About the Program

Ten, Tiny, Talks

A celebration of Black & Indigenous Trans and Queer art

Crave Theatre is pleased to partner with Ten, Tiny, Talks in 2021 to produce a new festival celebrating Black and Indigenous trans and queer art! Founded and managed by Zeloszelos Marchandt, Ten, Tiny, Talks furthers the revolutionary act and ceremony of trans and queer self love in a season of ten performances for and by Black and Indigenous queer and trans folx. Ten, Tiny, Talks supports trans and queer people sharing their stories, heritage and trans/queercestry.

Zeloszelos MarchandtZeloszelos Marchandt (Founder of Ten, Tiny,Talks) has been called a tapestry of an individual. An interdisciplinary artist, public speaker and journalist (originally from Nashville, TN) based in the NW from a wee age, his writings, vocals, circus theater, drag and visual art have taken him coast to coast and abroad. His repertoire and interests cover a diverse scope that involves strong classical fundamentals with a healthy departure from tradition, in favor of techniques geared towards adaptation. Previous appearances have been with The Portland Opera, Opera Theater Oregon, Caravan Productions, Wanderlust Circus, Sky Circus, Sir Cupcakes Queer Circus, Festival of the French Wood’s Circus and Broadway program, The Umbrella Festival, Boyuerism, Carvan of Glam and many more. He works globally as a voice expression, singing and theater instructor focusing on the transgender, queer, gender expansive and gender non-conforming community.

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Resident Artists will be expected to complete at least one artistic project in the year 2021 which will be shared or presented through Ten, Tiny, Talks. Our curation team will consider all forms of art, from circus, to photography to one act plays, time-based art, painting, sculpture, vogue competitions, and beyond. Resident Artists must be able to, by their own means, travel to or reside in the Portland, Oregon area OR be able to participate remotely if that is a barrier.  Resident Artists will be encouraged to participate in meet and greets and mixers with other artists in the Pacific Northwest (and beyond) to build a strong network of mentorship, opportunity and success. Resident Artists will receive a minimum of a $500.00 honorarium after their piece is completed. 

The Ten, Tiny, Talks residency is intended for Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans artists. Ten, Tiny, Talks understands that to be Black, Indigenous and gifted is to be in a rage almost all the time and no paper is required as proof of our identities to each other. We acknowledge that gender is a spectrum and the word “transgender” is one that describes an infinite possibility of identities and experiences. This includes agender, fluidity, two-spirit, and intersex worlds on top of the future incarnation of names or words that we may choose to call ourselves, regardless of how someone was assigned at birth. We recognize that comfort in our bodies and our worlds is one of the most important birthrights and that dysphoria is not a necessary qualifier for being Queer or Trans. By applying, the applicant claims Black and/or Indigenous heritage and also identifies as Queer and or Trans.

If you are not Black, Indigenous, Queer or Trans, you can support our mission by promoting what we do and encouraging people that qualify to apply. Another way you can be involved and support Ten, Tiny, Talks is by donating to us through Crave Theater, becoming a community sponsor or volunteering.

In Partnership

Ten, Tiny, Talks Festival

Ten, Tiny, Talks is a non-traditional artist-in-residency that focuses on the Black, Indigenous, Queer and Trans creative diaspora. How does it work? Each year, ten artists are selected as artists-in-residency both from Oregon and from across the United States. These artists will complete commissions which will be presented during the Ten, Tiny, Talks festival based in Portland, Oregon.

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Applications are now closed for 2021. Applications will open up again no later than February 1, 2022. for questions about the application or to learn how to prepare for an application int the future please email tentinytalks@gmail.com 

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