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The Color Game: Whitewashing Latinx Stories at Victory Gardens in Chicago—Tuesday 9 August 2016


Victory Gardens Theater and the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists (ALTA) Chicago, along with the Alliance for Inclusion in the ArtsChicago Inclusion ProjectCongo Square TheaterTeatro Vista, and Silk Road Rising hosted The Color Game: Whitewashing Latinx Stories livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 9 August 2016 at 6 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 8 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 9 p.m. EDT (New York). 

Follow and interact with The Color Game on Twitter using #BeyondDiversity.

Watch the main session here, and the breakout report-ins here.

The Color Game will include a panel discussion on casting for roles of color, and the consequences and effects of cultural and racial appropriation. Following the panel discussion will be small breakout groups focused on creating best practices to support future casting for directors, playwrights, actors, casting directors, producers, artistic directors, theatre critics, audiences, educational institutions, training centers, and scholars.

In the wake of recent casting choices from several Chicago theatres casting non-Latinx actors in Latinx narratives and stories, how would this contribute to the further silence and invisibility of culture and community? What roles do the actor, playwright, director, and producer play in this? This town hall community gathering will help us to better understand the process of producing and casting all plays and roles of color; the consequences and effects of cultural and racial appropriation; and create action towards making change in the greater Chicago theatre community around race, representation, and equity in casting practices.

Panel includes:

  • Liza Ann Acosta
  • Paul Oakley Stovall
  • Tommy Rivera-Vega
  • Ilesa Duncan
  • Lavina Jadhwani
  • Marcella Munoz (Moderator)


About HowlRound TV
HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by HowlRound, a knowledge commons by and for the theatre, arts, and cultural community. The channel is at howlround.tv and is a free and shared resource for live events and performances relevant to the world's live arts fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Follow and use hashtag #howlround in Twitter to participate in a community of peers revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field. Our community uses the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). You can become a producer and co-produce with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, contact @HowlRound on Twitter, 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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