The Secret Sharer

by Joseph Conrad

Co-Creators: Daniel Banks, Kwesi Johnson, Adam McKinney, Ken Norris, and Giovanni Ortega


Recipient 2019 MAP Fund Award, read all about it HERE

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Finalist 2019 New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), National Theatre Project, read all about it HERE

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DNAWORKS has been selected to be hosted in August 2019 and March 2020 by Amphibian Stage Productions in Forth Worth, TX

DNAWORKS is adapting Joseph Conrad’s 1909 novella The Secret Sharer into a mixed-media performance work. Considered an early queer text, The Secret Sharer integrates dance/text/music/projections and will be performed in an open-concept space with audiences co-creating the environment and the narrative. In an extension of our community storycircle practice, audience members will share their stories during the performance, interspersed at critical moments in the narrative.


This devised work is an exploration of fragility, tenderness, and intimacy in times of personal duress and societal discrimination–—the narrative of a silent, shared connection between two outsiders in the face of violence. In response to an increase in both hate crimes and the visibility of LGBTQQ2SPIAA+ youth suicides worldwide, we wish to create a space for resiliency and healing.

DNAWORKS is dedicated to furthering artistic expression and dialogue, focusing on issues of identity, culture, class and heritage.

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