JASMINE EILEEN COLES (she/her) – Jasmine Eileen Coles is a performance artist based in New York City. She is a certified Health and Healing Practitioner and Nutritionist with 10 years of experience as a Nanny as well as 9 years of experience creating and developing Early Childhood Enrichment programs. Jasmine has worked 13 years as a Teaching Artist devising theatrical productions with youth examining their life experiences. The vast differences between the elite white Nanny industry and the teaching artist industry in under-resourced communities motivates Jasmine’s work. Jasmine is skilled in capturing a child’s cheerful interrogation, affirming that questions can be more valuable than answers. She is driven by a child’s sense of discovery, emphasizing that resolution is not always how a tale ends. Jasmine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance and her art practice is rooted in Ritual Poetic Drama, a methodology created by Dr. Tawyna Pettiford Wates. It prioritizes discovery as well as the cyclical nature of life, death, and transformation as a new beginning versus an ending.