Partnerships

About B.FLI

Mission

B.Fli Productions, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit performing arts organization  on a mission to increase mental wellness and decrease violence through the power of music, dance and live theatre.

Target Population

  • African-American communities on the Southside of Chicago,
  • Communities with high crime rates,  
  • Mentally traumatized communities
  • Adults (ages 18+) and youth (ages 5-17)


Vision

Safe environments and communities throughout the nation full of thriving citizens choosing to feel happy, taking care of one another while letting their light shine through the beauty of artistic expression. 

What We Do

Stage Productions

  • Plays & Musicals
  • Talent Showcases
  • Fashion & Art Exhibits

Workshops, classes and camps

  • Training/ Development 
  • Performance Classes
  • Musical Theatre Camp
  • Improv Workshops

Community Events

  • Seminars
  • Community Initiatives 
  • Partnership Programs

About The Executive Director

Rashada Dawan, MA

Born and raised on the South side of Chicago, Rashada Dawan is a professional actress, vocalist, dancer, choreographer and business woman. With an undergraduate degree in psychology from Florida A&M University (FAMU), a graduate degree in Human Performance and Training along with an extensive resume in mental health, violence prevention and the arts including staring as "Shenzi" in Disney's The Lion King National Gazelle Tour and Las Vegas company, she has decided to focus her expertise and talents within the community. She believes that performing arts is a medicine that can heal nations and she intends to do just that one stage at a time. www.RashadaDawan.com

Team B.FLI

Dr. Christopher Anne Robinson-Easley, Board President

Nora Taylor, Board Secretary

Tommie Williams, Board Treasurer

Markena Peavy, Board Director

Lisa Jones-Cannon, Board Director

Past Productions & Events

Israel's Daughter (2006)

A "praise dance gospel play" about a young girl who loses her grandmother and seeks to find herself again.  

For Colored Girls Who Dance Instead (2009)

Inspired by the Ntozoke Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf", this is the story of 6 women who tell their stories of trauma through monologues and dance to encourage and inspire Lady Red. 

Soul Music Concert Series (2008-2010)

Held at the historic Checkerboard Lounge in Hyde Park (Chicago), this R&B driven concert featured Rashada Dawan with her live band "The MD's" and several friends who came together for soul grooves and funky good times. 

Rashada Dawan joins Disney's The Lion King (2011-2015)

Executive Director of B.FLI gets casted in Disney's The Lion King Gazelle Tour & Las Vegas company from an open call of over 500 people. The organization took a small pause while she lived on the road and traveled around the nation performing before thousands while developing her craft, 8 shows a week. 

Karaoke For Peace (2016)

Karaoke-For-Peace aka "Will Sing For Peace" is a community initiative started by Rashada to promote peace through song/karaoke in what was reported as the communities with the highest homicide rates in the city. Neighborhood corners visited include: Austin, South Shore, Back of the Yards, Greater Grand Crossing, Auburn Gresham and 10 other communities throughout Chicago.

Karaoke-On-Wheels For Seniors (2016-2017)

Karaoke-On-Wheels For Seniors is an initiative intended to bring joy, fun and performance to our seniors. From special requests of Billie Eckstine and "Tutti Fruitti" to full out dance parties, this program truly brings joy to all involved all year long. 

Videos

Karaoke-For-Peace 

2018 B.FLI Camp Final Performance

Group ministry & choreography

"Hero"

Original Works

Excerpt of original piece "For Colored Girls Who Dance Instead" 

(featuring Dawn Bless as Lady in Tangerine)

Donate to B.Fli

From programs to shows to classes, we welcome your FEARLESS help because your contributions LIFT us. Give what you can today as we move to INSPIRE our communities, our selves and our world.All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you.

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B.FLI Productions, Inc.

South Shore, Chicago, Illinois 60649, United States