2018-OoS-DayOne-Sojourner-64Sojourner Zenobia (she/her and they/them) is a Chicago-based storyteller, performance artist and ritual-space holder. She graduated from Naropa University (Boulder) in 2006 with a BFA in Interdisciplinary Performance and a minor in Buddhist Philosophy. She studied performance at the School at Steppenwolf (Chicago) under Alexandra Billings in 2009 as well as Pantheatre (Paris) in 2011 with a focus on Vocal Training and Choreographic Theater. She went on to study energy work and ritual at Life Force Arts Center in Chicago (2011), peace circle training through Circles and Ciphers (2014), and in 2015 completed the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute in New York.

Sojourner’s artistic process lives at the intersection of spirituality and performance and has opened gateways for her to be received in Chicago’s underground performance scene as well as it’s healing community as a facilitator of ritual, specifically centering love and the brown body. She is the founder of Soul Journey Productions under which she works as a solo artist, director and event curator and more recently founded Breath to Bloom as a conduit for facilitating holistic meditation for individual, group and community-based clients. Her work as a teaching artist in classrooms and communities is geared towards facilitating re-connection with self, nature and tribe through the arts.

Aside from joining Chicago Folklore Ensemble in 2015 as the resident storyteller and working with Lucky Plush Productions from 2016-2018, Sojourner has produced and directed various solo works including On the Altar at Chopin Theater (2016) and Bloom for the Chicago Home Theater Festival (2017) as well as ensemble projects like Soul Journey Project (2008-2016) and Black Prism Moon (2018).

Sojourner leads people to investigate the beliefs they hold about the world to reveal illusions and explore manifestations of freedom. Her solo work embraces the passage of time inherent in spaces, places, objects, gestures, sounds, movements and nature in order to fully become a vessel for whatever transmission is seeking to emerge. As a vessel, she seeks to magnetize people into a vortex of love and awakening that can lead to reflection, wholeness, connection and gratitude.