Executive and Artistic Director
Olisa is a performing artist, arts educator and arts administrator who believes that art is essential in the cultivation of community and culture. Born and raised in Seattle to a multicultural music family, Olisa spent her childhood writing and performing. She traversed genres and rooted in hip hop as her primary form of expression. As she grew in music she branched out to theater and found passion for the power of story to reveal and heal. She currently works at Arts Corps as the Associate Director of Arts Education. Olisa is a board member of The Conciliation Project (TCP). TCP is a community of artists and activists working towards equity, justice, and liberation for all people. We envision a world where cultural abundance is celebrated; and performance, education, and honest dialogue lead to healing and systemic progress.Olisa is the Artistic and Executive Director of Griot Girlz a collective of Black Women artists whose mission is to engage the community in the art of storytelling through cultural practice and performance. Olisa provides professional development, curriculum development, and workshops through her business Praxis Essentials.