Share #LegacyLeaders Launch Video to help us spread the word!
WHY DID THEY START THESE THEATRES?
To create opportunities lacking for artists of color...
To challenge appropriation and misrepresentation through staging the full richness and complexity of racial, ethnic and cultural identities...
To gain political power and creative autonomy...
To contribute their unique aesthetic and social perspectives to the American theatre and wider culture.
WHY DID WE MAKE THESE VIDEOS?
To honor their legacy.
TCG is pleased to share the Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project (LLCVP). Working with MOPED Productions, and with support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, TCG filmed a series of interviews chronicling the stories of founding leaders of theatres of color. A Launch video featuring all nine leaders is available above, and the full online roll-out of videos began in January 2017. This was followed by screening events in the leaders’ communities to further celebrate their legacies and galvanize support for their enduring impact.
The nine leaders featured in the videos are: Lou Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre, St Paul, MN; Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York, NY; Frank Chin, Asian American Theater Company, San Francisco, CA; Miriam Colón, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, New York, NY; Woodie King, Jr., New Federal Theatre, New York, NY; Muriel Miguel, Spiderwoman Theater, New York, NY; Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago, IL; Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino, San Juan Baptista, CA; and Douglas Turner Ward, Negro Ensemble Company, New York, NY. For questions about the LLCVP, email Elena Chang.