HELLO folks and welcome to a piece of my universe on the Internet! Here is a place that showcases glimmers of me as an artist and human being. This is my digital footprint which will continue to expand and grow alongside me. I’m Kidjie Boyer and let me tell you about myself.
In the beginning….
My first name was inspired by the effervescent African singer, Angelique Kidjo. I was born and raised in Miami, FL. I am indeed a 90's baby and devout pescatarian. I know someone out there is already wondering so I'll just tell you now that I'm a Virgo through and through. I don't currently know my rising or moon signs but just know that the Virgo vibes are strong. I'm a proud daughter of two native-born Haitian entrepreneurs, and I am based in Chicago, IL. A large chunk of my childhood was spent in front of a television. Every chance I had to pop in a VHS I did! I just sat back and watched story after story unfold. Could I have read more books instead? Questionable….debatable...whatever....stop judging...however having a dad that was a movie buff only encouraged me to continue tuning in. The variety in expression, imagination, and execution that TV and movies offered seemed like the playground I wanted to be in. From elementary school to high school, I participated in drama and musical theatre. But after a while, kicking my face, TRYING to hit high notes (emphasis on TRYING), and geeking out over the Golden Age era of the American Musical Theatre was not something that felt important or realistic to me. The longer I stayed, the more limited and unlike myself, I began to feel. I didn’t want to stop acting I just wanted to close the door on musical theatre.
My world opened up when I got to The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. I was a part of the largest Black acting class The Theatre School has ever had. I became one of the founding members of Black Artists of Today (B.A.T.), The Theatre School's first affinity group for Black identifying students. Soon after I assisted in the creation and maintenance of Take Care DePaul Theatre, which was The Theatre School's first health and wellness campaign initiative. I was a pioneer! I noticed the flaws and needs that impacted my education and tried to answer the Vincentian question of "What Must Be Done?" to help me have a better educational experience while making it beneficial for my peers. Ultimately, my time at DePaul University made me conscious of mental health awareness, ableism, radical self-love, race vs culture, power systems, inclusivity, womanhood, advocacy, Blackness, whiteness, #metoo, classism, Black feminism, gender violence, gender privilege, climate change. I mean folks… I pretty much had an awakening. For once in my life, I was sharing space with people, attending events, and engaging in conversations, that were so nuanced, complex, and not easily digestible. Sounds terrifying, huh? As the late great Frederick Douglass said “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” The way the world is unfolding and threatening my very existence requires me to be a conscious artist and not just a puppet. My training has inspired me to move slower, think deeper, and move forward with intentionality and thoughtfulness.
So Who Is She Now?
I am a multidisciplinary performance artist. What do I mean exactly? I am an actress trained in theatre, on-camera work, and voiceover. I have experience writing spoken word poetry and short scenes. If the project requires it I can move like a boiled spaghetti to Solange Knowles’s music (really any music...I have rhythm). I can make some laugh, but I do not identify as a comedian. I am constantly expanding, learning new skills, and keeping up with the times. A few qualities any employer, client, or collaborator would surely experience while working with me are my professionalism, open-mindedness, creativity, collaboration, communication skills, and consistency. My current superpowers include honesty, compassion, patience, and curiosity. I am evolving every day and working towards stepping into who I want to become.
(Past, Present & Future)