about

The Starfruit Project supports radical healing and brilliant growth through creative writing and performance programs that center queer and trans people of color. Offerings are for practicing artists, budding artists, and anyone seeking support on their journey toward healing and growth. 

photo by Axel Jenson

photo by Axel Jenson

Briyana D. Clarel
Founder & Director
Briyana D. Clarel is a young, gifted, and black queer writer, performer, and educator dedicated to making the arts, education, and healing accessible to all. In 2016, they were awarded the Acts of Greatness LGBTQ Youth Community Award for their work including organizing the first Queer and Trans People of Color Holiday Fair in New York City. Briyana’s writing has been published in Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge & Resilience and After Ferguson, In Solidarity. Their solo show unboxed: a healing debuted at the 2018 OUTsider Festival and they have performed in the Dixon Place HOT! Festival and with the Aroma Theatre Collaborative. They recently directed Rage to Heal, a piece devised by a black cast moving through rage toward healing, and It's A Travesty! One Night With Jazzie Mercado! as part of the 2017 Cohen New Works Festival. Briyana holds a BA in Sociology from Princeton University. Born and raised in South Jersey, they are passionate about musical theatre, mangoes, and memoirs.