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Goldie Patrick

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Goldie E. Patrick is a Detroit native, working, living, and building artistic collaborations in Washington DC and beyond. Goldie is a spirited playwright, poet, performer, and teacher of hip-­hop education and culture. A bold advocate for Black women and girls, Goldie has gained recognition for her work as founder, and Executive Director of F.R.E.S.H.H. Inc Theatre Company, [Females Representing Every Side of Hip-­‐Hop], a burgeoning community based theatre company built to cultivate and celebrate the voices of Black women and girls in theatre.

 

Named one of the top 40 under 40 by the Envest Foundation, Goldie is a  self-­‐proclaimed "hip-­‐hop womanist", inspired to create conversations and movements that empower and liberate the stories of Black women and girls. After successfully completing the Non-Profit Roundtable’s Future Executive Director Fellowship, Patrick has worked for various institutions offering consulting for local grantmakers, foundations, agencies and organizations to increase their community engagement, advocacy efforts, and cultural competency. Goldie brings her expertise on cultural competency and inclusion and arts capacity building to the Center for Nonprofit Advancement as current faculty. 

 

A once professor of Hip-Hop History and Culture, Goldie divides her time and talents between creating art, facilitating workshops and speaking on a range of topics. Goldie has been a feature poet and performer at several poetry venues nationwide, and has led several creative writing workshops and presentations on hip-hop education and youth development in New York City, Charleston, South Carolina, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Accra, Ghana and South Africa.

 

A graduate of Howard University's Theatre Arts Department, Goldie has performed with The John F. Kennedy Center, at The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As a playwright, some of Goldie’s award-winning works include  "HERstory: Love Forever, Hip‐Hop" (John F. Kennedy Center), “Unpacked” (DC Black Theatre Festival), “Bite Me” (August Wilson Festival DC) as well as the devised theatre series, “Feminine Folklore” (Atlas Performing Arts Center/Anacostia Arts Center). In addition to writing, directing, and producing her original works, Patrick, has also published her books of poetry including Soulatude (2012) and Small Water Woman (2017).

Goldie has worked closely with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities as a curator in addition to being a recipient and alumni of their Young Artists Fellowship and is a current fellow in The Mead Theatre Lab Program. Goldie released her newest collection of poetry, in winter of 2017 and her one woman play, Name Calling in 2018. After becoming one of  APAP's Artist Institute for two years consecutively 2019-2020. She is also member of the John F. Kennedy Center's inaugural Culture Caucus.