Tricia Hersey is a Chicago native living in Atlanta with over 20 years experience working with youth and communities as a teaching artist, community organizer, poet, performance artist and theater maker. Founder of The Nap Ministry, Tricia believes impromptu spectacles can bring awareness to social justice issues that paralyze our communities. Her poetry and performance art is greatly influenced by liberation theology, creative empowerment and womanism.
Tricia was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, thanks to her grandparents migrating from Mississippi and Louisiana during the Great Migration of the late 1940s. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity from Emory University, Candler School of Theology.
She has over 200 hours of pastoral care and chaplaincy training from her role as a chaplain intern for a large senior retirement home in Atlanta. Her recent role with The Nap Ministry has allowed her to provide spiritual care via education, counseling and rest to over 300 people in 2018.
Tricia’s research interests include black liberation theology, womanist theology, somatics, healing trauma and reparations. Her work as a teaching artist, archivist assistant, community activist and trainer of arts integrated curriculum has been seen with Chicago Public Schools, Columbia College Chicago, Steppenwolf Theatre, United States Peace Corps, Google Chicago, Emory University Rare Books and Manuscript Library, and numerous community organizations and universities in Chicago and Atlanta.
Tricia loves coffee, naps, brunch and traveling. She lives in South Georgia with her husband Tommy and her son, who is nicknamed The Dream.