Shamilia McBean is the Cultural After School Adventures (CASA) Project Director. She began her CAT career in 2012 as an Actor Teacher with the College & Adult Program. She also worked as a Program Manager, CASA Actor Teacher and a Mentor/Trainer for early childhood educators with the Early Learning Program before transitioning into her current role.
Shamilia is an applied theatre practitioner, facilitator, herbalist & vocalist using her mediums to co-create liberatory community spaces. Inspired by familial and communal ancestors, she seeks to continue the legacy of healing, artistry and liberatory practice championed by her foreparents. She believes in art-making to inspire learning, spark movement, preserve culture and build community. In her practice, she focuses on immersive, participatory engagement with stories of transition, transgression, healing, love and liberation in marginalized communities. She supports and trains artists, educators and community workers with drama to develop engaging, holistic methods within their practices.
Shamilia has shared work at the Apollo Theater, Two River Theatre, Brooklyn Museum, Allied Media Conference, #BlackLivesMatter National Leadership Retreat, and the Movement for Black Lives National Convening. She occasionally sings with BRAATA Folk Singers, a Jamaican folk music ensemble, and provides support & leadership with Harriet’s Apothecary, an intergenerational collective of Black, Indigenous, People of Color healers.
Shamilia attended CUNY’s MA in Applied Theatre program. She is an alum of Urban Bush Women’s Summer Leadership Institute (2014), a recipient of the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Cowtail Switch Award (2015) & was a 2016 Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow.