Diverstiy in Theatre — AAPEX

Monday, December 21, 2009

Diverstiy in Theatre

Dear all,

A couple of weeks ago I, along with a number of representatives from theaters across the United States, participated in a convening on Defining Diversity in New Play Development hosted by Arena Stage. The purpose of the gathering was to discuss the following:

"When the term “diversity” is used in the current theatre ecology, what do we actually mean? What are the existing practices for increasing diversity in new play development and are they effective? And can we effectively measure the value of a diversified community around the theatre? This convening seeks to examine these questions and more by integrating theatrical practitioners from various cultural, regional, racial, aesthetic, and political backgrounds and perspectives."

So for two straight days forty-seven people sat in a room and talked about diversity in all its forms. The discussion now exists online on Arena Stage's New Play Blog (http://npdp.arenastage.org/defining-diversity-convening/) and a formal paper is in the process of being written.

Do feel free to check out the blog. I will also make sure that a copy of the paper is made available to LMDA members.

Happy Holidays to all!

Debra Cardona
Board Member and NYC Regional VP, LMDA
Dramaturg, Classical Theatre of Harlem

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