DOMINIQUE CHESTAND

WRITER - EDUCATOR - ADMINISTRATOR

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Dominique Chestand is a multimedia artist, educator, and organizer from the city of Chicago. Her works explore the experiences of Black, queer, woman-identified, and otherwise marginalized bodies. The disciplines Chestand uses in her work include poetry, theater, music, video, and dance.

Chestand is a graduate of the nationally-acclaimed Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she studied Theater and Drama. She also holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Theatre and Communication Arts, with a focus in Film. 

As a poet and actress, Chestand has performed on the stages of New York, Chicago, Mexico, the Republic of Panama, the United Kingdom, Holland, Denmark and Canada. Chestand returned to Chicago where she is a freelance teaching artist for Young Chicago Authors, an Artist-In-Residence for AMFM Gallery, and the new Brand Director for the Shade Journal.