Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded performer and writer. Her work has appeared before a US president, incarcerated convicts, and classrooms of kindergarteners. She has been a featured artist of the SF National Queer Arts Festival, the Hip Hop Theatre Festival, and Greenbuild International. In 2009 she toured the United States and Canada with the legendary queer girl literary road show, Sister Spit.
Her written work can be found in the pages of Other Tongues: Mixed Race Women Speak Out by Inanna Press, and her chapbook black chick. She is the recipient of the California Governor’s Award of Excellence in the Arts, Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Certificate of Recognition, an Award for Environmental Activism in the Arts from Robert Redford’s Sundance foundation. She is an alumnus of the 2012 EmergeNYC program of the Hemispheric Institute, the 2010 Voices of Our Nation retreat for writers of color, and received Honorable Mention in Poetry for the 2011 Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Acting at the New School for Drama.
Kirya’s performance draws from autobiographical spoken word, the traditional theater, and experimental performing arts creating a visceral experience at once intimate and explosive. She takes her audience on a journey from the personal the political that brings even the hardest of heart to their feet. This is Kirya’s first Heels on Wheels Roadshow.