OAR Live On Stage produces live theatrical productions written by women of color, facilitating the development of original work for the stage that may have lacked adequate production and/or dramaturgical support before entering the OAR Live On Stage program.  Productions include multi media stage plays, environmental & street theatre, as well as a performance series More »

Generations of GO-GO

[youtube ZSclOBEpB0c 420 325] For over thirty years, the sound of the DMV has been Go-Go music. No amount of negative press, associations with sex, violence and the street life have been able to squash this musical movement. Now filmmaker K. Dene’ Mitchell has set out to uncover the love affair Washingtonians have with the More »

WOW Women on Wednesday

Engage. Create. Empower. THE WOMEN ON WEDNESDAYS ART AND CULTURE PROJECT 2012: THE NAKED EDITION is co produced by Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, Ocean Ana Rising, Inc., and The Brecht Forum. Each Wednesday in the month of February, from 7pm-11pm, will feature the phenomenal creative expressions of women of the African Diaspora in poetry/spoken More »

Outreach Programs


The Safe Spaces Workshop is designed to provide women survivors of violence with tools of creative expression to help them transform trauma into healing and liberation. Through this workshop, participants are encouraged to express their own sacred, magical selves, using cultural art techniques that can be revisited long after participation in the workshop.  We consider More »

Sofale Ellis

Sofale Ellis is a visual artist based in the Washington, DC-Metro area.  She received her BFA from Howard University in 1994.  Sofale creates mixed media art work, blending textiles, feathers, mirrored glass, and vibrant colors to create one-of-kind artistic expressions that have been showcased and sold throughout the country.  Sofale is also the CEO of Elements of Style Artistic Interiors, an interior design company specializing in custom designs for businesses and personal residences.  She has also dedicated her time to providing arts outreach for the community for over 12 years.


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Nina Angela Mercer

Nina Angela MercerNina 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 ( 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 ( Currently, Nina teaches at Medgar Evers College (CUNY) in Brooklyn, NY.


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OAR Live On Stage @ The DC Capital Fringe Festival, featuring GYPSY & THE BULLY DOOR, written by Nina Angela Mercer, directed by Eric Ruffin
Venue: The Warehouse Theatre
1019 7th Street N.W. Washington, DC 20001
Tuesday, July 12 @ 10pm
Thursday, July 14 @ 7:45pm
Saturday, July 16 @ Noon
Tuesday, July 19 @ 7:45pm
Friday, July 22 @ 6pm
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OAR Live On Stage w/WoW Community Art Residency at Medgar Evers College: Fierce Roots

Venue: Medgar Evers College, Auditorium
1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, May 10th at 6pm
*free and open to the public
OAR Live On Stage w/WoW Community Art Residency at Medgar Evers College: Women’s History Month Celebration
Venue: Medgar Evers College, Auditorium
1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Monday, March 28th at 6pm
*free and open to the public
OAR Outreach “Safe Spaces: from Trauma to Triumph” at WoW Teach-In & Healing Cipher
Venue: The Brecht Forum NYC
451 West Street, NYC
Saturday, February 19 from 10am-6pm
OAR Live on Stage w/Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative presents the “Women on Wednesday Art & Culture Project”
Venue: The Brecht Forum NYC
451 West Street, NYC
Every Wednesday in February 2011 at 7pm
*suggested donation $10
OAR Outreach “Safe Spaces: The Soul’s Mask” at DC Rape Crisis Center
January 8th
*this is a private event