The structure foe the image is a  headshot. chadia is seen looking at the camera behind an "olive-green" colour background. This compliments their top which is cropped at the shoulders leaving it bare. With black, brown and green leaves overlapping each other. chadia is wearing a gold necklace with a circular pendent.

photography: chadia @monography. 

chadia. (they/them/ils) | Artist, Founder & Co-Producer  for  DISSRUPTIV THEATRE


is a Burundian, queer, agender, neurodivergent multidisciplinary artist currently based in Tiohtià:ke.

Originally starting as a performer, chadia continuously found themselves in stories that positioned them in a minstrel performance that fit a “respectable” or palatable version of blackness. 

Trying to survive as an artist has become about either paying the bills and succumbing to these transgressions against them, or taking the financial risk of investing their time into writing the underrepresented narratives. 

Narratives that chadia would love to perform as a black, queer, neurodivergent actor. They want work that challenges societal norms and their own values, instead of work that consistently has them teaching the “black experience” for the benefit of mostly white audiences. chadia realized that in order to work in an environment where they could thrive, be well paid, and create with artistic liberty appreciated for the complexity of what they had to offer, chadia had to create it for themselves.

They established their "one person company with no money" DISSRUPTIV THEATRE. In 2022, they wrote, produced, directed, designed and performed their show "NIGGAS IN PONTREAL" at Montreal Fringe. The cast was led by ALL Black femmes. 

 chadia is focused on creating, collaborating, and supporting works that instigate conversations and challenge societal norms.

FOLLOW chadia. ON SOCIALS : @chadiaisdissruptiv


Rachel McNamara (she/her/elle) | Co-Producer, Production Manager  for  DISSRUPTIV THEATRE