CountyPrince George's County
Film, Literary Arts, Media Arts, Music, Other, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2015
Artist StatementI am a whirlwind of energy- always circling, expanding and absorbing, even while still. My life experiences have had such an impact on my consciousness that I’ve found that writing has allowed me the opportunity to process my often strong feelings through sharing and artistic use of words. Poetry, then, became my therapy, play writing became my podium and essays became my study hall as I mastered ways to engage audiences. I am still expanding. Yet, my moments of stillness, when my work becomes a part of someone else’s whirlwind, I am most appreciative. For then, I believe, my art has begun to live. From performing to writing and teaching, I thrive off of opportunities to share ideas and incite dialogue through the use of art.
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is founder of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a production house for cultural arts events that began as the online digital community LiberatedMuse.com in 2008. She is a multi-talented creative with accomplishments in theatre, music and literature.
Khadijah has directed and produced the In Her Words tour since 2012, portraying the legendary Lena Horne during the final 2014 season. Besides In Her Words, two of her full-length original plays have been produced, her second play Running: AMOK debuting in the 2010 Capital Fringe Fest. Two of her 10-minute plays have been produced, performed by the defunct theater company The Saartjie Project as part of their “Deconstructing the Myth of the Booty” tour 2008-2010. Her plays have been featured at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Museum, by the DC Public Library System, the Prince George's County Library System, the Alexandria Library System, the United States Peace Corps and more.
As a singer, spoken word artist and an actor, Khadijah has an extensive resume in the performing arts, appearing as a performer on numerous stages across the country. Performance stops have included The Apollo Theater in New York, The Green Festival, the Arts and Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth's, the Adams Morgan's Day Festival, ARTSCAPE, the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival and more. She has performed on broadcast media as well, showcased on the television show Showtime at the Apollo, Spoken Word @ Joe's Place on WHUR 96.3 FM, Fox 5 News and more. She has won awards and recognition for her moving work as a performer, producing artist and wordsmith, receiving recognition as a “Woman of Power” from eMedia in 2011, and in 2012 recognized by the Prince George’s County, Maryland Social Innovation Fund (PGSCIF) as a “Top Forty UNDER 40″ awardee in the Arts & Humanities. That same year, she was recognized as the 2012 Artist of Distinction by the organization Womanifesting, Inc.
Poet & Editor
Khadijah has edited the books Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009) and Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012) and released her first poetry chapbook Revisionist Tale in 2010. She has appeared in numerous books, journals and creative writing online sites. Since then, she has worked with numerous writers as a creativity coach and freelance editor.
Khadijah has worked as a teaching artist since 2001. She facilitates theatre, literacy and movement activities to work teams and youth programs. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College and Prince George's Community College in their departments of Communication Studies and Theater and she is currently faculty advisor to the premiere publication Reflections Magazine at Prince George’s Community College. She has received grant awards and funding opportunities from the Virginia Community Colleges System, DC Commission on the Arts, Poets & Writers and more.
“Thank you to Khadijah and the actresses of In her Words for reminding us about the beauty of our culture through song and words. The play was informative and thought-provoking!” -Tracey George, IN HER WORDS audience member, singer/songwriter and 2012 IN HER WORDS tour sponsor (2013)
“Thank you for writing this piece. It should be performed all over the country as these ladies (and many more) will be lost to future generations if you don’t save them with this piece. Thank you for your contributions to the arts.” -Donise Stevens, IN HER WORDS audience member and actress in television series “In Our Lives” (2013)
“I would like to thank you for a great experience and can honestly say for the first time, I will miss this class very much and wish it was a little longer. Best of wishes and hope to keep in touch.” -Excerpt from an email sent from a student in a Communication Studies course at Northern Virginia Community College taught by Khadijah Ali-Coleman (Summer 2012)
“Dear Ms. Ali-Coleman:
On behalf of the Peace Corps, I want to thank you and the other cast members of In Her Words for celebrating National African American
History Month with us. Please extend our thanks and appreciation to them for their outstanding performance.
We were all greatly impressed by your play and its insights into the lives and social influence of the remarkable Black women depicted in
In Her Words.
Thank you again for your visit to the Peace Corps. We were honored to have such a fascinating playwright join us during National African
American History Month.” -Aaron Williams, Director of The United States Peace Corps (2012)
“We appreciate your willingness to be involved and to present a writing workshop at the Oxon Hill Branch Library. Refreshing enlightening and informative were a few of the comments that showed the value of the workshop… Thank you for your enthusiastic presentation. We look forward to networking with you in the future.” -Martha Ruff, Librarian, Sojourner Truth African American Research Collection, PGCMLS–Oxon Hill Branch (2011)
“The play was funny, poignant, and emotional. It is extremely well-written and you definitely hear Khadijah telling her own very personal story as a mom and creative woman through the dialogue. The songs were great and the actors/singers were all amazing, across the board. I can definitely see this small community production growing and going above and beyond what anybody in the audience could realize. I am so glad I was able to attend such an awesome performance.” CaShawn Thompson on Khadijah’s play Running: AMOK on her blog Dirty, Pretty Thangs
“Playwright Khadijah Ali Coleman is a writer after my own heart because she penned a piece tackling issues we mothers tend to keep to ourselves. I applaud her and the cast for bringing this subject matter to the forefront.” Seshat Walker, The General Store
“Khadijah has worked with our kindergarten through sixth grade groups and our adult education students (average age 25-44). She was received with equal enthusiasm by both groups to the point that she has been requested to come again when I obtain additional funding. She is flexible and creative about your needs and her offerings and I recommend her without any equivocation.“ – Valarie Ashley, Executive Director, Southeast Ministry (2009)
“Khadijah is a very creative and dedicated artist, writer, and business professional. Her organizational skills are second to none.” -Dennis Chestnut, Executive Director, Groundwork Anacostia DC (2009)