Resident Alien, the Sins Invalid Artists In Residence Show

posted on Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Friday, January 28th at 8 pm
Saturday, January 29th at 8 pm – ASL Interpreted
@ Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
2868 Mission (between 24th & 25th)
$15/$10* (*low income/disabled rate)

Resident Alien Performance - Sins Invalid

Sins Invalid’s new Artists In Residence (AIR) Program, in conjunction with the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, presents:

Resident Alien is a collaborative theater piece by emerging artists with disabilities, using music, spoken word, film, photography and wearable sculpture to explore imagination, hospitalization, our bodies, and the land we live on.

These seven artists, representing a wide range of disabilities and artistic disciplines, have been working together for nine months to incubate, develop, and produce this performance, with the direction of Nomy Lamm:

Chun-Shan (Sandie) Yi
Colleen Nagle
Fayza Bundalli
Lateef McLeod
Matthew Blanchard
Redwolf Painter

Sins Invalid is a non-profit organization that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists.  Our performance work explores themes of sexuality, embodiment, and the disabled body, stripping taboos off sexuality and disability, and offering a vision of beauty that includes all bodies and communities.

Artist Bios:

Chun-shan (Sandie) Yi makes body adornments for the disabled bodies with metals, fabrics and found objects. Her work examines the potential of art to address the relationship between the body and social standards pertaining to beauty and disability. She has a BFA and MA in art therapy from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She had worked as an art therapist for four years in Chicago and Taiwan before she began pursuing a MFA degree at UC Berkeley in 2009. She has exhibited in Chicago, Ann Arbor, San Francisco, Berkeley, Prague and Hong Kong. She was featured in PISTIL magazine, Fall 2005 and was the recipient of 2006 Disability Arts and Culture Honor. She recently published an article in an edited book in art therapy.

Colleen Nagle lives in San Francisco where she writes and creates music about the intersection of hope, hardship, and mental health. Colleen’s creativity also extends onto the web, where she has been building web sites for nonprofits, small businesses, and community driven projects for a living for the past 13 years. During her artist in residency with Sins Invalid, she has worked collaboratively to create music and words to incorporate into the performance.

Fayza Bundalli is a poet, femme, a healer in a long line of medicine womyn.  Vancouver-grown and San Francisco-based, her poetry connects her South Asian roots to her queer identity.  Fayza has been published in numerous undergraduate student journals, from philosophy to gender studies, and is currently completing her Masters of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, where she co-chaired the Diversity Task Force.  She interns at the AIDS Health Project in San Francisco.

Lateef McLeod is a phenomenal black poet with cerebral palsy who just published his first poetry book entitled A Declaration Of A Body Of Love this year. He is also in process of writing a novel tentatively called The Third Eye Is Crying. He was also a cast member of the 2007 Sins Invalid performance. He works at United Cerebral Palsy of the Golden Gate as a grant writer and blogger and for the World Institute of Disability as an intern. He has earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. You can gain more information about Lateef from his blog at

Matthew D. Blanchard – Born & bred a White Trash Euro-mutt Slut American, “QHereKidSF” escaped the doubled-locked, triple-chained closets of conservative Southeastern Virginia, only to be embraced by the welcoming arms of GAY MECCA’s chaotically corrupt, Crystal-lined, “Tina-torn, AIDS-quilted” community of wanton, woebegone whores & hustlers. The life this queer kid has led since arriving to the Bay Area in 2002 – a life predominated by “Party’N’Play” – contrasts concretely with his former life as a thespian erudite. However, with drug dependency, disease, disfigurement and depression has come the recovery, rehabilitation, reconstruction and resilience of his “last-stitch, last-chance life.” Today, above all else, Matthew is grateful for God’s boundless love of & faith in his own purely imperfect and human desire “for elaborate beautification & solemn self-betterment.”  Matthew has studied performance arts in Paris, France, Florence, Italy, and at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Matthew is proud to present a sneak preview of his first cinematic performance in CONSTRUCT, an experimental documentary directed by Daniel Cardone as part of The HIV Story Project’s compilation of short films honoring the individual lives of People With AIDS (PWAs), entitled STILL AROUND (2010).

Redwolf Painter is a two-spirit, mixed blood, heyoka, ex-punk storyteller from Alaska.

Tee is a visual artist living and working in San Francisco. As a person of color, Tee is a fierce social justice activist and likes to facilitate workshops breaking down the systems of oppression. Different topics such as disability, sexuality, gender, and social class are frequently explored in both the arts and during workshops.

Nomy Lamm is a writer, performer, and voice teacher living in San Francisco.  Her band, nomy lamm & THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, is a flexible platform for collaboration with everyone and everything.  She performs with Sins Invalid, writes an advice column for Make/Shift Magazine, and is currently working on an MFA in Creative Writing at SF State.

2 Responses to: Resident Alien, the Sins Invalid Artists In Residence Show

  1. Matt(e)o | QHereKidSF

    GREETINGS A.I.R. Enthusiasts!!

    First of all, HERE’S A DIRECT LINK to

    PLEASE SHARE this shortened URL with everyone you know who might enjoy the elegantly awkward aesthetic of a crowd of kick-ass creative, killer crip chicks and schizoid songsters come together to touch & hold tenderly to the heart strings our uniquely original, avant-garde “mindflux” menagerie of poetry, prose, photo/film production, song & spoken word storytelling: Sins Invalid Artists In Residence Show, “Resident Alien.”

    It’s the middle of the very early morning on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 — THE TUESDAY OF PRODUCTION WEEK (i.e., 3-4 days b/4 our “Resident Alien” performance debuts at MCCLA), and I’m up late rehearsing alone while in bed.

    I’m taking a pause from rote memorization exercises to write now and express my profound gratitude to all those who have worked (or waited) tirelessly to see the inaugural Sins Invalid A.I.R. Show, “Resident Alien,” brought to the stage.

    As one of the seven eager artists who came together in March 2010 to begin incubating ideas & inspiration for what is bound to be a riveting showcase of diverse talents, I am both honored & excited to have the opportunity once again “to play” on “the empty space” of the stage (cf. Peter Brook). Only this time is the first time for me that it’ll be with other disabled performers.

    We A.I.R. Program Participants are much more than just a mundane & messy mishmash of artistic visions, interests or abilities; WE ARE FRIENDS!!

    And, it is with great PRIDE, that I stand side by side with each and every one of supremely talented performance partners to bring to you, our audience, the fruits of our creative journey: creation, collaboration, experimentation, innovation, discovery, and development!!

    Please join us for this ONCE IN A LIFE TIME experience! Buy your tickets TODAY; or else, risk a SELL-OUT CROWD and NO SPACE or SEATS for you tender & attentive lil’ tushies…

    Cheers! Ciao & Namaste…
    Matt(e)o | QHereKidSF
    San Francisco, CA USA

  2. ri

    I’m looking for contact info for Fayza and Redwolf, because I’d love to see them perform their monologue in two voices for the SafetyFest after party! Please pass them along or have them contact Morgan


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