Blog Post

Mar
31
My Thank You Note To You…

The latest production, “Cold Piece of Werk” signaled a change for the direction of my productions. I have always believed in the power of what we create—the stories we tell and share are as vital to our survival as air and food; and with CPOW, I knew that there was a story that’s been hiding in the shadows of Oakland’s recent boom. Sex trafficking is something we see all around us, and we’re so quick to dismiss it as something “those people” do, not realizing that it’s bigger than that, it’s a symptom of several things. The great thing about being an artist is I can say what the hell I want, and that’s exactly what I did with this production: I utilized my voice, my influence and the power of my collective—and Oakland heard us. As those of you who were there know, Mayor Libby Schaff proclaimed Mar 14 as Tracie Collins Day. While I appreciate the honor, more importantly I appreciate that my voice (especially as I use it for the voiceless) was heard. So this is my personal thank you note to all of you who support and push me—I hear you too! And anyone who knows me knows, when I’m really listening there’s only one way I’ll respond…

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