In celebration of our 25-year mark, NET has launched a year-long series to ignite the imagination: Inspiration On-Demand: Creators in Conversation. Each month, NET’s very own board members will join their own mentors and other artists they admire in conversation.
On Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 10am PST / 1pm EST join NET board member Shoshana Bass (Co-Artistic Director, Sandglass Theater) in conversation with Carlton Turner (artist, agriculturalist, researcher; co-founder, Mississippi Center for Cultural Production-Sipp Culture).
Shoshana Bass is co-artistic director of Sandglass Theater based in Putney, Vermont on the unceded lands of the Abenaki people. Having been raised in a traveling family of internationally acclaimed puppeteers, she has spent her life witnessing and in dialogue with artistic voices of diverse cultures, heritages, and perspectives. Now she performs, directs, and choreographs internationally. She is the festival director for Sandglass’ Puppets in the Green Mountains International Festival. Shoshana also produces the family-friendly “Winter Sunshine” series, as well as the social activist “Voices of Community” series. She is a touring ensemble member with the company in Babylon, Journeys of Refugees; Rock the Boat; and Punschi and her solo performance When I Put On Your Glove. As a rural-based artist touring frequently to cities, she is especially interested in rural advocacy in a national narrative toward justice, and she works with puppets because they are a provocative means of inviting story and containing metaphorical worlds.
Carlton Turner is an artist, agriculturalist, researcher and co-founder of the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture). Sipp Culture uses food and story to support rural community, cultural, and economic development in his hometown of Utica, Mississippi where his family has been for eight generations.
Carlton currently serves on the board of First People’s Fund, Imagining America, and Project South. Carlton is a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander Center for Research and Education and former Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS. He is also a founding partner of the Intercultural Leadership Institute.
Carlton is a current Interdisciplinary Research Fellow with the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. He is also a former Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow and former Cultural Policy Fellow at the Creative Placemaking Institute at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design in the Arts.
Carlton Turner is also co-founder and co-artistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a Mississippi-based performing arts group that blends of jazz, hip-hop, spoken word poetry and soul music together with non-traditional storytelling. His current work is River Sols, a new play being developed in collaboration with Pangea World Theater that explores race, identity, class, faith, and difference across African American and South Asian communities through embodiment of a river.
He is also a member of the Rural Wealth Lab at RUPRI (Rural Policy Research Institute) and an advisor to the Kresge Foundation’s FreshLo Initiative. In 2018, Carlton was awarded the Sidney Yates Award for Advocacy in the Performing Arts by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals. Carlton has also received the M. Edgar Rosenblum award for outstanding contribution to Ensemble Theater (2011) and the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre (2015).
On Monday, November 8, 2021 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST NET board member Claudia Alick (performer, producer, inclusion expert; Founding Executive Producer, Calling Up) will be in conversation with Tyrone Davis (director, actor, producer, educator; Associate Artistic Director, Center Theatre Group).
Claudia Alick is performer, producer, and inclusion expert. Named by American Theater Magazine as one of 25 theater artists who will shape American Theater in the next 25 years, Alick has served as the founding Artistic Director of Smokin' Word Productions, is a NY Neofuturist alum, published playwright, recipient of NYC Fresh Fruit directing award, TedXFargo speaker, the Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists, featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and former Community Producer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. At OSF for ten years she produced events such as The Green Show, The Daedalus Project, OSF Open Mics as well as producing/directing audio-plays with OSF such as the Grammy nominated Hamlet. Her personal projects include her podcast “Hold On…Wait for it”, vlog “This Week in Cultural Appropriation”, StreetPoetry, and one-person show Fill in the Blank exploring disability and the medical industry. Claudia served on Oregon Arts Leaders in Inclusion, the steering committee of The Ghostlight Project, the steering committee for Black Theater Commons. She is currently managing content with The Crew Revolution black female leadership, serves as Co-president of the board of Network of Ensemble Theaters, and the board of NW Arts Streaming Hub, collaborates with the Unsettling Dramaturgy (crip and indigenous international digital colloquium) and is on the advisory councils for the National Disability Theater and Howlround. Claudia Alick serves as founding executive producer of the transmedia social justice company CALLING UP whose projects include Producing in Pandemic, The Every 28 Hours Play, We Charge Genocide TV, The Justice Producers Collaborative, The Justice Quilt, Co-artistic direction of The BUILD Convening, Digital Design of The Festival of Masks, in addition to consulting and advising funders and companies around the country. She is producing performances of justice on stage, online, and in real life.
