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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).    

Art As Medicine: Building Solidarity in and with Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities
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Art As Medicine: Building Solidarity in and with Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Communities

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An #ArtistResource Conversation

Tuesday 12 May 2020
United States
Look for the Helpers: Learnings and Teachings for Building Resilience (ASL & Captioned)
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Look for the Helpers: Learnings and Teachings for Building Resilience (ASL & Captioned)

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an #ArtistResource talk with Leslie Ishii, Lana Smithner, Aaron McKinney, David Shmidt Chapman, and B. Anderson

Tuesday 14 April 2020
United States
It Was Always Possible: Centering the Leaders Who Were Here All Along (ASL & Captioned)
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It Was Always Possible: Centering the Leaders Who Were Here All Along (ASL & Captioned)

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an #ArtistResource talk with Rachel Spencer Hewitt (PAAL); Claudia Alick (CallingUP); Ashley Hanson (Department of Public Transformation); and more

Tuesday 7 April 2020
United States
Come Together: The Art of Gathering in a Time of Crisis (ASL & Captioned)
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Come Together: The Art of Gathering in a Time of Crisis (ASL & Captioned)

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an #ArtistResource talk with Bryan Joseph Lee

Tuesday 31 March
United States
Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis (ASL & Captioned)
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Financial Strategies for Freelance Artists in a Time of Crisis (ASL & Captioned)

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an #ArtistResource talk with Amy Smith

Thursday 26 March 2020
New York City
Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)
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Artists In a Time of Global Pandemic (ASL & Captioned)

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For US-Based Freelance Artists and Cultural Workers in all Disciplines

Monday 16 March 2020
United States and the World
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Parents of Color and The Need For Anti-Racist Theatre Practices
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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.

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Playwrights of Color, White Directors, and Exposing Racist Policy
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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.