Kantara Souffrant


Kantara is the Milwaukee recipient of the Creativity Connects grant from the National Endowment for the Arts through AIR Serenbe partner organizations Capita and WolfTrap. As part of the grant, recipients receive residencies from AIR Serenbe.

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Kantara Souffrant is an artist-scholar, museum educator, and independent curator. She uses her scholarly, performance and community-based work to encourage dialogue, personal and communal transformation.  Souffrant combines movement, song, folk stories, interviews, and personal narratives to create, what she terms, “embodied storytelling.” She has presented her scholarly-artistic work on Yoruba, Haitian and KiKongo aesthetics and African cosmologies at numerous venues including the Whitney Biennale under the Dance Diaspora Collective, the American Studies Association, The Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Northwestern University, New York University, Oberlin College, The Caribbean Cultural Center and African Diasporic Institute,  and the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Souffrant holds a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University with certificates in Critical Theory, African and Diaspora studies, and Teaching. Her written work is featured in the anthology Vodou in the Haitian Experience; the art project Correspondence between NYC & PaP; Prospect.3: Notes for Now; and Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory.