Djola Branner/Pomo Afro Homos

Djola Branner/Pomo Afro Homos

Djola Branner is an interdisciplinary artist/educator who combines movement, sound, and light to create compelling portraits of American life for the stage. His original full-length and one-act dramas give voice to individuals historically absent from the theater and explore a broad range of human experiences.

Co-founder of the award-winning performance group Pomo Afro Homos, Branner toured nationally and internationally with their shows Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life and Dark Fruit. Both productions, scripted and performed by the Pomos, addressed the historical absence of three-dimensional black, gay characters in the theater and have proved seminal to the contemporary interrogation of African-American male identity.

Branner’s interdisciplinarywork has been supported by Creative Capital, the Jerome, McKnight, and Bush Foundations, and published in such anthologies as Black Gay Genius, Colored Contradictions, Staging Gay Lives, and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Lesbian and Gay Black Writers.

Branner’s professional life has been defined by a passion for scripting, staging, and performing original drama, and that passion has defined his approach to teaching, as well. His classrooms/studios are marked by a commitment to unearthing each student-artist’s authentic voice through a nintegration of theatrical disciplines and a challenge to examine the cultural context of their work. He has taught dance, acting, and dramatic writing for more than thirty years in community and academic settings, including City College of San Francisco, Stanford University, University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, where he earned an MA inCreative Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, and The New School for Drama, where he earned an MFA in Theatre. Branner is currently Professor of Theater at Hampshire College. He is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.

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