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Wednesday 19 August 2020

Anti-Racism And The Arts (ASL-interpreted)

Marketing Leaders Respond!

Wednesday 19 August 2020

Reynaldi Lindner Lolong presented Anti-Racism And The Arts livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Wednesday 19 August 2020 at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 4:30 p.m. MDT (Denver, UTC -6) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7).

In a time where many arts organizations only exist online through websites, digital content, and social media channels, combined with a growing public accountability for social justice and institutional transparency, the role of the marketing and communications director is uniquely poised to bring about change. At the same time, these roles often sit within traditional white supremacist power structures designed to reinforce the industry norms.

This conversation will bring together four leaders in theater, music, dance, and opera for a frank discussion on the industry, anti-racism, and their aspirations for the future of the field.

Samanta Cubias is second-year M.F.A. candidate in Theater Management at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, she worked at Berkeley Repertory Theatre as the Audience Development Manager and served as a teaching artist with Berkeley Interactive Theater, participating in and facilitating workshops exploring the creation of inclusive classrooms and workplaces. In 2018, Samanta was selected to be in the inaugural cohort of the League of Resident Theatres’ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Mentorship Program. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Khalilah Elliot is the Founder & Chief Disruptor at Gafford Communications, LLC, a revolutionary consulting firm focused on providing deliberate and impactful communications strategies that promote equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) throughout all aspects of a client’s business operations with an emphasis on multicultural marketing, brand management, corporate social responsibility and ED&I initiatives, as well as ongoing engagement of internal and external audiences of color.

Prior to launching Gafford Communications, Khalilah worked as a marketing executive for major entertainment brands including Disney Theatrical Group and the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Throughout her career she has worked with a number of brands on their multicultural and inclusion initiatives including Coca-Cola, Essence Magazine/Essence Festival, HBO, BET, Fox, NBC Universal, ABC, Live Nation, American Express, and Broadway productions such as the Tony-award winner (Best Musical) Hadestown and the upcoming MJ: The Musical.

Khalilah’s passion and commitment to the cause of ED&I and social justice continues to inform her work even during the current pandemic. Her expert knowledge of how to attract, engage and best represent BIPOC communities and their interests has been widely sought out by companies and non-profits resulting in her appointment to the Broadway League’s Covid-19 Partnership Task Force and her role as Chair of the Covid Theatre Think Tank Safety & Health Marketing Subcommittee.

It is Khalilah’s philosophy that diversity is more than “a box to be checked” that informs her efforts and shapes her approach - leaving her clients with an infrastructure that makes it possible to sustain such efforts beyond her involvement. An engaging public speaker and communications strategist, Khalilah has spoken at multiple conferences, led webinars, lunch-and-learn workshops, hosted trainings and taught both undergrad and graduate level students.

A Louisiana native who splits her time between Dallas and New York City, Khalilah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications & Theatre Arts from her Alma mater Dillard University in New Orleans as well as a Master of Arts degree in Performing Arts Administration (with a concentration on Marketing/Non-Profit Management) from New York University.


India Haggins is the Director of Ticket Sales and Marketing at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where she oversees the subscription, single ticket and audience acquisition marketing strategy for Rose Theater, The Appel Room and Dizzy’s Club. She managed the institution’s shift to a digital-first marketing strategy and continues to have a passion for creating narrative content that deepens audience engagement and a connection to the music. During COVID, India has also managed Jazz at Lincoln Center’s transition from being one of the leading producing and presenting jazz performing arts institutions to a digital content company focusing on virtual classes, concerts, music and discussion.

India has worked in the non-profit marketing industry for over 17 years and holds a degree in Economics from Bucknell University as well as a Masters in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College. Prior to joining the team at Jazz at Lincoln Center, India worked at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

As a native New Yorker India’s passion for the arts started at a young age. She has used that passion to inspire her work, finding joy in cultivating and connecting with audiences of all ages and backgrounds through jazz.

India is a mom, former dancer turned avid runner, dog person and practicing Buddhist.

Anh Lê is the Director of Marketing & Public Relations at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she oversees all sales campaigns and audience development strategies while providing key strategic support for company-wide community engagement efforts. In addition to her duties at OTSL, Ms. Le has been a passionate advocate for diversity and equity in the opera field and currently sits on OPERA America’s ALAANA Steering Committee. Ms. Le completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University and received an M.F.A. in theater management from the Yale School of Drama.

Cecile Oreste is the Senior Communications Officer at the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where she devises and implements marketing and public relations campaigns that advance the school’s strategic priorities. Prior to joining USC Kaufman, she worked as the Associate Director of Marketing at Signature Theatre and as the School Marketing Manager at Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. In addition to completing a one-year project management internship in London through the Mountbatten Institute, she received a B.S. in Public Relations from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

If you’d like to connect with any of the panelists, feel free to reach out:
Khalilah Elliott
Facebook, Instagram, email.

India Haggins

Anh Le

Cecile Oreste

Reynaldi Lindner Lolong is the Director of Digital Engagement for The Public Theater and founder of the unofficial group BAMF (BIPOC Arts Marketing Folks). Past organizations include Yale Repertory Theater, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Z Space/Theater Artaud in San Francisco. He has been a frequent presenter at the Tessitura Conference, speaking on a variety of subjects including revenue strategy, organizational collaboration, and community engagement; a guest lecturer for Julliard; and has served on grant panels for NAMT, NYSCA, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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