Informal Bio: 

Hey. I'm Averi (she, her). I'm a writer, producer, director, daughter, sister, friend, and, depending who you ask, possibly also a good listener and/or a clown. I recently realized that I think what I want all my work to do is to leave audiences feeling like they're holding  a little less tension in their shoulders and also like they're a little less alone in the world -- and also to leave them curious about something new... or maybe something old. I believe art shapes culture, so I try to be pretty mindful about what I put into the world.  I believe in play. I believe in forgiveness and growth, but also boundaries. I believe in mutual aid.  I believe that "just because things aren't how they once were doesn't mean they can't be better." I've been writing a lot about America lately... I love live music. Mmmm, yeah. Never sure what to write for these things... 

Formal Bio: 

Averi Israel  (she, her) is a writer/director/producer from the eight cities that raised her. She moved to New York to pursue a Film Studies degree from Columbia University, where she graduated as the class recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts. Now she is cultivating a career at the intersection of art and activism, exploring themes of race, gender, sexuality, violence, and love in the context of American culture. As a writer, her pieces for stage and film consist primarily of historical fiction works highlighting obscured corners of the Black experience, seeking to root our contemporary moment in both its foundational past and visionary future. She is a 2022 recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts Women’s Fund for Media Music and Theatre, a member of Theatre Producers of Color Cohort III, and a 2023 Athena Film Festival Writers Lab participant.

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- studying languages
- sustainable development

- liberation (ex. creating a world where folx can actually have time/space/energy for hobbies)

- acting

- relearning piano

- learning guitar


(but am not actively working on at the moment):

- surfing

- painting

- spelling

- my backhand

- knowing when to take baked goods out of the oven

- juggling (currently learning clubs)


- bell hooks

- Zora Neale Hurston

- Octavia Butler

- André Gregory

- adrienne maree brown

- Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

- Sarah Ruhl