem “Itagua Meji” was staged at The Brecht Forum in February 2010, accompanied by dancer/choreographer Kimani Fowlin and percussionist Matt “Swamp Guinee” Miller. “Itague Meji” has also been performed at Rutgers University-Newark (March 2010) and at the Alternate ROOTS Annual Meeting in Arden, North Carolina (August 2010). In May 2011, Nina’s new play “Gypsy & The Bully Door” will have a staged reading in The Harlem Classics Series for The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and a full production during DC’s Capital Fringe Festival in July 2011. Nina is also the co curator and co founder of the “Women on Wednesday Art & Culture Project (WoW)” with her creative partner, Ebony Noelle Golden. WoW combines a performance series with community art residencies in NYC to celebrate the artistic expressions of girls and women of the African Diaspora (www.wowproject.yolasite.com). Currently, Nina teaches at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) in Brooklyn, NY.