MC: Black Benatar aka Beatrice Thomas
Mx. Beatrice Thomas is a queer multidisciplinary artist/performer & film & theater director, who comes from a family lineage of pastors, performers, doctors and healers. She has been pondering the meaning of things and making art from the moment she came into consciousness.
From absurdist cabarets to vampire/witch love triangles,Thomas weaves the experiences of queers and people of color into magical realities with strong critical commentary, comedic satire and media rich production. A maker of objects, installations and theater, Ms. Thomas reveals, revises and constructs alternate realities. She uses the artifice of drag to inhabit her alter ego, Black Benatar, an exaggerated black femme creature that challenges blackness, whiteness, oppression & convention. She is a featured drag queen for RADAR Productions “Drag Queen Story Hour” a program that brings drag queens to read stories at public libraries. Her work has graced the stages of the deYoung Museum, CounterPulse, Academy of Science, SomArts Cultural Center, and has shown in galleries across the United States.
Thomas works nationally consulting and advocating for equity and the inclusion of queer arts on national mainstream stages.