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David Valdes

David Valdes (he/him/his) is a Cuban-American playwright interested in stories of personal identity, especially global majority and LGBTQ experiences.

David Valdes (he/him) is the author of more than two dozen plays that have been staged across the United States and abroad, most notably Mermaid Hour and Brave Navigator. His essays have been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe, American Theatre, HowlRound, and elsewhere. He is the author of nonfiction books, including Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage, and several novels, including Spin Me Right Round.

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How to Create an Actively Inclusive Theatre Course
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How to Create an Actively Inclusive Theatre Course

16 August 2021

David Valdes shares eleven steps educators can take to ensure their course offerings are more actively inclusive.

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Casting a Wider Net
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Casting a Wider Net

White Institutions Must Seize the Moment

5 August 2020

David Valdes shares the main excuses theatres give when not programming shows created by and with BIPOC artists, how moving to online theatre offers new opportunities, and what the benefits are of making change.

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Beyond “Decolonizing” the Syllabus
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Beyond “Decolonizing” the Syllabus

Finding a Path to Anti-Racist, Actively Inclusive Theatre Education

12 February 2020

David Valdes talks about Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s work to shift their theatre department into a more truly equitable program, why using the right language matters in the process, and tips for individuals and institutions looking to be actively inclusive.

Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead
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Conscious Casting and Letting Playwrights Lead

14 February 2018

Playwright David Valdes discusses the importance of writing more diverse and intersectional characters, and reflects on the conundrum of “color conscious” casting.