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Nicole Brewer

Disrupting "performative wokeness" since 1982.  

Nicole is an actor, director and educator who was compelled to speak out against the harmful and unnecessary practice of cultural erasure in traditional theatre programs.  In her 2018 American Theatre article, Training With A Difference Nicole called on theatre institutions to disrupt homogeneity by embracing conscientious training practices and implementing cross cultural collaborative curriculums.  Currently Nicole travels both domestically and internationally partnering with individuals and organizations to help them adopt an anti-racist theatre ethos.  She has shared her work on various panels and has presented at TCG conferences, National Black Theater Festival and Goldsmiths University in the UK.  She has given anti-racist theatre workshops at Yale, NYU, University of Cambridge, National Theater Institute, and more.  Nicole is a proud member of the 2018 artEquity cohort. She resides in Washington DC with her husband and three heartbeats (children).    

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Parents of Color and The Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices
Essay

Parents of Color and The Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices

3 December 2019

Nicole Brewer talks about the term “child friendly,” reconstructing the issue of parent support as an issue of race and racism, supporting parent-artists with an anti-racist lens, and more.

a slide comparing the number of white directors versus directors of color from 2007-2017
Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy
Essay

Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy

29 August 2019

Nicole Brewer examines a prominent racist policy in theatre—when plays written by people of color are staged by white directors—through the lens of actors, theatregoers, and playwrights themselves.