The American Theater Company has filled the role for artistic director. The position will be taken over by Will Davis. This is super exciting news, because Davis is one of the few leaders of a major company who is transgender.
This is exciting for the theatre community, because Davis’ voice will be heard with such a reputable theater. Having a wider variety of voices in the artistic space of America will allow for deeper understanding of the experiences of marginalized people. Davis will have a leading role in choosing the plays that will be performed, which means that our concept of what stories need to be told will be expanding.
Any time a person from a marginalized community gains a leadership role, it creates an inspirational platform for upcoming youth. It’s important that all people are in positions where they make decisions. When the leaders of our theaters all look the same, then there is danger of overloading our artistic conscious with a single voice.
Will Davis receiving this role speaks to how the American theater scene is growing and developing. I’m excited to see where Davis takes his new company. I’m excited to see what stories Davis is connected to as a transgender man. Thank you American Theater Company for becoming an example for all of us.