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TRU DIVERSITY
Description

An initiative to explore the needs of BIPOC theater professionals, aiming to create programs that will support the current and urgent need for greater inclusion.

Fall 2022, after a tumultuous year and a half of shutdown, we witnessed a surge of progress in BIPOC representation within the theater industry. Subsequently, seven new plays that opened on Broadway were by African American playwrights, as well as the debut of the first Korean pop musical. Off-Broadway and LORT regional theaters were announcing their most diverse seasons ever. The Dramatists Guild forged a groundbreaking inclusion rider. Are things actually going in the right direction? How can the initial momentum be sustained? What triumphs still need to be amplified?  What issues, institutional and individual, need to be addressed?

Through an ongoing program dedicated to the nurturing of BIPOC voices, including developmental readings of new works and a quarterly series of Town Hall conversations engaging an inclusive representation of the theater community, TRU affirms its dedication to fostering change in a slow-to-change industry.

Events
  • Marianas Trench
    November 6, 2023
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The 2023 presentation of the TRU DIVERSITY program initiative in partnership with LEVIATHAN LAB Monday evening November 6, 7pm MARIANAS TRENCH by Scott Sickles directed by Janet Bentley produced by Ariel Estrada and Leviathan Lab Teddy Passanante and Anzor Khasanov are eleven-year-old pen pals. Teddy is an unathletic, half-Korean nerd living in a liberal U.S. […]

  • Town Hall Open Discussion: Gender Parity
    November 29, 2023
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented in partnership with Wednesday, November 29 – networking at 6:30 pm, open forum starts at 7:00pm ET Polaris North Studio, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC Our return to our live monthly panels/discussions, with a simultaneous streaming for our friends outside of New York City.  When registering, please note there are options to […]

  • Town Hall Open Discussion: Gender Parity
    October 19, 2023
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, October 19 – networking at 6:30 pm, open forum starts at 7:00pm ET Polaris North Studio, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC Our return to our live monthly panels/discussions, with a simultaneous streaming for our friends outside of New York City. (Everyone should receive the zoom link when you register. If you don’t […]

  • Town Hall Open Discussion: Helping Artists of Color
    February 21, 2023
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, February 21 – networking at 6:30 pm, open forum starts at 7:00pm ET Polaris North Theatre, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC (JOINING US IN PERSON? VACCINATION PROOF REQUIRED, MASKS RECOMMENDED.) Our return to our live monthly panels/discussions, with a simultaneous streaming for our friends outside of New York City. (Everyone should receive […]

  • Town Hall Open Discussion: Gender Parity
    December 20, 2022
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, December 20 – networking at 6:30 pm, open forum starts at 7:00pm ET Polaris North Theatre, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC (JOINING US IN PERSON? VACCINATION PROOF REQUIRED, MASKS RECOMMENDED.) Our return to our live monthly panels/discussions, with a simultaneous streaming for our friends outside of New York City. (Everyone should receive […]

  • Greenwood
    July 25, 2022
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The inaugural presentation of the TRU DIVERSITY program initiative (and TRU’s return to live performance): a special free reading in advance of being a selection in The National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. Monday evening July 25th, 7pm GREENWOOD by Coolidge Harris II directed by Lawrence Floyd produced by Janel C. Scarborough Twists through […]