Along with the world premiere play and a keynote address from a nationally renowned Black theater owner, the 2nd Annual CENTERSTAGE – A Theater Workshop, presented by the Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (A.R.T.I.), will feature breakout sessions with experts in theater.
These presenters will take workshop participants on a journey that will cover acting, directing, music, dance, spoken word, sound, lighting, set design, wardrobe, makeup, fundraising, production management, marketing as well as tips for the acquisition of grants and sponsorships.
Workshop sessions and leaders:
- “THE SHOW” – FOR PLAYWRIGHTS. Workshop Leaders: Charla Booth (Playwright, Technical Director, IPS Educator) and Gabrielle Patterson (Playwright, Southern Fried Poetry Slam Champion)
- “THE ACTION” – FOR ACTORS AND DIRECTORS.Workshop Leaders: Rain Wilson (Playwright, Educator) and Dr. Regina Turner (Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Division of Undergraduate Education at IUPUI)
- “THE LOOK” – FOR TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC DIRECTORS.Workshop Leaders: Jeffrey Dahlstrom (Associate Director at IndyFringe) and Denise Johnson Richardson (Choral Director at Pike Township, Music Ministry Leader at Olivet Missionary Baptist Church)
- “THE BUSINESS” – FOR PRODUCERS.Workshop Leaders: Max McCreary (Director of Audience Engagement at Indyfringe) and Dr. Khaula Murtadha (Associate Vice Chancellor at the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement)
Includes a Bonus Dialogue: “THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED/THEATRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE” led by Rain Wilson (Playwright, Educator, Activist).
Sessions will run concurrently and will be repeated, allowing each participant to attend two of the topic areas addressed
The event is FREE to the public, but pre-registration is required. CENTERSTAGE will be on Saturday, April 22nd, from 8am-4pm, including the Bonus Dialogue. For more information, go to onyxfest.com. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-2nd-annual-centerstage-tickets-551796156157.
About A.R.T.I. (Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI):
The Africana Repertory Theatre of IUPUI (ARTI) is a program of study offered by the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the School of Education and the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement using a multidisciplinary approach to “edutainment.” ARTI was developed to document and artistically reflect the history, cultural life, and politics of peoples of the African Diaspora. As a public arts initiative, ARTI has a deep commitment to and focuses on artistic and community engagement. The Office of Community Engagement and the Schools of Liberal Arts and Education are supporting this proposal because it advances the idea that learning in the arts is invaluable at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life may advance civic engagement while also creating a college and career pathway.