NINA ANGELA MERCER
// Born in 1973 in Washington, DC
// Lives and works in the Bronx, NY
Nina Angela Mercer is a cultural worker.
Her plays include GUTTA BEAUTIFUL; RACING MY GIRL, SALLY; ITAGUA MEJI: A Road & A Prayer; GYPSY & THE BULLY DOOR; and MOTHER WIT & WATER BORN, a trilogy, including BETWEEN WHISPERED BLOOD-LINES.
Her work has been shared at the former Warehouse Theatre and The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Capital Fringe Festival, Washington, DC); Rutgers University-Newark and New Brunswick (New Jersey); and in New York at Wings Theatre, Brecht Forum, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, The Nuyorican Poets’ Café, Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, Dumbo Sky and The Little Carib Theatre.
Mercer’s writing is published in The Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Black Renaissance Noire, Voices Magazine #SayHerName Edition and Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre, and Performance.
She has performed in collaboration with Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, Angela’s Pulse, Abigail DeVille and Charlotte Brathwaite, BWA for BLM and others.
Mercer is a co-founder and co-director of Ocean Ana Rising. She is currently a doctoral fellow of Theatre and Performance at The Graduate Center-CUNY. She holds an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a MFA from American University.
She currently teaches at Brooklyn College.
Piece in the Exhibit
Nina Angela Mercer // Invocation for José Antonio Aponte: Lámina 26, still, 2017, HD digital video with audio, written and performed by Nina Angela, video by Toshi Sakai. (courtesy of the artist)
Informed of this, King Don Rodrigo, represented below, commanded Diogenes to come out of the jar [and Diogenes] answered that as long as his Majesty the King did as he himself did, in his poverty, he would obey him.