Bayou Blues dives deep into the consciousness of a black girl’s pursuit to find air amidst the drowning waves of colorism in New Orleans. Having been nominated for the Fringe Sustainable Practice Award and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award, Broadway Baby says "Shaina Lynn is also well-equipped to draw on her wide-ranging skills as a performer, moving deftly through various settings and bringing to life the various characters that had impact on her early years.” Shaina Lynn takes the audience through the allure culture of Mardi Gras, Bounce music and second line parades to shine light on the city’s dark history of internalized racism. With spoken word, song, dance and rap she shares her story, based on true-life experiences. A tale of transformation and healing for all, Shaina’s powerful one-woman show questions the current impact of colonialism and race on communities of color.
Shaina Lynn was selected as the 2017 Curatorial Fellow presenting Bayou Blues at Carolina Performing Arts’ Historic Playmakers Theater directed by Monty Cole. During her fellowship Shaina engaged with undergrad, masters, and doctoral students across disciplines of study in class lectures and discussion. For the UK premiere, Shaina collaborated with Los Angeles director Brian Carbine. At the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bayou Blues was nominated for an Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. The show debuted in 2013 to great acclaim at Washington DC’s Capital Fringe, later showing at TADA! during Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Works Series in New York.