Jourdain Natasha Searles hails from Augusta, Georgia. She has a B.A. in Communications: TV & Cinema from Augusta University and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has written plays, screenplays, television specs, poetry, criticism and creative nonfiction.
Jourdain is life-long student of film. She created the feminist media criticism website, fishnet cinema. Jourdain is the primary contributor, with guest pieces written exclusively by women and femmes.
Another major creative project is The Shady Lady Podcast, which is a conversational feminist podcast that focuses on art and intersectionality.
She performs stand-up comedy all over New York City. She has performed at Broadway Comedy Club, The PIT, QED, The Grisly Pear, Under St. Marks, The Creek and the Cave and The Footlight among many other places. She has also performed at Flame Con 2016 in Brooklyn, New York.
Her undergraduate honors thesis, “Idiot Box: An Exercise in Television Development” can be found in the Reese Library at Augusta University. Her graduate thesis, a half hour comedy-drama pilot titled “SOUL”, was presented as a staged reading at New York University’s Goldberg Theater in 2016.
Jourdain is an intersectional feminist and very dedicated to social justice. With her writing and comedy, she strives to represent women of color in all their complexities. Her work specifically challenges the public perception of the black woman and her role in society and popular culture.