Omari Soulfinger (he/they, b. 1986 in Brooklyn, NY) is a artist and facilitator dedicated to creative advocacy and healing justice. For years., Omari has worked with and for systemically denied communities in various capacities. Omari identifies proudly as a "Fool" (ask him more!). Omari is disclipined in social group work theory, internal family systems model, circle keeping, forum theatre, comedic performance,
ritual arts, and ancestor reverence; and he relies on these practices as a foundation for artivism, project management, youth development, generative conflict resolution and power organizing. Omari has designed and led experiences for spaces such as State Senator Zellenor Myrie, Trinity College, Stanford University, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, Brooklyn Movement Center, Clown Gym, Ramapo For Children, Mankind Project, and All Kings.
"I have a story, that we all perform and play an assigned role in order to keep our place in status-quo society. Comedy happens when a strained expectation (like those roles) transforms unexpectedly. I believe that just beyond vulnerability, taboo, “cringe” moments, is joy and freedom. I offer an invitation to co-create an experience. My social work background is vital in creating the trust and capacity for this. The practice of relationship building is how a container for "risk" and "play" is created. In that container, we seek to re-imagine presumptions about what is possible and most importantly, take action.”