Empowering Pinays through theatre

"Journey of a Brown Girl" Explores Pinay Identity and Issues

Artist and organizer Jana Lynn Umipig stays true to the idea of action through theatre. Quoting theatre director and writer Augusto Baol, Umipig mentions “The theater itself is not revolutionary: it is a rehearsal for the revolution.”  She puts those words to action in her latest project entitled The Journey of a Brown Girl.

The Journey of a Brown Girl is an experimental theatre piece that intends to “create a space for self inquiry around women's identity and issues” through exploring Pinay transnational and US born/raised experiences.  The project started in New York as an extension of Director, Creator, and Producer Jana Lynn Umipig’s solo performance piece under the same title "The Journey of a Brown Girl" in the spring of 2010. The project is influenced by Umipig’s thesis around Filipina women and how they carried their heritage.  

The overall goal of the experimental art piece is to “inquire about women about looking into different windows.”  Umipig hopes to use it with other communities to talk about different stories, and the narratives to stay as a collective movement.  There will be workshops, events, and small performances leading up to the actual showing in New York City and surrounding areas. 

To support the project through donations, visit their page on Indiegogo.

More information on the project, Jana Lynn Umipig, and members can also be found on their website.
Jana Lynn Umipig was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii before moving to Stockton, California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Theatre where she was a member of the Filipino-American student run club Kababayan UC Irvine. In 2009, she moved to New York where she now resides to receive her Masters Degree in Educational Theatre for Communities from New York University Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities. She is currently a director at El Puente, a community human rights and arts institution in New York where she has been a director for three years working with young people and helping them use art as a tool for social issues as well as healing. Umipig’s background in theatre focuses on art for the community with the community. She has worked at rehab centers, penitentiaries, different community groups, and more.