Behind the Scenes at Sins Invalid 2016

posted on November 7th, 2016

Updated behind the scenes photo album 🙂


the mixed media installation Sickbed at ODC by Collander/Alli Yates


Patty Directing, of course!


Nomy Lamm and India Harville


Maria R. Palacios


Maria and Antoine Hunter backstage with members of Urban Jazz Dance warming up


Dancers getting limber!


Rockstar Program Team Member Stacey Milbern gearing up for the big day with performer Lateef Mcleod


Let’s get this staged perfectly! Neve Be(ast) listening closely to the director



Beast hard at working, wearing multiple hats on this one!


India doing her thing


Tara & Sean working behind the scenes magic!


Tara & Neve <3


Jay preparing for the show!

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Thank You Thank You Thank You Thank You!

posted on October 23rd, 2016

Thank you Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you  Thank you!!!!!

We had a FANTASTIC performance run of “Birthing Dying Becoming Crip Wisdom” at ODC last weekend, and we couldn’t have done it without the outpouring of enthusiasm, participation and LOVE that was offered by our communities – THANK YOU!

We also loved our visual art installation, #cripbedlife.  As we said on our title wall, “These works originated as conversations, from one bedroom to another.  They offered solace as we re-imagined ourselves into community, into worlds where our crip / racial / queer / gender identities required less “spoons”  (units of energy, and term coined by Christine Miserandino) to live as we are — magnificently cripped out.”

Our deep thanks to our hard working fiscal sponsor Dancers Group and to our splendiferous funders — the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Zellerbach Family Fund, the Community Foundation (Boulder), the Carpenter Foundation, the Horizons Foundation, the Kindle Project, and the Left Tilt Fund.  So much love and gratitude to our generous individual donors and monthly sustainers – you know who you are, we know who you are, and we thank the deities for you!

Profound appreciation from the bottom of our hearts to our amazing, amazing volunteers – disability justice is a collaborative effort to create and practice, and we couldn’t do this show with you.

Great gratitudes to the staff at ODC Theater and its Technical Team.  Big thank you’s to all the great business who fed us or otherwise gave in-kind donations to our show including Blue House Farms, Andronico’s, and Trader Joe’s.  Thank you to our organizational friends San Francisco Women Against Rape for providing support to survivors in the audience.

Special thanks from the Sins Invalid Program Team and Performers go to: Co-Founders Leroy Moore, Amanda Coslor, Todd Herman; all past and future Sins Invalid performers; all of our comrades who share a passionate commitment to Disability Justice and our Black and Brown and Queer and Genderqueer Disabled Brothers and Sisters Worldwide.

So much gratitude for so many people,

Patty Berne

[On behalf of the Sins Invalid Team]

Crip Wisdom in the Media

posted on October 21st, 2016

Sins Invalid 2016, Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom was a huge success! All three nights had a beautiful packed house. Thank you to all the cast and crew and the amazing audience and supporters. We wanted to use this blog post to round up some more of the media we received in case you missed it. Here is an article written by artist, Neve Be for Curve Magazine:


Gorgeous As We Grow And Age


Also check out this killer interview with artists India Harville and Neve Be by  Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project: