T.D. Mitchell (US) | Partner: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA, US

01.06.22 to 15.07.22

Interdisciplinary artist and award-winning writer for three seasons of television's "Army Wives", Mitchell’s plays include Beyond the 17th Parallel (adapting for film), The Unnamed, VRTU-L, and Queens For A Year (Hartford Stage). Named “One of the 50 Notable Productions of 2016”, Queens for a Year was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

VRTU-L (BAPF 2018), her first entrée into multimedia theatre utilizing new technologies (Augmented Reality, 3D projection mapping, bespoke mobile app), rounds out her Veteran Plays series.

Mitchell is an autodidact and human rights advocate. She serves as a narrative consultant and speechwriter in crafting messaging for international NGOs/nonprofits. In 2016, she did on-the-ground voter protection in North Carolina, featured in the documentary Capturing the Flag. For the Writers Guild Institute, she mentors folks from marginalized communities to give them the tools to tell their own narratives.

She is also an essayist, editor, producer and formerly, a performer. This summer will include Mitchell's first foray into multimedia art, A Covidian Swimming, to be exhibited at the Stone City Art Park, in New York. She has been awarded many literature fellowships, including at Yaddo (twice), Chateau de Lavigny, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Marble House Project, Monson Arts, and The Salty Quill, where she was also awarded the inaugural Ellis Avary scholarship.

When Covid struck, she was developing The Double-- a play interrogating white American queer feminism through the lens of the Syrian refugee crisis, with a corresponding immersive VR experience. However, the pandemic not only upended the Theatre and severed The Double projects from London collaborators, her own near-death and resulting injuries radically shifted her artistic process, forms and narrative Point of View. She now lives in a Disabled body. Much of Mitchell's new work revolves around this radical change in identity and artistic practice, including editing an anthology of essays from her Long-Covid disabled community internationally.

Partner: Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Amherst, VA, US


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