Nehprii Amenii

Maker of Things... Teller of Stories...

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Hi, I am a Brooklyn based artist, writer, director and educator.  As a theatre artist, I have a passion for puppetry, grand-scale spectacle, and personal narratives. Ultimately, I aim to create experiences that dismantle the wall between players and audiences, enchant the imagination and inspire new ways of seeing and thinking…to help transform the human heart for the better. I am the founder and Artistic Director of  Khunum Productions, a creative consultant and production company.

Over the years, I have had the honor to create with Penumbra Theatre Company, The Flea, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Iati Theatre, La Mama Experimental Theatre Company, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, The Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Lumber Yard Performing Arts, The Holland Festival, The Minnesota Orchestra, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, the New York Phil Harmonic at Lincoln Center, and Cirque Du Soleil. I have also enjoyed over twelve years of  teaching and staging puppet performances for The Alvin Ailey American Dance Foundation’s Ailey camp, where my work has been featured on the stages of Miller theatre and New Jersey  Performing Arts Center. 

In 2010, I received a grant from Downtown Brooklyn Partnership to create an interactive exhibit and Community Arts Center based on my children's book "Memories of the Little Elephant." In 2011 I was sponsored by the International Rotary Club to create a story-telling exhibit in South East India. In 2013, I was honored with the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for playwriting, for my original work,  Food for the Gods. In 2015,  I was invited as a U.S delegate to the Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town South Africa.  And in 2018, I was recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grant, and also awarded from the Puffin Foundation. I am a sponsored artist of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

As an educator, I have enjoyed over 18 years of teaching and now use puppetry, multi-media arts and story telling to mentor teachers and to teach english to young immigrants within New York public schools. I design curriculum and use art to create cathartic experiences for creative healing. In additional to working with children, I have also taught at Minneapolis Community and Technical college, Sarah Lawrence College, and the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. I am happy to have finally launched Kids Creative Power, which is Khunum Productions’ own the Arts in Education division. My hope is to keep play and imagination alive. Imagination is foundation of so much more than “art” as we know it.

I currently serve on the advisory committee of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, am a member of The Playwriting Center, The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and I am a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. I have studied with the International Khepran Institute, hold a B.A. in Creative Communications from the University of Minnesota, and an MFA in Theatre Production from Sarah Lawrence College.  And…I Thank you for visiting this page.