Each speaker’s session will be approximately 45 minutes long and while each session may have a slightly different format, all will be moderated and include a short Q&A at the end. We will end the afternoon with a round table discussion with all the guest speakers.
What are some changes that we can make to actively embrace and address diversity within the theatre community and on our stages? Kristy Thomas, diversity trainer and educator, will share a discussion with some of her past graduates and theatre professionals about actionable points we can use to help create a more inclusive theatre working environment, while also being sensitive to representation on the stage. She will be joined by Cedric Hayman and Ashley Rountree for her discussion.
Learn more about Kristy.
Intimacy Choreographer Brooke M. Haney and Fight Director Shad Ramsey discuss the ways we simulate intimacy and violence on stage in the past, during COVID, and beyond. We'll take a look at the history of both the Fight and Intimacy Directing movements, and how they are intertwined. While COVID has certainly imposed challenges in both fields, bringing them to a halt for months, it has also allowed the opportunity for thoughtful education and growth, and presented creative challenges. We'll discuss those challenges and opportunities and how they will inform work in the future. This discussion will be followed by a Q&A, so come armed (pun intended) with your questions.
Learn more about Shad and Brooke.
Insulted. Belarus, a play by Belarusian playwright Andrei Kureichik, has become a global theatre phenomenon. Inspired by the revolution that followed a corrupt, stolen presidential election in Belarus in August 2020, it gave rise to an unprecedented endeavour titled the Worldwide Readings Project. As of mid-February 2021, after five months of work, the WRP had organized over 150 events throughout the globe, including 115 readings in 28 countries in 20 languages. All of this naturally took part during a pandemic. John Freedman, the organizer of WRP, will share his experience with the ongoing process and will discuss future possibilities for the project once the pandemic subsides. A Q&A will be included.
Learn more about John.
An actor’s perspective on changes to the audition process during quarantine, forecasting the lasting changes, and tools and techniques needed to successfully adapt.
Learn more about James.
playwright | educator | consultant
Actor | Intimacy Choreographer
Theatre Critic | Translator
Actor | Director
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