New Voices of Diversity: The Gradual Evolution of Commercial Theater
The Playroom Theater
151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor.
Presented in association with TRU's Young Patrons and Artists' Circle (YPAC), co-founders Molly Morris & Kimberly Eaton. Moderated by YPAC Outreach Director, Christin Cato. With Luis Reyes Cardenas, Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director, Open Hydrant Theater Company; Gabriela Garcia, Co-Founder/Director, Making a difference through the Arts; Maria Goyanes of The Public Theatre; Daryl Sledge, producing member of Rhymes Over Beats, a hip hop theater company; Tiffany Vega, general manager Hi-Arts/Hip-Hop Theatre Festival.
This important discussion will consider how new forms have found their way to Broadway, with specific focus on Hamilton, and other ways in which hip-hop may be insinuating itself into the mainstream ... how Broadway theater-goers are being exposed to, and embracing to an extent, a greater range of diversity through Hamilton and other shows like Allegiance, On Your Feet and Fun Home ... and how producers have successfully merged different genres of music and diverse content and are bringing it to Broadway audiences. What works, what has worked, and what didn't work, and why? And from the artists' point of view, given the fact that the theater world is evolving and that it is inevitable, how does the diverse spectrum of creators, directors and producers see to it that their visions are included in this evolution?