This HowlRound article by Carmen Morgan talks about how black theaters across the country are asking how will they sustain themselves and remain relevant in a world where the paradigm is shifting so that in 2042, people of color will be the majority in the country. Also, Catalyst is Coming!: A National Convening of Black Theatres, which will bring together represenatives from black theaters from across the country to talk about these pressing issues, will be held in NYC from August 4-7. The event will be livestreamed via HowlRound on August 7.
In this blog post, playwright Jacqueline E. Lawton interviews many women who work in theaters across America (including Director of New Work at c1 Ilana Brownstein and c1 artist Aditi Brennan Kapil) on where they see “opportunities for growth/unexplored challenges/gaps to be filled in your arts discipline.” Read the responses here.
This playbill.com article features playwrights Annie Baker (C1 artist: The Flick, The Aliens), Sheila Callaghan, and Dominique Morisseau talking about gender parity, race, and class on America’s stages. Read the article here.
This article details the controversy surrounding GreenStage, located in Seattle, casting a non-African-American actor as Othello. Read the The Stranger‘s article here.
This response to The Stranger’s article, written by Seattle actor J Reese, highlights the “implicit assumptions” and “White Fragility” that is inherit in both the Seattle theatre community and the theatre community around the country.
Playwright Lauren Gunderson explains why she insists her play, I and You, should be cast with actors that are not the same race. Read her explanation here.
This article talks about the works of three different playwrights, including C1 artist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors), that explore narratives outside of their own racial backgrounds. Read the article here.
At the TCG Conference in San Diego this past June, playwright Kristoffer Diaz (The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity) gave remarks at the To the Mountaintop plenary. The session dealt with the future of diversity and inclusion in theatre. Read Diaz’s speech here.