HOUSTON, Texas - Bayou City poet extraordinaire Outspoken Bean isn't letting the wacky ways of 2020 hold him back from bringing new creations to life. As a matter of fact, it seems such uncertain times have served as a muse for the performance poet, writer and entertainer as he rolls out more goodies for his fans. Friday, August 28 marks the debut of his new online show Coloring Outside the Lines. The 50-minute streaming performance weaves together poetry, multimedia, and storytelling. He describes his one-man show as a reflective and vulnerable open letter to himself. Bean's performance centers around his latest poetry pieces, reflections on family and explorations of the world.
Coloring Outside the Lines Friday August 28 through Sunday, August 3
Produced by Stages Houston
Directed by Candice D'Meza
Sound Design by Russell Guess
Light Design by Bryan Early
More notable facts to digest about Outspoken Bean:
Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Artist in Resident and 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Idea Fund recipient, Emanuelee Outspoken Bean is a performance poet, writer, compassionate mentor, electric entertainer, and educator. Bean uses poetry to collaborate with other mediums and institutions, including being the first poet to perform on a main stage production of the Houston Ballet's PLAY. He also created his own festival, Plus Fest, the EVERYTHING plus POETRY festival.
His work ethic has taken him to such places as Trinidad to Miami, South Dakota and Off-Broadway. He's made an impact in 35 states, 200 universities, performing annually in front of thousands of people. Once back home in the vast Houston Metropolitan, he inspires people from all walks of life. Bean was also commissioned to write and perform a national campaign on diversity for Pabst Blue Ribbon and VICE.
He was the 2011 Texas Poet Laureate nominee, ranked 9th in the Individual World Poetry Slam 2013, ranked 2nd in collaborative poetry at Group Piece Finals 2013, and ranked 9th at National Poetry Slam 2014. He started performing spoken-word in 2005. In his senior year at Prairie View A&M, Bean founded and coached the University's first poetry slam team. In their first year, they won the title in their region and grabbed the 8th place ranking in the country at College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI '08).
Bean has also worked with many youth organization from across the country such as, Inside Out in Detroit, Youth Speaks in San Francisco, as well as coaching Tiger-Tail Production's 2016 youth slam and WordSpeak in Miami. While balancing a very busy touring schedule, Bean serves as the Project Coordinator, Lead Coach, and mentor for Meta-Four Houston, a project of Writers in the Schools (WITS) that works with professional performance/slam poets and encourages self expression and literacy among Houston's youth through creative writing and performance.
"An energetic pioneer for poetry, in all its different sizes and shapes, Bean is dedicated to making sure that poets get heard"
- Emily Hinds, Arts and Culture Magazine