Ten, Tiny, Talks

About the Program

A celebration of Black & Indigenous Trans and Queer art

Ten Tiny Talks is an artist in residency and festival celebrating Black and Indigenous trans and queer art! 

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. The curation team consists of BIPOC, queer artists, and includes previous TTT alumni; the 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. Stipend/honorarium details for 2023 Resident Artists will be announced soon.

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 this program’s mission by promoting Ten, Tiny, Talks and encouraging people that qualify to apply.

If you’d like to apply for the Ten, Tiny, Talks 2023 season, we will be posting information on how to do so by March 2023. 

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