Tyrone Davis is a director, actor, producer, educator, and an Associate Artistic Director at Center Theatre Group. Before joining CTG Tyrone served as Community Artistic Director with American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He has over 10 years of experience in engagement and arts education, including serving as an adjunct professor in drama at Contra Costa College and Los Medanos College. He is passionate about commissioning and developing new works with artists and audiences both locally and nationally. He is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts School of Theater M.F.A. acting program and holds a B.A. in theater from California State University, Northridge.
Our last conversation was on September 24th with NET board member Dipankar Mukherjee (Artistic Director, Pangea World Theater) in conversation with Sharon Day (Ojibwe; Executive Director and co-founder, Indigenous Peoples Task Force).
Dipankar Mukherjee is a professional director originally from Calcutta, India with a 30-year history of directing. He is the Artistic Director of Pangea World Theater, an international theater in Minneapolis that is a progressive space for arts and dialogue. As a director, he has worked in India, England, Canada and the United States. Dipankar has worked at the Guthrie Theater, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, New World Theater, Alliance Theater and at the Young Vic in London. Dipankar has worked with dancers to create cross-cultural work using his knowledge of Kalaripayattu, an Indian martial arts form. He has worked with choreographer/dancers from India, U.S. and Canada in the capacity of a director. His aesthetics have evolved through his commitment to social justice, equity and deep spirituality and these factors, along with a response to relevant politics, forms the basis of his work. Dipankar has been awarded the Twin Cities International Citizens Award by the Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul for contributions in the area of human rights and international co-operation. Dipankar has received the Humphrey Institute Fellowship to Salzburg and has been a Ford Foundation delegate to India and Lebanon. He is a recipient of the Bush Leadership Fellowship award to study non-violence and peace methodologies in India and South Africa and a Doris Duke Fellowship at Shangri-La. Dipankar facilitates processes that disrupt colonial, racist and patriarchal modalities of working and collaboratively searches for an alternate way of working.
Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. She is an award winning artist and writer. She is the co-editor of Sing, Whisper, Shout, Pray! Feminist Visions for a Just World, Edgeworks Book, and Drink of the Winds, Let the Water Flow Free, Johnson Institute. Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies including, Open Rivers Journal, Indigenous Women’s Journal, St Paul Almanac and others.
As an actor, she has appeared in Ping Chong’s Undesirable Elements at Illusion Theater, First Ladies of Ramsey County at the American History Theater, and at Pangea World Theater in Borderlands and Marissa Carr’s Reparations.
Musician: Her earliest introduction to music was at home. Her father composed hundreds of songs and played at least 5 musical instruments by ear. Ms. Day played the French Horn in high school bands and also sang with the choir. She formed the Neeconis Women’s Accapala Group in the mid nineties and continues to sing today. She has written numerous songs as in currently working on a musical theater piece.
Director and Writer: In 1990, she created the Ogitchidag Gikinooamaagad Youth Theater project now known as the Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble for the Indigenous Peoples Task Force. This youth theater ensemble has performed 9 original plays on the health topics of HIV/AIDS, Tobacco Abuse, Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Abuse and Historical Trauma. She has directed many of their performances and has written 5 plays for the ensemble, Pow-Wow Cooking, Home, Beishigo Asemaa, I’ll Do it for the Water, Two Brothers.
As an environmental activist, she has walked the length of the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, Seneca Lake, Potomac & James Rivers, the St. Louis River, the Minnesota River, the Missouri River and the 4 Directions Water Walk from Gulf Port, Mississippi to Lake Superior.
