Our Mission, Vision, & Impact

mangochilis(2)Mangos With Chili is a North American touring, Bay Area based arts incubator committed to showcasing high quality performance of life saving importance by queer and trans artists of color to audiences in the Bay Area and beyond. Our goal is to produce high-quality multi-genre performances reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color (QTPOC) and speaking out in resistance to the daily struggles around silence, isolation, homophobia and violence that QTPOC face.

Our tours have performed to sold out houses across North America, wowing audiences in world class theaters, underground performance spaces, bars, and campus halls, with high intensity, breathtaking performance, politics, and storytelling craft, reflecting the lives and stories of queer and trans people of color. Mangos With Chili’s multi-genre productions present work in the disciplines of dance, theater, vaudeville, hip-hop, circus arts, music, spoken word and film.

More than a performance incubator, we are also a ritual space for queer and trans communities of color to come together in love, conversation and transformation. Our goal is to present high quality performance art by QTPOC, but so much of our work is also about creating healing and transformative space through performances that are gathering places for QTPOC community.

Mangos With Chili was founded in 2006 by Cherry Galette and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, two trailblazing artists with significant performance experience and honors to their names. Mangos With Chili began as an annual touring cabaret of queer and trans people of color performance artists, with the goal of creating a cultural institution that would build the careers and visibility of QTPOC artists. Since inception, Mangos With Chili has developed the work of over 150 queer artists of color, produced national tours and created an annual season of Bay Area programming consisting of productions that run for several consecutive nights for Bay Area audiences three times a year. In 2013 we  have a strong legacy of work on which we continue to build.

Mangos With Chili has featured at  Brown  University, (feature for the Black Lavender Experience Theatre Symposium 2011), Oberlin, Swathmore, Amherst, Smith, Reed, American University, Georgetown, Berkeley, Mt. Holyoke, Humboldt State University, UT Austin, and many, many more. We have received positive media coverage from the SF Bay Guardian, the SF Chronicle, The SF Appeal, Bitch, Feminist Review, Hip Mama, Aorta, and Make/Shift magazines, and weeklies and alternative press across North America.

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