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Narrative Bio 

Dazié Rustin Grego-Sykes is an Oakland, California based performance artist. He is a graduate of The Experimental Performance Institute at New College. It was there he learned to transform spoken-word into solo plays.

 

Dazié's first full-length performance I Am A Man is a multidisciplinary solo work which focuses on the ways in which gay men of color claim and hold their masculinity. I Am A Man was performed as part of the National Queer Arts Festival in 2010 and 2012. He is one of the original members of The Deep Dickollective one of the nation's first black gay hip-hop groups and Queer Identified Objects which created original performance work about gender and queer identity.

 

Dazié has worked with The Pomo Afro Homo's to restage an updated version of Fierce Love and toured with them nationally. Dazié is a regular feature at Bay Area spoken-word venues This led to him hosting The Oakland Queer Open Mic and curating events at SOMArts, Brava Theater, and The New Parish.

 

Currently, Dazié most recent performance work titled Nigga-Roo has been performed at The Marsh San Francisco, The Flight Deck in Oakland and most recently The San Francisco Fringe Festival where it was awarded the Best of Fringe Award in 2017. Dazié will continue to perform and tour Nigga-Roo and plans to graduate with an MFA in Creative Inquiry from the California Institute of Integral Studies in Spring 2018.