reviews & testimonials

“[Lenelle Moïse] tells stories of migration, hope, adaptation, fear, love, desire, loss, mobility, stories of secrets, defiance, and stories of triumph. These are as personal as they are unapologetically political. She tells them with the fullness of her being. When she takes the stage, she commands it with breaths, words, songs, and movements that come together to capture her audience. Her body remains ever so present. Every limb flexes, stretches and slides... Moïse expertly combines scripted pieces and improvisation to create a multi-layered performance in which she exposes aspects of a nuanced self as she interacts with her audience.”

Gina Athena Ulysse, “Ransanble: Some Critical Reflections on Lenelle Moise’s Womb-Words, Thirsting” (published in Volume 15, Issue 1-2 of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society)  

“Lenelle Moïse and her performance were a tour de force. [Word Life] was engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining from the first vocal expression to the last word, and the audience would have been more than happy to hear more. Lenelle’s willingness to engage with students and community members on a personal and intimate level through group discussions and workshops went above and beyond, and left students and faculty clamoring for a return engagement.  The subjects touched upon in Lenelle’s work are critically important for college students to examine and ponder.  Lenelle leaves them with plenty to think about, and, hopefully, a broader mind with which to do the thinking.”

Holly L. Cargill-Cramer, Director of Communications @ SUNY Cobleskill

“Moïse’s work is so much more than a good beat. From recounting a childhood fight to meditating on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Moïse refuses to dissociate her personal experience from the broadly political. ”

Claire Schwartz, Williams College student


production history as Womb-Words, Thirsting

November 2 & 3, 2013 Putney, VT

Sandglass Theater

August 6 & 8, 2013 Walhalla, MI

Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival

November 18, 2011 Bellingham, WA

Western Washington University

February 25, 2010 Pittsburgh, PA

Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, presented by New Voices Pittsburgh

February 19-20, 2010 Evanston, IL

Northwestern University

October 30-November 1, 2009 Boston, MA

The Theater Offensive

September 16, 2009 Chicago, IL

Columbia College Chicago

February 5, 2009 Williamstown, MA

Williams College

October 15, 2008 Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana State University

October 7, 2008 Durham, NH

University of New Hampshire

February 8, 2008 South Hadley, MA

Mount Holyoke College

December 4, 2007 Cobleskill, NY

SUNY Cobleskill

October 23, 2007 Geneseo, NY

SUNY Geneseo

September 28, 2007 Columbus, OH

The Ohio State University

September 19 & 20, 2007 Northampton, MA

New WORLD Theater/ Smith College

June 28, 2007 New York, NY

The Culture Project

April 5, 2007 Fairfax, VA

George Mason University

April 3, 2007 Northfield, MN

Carleton College

March 8, 2007 Keene, NH

Keene State College

February 23, 2007 Oberlin, OH

Oberlin College

October 18, 2006 Olympia, WA

Evergreen State College

August 5, 2006 Portland, OR 

The Blue Monk

August 1, 2006 Seattle, WA

Hugo House Theatre

April 28, 2006 Hudson, NY

Time & Space Limited

April 18, 2006 Providence, RI

Brown University

April 1, 2006 Carlisle, PA

Dickinson University

March 9, 2006 Arcata, CA

Van Duzer Theatre at Humboldt State University

February 14, 2006 Saratoga Springs, NY

Skidmore College

October 28, 2005 Geneva, NY

Hobart & Williams Smith College


workshop production history

April 9, 2005 Middleton, CT

Wesleyan University

March 18, 2005 Bronx, NY

The Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

September/October, 2004 Ithaca, NY

The Kitchen Theatre Company

WORD LIFE (Womb-Words, Thirsting)

The celebrated interactive autobiographical one-woman show. Mixing a brew full of womanist Vodou jazz, queer theory hip-hop, spoken word, and song, Word Life* is an interactive performance of patchwork poetic storytelling delivered, slam-style, from the gut. With just a cube, a loop machine, theatrical verve, good humor and a whole lot of nerve, Haitian-American solo performer, Lenelle Moïse, re-conceives memory, dances revolution and reclaims F-words. Watch as she channels protective parents, first girl crushes, tough neighbors and the fiercely divine feminine. Word Life  is an illuminating, and empowering evening of theatre about growing up immigrant, working-class, politicized and queer(ed). Written and performed by Lenelle Moïse.

*A version of this show has been presented as Womb-Words, Thirsting

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related articles

  1. The Williams Record

  2. Time Out New York

basic tech requirements

. 1 microphone

. 1 mic stand

. 1 music stand

. 3 rehearsal blocks (black cubes)

. 1 waist-high table

. speakers/amps & plug-ins*

. a professional or skilled sound

         & lighting engineer who will stay for the

         duration of the performance


*Lenelle creates live sound design throughout this performance with a phrase looping machine, the Digitech Jamman (see A microphone plugs into the Jamman but a 1/4 output plug is needed to connect to speakers/amps in the performance space.

“[Lenelle Moïse] is also, by the way, a force of nature—a performer who not only recites her smart, passionate works (from handmade scrolls) but embodies them physically, explosively, and sings as much as she speaks.” —Valley Advocate