CJay's artist profile

CJay Philip was born a multidisciplinary artist. Even as a child focusing on one thing was not for her and only left CJay unsatisfied, frustrated and crying in her crib. Mom always had to leave multiply toys and options to occupy her budding desire to experiment and create.

Today not much has changed. CJay is artistic director of Dance & Bmore, a contemporary and theatrical dance company fusing movement, live vocals, spoken word and original songs written by CJay to create a rich and colorful tapestry of creative offerings. The dancers sing, the singers dance and the artistic lines are blurred to create a multidisciplinary experience that is exciting not only for the audience but for the artists as well.

As a freelance director CJay has helped produce some of Baltimore's most exciting performance events. CJay directed the WOW - Women of the World concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. She directed the main-stage of the African Heritage Festival in 2011 and Centerstage's 2012 50 Fest Extravaganza. She also a regular teaching artist at Centerstage and has directored work for their young playwrights festival. She directed a new play Marvin’s Trial presented at the D.C. Black Theatre Festival about the famed life and tragic death of iconic music legend Marvin Gaye

She's written and directed her own plays as well as an adaptation of Carmen as a Hip-Hopera which had a sold out run in Zurich Switzerland.

CJay is also Producer/Director and host of The Baltimore Arts Scene, an entertainment web series shining light on the ever growing creative communities in and around Baltimore.

As a song writer she creates new music and vocal arrangements for the Dance & Bmore ensemble and she also creates songs to accompany DAB's signature holistic wellness program engaging Baltimore families through dance while promoting healthy lifestyles and quality time for parents and kids. The Dance & Bmore Family Jam is one of the most rewarding programs run by CJay and the Dance & Bmore.  CJay has also developed and Elder Arts Program called Forever Fit & Fun program which inspires senior citizens to share their oral history as they participate in music and creative movement.

As director of the HOPE Story Tree Gang, CJay engages young artist in story telling as part of a Theater for Young Audience (TYA) puppet show promoting dialog around challenging issues such as gang violence, substance abuse, literacy, race relations and health and nutrition.

The daughter of a retired social worker and community activist, CJay can't help but see the world around her as an opportunity to use her creativity and diversity to inspire and ignite change within the minds, hearts and homes of the people she encounters along her creative journey.

CJay's "artist statement" is short enough to be found @GoCjay

"It's not talent that gives you value, but what you do with it" Director, Choreographer, Singer/Song writer, Actress, Playwright and Poet

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