Sylvia Ann Soares performs as Nancy Elizabeth Prophet in"Defiance!"
In 1918, Prophet, African American Narragansett-Pequot, was the first female of color to graduate from RISD.
This version of Soares’ solo "Defiance!" was for Newport Art Museum's 2019 exhibit "Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture." Soares' first reading of Prophet's diary premiered at RISD Museum for Stages of Freedom's 2014 exhibit “Life and Art of Nancy Elizabeth Prophet: Calm Assurance and Savage Pleasure.”