Photo: Melisa Cardona

Photo: Melisa Cardona

about ebony

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

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.

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.

Golden has been nominated for a Pushcart Poetry Prize and has been 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, to name some. 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.

As an artist-scholar, Golden stages site-specific rituals + live art productions that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now. In 2016, she developed a seminar course, served as a lecturer of Womanist and Black Feminist performance art at The New School, and co-edited an anthology of experimental womanist writing published by Obsidian Journal of Literature and Arts.  

A native of Houston, Texas, Golden resides in the Bronx. She is currently artistic director of the Body Ecology Womanist Performance Project, an Activist-in-Residence at the University of Oklahoma, and Artist-in-Residence at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. She is 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.  

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