Ten, Tiny, Talks

About the Program

A celebration of Black & Indigenous Trans and Queer art

Crave Theatre is pleased to partner with T&A Grand Theater in 2022 to produce another season of Ten Tiny Talks, an artist in residency and festival celebrating Black and Indigenous trans and queer art! Scroll Down to learn how to apply

Founded and directed 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 Marchandt has been called a tapestry of an individual. An interdisciplinary artist, public speaker and journalist (originally from Nashville, TN) based in the NW 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 more. 


Resident Artists will be expected to complete at least one artistic project between May and October to be presented through Ten, Tiny, Talks. Our curation team consists of BIPOC, queer artists, and includes previous TTT alumni; we 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. 2022 Resident Artists receive a minimum of a $1200 honorarium after their piece is completed and a small budget of $500 for supplies. 

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.

If you’d like to apply for our 2023 season, we will be posting information on how to do so in January/February of 2023. We look forward to seeing your application soon.

MEET THE 2022 Resident Artists


JUNE 10 – JULY 3 at Shaking the Tree Theatre (823 SE Grant St, Portland)

Shakayla Clark is an Asexual African American artist who has been creating since 2019.
Her work consists of carved paintings strung up by rope and wooden frames or nailed to the walls. The beguiling works are created by layering black paint onto sturdy paper, drawing on the darkened surface with chalk., carving, then peeling away the strips to create the final image. Clark creates art that commentates upon the injustices done upon and found within the Black community. She strives for an honest understanding of Blackness by exploring aspects of the Black experience that are ignored and celebrating them.


AUGUST 12  at THE FOUNDRY 2.0 (1127 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR)

Jonathan Du Ela is an actor, writer and educator who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Originally from New Orleans, he has spent the last decade traveling the globe and using the craft of the written word to heal from family tragedies. Du Ela reverently believes that art is insoluble from spiritual, shamanic and psychic abilities. He has spent the last several years teaching a political theatrical curriculum for a range of students, honoring his commitment to community outreach and empowerment through art


OCTOBER at Q CENTER (4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland)

Goddess(they/he/she) is the Proud MoMo of Sun Seed Community; a platform for the practice of collective healing. The intention of SSC is to feel into and sit with emotional, mental, and physical trauma while acknowledging whiteness, cis-heteronormativity, and patriarchy through their podcast, consulting, body/energy sessions, workshops, and group and individual container building.

Creating Goddess’ tools of liberation took a whole community of support and they
hope their village’s stories can resonate with others. They graduated from the Healing Arts Institute of Massage in October of 2018 and continue to explore therapeutic and spiritual practices while teaching workshops internationally and practicing body and energy work. You can usually find them in the “pagan” section of the bookstore, sitting in the back of a concert, caressing crystals at your local metaphysical shop, or binge-watching old sci-fi movies while cooking.


OCTOBER at Q CENTER (4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland)

Keaghan is a self-taught visual artist, poet and spiritual teacher always expanding their horizons. They utilize different mediums and styles of work to express their personal experiences and inspired way of viewing the world through the intersectionality of who they are. As a black genderfluid disabled queer artist, they have found the traditional route of many things to be limiting. In order to find more peace in their life, they explored other options. That, compounded with many trying experiences that have been experienced in their life. They began to channel their personal suffering and those of the people closest to them to healing. Connecting to their ancestors and higher self to connect to the callings inside of them. Keaghan is currently exploring new ways of carving out more accessibility and trauma conscious space for Indigenous and Black BIPOC Queer people through their own exploration and collaboration. Starting with deep generational trauma healing, shadow work and diving deeper into their intimate relationship with their self-expression outside of the scope of compounded trauma. They went to Cedar Crest College for a degree in Communication: New Media with a concentration in Marketing, while exploring a deeper relationship with art and psychology alongside that.

Additional current/recent work:

Social Media Storyteller of Sun Seed Community



OCTOBER 8 -25 at Q Center (4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland)

ʻO Pīkake Jazzmín Sergia Kahananui kuʻu inoa. No Keawe mai au. Noho au i moku
honu. ʻO Alika Kahananui kuʻu makuakāne a me ʻo Jacqui Ellis kuʻu makuahine. ʻO
Pīkake Pō koʻu inoa kākau.

My name is Pīkake Jazzmín Sergia Kahananui. I am from Hawaiʻi. I live on turtle
island. Alika Kahananui is my father and Jacqui Ellis is my mother. Pīkake Pō is my
art name.

I am the bloomed flower of many hands from many lands, the blossoming of
colonizer & Indigenous roots.



SEPTEMBER 15 at 8:00 pm at The Clinton Street Theatre

Amadeus Oladele Ibouratou Mama-Yari, known as lil mama ama, is a multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer. With a focus on producing music, she creates multimedia projects that brings to light struggles and perspectives that are not often seen. 

