Reshaping the Landscape: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in TYA
Many organizations in our field articulate EDI as part of their core mission - but how are theatres and organizations actually living these values? How can we radically advance as a field to be more equitable, diverse, and inclusive within our organizations, on our stages, and in our audiences? Join TYA/USA as we investigate opportunities and questions surrounding EDI efforts in Theatre for Young Audiences across the country.
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 1:00-2:15pm Eastern
Cost: Free for Members / $20 for Non-Members
Moderated by Matthew Gutschick, TYA/USA Board Member and Artistic Director at The Rose Theater
Artistic Director, Adventure MTC
Michael Bobbitt is the Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre MTC. He has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the DC region, including Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre Society, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Metro Stage, Rorshach Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, The Kennedy Center, The Helen Hayes Awards and the Washington National Opera. His national and international credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, La Jolla Playhouse, Jefferson Performing Arts Center, and 1996 Olympics. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21). He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Michael is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery, the Coaching Initiative for Non Profit Leaders of Color – National Training Laboratories & Mosaica and Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative – Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He was co-chair of Young Non-Profit Network DC- Executive Director Roundtable, NAACP chair for his son’s school in Montgomery County, a Commissioner for the Montgomery County Commission on Children and Youth, a board member for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and Theatre for Young Audiences. In 2010, Michael received the County Executive’s Excellence in the Arts and Humanities – Emerging Leader Award. He was President of the League of Washington Theatres and served on the Board of Directors of The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
Mary Kathryn Nagle
Core Producer of The JUBILEE
Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. She is also a partner at Pipestem Law, P.C., where she works to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. Nagle has authored numerous briefs in federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. She is a frequent speaker at law schools and symposia across the country. She is an alum of the 2012 PUBLIC THEATER Emerging Writers Group, where she developed her play Manahatta in PUBLIC STUDIO (May 2014). Her productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59, January 2014), and Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry, March 2017). She has received commissions from Arena Stage (Sovereignty), the Rose Theater (Omaha, Nebraska), Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Yale Repertory Theatre. Her other plays include Diamonds are a Boy’s Best Friend, Waaxe’s Law, Sliver of a Full Moon, and My Father’s Bones. Upcoming productions include Return to Niobrara (Rose Theater, January 2019). http://www.pipestemlaw.com/
Core Producer of The JUBILEE
Jonathan McCrory is an Obie Award-winning & Audelco Nominated, Harlem-based artist who has served as Artistic Director since 2012 at National Black Theatre, founded by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. He has directed numerous productions, including Dead and Breathing, HandsUp, Hope Speaks, Blacken The Bubble, Asking for More, Last Laugh and Enter Your Sleep. In 2013, he was awarded the Emerging Producer Award by the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston Salem, North Carolina and the Torch Bearer Award by theatrical legend Woodie King Jr. He is a founding member of the collaborative producing organization Harlem9, Next Generation National Network and The Movement Theatre Company. McCrory sits on the National Advisory Committee for Black Theatre Commons & HowlRound, was a member of the original cohort for ArtEquity and is a proud Emerge NYC alumni. A Washington, DC native, McCrory attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts and New York University TISCH School of the Arts. To learn more, please visit www.jonathanmccrory.com.