Jonida Beqo

Artistic Associate

Jonida Beqo (Gypsee Yo) is a native of Albania, currently residing in Atlanta, GA. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A. in Theatre, she is a performance artist whose work aims to blur the lines between genres. Her background includes successful projects in theatre, dance, storytelling, and an extensive spoken word and slam poetry resume. This dedication to across-disciplines-exploration often makes it challenging to give a concise answer to the question “What do you do?” Sometimes she is a Costume Designer and a Wardrobe Mistress (Theatrical Outfit – Around the World in 80 Days, Blood Knot, The Green Book, Young Man from Atlanta, The Gifts of the Magi. True Colors – Our Town, Fool for Love, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Mountaintop), sometimes she is a performance poet (Southern Queen of Slam, Atlanta Slam Champion, two-time runner up of Women of The World Poetry Slam, National Poetry Slam semi-finalist), and sometimes she is a storyteller (one-woman shows- Jocasta, Sinners and Saints, Poetic Will; original play- Passages and Detours; features- NPR’s Snap Judgment, Lincoln Center Outdoor Series).

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