LMDA announces March 6, 2017 panel discussion Reviewing the Situation: Producing Theater and Cultural Awareness
The Castillo Theatre at the All Stars Project
543 W 42nd St NY, NY
doors open at 6:15pm, no reservations required
In the wake of the recent debate around Big River, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) is convening a panel of some of the theater industry’s premier thinkers and art makers to discuss the roles and responsibilities of producers, artists, and critics in the portrayal of underrepresented experiences on stage.
Do artists and producers have a public responsibility in choosing what stories to tell and how and when to tell them? How do critics and their editors wrestle with a project's historical context, current impact, and personal responses to it? Are there standards audiences should expect producers and critics to follow in evaluating a piece of theater for public consumption? How can rigorous discussions about the portrayal of underrepresented stories/experiences/communities/voices on stage make a positive cultural impact?
Says LMDA President Ken Cerniglia: “Our organization is in a unique position to bring the theater community together around this topic. Dramaturgs share a deep interest in cultivating dialogue and exploring topics within cultural and historical context. LMDA's membership includes professionals who work as artists, producers, journalists, and administrators – all of whom have a stake in conversations about representation and meaning. I am hopeful we can move beyond the specifics of recent controversies toward a dialogue that pushes our community and culture forward.”
Disney Theatrical dramaturg and literary manager Ken Cerniglia
American Theatre associate editor Diep Tran
Public Theater literary manager Jesse Cameron Alick
New York Times theater critic Laura Collins-Hughes
Tony-nominated performer Michael McElroy
The Interval editor-in-chief Victoria Myers
Playwright A. Rey Pamatmat
Director of Arts Integrity Initiative at the New School for Drama Howard Sherman
The event will be livestreamed on HowlRound.