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Defining Diversity Convening

Collage of theatre artists gathering and speaking at the Defining Diversity convening.

4-5 December 2009 in Washington, DC at Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University

A group of more than twenty participants wrestled with the question of diversity: what we mean when we use the word, why does it matter, and how can/does it benefit the infrastructure for new play development in the American not-for-profit theatre.

"Defining Diversity" Report by Janine Sobeck


Aaron Jafferis, Playwright
Adam Thurman, Blogger, Mission Paradox
Aditi Brennan Kapil, Playwright/Actress/Director
Carlenne Lacosta, Literary Manager, Native Voices at the Autry
Claudia Alick, Associate Producer Community, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Debora Cardona-DePeahul, Dramaturg, Classical Theater of Harlem
Deborah Cullinan, Executive Director, Intersection for the Arts/ Campo Santo
Desiree Urquhart, Director of Government and Community Relations, Arena Stage
Dr. Scott E. Walters, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina, Asheville
Ed Herendeen, Producing Director, Contemporary American Festival
Isaac Butler, Blogger, Parabasis
Jennifer Nelson, Director of Special Projects, Ford's Theater
Kamilah Forbes, Artistic Director, Hip Hop Theater Festival
Karen Zacarias, Playwright/ Associate Professor, Georgetown University
Kristoffer Diaz, Playwright, Teatro Vista
Lydia R. Diamond, Playwright/ Professor, Boston University
Mark Russell, Artistic Director/Producer, Under the Radar Festival
Morgan Jenness, Creative Consultant, Abrams Artists Agency
Peter Brosius, Artistic Director, The Children's Theatre Company
Robert Levi, Documentary Filmmaker, NEA New Play Development Program
Sandra Gibson, President and CEO, Association of Arts Presenters (APAP)
Shishir Kurup, Playwright, Actor, Director, Composer, Cornerstone Theater Company
Sixto Wagan, Co-Executive Director/ Performing Arts Curator, Diverse Works