Yunina Barbour-Payne

Yunina Barbour-Payne is a scholar, artist and activist. From Art for Social Justice, Affrilachian Theater to Short Comedy, you may find it all here.

Original Creative Works

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Time and Time Again

A radical play with music for Young Performers

Summary
Time and Time again follows three youth, Sandy, Mike and Trey young millennials of color, who live in various parts of the U.S. Each youth offers their differing views of the American Dream. Set in urban spaces around the U.S., Time and Time again, chronicles the gifts and potential of each of the individuals, while depicting stereotypical limitations for young people of color in the present day. Framed by the words of the infamous African American playwright, Lorraine Hansberry, this work offers an intimate interaction between historical perspectives on activism and present day realities sparking the Black Lives Matter Movement. Parents, family and community members gathered for two nights at the end of July to witness this performance and simultaneously begin social healing.

Produced July 29th and 30th of 2016 at the Ensemble Theatre in Houston Texas. This play was first performed by a group of youth during the Young Performers Program. 

 

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A Star is Bourne 

A musical  for Young Performers Co -authored with Brandon Dalegreantiss

Summary
A Star is Bourne, is the story of Destiny Young, a young aspiring artist who goes on a journey to know herself. She learns not only about the history of the music she wants to sing, but also matures into a young woman willing to take responsibility for herself and the contribution her art can make to society.

 

Produced July 30th and August 1st  of 2015 at the Ensemble Theatre in Houston Texas. This play was first performed by a group of youth during the Young Performers Program. 

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Precious Memories 

One Woman Show for Educational Performance 

Summary
Precious Memories presents the emobidied cultural memory of Blacks in Apppalachia. This piece interogrates themes of race in Appalachia, through the narrative memories of seven former residenrts of an African American community in Southwest Virginia.

Last Performed in May of 2012 at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, KY. This play was  also performed a the Appalachian Studies Association Conference  and later informed first person interpretations at the Brazos Valley African American Museum in Bryan, TX.