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Tavish Forsyth

By sylvie.lass@woollymammoth.net

Tavish (they/he) is the Director of Bird City Improv and a practitioner of Theatre for Social Change. He is a queer artist and educator with Celtic roots. They enjoy directing, poetry and ensemble-generated theatre. They are also a Buddhist, Yoga practitioner and Tarot card reader. Tavish was born on Penacook Land, in New England, under a Virgo moon. Since 2011, they have lived in Baltimore and DC, which are the ancestral lands of the Piscataway people, where they became the founder of Bird City Improv, a faculty member at Johns Hopkins University, and an educational consultant for the Maryland State Department of Education. Now, he facilitates the Arts & Social Justice Fellowship at Strathmore Music Center and the Queer Youth Soloist Project at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. They are a faculty member in the Kennedy Center’s Opera Institute and in the Creative Aging program at Art Works Now. Additionally, through his theatre company, Tavish offers in-school residencies, corporate workshops, and private coaching for queer folx and artists who are interested in re-imagining their relationships and channeling their creative power in ways that are meaningful, just, and authentic.
Tavish holds two degrees in theatre, but more importantly, is a seasoned artist with many years of lived experience. He is versed in multiple styles of improvisation, embodied practice, and comedic theory. Centering healing, queerness, and connection in his work, Tavish empowers individuals to listen, adapt, and respond. Their hope is to co-create in ways that are joyful, patient, and honest. Previous directing and design credits include Cradle and All at Ally Theatre Company, Two Rooms by Lee Blessing at Green Globe Theatre, Singularity at Baltimore Improv Group, and A Game by Denis E. Noble at Bird City Improv. Writing credits include Whatlaw at 10x10x10, Evangelisaurus at Baltimore Improv Group, and Dovo Sono i Peni? at Stevenson’s Black Box Theatre. Previous stage credits include A Streetcar Named Desire at Everyman Theatre, Cloud 9 at Iron Crow Theatre, Leveling Up at Interrobang Theatre Company and The Brother(s) at New York Stage & Film. Connect with Tavish by visiting www.birdcityimprov.com

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