Magda Uculmana-Falcon (a.k.a. isi bhakhomen ) (they/them) is a Queer, non-binary, Afro-Latinx multidisciplinary artist with Peruvian and Nigerian heritage. Through storytelling they hope to build worlds that give black children permission to breathe, to release, and to heal.
isi bhakhomen’s biggest accomplishment at NTS was being able to develop the IBPOC Artist Student Coalition with their fellow schoolmates. This initiative gave racialized students freedom to share their desires without fear of being reprimanded.
During their time at NTS, they have worked with incredible artists such as Jojo Rideout and Brian Dooley (Voice and Text), Martha Burns (Intro to the Actor’s Process), Rose Plotek and Anne-Marie MacDonald (Solo Project), Julain Molnar (Solo Song), Anita Nittoly and David Chinchilla (Stage Combat), Brenda Bazinet (Canadian Scene Study), Willow White (Theatre History), Tim Welham and Danielle Irvine (Shakespeare), Mike Payette (Indecent), Andrew Kushnir (Bonus Points If You Have Air Conditioning), Floydd Ricketts (Cabaret), and ahdri zhina mandiela (Creation).
In addition, they would like to acknowledge their mentors, Paula Wing and Lisa Karen Cox, for their guidance throughout the years. Without them, this accomplishment, graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, would not have been possible.
“Holding yourself above others will not work for long, holding your arms open will support you.”
― Suzan-Lori Parks