Awards: 2nd and 3rd place for a juried art show at Southwest Museum, Gisele Knopka Award for working with Youth, the Governor of the State of Minnesota proclaimed November 10, 1998 Sharon M.Day, Day as did the mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Ms. Day received the Resourceful Woman Award, and the Aston Bannerman Award. In April 2019, she was awarded The Spirits Aligned Legacy Fellowship, a 3 year fellowship.
This event was held on Friday, July 16th with NET board member Michael Rohd (Co-Founder and Ensemble Member, Sojourn Theatre; Author of Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue) in conversation with Ping Chong (Founder and Artistic Director, Ping Chong + Company; theater director, choreographer, and video installation artist).
Michael Rohd is a co-founder and ensemble member of the national, ensemble-based Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He is an Institute Professor at Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts and is is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue. He is an artist for Civic Imagination at Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP), which he co-founded in 2012. CPCP is a national team of artists who believe that with the right approach, the same tools and capacities that artists use to make art can be utilized to transform systems and improve the impacts of government and community-driven efforts and programs. Recent/Current projects with CPCP and Sojourn include collaborations with ArtPlace America, Goodman Theater, LISC, Kansas City Mayor's Office, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, Cleveland Public Theater, Americans for the Arts, Nashville’s MetroArts, City of Santa Monica, CA, United Way, Flint Youth Theater, Catholic Charities USA, Cook Inlet Housing Authority Alaska, Jackson Medical Mall Foundation Mississippi & Steppenwolf Theater.
Ping Chong is a theater director, choreographer, and video installation artist. Born in Toronto and raised in New York City’s Chinatown, he is a seminal figure in the Asian American arts movement and a pioneer in the use of media in theater. His theatrical works bring his unique artistic vision to bear on major historical issues of our times and focus on bringing unheard voices and underrepresented stories to the stage. Encompassing puppetry, dance, documentary theater, sound, and other experimental theater forms, his works have explored a wide variety of subjects, from a hidden genocide in Africa to modernization in China to the experiences of Muslim youth in post-9/11 America. Throughout, the common thread has been a unifying commitment to artistic innovation and social responsibility.
Since 1972, as founder and artistic director of Ping Chong + Company, he has created over 100 productions which have been presented at major theaters, festivals, and museums worldwide. Major interdisciplinary works include Collidescope: Adventures in Pre- and Post-Racial America (with Talvin Wilks; University of Maryland, 2013; University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015; Wake Forest University, 2017), Throne of Blood (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2010), Cathay: Three Tales of China (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2005), Kwaidan (Center for Puppetry Arts, Jim Henson Festival, 1998), Deshima (Mickery Workshop, 1990), Nosferatu (La MaMa, 1985/1991), Angels of Swedenborg (1984/2011), among many others.
In 1992, he created the first Undesirable Elements production, an ongoing series of community-based oral history projects, working with real people to explore issues of culture and identity. Representative works in the UE Series include Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and touring, 2015) Inside/Out: Voices from the Disability Community (Kennedy Center, 2008), Cry for Peace: Voices from the Congo (Syracuse Stage, 2010), and Gaijin (Yomiuri Prize, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, 1995). His puppet theater work ALAXSXA|ALASKA premiered in August 2017 at the University of Alaska Anchorage and will be presented at La MaMa in October. Theatre Communications Group has published two volumes of his plays, The East/West Quartet and Undesirable Elements: Real People, Real Lives, Real Theater. Chong is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a USA Artist Fellowship, two Bessie Awards, two Obie Awards, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and a 2014 National Medal of Arts. He lives in New York City.
This conversation was on Friday, June 25, 2021. NET board member Alison De La Cruz (executive arts leader, facilitator, cultural organizer, producer, multi-disciplinary theatre artist, educator, contemporary ritualist, and yelder) was in dialogue with Rose Portillo (theater artist: actor, writer, director, educator).
