Thursday, October 28 - introductions at 5:30 pm, open forum starts at 6:00
Still virtual, still on zoom while we get ready for a post-pandemic world.
After a tumultuous year and a half, we are currently witnessing a surge of progress in BIPOC representation within the theater industry. Seven new plays opening on Broadway are by African American playwrights. Off-Broadway and LORT regional theaters are announcing their most diverse seasons ever. The Dramatists Guild just forged a groundbreaking inclusion rider. Things are going in the right direction! But is it enough? Will the momentum be sustained? What triumphs still need to be amplified? What issues, institutional and individual, need to be addressed?
Hosted by Tony award winning actor and director Tonya Pinkins, TRU is offering the first in a series of town halls devoted to airing and addressing the issues of BIPOC members of the theater community. We hope these discussions will be more than an opportunity to vent; the goal is to elicit proactive conversations that can benefit artists, administrators, and our industry. We invite all members of the diverse BIPOC theater community to join us and welcome allies to attend.
Doors open at 5:30pm for networking and roundtable introductions of everyone in the room – come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. The Open Forum will start at 6:00pm. Free for TRU members; non-members are also welcome to attend for free, but donations are appreciated. Please use the bright red reservation box here on our web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com / phone 833-506-5550