It’s not hard to find people that want to be on stage or in front of a camera. For some, the experience of performing on stage is all encompassing and includes life long academic study of theatre. For the so inclined, the African Contium Theatre Company is presenting the 2015 Black Theatre Symposium. Details below:
Who are the exemplars of excellence in black theatre? Which institutions are successfully cultivating black theatre practitioners? How do we facilitate inclusion and diversity in the technical and administrative aspects of the field? How can black performers expand their artistry and marketability?
Theatre professionals, scholars, and students will convene to discuss and take action around these questions as we explore the expansion of of an inclusive presence and influence in the field of theatre.
Sessions will include panel discussions, workshops, a special performance of Seret Scott’s one-woman play, Artistic Housing.
One ticket to The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ production of Good Kids is included with payment of the full registration fee, students and volunteers participating in the symposium may purchase a ticket for $5.00.
9:00 AM Free Continental Breakfast/Registration
10:00 AM Welcome and Agenda
Gildenhorn Recital Hall
10:30 AM Artistic Housing
Written, Directed, and Performed by Seret Scott
Artistic Housing is a compilation of memorable moments, events and images that recall a life in professional theatre. The stories are told from the particular artistic perspective of Seret Scott, a black woman and veteran theatre director/writer/actress who has worked in regional, Off-Broadway and Broadway theatre for nearly 50 years.
12:00 PM Breakout Session Options
Business, Branding, and Booking Commercial Work
Building a Career in Dramaturgy
Interactive: Hip Hop Theatre Workshop
1:30 PM Catered Lunch (included)
Chat-N-Chew: Arts Management and Producing Theatre
3:00 PM Breakout Session Options
Diversifying Design and Technical Theatre
Black Dance and Performance
Interactive: Playwrighting in Action
4:30 PM Breakout Session Options
Education: Inclusion and Diversity
Devised Theatre and Performance
Interactive: Learning, Teaching, and Using Voice Work
5:45 PM Dinner Break (not provided)
7:30 PM School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
By Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Seret Scott
To register for the conference, click here.