Tag Archives: discrimination

Looking for the Promised Land

February is Black History Month, an organized effort to recognize, accept and validate the African American Experience in Western Culture. It’s complicated. It’s about pride, it’s about history, it’s about education, it’s an effort to merge two ideas that often seem conflicted. Community And Diversity. How do we meld common interests (community in this case Western Culture), and special/individual interest (again in this case, the ...

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Working Black Actor Talks Inequality

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Vox:  A powerful piece by a Chicago-based black actor who relates what it’s like to be a black actor in both film and theater. So when we yell #OscarsSoWhite, I stand here thinking, “So is the rest of the industry.” The inequality starts from the bottom and works its way to the top until it becomes fully institutionalized.

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Sheldon Epps Talks Diversity and LA Theater

Sheldon Epps has been the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. He came to that position with a great many credits, including being the Assistant AD at the Old Globe, the founder of several theatre companies, and a noted director on and off Broadway. His television credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood.  We talked just before his announcement to step down ...

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The Diversity Conversation Lands on Broadway

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Broadway World:  2015 saw a rise in the discussion about diversity, the way that different members of society are portrayed in mainstream art and have access to mainstream art creation.  Whether focused on gender, sexual orientation, skin tone, or physical disability, the conversation that mainstream art must represent the whole of society – in both subject and artistic participants – has attracted widespread attention.  Locally, StageRaw.com ...

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Theatre Communications Group Takes Official Position on Color-Conscious Casting

Theatre Communications Group, the publisher of American Theatre, has taken an official position on color-conscious casting.  You can co-sign this letter by going to their web form. December 2, 2015 Over the past several weeks, we’ve witnessed two troubling examples of university productions disrespecting a playwright’s intent in regard to casting. Clarion University in Pennsylvania had to cancel their production of Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in ...

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Report: Stage Raw Symposium on Diversity in Theater

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Stage Raw: The third and final in a series of recent Stage Raw symposia was held Monday.  It focused on the hot topic of diversity: During the post-symposium questions, a discussion erupted over Howlround’s Jubilee. The general consensus was dismissive.  

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Dramatists Guild President on Writer’s Rights

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Dramatists Guild of America President, Doug Wright, has officially weighed in on the controversy surrounding playwright Lloyd Suh’s decision to prevent Clarion University from producing his play, Jesus in India, over casting issues: November 18, 2015 Recently, issues of casting and race have arisen in our national conversation about theater. While the Dramatists Guild applauds these necessary, rigorous and heartfelt conversations, it seems to us ...

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New Plays Explore Modern Gay Life

The New York Times:  “As a closeted teenager and then as an out adult, [Mark] Gerrard had defined himself by his difference. “I sort of come from the generation where my gayness, at least to me, was the most interesting thing about me,” he said. Suddenly it didn’t seem so interesting. “Who am I now if I’m not an outsider, if I’m not special any ...

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The 180-Degree Decision to Stage Shakespeare With Only Women

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Playbill: “[Director Phyllida] Lloyd was inspired to direct an all-female production in reaction to the fact that for every job available to a woman in the theatre, there were two available for men. While the statistics were applicable across the industry, she focused on the actors, saying, “I was fed up with the young people – teenagers – being subjected again and again to nights ...

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Video Profile: Ali Stroker, the First Actor in a Wheelchair to Perform on Broadway

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Ali Stroker has been spotlighted in several articles recently.  Here are two very different video profiles of her, the first actor in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway:  

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