Alison De La Cruz (she/he/they/DeLa) is an executive arts leader, facilitator, cultural organizer, producer, multi-disciplinary theatre artist, educator, contemporary ritualist, and yelder. De La Cruz is honored to be a Foundling and co-Artistic Director for the newly emerging Outside In Theatre. De La Cruz has spent the last 20 years building a cultural organizing, facilitation, and creative producing practice that engages multi-generational artists, producers, and audiences. DeLa collaborates with a range of artists and producers from emerging to traditional folk artists to professionalized artists and those artists transitioning between one part of their growth to the next.
Since the Fall of 2020, De La Cruz has been collaborating with Artivist & Facilitator Quetzal Flores as they engage staff, board and community stakeholders from Self Help Graphics in Cultural Convening Methodologies towards strategic planning and community-engaged models of sustainability. De La Cruz is also a trainer for the ArtChangeUS Cultural Community Benefits Trainings and in June 2021, De La Cruz was an actor/facilitator in the digital world premiere of Mark Valdez & Ashley Sparks’ The Most Beautiful Home...Maybe (Mixed Blood). De La Cruz served as Executive Producer of the LA premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance (2018, EWP & JACCC) at the historic Aratani Theatre followed by the world premiere of Tales of Clamor (2019, JACCC & NCRR) in the Aratani Theatre Black Box. De La Cruz was previously the Vice President of Programs at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center where they oversaw programming in Performing Arts, Culinary Arts, Visual & Cultural Arts, Community Engagement, and Neighborhood Placekeeping work with Sustainable Little Tokyo. De La Cruz has led at the intersections of dramaturgy, adaptation, youth development, generative processes, community organizing, dialogue, workforce investment and playwrighting on over 10 Youth Arts productions by Shakespeare Center Los Angeles, About Productions and East West Players. DeLa has also created original solo and collaborative performance work since 1999, sharing intersectional stories of bigger-bodied queerness of color in De La Cruz’s shows.
Rose Portillo is a renowned theater artist- actor/writer/director/collaborator/educator. A 40+ year veterana of stage and screen (large and small); a community-builder; an art-maker of altars and mosaics (rosaics); an innovator, initiator, intuit; a maverick; dedicated to breaking new ground and smashing stereotypes. Rose is a 40 yr Veterana of theater, film and television.
Her career began with a lead role in Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit creating the role of Della (original L.A. production, Broadway, and film), and more recently appeared in its LA revival as Mama Reyna. As Associate Director of LA’s acclaimed theater company About…Productions (1992-2016), Rose partnered with Theresa Chavez on more than 9 critically acclaimed theater productions as co-author/co-director and actor. A respected master teaching artist, Rose also founded About…Production’s Young Theaterworks, creating programs which target youth in Continuation/Options schools and which have been featured in the LA TIMES and on NPR. At the invitation of Pomona College (2007-present), Rose designed, and continues to teach and direct ‘Theater with Young Audiences’ in which college students engage with middle and high school students from the city of Pomona to create original work and witness the power of theater to transform. She has also created devised work with youth through Pomona College’s P.A.Y.S. program and Pitzer College’s Native Youth to College program.
Photo Credit for both Alison and Rose: Michael Palma
This conversation was held on Friday, May 28, 2021. NET board member CarlosAlexis Cruz (Producing Artistic Director of the Nouveau Sud Circus project; Associate Professor of Physical Theatre and Diversity Coordinator; University North Carolina at Charlotte) was in dialogue with Rosa Luisa Márquez (Puerto Rican theater artist and pedagogue).
CarlosAlexis Cruz is the Producing Artistic Director of the Nouveau Sud Circus project; a circus for social change company in service of intercultural and cross cultural communication in the urban region of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The company is currently invested in the creation of Bestia, a circus take on the journey of central American immigrants. Cruz’s Nouveau Sud was just awarded a NEFA National Theatre Project Creation and Touring grant for Bestia. Other awards: Knight Foundation- Celebrate Charlotte Arts, Princess Grace Foundation 2017 Works in Progress Award for the development of Pícaro with the support of the Baryshnikov Arts Center in NYC and the 2014 Arts and Science Council’s McColl award for the development of new, socially-engaged work. With the latter the Nouveau Sud project was developed.