She is a Yoruba transgendered woman who was born in Benin. After moving to the states with her family she started her musical journey playing house shows and bars in Atlanta where she learned new techniques and was inspired by the different artists she met.

After finishing school she moved to Portland and founded the garage rock band The Showgoers. With the Showgoers she released an E.P. “Ephemeral”; an album “Transhistoricity”; and launched a YouTube channel. Currently she is also working on adding a self published web-comic and book to her unique and ever increasing catalogue of works. 

The many ups and downs of life has taught her to appreciate the absurdity of it and to use it to motivate her to continue growing, learning and creating.


Lavanyaa Surendar is a Nonprofit Leader/Educator & Community developer with a focus on Art + Science, STEM + Story. Lavanyaa’s Resident Artist project focuses on South Indian classical dance / music. 


OCTOBER 8- 25 at Q CENTER (4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland)

Working in photography, film and production, INDIA MARTIN is a visual
artist, exploring social activism, Black life, Black queer life and Black serenity. She produces visual art and cultural experiences that transcend place and space by creating serene landscapes and by capturing tender moments. India’s work
is focused on creating and preserving still and moving images showing Black people
taking in moments of tranquility, joy and rest.


OCTOBER 8 – 25 at Q CENTER (4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland)

Raised in Kenosha, WI — Tyrell Blacquemoss (TBN) is a prophetic dreamworker and
descendant of a long line of African priests and Turtle Island medicine people. As a scholarly researcher with a Bachelor’s of Fine Art with an emphasis in Africana Studies and Indigenous Studies from Cornell University, TBN reclaims and continues their family legacy of the science and art of dreaming. TBN has traveled globally studying with shaman, elders, and healers of the following traditions: African diasporic and Western Herbalism, Conjure, Hoodoo, Rootwork, Southern Folk Medicine, Pachakuti Mesa (Peruvian shamanism), Sonoran desert Curanderismo, Toltec – Chichimeca dreamplanting, and diasporic African and Japanese energy healing. They were a 2019-2020 fellow in Freedom School’s National Health and Healing Justice Fellowship. He has guest lectured in college classes, adapted dream practices for Waldorf education, and taught over 50 workshops nationally on dreaming with ancestors and landscapes. He performs using Medicinal Media and Ceremonial Theatre to speak to the malleability of time. He has developed a practice and theory of Black Indigenous Quantum Archiving as a method of retrieving information across time and space through dreams and natural materials such as metal and wood. He is the author of Equinox Dreaming Awake, Dreaming a Revision, and Growing Young Ndezi. He is the curator of Diasporic African Dream Anthology and is the award winner of the Thriving Communities Grant for Destroy the Black Nightmare, Birth the Dream, and a National Black Arts Forward’s Artist Project Fund Major Grant recipient.

TBN is currently based in Tucson, AZ building a Black Indigenous Medicine Apprenticeship (BIMA) ecosystem. He offers community support as a Fruition Birth Worker and Birth Worker strategist with Rooted Doula Collective; a Sustainability Manager and Healing Artist in Residence with Southern Arizona Gender Alliance; and a McCoy Choral Scholar with St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church. They are building Southern Arizona Gender Euphoria (SAGE) House as an autonomous live/workspace for Black TGNC artists, Double Exposure, an experimental NFT* gallery of Black/African/Indigenous artists who are working in the multiverse and with multi-spirits, and a K-20 Black Indigenous school, sustenance learning farm, and clinic. He is an MFA candidate at Prescott College in Social and Environmental Arts Practice studying with Patrisse Cullors.


OCTOBER 8 – 25 at Q CENTER (4115 N Mississippi Ave, Portland)

Chester (he/him) is a queer Black trans creator who lives in Portland, OR. Chester is the creative director of this is what trans looks like and future projects to come
centering black & brown trans models and photographers. Chester spends most of his spare time working in mutual aid and educating folks in trans
issues going on. Chester strives to uplight voices and stories of the marginalized communities. Chester primarily does creative directing, producing, and set

Mia (they/them) is a trans non-binary artist currently living in Portland, OR. Originally from Southern California, it is very important for Mia to stay connected
to their Latinx heritage while living in a primarily white state. As someone who is part of intersecting marginalized identities, Mia’s goal is for folks to feel
seen and represented when looking at their artwork. Mia primarily works in digital mediums utilizing graphic design, illustration, photography, and videography as
their main tools.

Wainani Paikai (she/her) is a Queer Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, and Portuguese Producer and Project Manager. Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, her experiences have given her opportunities to go across the country to where she is currently living in Brooklyn, NY. Her heritage and chosen community inspires and supports her journey of abolition and decolonization. Her goal is to be as supportive and uplifting as the other women/femmes of color have been in her life. She has continued to develop her logistics and organization skills in order to execute the visions of QTPOC and Women of color.

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