A Meditation

A Mental health investigation

A Physical Play on Women’s Mental Health

A Healing experiment using the Black Woman’s body as the primary vehicle.

Please Join Us: BAC Open House Studio Showing, November 17 at 2:30PM
Content Warning: Medea Refracted includes discussions of grief and mature themes.

Artist Bio

Constance Jaquay Strickland is the founder of Theatre Roscius, known for her singular hybrid of experimental film, physical theatre, avant-garde movement, and visual art. A physical researcher/theatre artist, she investigates to see how memories, generational trauma, and isolation live in the body. Strickland’s work digs deep and explores history, fragility, femininity, joy, care, masculinity, and women who go unseen with unflinchingly boldness. She creates brave, disturbing work that is uncompromising, yet gentle, vulnerable and inviting. She merges physical theatre with performance art using the body as the entry point.

Strickland premiered her physical play, This Grief Will Be of Use Parts I + II, along with a prototype physical photography exhibition of An Antebellum Theory, an interdisciplinary work that examines the physical relationship between Black and white women in the face of white patriarchal violence at Art Share L.A. She is currently developing Medea Refracted for a 2024-2025 premiere. Strickland’s new physical short film, And Then They Swallowed Their Pain, centers on the grief of women who have lost a child and premieres Spring 2023.

Creative Team

Constance Jaquay Strickland / Lead Artist

Lydia Jialu Li  (they/them) / Performer 

Siera Williams  (she/her) / Performer 

Ambree Feaster (she/her) / Dramaturg

Alison Greene (she/her) / Rehearsal / Studio Assistant

Suvvi (they/them) / Cellist

Jen Anaya (they/them) / Cellist 

Due to the support of The Getty Villa Theatre Lab Series and the NEFA NTP Artist Development Award, Medea Refracted has been able to enter the next level of manifestation.