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 performances that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now.   She lectures on black feminist, womanist, and experimental theatre of the African diaspora at The New School.

Her current creative work, 125th and Freedom, is a public performance art project comprised of ten choreopoetic rituals staged along 125th Street between the Harlem and Hudson Rivers.  The piece venerates the radical legacies of The Underground Railroad, The Great Migration, and 125th Street to explore migration, gentrification, and creative emancipation in the wake of large scale political, economic, cultural displacement.  The performance seeks to collectively source tools and strategies for collective resistance and resilience that can withstand systemic oppression that is inextricably tied to living in a society that values "profit over people".  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 complex 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 completed her academic studies in poetry and performance studies at Texas A&M University, American, University, and New York University, respectively. BDAC is affectionately named after Ebony’s mother, Dr. Betty Ann Sims, a retired professor, social worker, and youth interventionist.