Aneesa Neibauer is the creator of Black and Unknown Bards. Her work on the project began in February 2021, stemming from a deep desire to counterbalance the lack of Black representation within the commonly Eurocentric classic theatre industry. With Black and Unknown Bards, she hopes to amplify works of historical Black literature and celebrate the beautiful intricacy of Black history. In November 2021, Aneesa curated and performed Black and Unknown Bards: A Poetical Experience. Her work on Black and Unknown Bards also includes directing and performing in several short films as well as hosting an online reading series.
Outside of Black and Unknown Bards, Aneesa’s notable acting credits include Pericles Prince of Tyre, Julius Caesar, A Streetcar Named Desire, and All The King’s Men (Gamut Theatre Group; Harrisburg, PA), Collective Rage, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, and In the Next Room (Open Stage of Harrisburg; Harrisburg, PA), Jamaica (New Freedom Theatre, Philadelphia, PA), and Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Broken Heart, and Wilde Tales (Quintessence Theatre Group, Philadelphia, PA). In addition to performing, she served as an acting instructor with Popcorn Hat Players Children's Theatre, Sankofa African-American Theatre Company, Marshall Math and Science Academy STEAM Camp, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights.
When not on stage or behind a camera, Aneesa is likely bundled cozily with a cup of chai tea, knitting a sweater, and watching cartoons.
Aneesa holds a BFA in Acting from West Virginia University and an AA in Performing Arts from Harrisburg Area Community College.