The mission of Liberated Muse Arts is to engage inter-generational audiences through music performances and multi-disciplinary productions in ways that entertain and promote, encourage, and facilitate a forum for art exploration, education and community activism. Liberated Muse Arts Group creates a variety of productions produced each year. Liberated Muse Arts Group has appeared on numerous stages since 2008. Read more here.
Our core troupe includes the following artists:
Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman (Khadijah Moon)
FOUNDING DIRECTOR | COMPANY MEMBER
Khadijah “Moon” Ali-Coleman is founding Director of Liberated Muse Arts Group, a theater company and multi-media arts organization specializing in entertainment and educational products and services. Click here for her website. Khadijah Ali-Coleman started Liberated Muse in 2008 as a digital community for artists of all genres to fellowship and engage with one another. The platform, similar to MySpace and Facebook, allowed artists to post blogs, share music, art and events.
Through Liberated Muse Arts group, Khadijah has edited the books Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul (Outskirts Press, 2009) and Liberated Muse Volume II: Betrayal Wears a Pretty Face (Liberated Muse Publications, 2012) and released her first poetry chapbook Revisionist Tale in 2010.
A solo artist in her own right since the late 1990's, Khadijah, using the stage name Khadijah Moon, has had her music, written and performance poetry work featured on PBS' To the Contrary, Pacifica Radio's WPFW 89.3 FM show Live @ 5, FOX News affiliate WTTG's Morning Show, the television show Showtime at the Apollo and other media programs. Her poetry, plays and other theatrical work, some produced through Liberated Muse Arts Group, have appeared in the Capital Fringe Fest and Artscape Festival as well on stages at The Bonifant Theater, Hillyer Arts Gallery, Busboys & Poets, Morgan State University, Northern Virginia Community College, and other locations.
Khadijah was awarded a 2015 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, and, in 2012, recognized by the Prince George’s County, Maryland Innovation Fund as a “Top Forty UNDER 40″ awardee in the Arts & Humanities.
She holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Towson University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) where she studied under the mentorship of scholar Dr. Acklyn Lynch and playwright Alonzo D. Lamont. She's studied the Meisner technique with Robert Epstein's Acting Studio and musical theatre with Alisa Belflower. Currently, she is a doctoral student at morgan state university, pursuing a doctor of education (Ed.D) degree in higher education/community college leadership.
A founding member of the theatre company The Saartjie Project, Khadijah is actively performing as both a solo artist and a member of Liberated Muse Arts Group. She also works a creativity consultant for aspiring writers and performers and hosts 5th Tuesday Open Mic at the renowned Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC.
Colette williams (colie aziza)
Colette Aziza (also known as colie williams) is a singer/songwriter, actor, teacher and writer born and raised in the Bronx, NY. Colie has identified her music as-“Holistic Soul”-music that infuses a variety of rhythms, feel good music that lifts and inspires. She is currently promoting her single “Strange Fruit”, the remake of Billie Holiday's classic tune that follows the successful release of her single "Natural" (2013) and debut of her CD “Light Up The Darkness” released in 2011.
A consummate actress, Colie has appeared on stages across the country, performing with the Kennedy Center and with various theater companies since the late 1990’s. She began working with Liberated Muse Arts group in 2009, performing in dozens of music concerts and events produced by Liberated Muse Arts Group and has starred in the Liberated Muse musical theatre productions Running: AMOK and In Her Own Words. “I can connect to all the ancestor artists depicted in 'In Her Own Words', Colie shares. "Their lives and experiences reinforce my passion and dedication to using art as a vehicle for change.”
Colie portrayed Billie Holiday during the 2014 season and poet Lucille Clifton in 2012 and 2013. Colie has performed in the 2010 Capital Hip Hop Soul Festival and has toured with the Liberated Muse tribute show for Maya Angelou since Angelou's passing in 2014. “It is imperative to me to be a part of art that speaks truth and empowerment,” Colie says. She continues to spread her words and music in live performance.
An early-childhood educator, Colie is also an author. She has been published in Reflections Literary & Arts Magazine, and debuted in 2016 her first children's book, Corey's Dreams. Visit her online at ColieAziza.com
Lyn Artope (Honablew)
Lyn Artope is a long-time member of Liberated Muse Arts Group originally from Brooklyn, New York, but currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland where she works creatively as a writer and an actor. She began her career in 2010 in Liberated Muse's Capital Fringe Fest production of the play Running: AMOK. DCist described her portrayal in Running: AMOK as a “pleasant surprise” with “comedic banter”.
Since Running: AMOK, Lyn has emceed events as part of Liberated Muse Arts Group and also starred in the second season of In Her Words, portraying Zora Neale Hurston and the third season as poet Lucille Clifton. She starred as the title character in the Liberated Muse musical cabaret show "Madame Breezy's Speakeasy" which debuted in 2015 and continues to tour as a featured performer with the Liberated Muse tribute show to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee.
Lyn is a published poet, recently published in the 2015 issue of Reflections Literary & Arts magazine, a journal of Prince George's Community College.
Singer/Songwriter Angela Ballard, known onstage as the artist Anonamas experiments with hip-hop rhythms and eclectic beats, bringing a festive vibe to stages throughout the world. She has performed across the country and abroad, as far as Japan, as a vocalist and djembe player. She is part of the band The Bangladesh Project and the music duo 8orMas.
Anonamas is owner of Samanona Music Publishing and hosts a monthly performance and open mic series called In the Pocket, in Baltimore, MD. She tours with Liberated Muse Arts Group for musical performances and tribute performances, including the recent Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee tribute tour. Visit her website HERE.