Cruz is the Associate Professor of Physical Theatre and the Diversity Coordinator for the College of Arts + Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Rosa Luisa Márquez is a Puerto Rican theater artist and pedagogue; she specializes in contemporary theater. Rosa Luisa started her teaching career at the theater department of the University of Puerto Rico in 1978. She developed the current curriculum of Drama Activities, which she teaches in her workshops at schools, prisons, rehab centers, women's shelters and community centers. Her directing projects include Romeo(s) y Julieta(s), Historias para ser Contadas, La Leyenda del Cemí, Procesión, Waiting for Godot, Jardín de Pulpos, Absurdos en Soledad, El León y la Joya, among others. Published books include Brincos y saltos: el juego como disciplina teatral and Historias para ser contadas, montaje de Rosa Luisa Márquez. She is a member of the board of directors and pedagogical team for the EITALC´s International School of Latin American and Caribbean Theater. Ongoing artistic collaborators include Gilda Navarra and Antonio Martorell (Puerto Rico), Grupo Malayerba (Ecuador), Grupo Yuyachkani (Peru), and directors Peter Schumann (Bread & Puppet Theater, U.S.A.) and Augusto Boal (Theater of the Oppressed, Brazil). Publications in 2020: memorias de una teatrera del Caribe, Cuentos, cuentos y más cuentos de Gerard Paul Marín: Montaje en dos tiempos: 1979, 2004
The latest conversation in this series was Friday, April 23, 2021. NET board member, Todd London (artistic director, educator, essayist, and theater chronicler) was in conversation with André Gregory,(director, actor, writer, teacher, and painter) co-creator and co-star of the legendary My Dinner with André. This is Not a Memoir is a collaboration between Gregory and London which reflects on a life lived for art.
Todd London's books include An Ideal Theater, The Importance of Staying Earnest, and his most recent novel If You See Him, Let Me Know. An artistic director, educator, essayist, and theater chronicler, he is a winner of the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism and was the inaugural recipient of Theatre Communications Group's Visionary Leadership Award for his contributions to the American theater. He is a proud member of the NET board.
André Gregory has been directing in New York for more than half a century. He has collaborated on film versions of his theater productions with Wallace Shawn, Louis Malle, and Jonathan Demme. Gregory, Shawn, and Malle created the now-legendary My Dinner with André. Gregory is also an actor, a writer, a teacher, and a painter.
Our second conversation was Friday, March 26th. For this conversation we were joined by NET board member Carrie J. Cole and Co-Artistic Directors of Submersive Productions, Ursula Marcum and Glenn Ricci.
Carrie J. Cole is associate professor, Producing Director, and Assistant Chair, in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. As a scholar, her work concentrates on current and future trends in US theatre, performance, and popular culture, specifically staging science fiction and the fantastic. Dr. Cole’s recent theatre credits include creating a new adaptation of Wedekind’s The Awakening of Spring, directing Sarah Delappe’s The Wolves, Lauren Gunderson’s I and You and Ray Bradbury’s adaptation of his own Fahrenheit 451. She also devised and directed Electriad, which explored the repercussions of war from the perspective of the warrior, the home front, and the displaced. In addition, her reimagining of H. G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, which reflected the events of the second Mars Rover exploration, was staged as part of the Tucson Festival of Books by Arizona Theatre Company. She also has served as Company Manager and Festival Dramaturg for KO Festival of Performance, where she also appeared as part of the ensemble of Katie Pearl’s OK OK. As an advocate for new plays, Dr. Cole regularly produces and directs “Flash Play Festivals”—readings of ten-minute plays written by award-winning authors at both the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts and the Other Words Conference. Dr. Cole joined the Board of NET with an amazing cohort in 2020 and is honored to serve as secretary for the organization.
Ursula Marcum is a performing and visual artist who is fed by two distinct practices: one consists of being a part of highly collaborative works on a grand scale, while the other resides in independently creating artwork that is personal, quiet, and celebrates the wonder to be found in small, everyday things. Each practice informs and balances the other. Originally trained as a designer for theater (B.A., Catholic University) and museum exhibitions (M.F.A, George Washington University), she is inspired to tell stories that are a mixture of both the magical and the ordinary.
