by Amrita Mangus, Institute Fellow and Line-producer for the Defining Diversity convening
So, as evidenced by David's blog on diversity and the comments that followed, our minds have been filled with the topic of diversity in new play development from many angles: the state that it's in, the future of it, and the impact of diversity on both artists and audiences. If you're eager and curious to participate in the diversity conversation, here's your chance to have your voice heard and your mind enlightened!
On Saturday, December 5th, the American Voices New Plays Institute at Arena Stage in partnership with Georgetown University will host What Does Diversity Mean to You?: A Public Forum on Diversity in New Play Development. The public forum serves as the final event in our two-day long Defining Diversity convening and featuring multimedia presentations from Mark Russell (Artistic Director and Producer, Under the Radar Festival), Robert Levi (Documentary Filmmaker, NEA New Play Development Program), and Kamilah Forbes (The Hip Hop Theater Festival) and commentary from notable theater artists and administrators throughout the country (Scott Walters, Debra Cardona-DePeahul, Carlenne LaCosta, Claudia Alick, and Shishir Kurup to name a few . . . .it's a great group of people altogether). The forum will be moderated by Sandra Gibson, President and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.
Whether you're a local to the DC-metro area or tuning in from California or Hawai'i, you can participate in this exciting forum:
For the locals: What Does Diversity
Mean to You?: A Public Forum of Diversity in New Play Development is free and open to the public will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5th at the Gonda Theater in Georgetown University. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to the Arena Stage box office at
For the nation: Visit this page on Saturday, December 5th at 8:00 p.m. ET to participate in the LIVE BROADCAST of the public forum. Tweet your questions/comments to the panelists by using the hashtag #newplay and watch yours and your fellow online participants' tweets get answered live! You can also participate in the LIVE BROADCAST on http://www.livestream.com/newplay by using your Twitter or Facebook account.