Tag Archive | representation
Am I allowed to be casted in this?
It’s Spring (not according to Boston weather), so it’s that time of the year when theatre companies start releasing their seasons for the upcoming year. As I was browsing the internet, I noticed that Speakeasy Stage announced their season, and that they would be producing the New England Premiere Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls, or the African […]
Social Media as a Tool to Represent Underrepresented Theatre Makers
As conversations of representation have been had more and more over the past couple years, theatre makers of minority groups have been working extremely hard to ensure the voices of talented, powerhouse theatre makers are being represented. There has been a movement to create Google documents with names of on underrepresented and minority voices in […]
Unpacking POC in Theatre… Part 2!
Unpacking my thoughts… that’s what this blog is about, right? I recently just came across an article called “Why ‘Diversity is Encouraged’ Is Not Enough” on HowlRound that echoes a lot of the points that I was making in my previous blog post, “Let’s Get Specific,” that I would like to revisit and be in […]
We’re doing better(?)
Last week in Dramaturgy, we selected plays to work on for our final project. Ilana put a table up on the chalk board and asked us to tally off where our playwrights fell within the following categories: Gender Identity: Male | Female | Nonbinary | Trans Race: White | Afro-Caribbean | Asian/Asian American | LatinX […]
“The lights are much brighter there You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares So go downtown, things’ll be great when you’re Downtown, no finer place for sure Downtown everything’s waiting for you” This song by Petula Clark seems to ring true for playwright Kyle Chua in his new play, Downtown. The lights […]
To the companies who participated in the Ghostlight Project: I’m afraid you’ve already failed.
In the last few weeks, I, like many other actors who will soon graduate from BFA programs across the country, have had my eyes glued to audition postings on Playbill, Backstage, Broadway World—you name it—in the hopes of finding out which plays will be produced on equity stages across the country during the 2017-18 season. […]
“I’ve Realized I Want To Be Famous And I Don’t Know How To Feel About That.”
When I was younger, my little sister and I used to watch movies with my parents every Saturday evening. My dad worked really hard Monday through Friday so I didn’t see him often, and my mom just had a tendency to be sick during the week, making Saturday evenings—one of the few times we were […]
How Being Brown is Inherently Political
Recently, I have spent a lot of time questioning what my role is as an actor who cares about equality. How can I be a blank slate that propels a casting director or manager to look at me and see a world of possible roles to play? Can I do that while refusing to be silent […]
Rounding Up #TheSummit
On Feb 17, 2014, Peter Marks of The Washington Post hosted an event called The Summit — it was a public conversation with several of D.C.’s leading artistic directors. As Peter noted in an article for The Washington Post, “Several months ago, Molly Smith, artistic director of Arena Stage, approached me with an intriguing offer: organizing and moderating a series […]
One Step Forward, and…
In the last month there have been several examples of a frustrating lack of inclusion and diverse representation in theatre–whether that be playwrights or performers (I’m looking at you The Summit, The Lantern Theater, and The Wooster Group). But then on Monday, March 10th The Guardian published a story that made me hopeful for the a […]
Let’s Be Plumbers
Monday night, American theatre exploded, and there is definitely a mess that needs to be cleaned up right now. The Summit held at the Arena Stage on Monday brought together artistic directors and members of the local theatre scene to talk about the future of American theatre. Prominent artists were to talk about the progress […]