Proud Stories: Boneza Valdez Hanchock (She/Her/Hers)
Q: What kind of performance artist are you?
Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a full-time artist?
I knew as child growing up I wanted to be an artist of some kind.
Q: How are you keeping yourself inspired to create during this unprecedented time?
Aside from watching my friends create in the virtual space, I've also co-directed a staged reading and written a few stories of my own.
Q: What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome as an artist and how did you overcome it?
My own self-doubt and feelings of never being enough. One of the biggest lessons and realizations I've had during quarantine is that not only am I enough, I'm capable of creating all the magic and if people can't see that, well that's their problem.
Q: What are you most proud of in your career thus far?
I’m writing my first and second one act plays and directing my first play event centering Black Femme artists.
Q: Is there anything you are working on now that can be shared and supported?
My short play, The Middle Pillar, will make it's debut Oct 17 during the The Strand Theatre and Two Strike Theatre Collective's Brown Sugar Bake-off virtual playwriting festival. All plays are written by and for Black Womxn. Inspired by Paula Vogel’s Bake-Offs, our Brown Sugar Bake-Off is an artistic response to the worldwide outcry against systemic racism.