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Tuesday 27 September to Friday 30 September 2016

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Panel Discussions Exploring Identity in Theatre with Samuel French & Playbill

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Tuesday 27 September to Friday 30 September 2016




Samuel FrenchPlaybill, and HowlRound presented #IdentityWeek, a free four-day panel event exploring racial, cultural, sexual and gender identity in the theatre livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Tuesday 27 September to Friday 30 September.

In Twitter, use #IdentityWeek, and follow @MrSamuelFrench and @HowlRoundTV.

#IdentityWeek follows previous Samuel French and HowlRound events: #RightsWeek, which focused on intellectual property or artists; and #MusicalsWeek, which featured discussions about the creation of and representation in musicals. This marks Samuel French's third year of partnering with HowlRound for panel events and the first collaboration with Playbill.

The 2016 event was created in response to the issues of identity, inclusion, and representation onstage being at the forefront of our industry's collective conversation. “Samuel French is a stand for artistic integrity,” says Bruce Lazarus, Executive Director, Samuel French. “We are proud to provide a space to discuss the theatre artist’s role in this global shift of identity consciousness.”

Tuesday 27 September from 6:30-7:30 p.m.



Playwrights & Their Identity
Should a playwright write for their identity? Are playwrights sought out by specific theatres because of their ethnicity or cultural background? Partly inspired by Damon Chua's article, Asian Playwrights and Asian Characters: What's the Deal?, this panel will focus on the impact and influence of a playwright's perceived identity on their writing and within our theatre community. Panelists include playwrights Damon Chua, Lydia R. Diamond, A. Rey Pamatmat, and Kimber Lee. Moderated by Pippin Parker, Director of The School of Drama, The New School.

Wednesday 28 September from 6:30-7:30 p.m.



Onstage & Off: The State of Transgender Artists
This panel narrows in on the experience of transgender artists, discussing their opportunities, and challenges within the theatre industry as well as how our community can better include and support their work. Panelists include playwright Azure D. Osborne-Lee and performers Donnie Cianciotto, Bianca Leigh, Pooya Mohseni, and MJ Rodriguez. Moderated by Adam Hetrick (Editor in Chief, Playbill.com).

Thursday 29 September from 6:30-7:30 p.m.



Access & Activism in Theatre
This conversation will focus on the progress and challenges in the theatre community around access and inclusion for artists, administrators, and audience members. Topics may include advances in onstage representation of characters and performers of all abilities, the politics of casting an actor to play a character with a disability if that actor doesn't have the same disability, and more. Panelists include Phil Dallmann (Manager of TDF Accessibility Programs), Laura Kirk (Director of Audience Services for Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre), Christine Bruno (Disability Advocate for Inclusion in the Arts), and Alexandria Wailes (representing Deaf West). Moderated by Diep Tran (Associate Editor, American Theatre Magazine).

Friday 30 September from 6:30-7:30 p.m.



A Celebration of Pioneering Artists
This evening will serve as a retrospective and celebration of the work that our industry has already accomplished. Artists who have achieved groundbreaking work in theatre will join together to discuss their journeys, challenges, victories, and advice for aspiring artists in their field. Panelists include Anne Bogart (Co-Artistic Director, SITI Company), Larry Kramer (The Normal Heart), Dr. Ntozake Shange (For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf), and Joi Gresham (Executive Director of the Lorraine Hansberry Estate). Moderator: Christian Parker, Chair MFA Theatre Program, Columbia University School of the Arts.

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 [email protected], or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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