Meida Teresa McNeal has been making multidisciplinary collaborative performance works for over 20 years. She has produced numerous creative projects as both a solo artist and with Honey Pot Performance, and has performed in Illinois, Rhode Island, Ohio, California, and Trinidad. Recognitions during her career include awards and support from Chicago Dancemakers Forum (Lab Artist), Fulbright Award, Link Up Artist in Residence at Links Hall, Sponsored Artist Program at High Concept Laboratories, Crossing Boundaries Prize and Artist Residency with the Washington Park Arts Incubator, Propeller Fund, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, Puffin Foundation, Crossroads Fund, Illinois Humanities, and others. Meida received her PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, her MFA in Choreography & Dance History from The Ohio State University, and her BA from Kenyon College in Cultural Anthropology, Dance, and Theater.
Since 2009, Meida has been Artistic and Managing Director of Honey Pot Performance (HPP). Recent works with HPP include Ladies Ring Shout (2011), Sweet Goddess Project (2011), Price Point (2013), Juke Cry Hand Clap (2014), and Ma(s)king Her (2016). HPP is currently developing ways of knowing (2018) along with several publication projects including a digital map of 20th & 21st century Chicago Black social cultures and an artist book series documenting HPP creative projects.
Positioning her work as an independent artist and scholar at the intersection of performance studies, dance. and critical ethnography, Meida has taught courses in dance, critical performance ethnography, and black diasporic cultural production at Northwestern University, Brown University, Governors State, and Columbia College Chicago. Meida also works with the Chicago Park District as Arts & Culture Manager supporting community arts partnerships, youth arts, cultural stewardship, and civic engagement initiatives across the city’s parks and cultural centers.
Whether creating new performance, facilitating a workshop, building community partnerships and programs around shared public space, teaching, or writing, for Meida all roads lead to the merging of theory and practice into lived applications that cultivate dialogue, decolonize knowledge, and shift consciousness.