Oct 10, 2018
Quentin Talley or ‘Q’ is a
poet, actor, writer, director, producer and musician. He is founder
and artistic director of OnQ Performing Arts. OnQ started in 2006
with a mission to produce classic, contemporary and original
performance works that reflect the black experience. As a poet, Q
has performed throughout the country, sharing the stage with Nikki
Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, MC Lyte, Sonia Sanchez and Tavis Smiley. As
an actor, he has worked professionally with Children’s Theater of
Charlotte, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Winston Salem Arts
Council, and New River Dramatist. His directing credits include:
Rise For Freedom, Dutchman, In The Blood, Day of Absence, Rhyme
Deferred and Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.) Q is the lead
singer of Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers, a blues, funk
and soul band. He earned a B.A. in Theatre Performance from
This episode is perfect for
anyone interested in performing arts expressing the black
experience in America.
IN THIS EPISODE
- Q breaks downs all his forms of creative
- He shares his artist statement and personal
- He explains what he means by being ‘unapologetically
- He describes ‘OnQ Performing Arts’ and what it
is seeking to do in the community.
- Q discusses the artistic origins of ‘Miles &
Coltraine: Blue (.),’ a show he produced about Miles Davis
and John Coltraine
- He talks about how he accesses the emotions
necessary to show addiction and depression on stage.
- He answers what is his ‘Love Supreme.’
- He reveals when he feels most free and flowing
as a creative person.
- Q describes his band ‘Quentin Talley & the Soul
- He shares a few of the songs his band sings
and his band’s encore.
- He talks about collaborating on the ‘Intergalactic
Soul’ art and performance exhibit.
- He identifies the issues that are important to
him in his work.
- Q reads a poem called ‘Wait’ and shares how he
feels reading it.
- He addresses the appropriation of art and
giving credit to artists of color.
- He talks about growing up in South Carolina
and what his family taught him.
- He answers whether he has always been ‘Q’ and
who he wanted to be growing up.
- Q reflects on his time in the theater department at
- He remembers breaking into the arts scene in
- He discusses his feelings about receiving recognition
and support as an artist.
- He answers whether a community has an obligation to
- Q reveals what’s next for him.
plus Mark's personal word essay: Keeping it Real
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