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CBA #2 - Diversity And The Artistic Production

Thursday, August 18, 2016
6:00pm  8:30pm

From Page to Stage

How do we define diversity/equity/inclusion?  

Why is the default for a character without any ethnic specifics always non-ethnic (white)?

When a character race/gender/able-bodied specific, is it appropriate to be played by someone other than written? When is it not? Is it OK for Emma Stone to play an Asian in “Aloha” etc.?  

Who should have final say in casting when diversity is involved? Playwright? Director? Producer? Your Mother?

How do we get Actors of Color to show up to calls that are not specifically to their “type”?

In order to change the current climate of Diverse casting, which is more impactful: Producing plays about diverse communities or casting roles more diversely?

What can we do to encourage theatres, casting directors, and producers to go outside their casting comfort zone?

CBA #1 - Diversity And The Artistic Process

Thursday, August 4, 2016
6:00pm  8:30pm

From Thought to Page

What does diversity in theater mean to you?  What does diversity actually look like on stage?

What are stereotypes? When is it justified to use them, if ever.

If you're not part of a marginalized group (woman, person of color, lgbtq, etc), then what do should the role/responsibility be, if any, in working towards a more diverse theater? 

When writing can your characters be cast ethnically/racially diverse, if those characteristics are not central to the characters?

What can we do, as an artistic community, to promote inclusion from the earliest stages of development that can influence professional levels?  

What can we do to foster an intersectional approach to diversity in theatre creation?