Third Annual Black Theatre Symposium at Clarice Smith, Apr 2 at 9am

Third Annual Black Theatre Symposium at Clarice Smith, Apr 2 at 9am

Third Annual Black Theatre Symposium
Embracing Inclusion and Diversity in American Theatre
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9AM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, General Admission.

Featuring keynote speaker Johnetta Boone. Starting as an aspiringart student at the Duke Ellington School Of The Performing Arts and continuing her studies at FIT, Johnetta Boone has served as a stylist and designer for still photography, television, commercial and feature film arenas for more than two decades. Her images have been featured in Essence, German Vogue, Entertainment Weekly and Us Magazines. As a costume designer she has worked on such notable films as Cadillac Records featuring Beyoncé, The Jane Austen Book Club, The Notebook, Runaway Bride and Beloved. Most recently Ms. Boone has become a collaborator with Tyler Perry on films and TV Shows including Temptation, The Haves and the Have Nots, For Better or For Worse and Love Thy Neighbor.

Sponsored by the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, the 2016 Black Theatre Symposium (BTS) continues to champion efforts towards inclusion and diversity in American theatre.

In its third year, the BTS symposium will address the overriding theme: “Black Aesthetics: Past, Present, and Future.” Through panel discussions, workshops, and performances, BTS will explore the following:

What is a “Black Theatre Aesthetic”? Which institutions are successfully cultivating black theatre scholars and artists? How do we facilitate inclusion and diversity in the technical and design aspects of the field? Racial Battle Fatigue — How can theatre positively impact the current cultural climate and racial tensions?

Theatre professionals, scholars, and students will convene to discuss and take action around these questions in order to influence and expand practices of inclusion in the field of theatre.

Regular: $30 if purchased on or before March 2, 2016, $40 if purchased on or after March 3, 2016, Students: Free with valid university ID (registration required).

Black Theatre Symposium: Artistic Housing at Clarice Smith, Feb 28 at 9am

Black Theatre Symposium: Artistic Housing at Clarice Smith, Feb 28 at 9am

Black Theatre Symposium
Saturday, February 28, 2015, all day

A day-long symposium on black theatre, including a performance of Artistic Housing by Seret Scott at 10:30am. Registration fee includes a ticket to the evening performance of Good Kids.

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

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.

Registration: $35
Free student tickets available February 9, 2015
Lunch and one ticket to the February 28 performance of Good Kids is included in registration fee.