Omari Soulfinger (b. 1986 in Brooklyn, NY) is a performing artist and facilitator dedicated to creative advocacy. Since 2001, Omari has worked with under-served communities in various capacities. Omari is Director of Advocacy with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. Additionally he facilitates for Brooklyn Movement Center, Ramapo For Children, Mankind Project, and All Kings. Adjacent to his social change work, Omari has performed stand-up comedy, improv, storytelling, puppetry, clowning, and burlesque.
"Performance is a requisite skill to meet the norms of status-quo society. Comedy happens when a strained expectation transforms into nothing. I play with the expectations we have of ourselves and each other. I want to make a mess of the absurdity that keep us comfortable. I am inspired by raw vulnerability and the “cringe” moments.
I offer an invitation co-create an experience. My social work background is vital in creating the space and capacity for this. The practice in relationship building, group work and supporting motivation is the how I create a container for "the work". Overall, I’m asking myself and you, to find the determination to get involved and re-imagine our presumptions about what is possible.”