As the Co-Artistic Director of Submersive Productions, she works with teams of wildly imaginative people to create original, site-specific, immersive worlds where artists and audiences engage together at the intersection of histories, mythologies and the immediate experience. As a puppeteer and visual artist, Marcum works in a small scale in order to establish an intimate, personal connection with audience members. Her puppets and glass artworkzs are grounded in materiality, and celebrate quiet and contemplation.
She believes in the power of art making within a community to imagine something better, together, and bring it into existence. Helping to build a supportive, just and equitable artistic environment in Baltimore is key to her practice, whether large or small.
As a composer, sound designer, performer, lighting designer, and video artist, Glenn Ricci has been working with time-based media for over three decades. As a founder and Co-artistic Director of Submersive Productions, Glenn has engaged with over one hundred Baltimore artists in a unique and evolving collaborative process that melds design, performance, and world-building to create unique, impactful audience experiences. For the past seven years, Glenn has focused on creating fully immersive artworks and their potential as an unexpected and memorable form of storytelling. By creating experiences that can be explored from many perspectives at once, his work is in constant conversation with the audience, bringing them into the center of the meaning-making process and letting them each construct their own narrative.
Our first conversation was Friday, February 26th. Kicking off this series was NET board member, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. in conversation with Leslie Ishii.
Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr. is the new Artistic Director of HartBeat Ensemble, Hartford’s Public Theatre. He is also co-founder of Civic Ensemble, a community-based theatre company in Ithaca, NY. For Civic, he directed Eugene O’Neill’s All God’s Chillun Got Wings and The Next Storm, and appeared in My Children! My Africa!, Fast Blood and his adaptation of Mike Daisey’s The Trump Card. Godfrey was Producing Artist in charge of New Artist Development for Off-Broadway’s Epic Theatre Ensemble, appearing in A More Perfect Union, Widowers' Houses (which Godfrey co-adapted with Ron Russell), and Measure for Measure, among other plays. At Epic, he also co-wrote and starred in a documentary play about the election of President Barack Obama, Dispatches From (A)mended America. Additional New York theatre credits include The Old Settler (Primary Stages), Betty’s Summer Vacation (Playwrights Horizons), Free Market (Working Theater), Leader of the People (New Georges), and microcrisis (Ensemble Studio Theater). Godfrey is a 2012 TCG/Fox Fellow, a participant in the TCG SPARK Leadership Program, and a lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Leslie Ishii (AD, Perseverance Theatre) has directed at Perseverance Theatre, Pangea World Theatre, East West Players; Artists At Play; and more; Oregon Shakespeare Festival:API 2x2 New Works Residency Founder/Co-Producer, Dramaturgy, FAIR Program Recipient, and facilitator OSF’s E/D/I/A Initiative; Native Voices Dramaturgy, Northwest Asian American Theatre.
(Actor) Penumbra; Theatre Mu; Northwest Asian American Theatre; El Teatro Campesino; American Conservatory Theater; Southcoast Repertory Theatre; Broadway.
(National Scope) Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists: Board President, Co-Chair Steering Committee: 5th and 6th National Asian American Theatre ConFest; National New Play Network, Membership Committee; National Cultural Navigation Theatre Project for the sustainability BIPOC artists and theatres, Founder; artEquity, core faculty.
Fitzmaurice Voicework, conference organizer, Barcelona, Spain and Vancouver, Canada.
(Affiliations & Awards) Arts For LA ACTIVATE Alumni; Los Angeles County Supervisors’
Cultural Equity Inclusion Initiative Work Groups; Founder/Director, National Cultural
Navigation Theatre Project; New England Foundation for the Arts Capacity Grant; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation National Theatre Grant Recipient; James P. Shannon Leadership Institute; Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Integrity Award; Los Angeles County Teachers Making A Difference Award; SDC E/D/I Standout Moments, 2016, 2017. SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA.
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