jd stokely


JD Stokely is a trickster-in-training from Philly by way of Boston who creates and curates lectures, workshops, and performances around Queerness, nostalgia, the Black body, and home. Stokely has performed and presented work in Philly, New York, Boston, London, and Prague, including: The (Sexual) Liberation of Mammy, Reparations, and earlier installations of their ongoing project MOUTH/PIECE. Stokely is the associate producer of HowlRound Theatre Commons and a co-founder of Unbound Bodies Collective, a multidisciplinary arts lab for QTBIPOC creatives in Boston and beyond. Stokely is also a co-founding member of SUPER|object, a queer curatorial collective currently on hiatus that produced evenings of queer experimental theatre and live art by and for emerging Philly artists from 2015–2017. They received an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and a BA from Hampshire College.

Project Summary

MOUTH/PIECE is a series of autoethnographic performance rituals that explore the Black feminine mouth as a site of heartbreak, rage, and resilience. This year-long project is an experiment at healing that combines participatory performance, interviews, sound experiments, and writing. At its heart, MOUTH/PIECE is an exploration of undesirability versus choice, loneliness versus personal power, top lip versus bottom lip, and a deeper look into what it means to break free from familial trauma.

Photo by Dillon Yruegas

MOUTH/PIECE – photo by Tyler Burdenski