Photo: Melisa Cardona

Photo: Melisa Cardona

about ebony

Founder/CEO Ebony Noelle Golden unflinchingly pursues social transformation as a strategist and accomplished artist-scholar.

Ebony is a native of Houston, Texas and currently resides in the South Bronx.  Her work brings a unique perspective to BDAC that sets the consultancy apart and has been recognized by important cultural institutions across the United States.  As a strategist, Ebony co-creates and powers holistic, results-oriented strategies for social impact with some of the boldest and most insightful artists and institutions in the country.

As an artist-scholar, Golden stages site-specific rituals + live art productions that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now.  She lectures in performance studies, black avant-garde theatre, and womanist performance art scholar at The New School.    

Golden is currently developing 125th and Freedom, a performance art installation of ten choreopoetic rituals along 125th Street exploring home, migration, displacement, and the eradication of black space due to gentrification, slated for a summer 2017 street performance debut.  The work will be re-configured for a spring 2018 New York City theatrical debut. She is also developing a series of invisible dance theatre performances (to be staged in public locations in New York City) interrogating the impact of the medical injustice and forced sterilization on women, trans, and gender-non-conforming people in collaboration with Cara Page, executive director of The Audre Lorde Project.  

Recently, Golden was awarded a 2017 activist residency at the University of Oklahoma, and an Artist-in-Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU.  She has also been nominated for a Pushcart Poetry Prize and awarded fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Alternate Roots, Space on Ryder, Highlander Center for Research and Education, and North Carolina A&T University, among others. Her performance work, choreography, and directing projects have been staged at Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, The Ensemble Theatre (Houston, TX), Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Judson Memorial Church, Hayti Heritage Center (Durham, NC), Harlem School of the Arts, DC Arts Center, and The Theatre at St. Claude (New Orleans), among others.

Golden holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University, where she focused on the radical application of womanist performance for social change; a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from American University, where she completed a book-length manuscript of poems titled “jigaboo princess”; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Texas A&M University, where her early work was published in a book on creative writing pedagogy. 

BDAC is affectionately named after Ebony’s mother, Dr. Betty Ann Sims, a retired professor, social worker, and youth interventionist.