Jana lynne "jl" umipig

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Jana Lynne "JL" Umipig is a creator - a multidisciplinary artist who uses her talents and skills to create transformative artistic experiences. She has dedicated her life to using art as a medium for healing, education/understanding, empowerment and building community and connection.

JL has continually produced work that speaks to upliftment of the human spirit. Her training is rooted in classical and physical theatre work as she received her formal training at New York University, The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at The University of California, Irvine and The Accademia Dell' Arte in Arrezzo, Italy. Much of her career has been heavily rooted in collaborative based, applied and experimental theatre that focuses on human rights advocacy, art therapy/ healing connected to the development of her work around "For the Movement Theatre" and "Theatre as Spiritual Practice."

In particular she seeks to elevate the narratives of Pilipina wom*n-  as a reflection of her own life's journey toward decolonizing, re-indigenizing and humanizing self. She draws her inspiration from being raised by strong wom*n in her family and by countless circles of sisterhood that have lifted her throughout her lifetime including mentors and comrades from- The Center for Babaylan Studies, Damayan, Af3irm (Gabriela Network), Gabriela NYC,  The El Puente Global Justice Institute, and Kababayan at UC Irvine.  She is the creator of the acclaimed Movement Theatre production "The Journey of a Brown Girl" that has traveled internationally empowering diverse audiences through what has been noted as a "transformative human experience through the lens of the Pinay Narrative."

JL's Core Intentions of Creation are:

1) The focus of the Arts as a means of elevating Social Movements throughout time and its ability to move human beings to want, understand, and make change of the injustices of this world

2)  The importance of Cultural/ Historical knowledge excavation and connection and honoring of ancestry as key to motivating individual passion and drive to seek upliftment from rooted oppressions

3) The decolonization and re-indigenization of diaporic born individuals honoring the relationship to dual identities as Settler and Indigenous.

4) The centering of all life in healing self and communities as spiritual practice. And visioning for the future through the cultivation of teachings and skills for the individual and collective survival of body, mind and spirit amidst experiences that bring and have maintained deep struggle and traumas.


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