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Jacqueline E. Lawton

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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni. Yes, we did have a donut truck for breakfast on Saturday. Yes, it was yummy.) On the final day of the conference, I woke up thinking about the powerful stories from StoryCorps. The simplicity of a single image, two voices, and a strong narrative had me completely transfixed. I thought about the [...]

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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) Day Two of the Conference began bright and early at 8am with a number of events, including the the Theatres of Color Breakfast, which was facilitated by Randy Reinholz (Artistic Director, Native Voices and Professor, San Diego State University) and Alison De La Cruz (multi-disciplinary theatre artist, arts educator, and cultural organizer,) who [...]

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2015 TCG National Conference Day One

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 3, 2015 National Conference
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) It’s Thursday morning. Day One of the National Conference, my 4th, TCG’s 25th. I scrolled through my Facebook and Twitter feeds. #CharlestonShooting was trending. I turned on the news. Six black women and three black men were worshipping at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, when they were [...]

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2015 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Institute Report Out

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 3, 2015 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Roger Mastronianni.) Arrival in Cleveland: Go Cavs! #BlackLivesMatter I arrived in Cleveland on Tuesday. The city was at a fever pitch as the Cavaliers geared up for Game 5 of the NBA National Championship. Unfortunately, King James and team weren’t able to break the curse, but it was thrilling to get swept away in [...]

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TCG Audience (R)Evolution: Reflection, Change, and Legacy

by Jacqueline E. Lawton April 2, 2015 Audience & Community Engagement
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From March 25th to 27th, I was able to attend TCG’s second Audience (R)Evolution Convening. While I wasn’t there in my official capacity as TCG’s Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Blog Salon Curator and each of the presentations were livestreamed, I still wanted to share what drew me to this convening and share two bright spots [...]

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A Call to Action: Wikiturgy Edit-a-Thon

by Jacqueline E. Lawton January 21, 2015 Diversity & Inclusion

This past July 4th, I wrote a Declaration for the American Theatre. I did so after a rather rigorous and wonderfully productive spring that found me in multiple conversations about the power, importance, and potential of the American Theatre. I found myself taking part in conversations about the role of Directors and Playwrights as artistic [...]

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Ally Skills-Building at the Institute

by Jacqueline E. Lawton December 15, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Jacqueline E. Lawton. As part of the Diversity & Inclusion Institute’s meeting at the 2014 Fall Forum, we engaged in ally skills-building around scenarios inspired by real-life incidents. Please note that these scenarios are composites of multiple incidents, and were not intended or treated as criticisms of specific events.) During the Diversity & [...]

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Fall Forum on Governance: Cash & Culture

by Jacqueline E. Lawton December 13, 2014 Fall Forum
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(Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum. Pictured: Teresa Eyring.) At TCG’s 2014 Fall Forum on Governance: Cash & Culture, participants engaged in seminars and interactive work sessions that taught how to strengthen and empower our board culture, but also how to navigate financial difficulties, determine when to grow or pay down debt, and also when to begin [...]

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Diversity & Inclusion Institute at the 2014 Fall Forum

by Jacqueline E. Lawton November 27, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo by Dafina McMillan.) On Friday, before the start of TCG’s 2014 Fall Forum, members of TCG’s Diversity & Inclusion Institute convened for a fourth time. At the start of each convening, we review our group discussion guidelines and agreements. We’re a large, diverse, and passionate group. We’re committed to this work and we have a [...]

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Let’s Talk: #Ferguson at Penumbra Theatre

by Jacqueline E. Lawton November 26, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(Photo courtesy of KARE. This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon curated by Jacqueline E. Lawton.) On September 10, 2014, Penumbra Theatre invited the community for “Let’s Talk: Ferguson”, a discussion about the events in Ferguson, Missouri and the resurgence of activism around racial equity fifty years after Freedom Summer. The [...]

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2014 TCG National Conference Day 3

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 14, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Michal Daniel.) I woke up on the final day filled with hope for the conference and I’m filled with such enormous appreciation for the entire TCG staff. They did such an amazing job of trying to more deeply include diversity conversations and action in all aspects of the Conference instead of them just [...]

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2014 TCG National Conference Day 2

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 11, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Michal Daniel.) Day Two of the conference was deeply challenging, but ultimately meaningful and empowering. I woke up thinking about this quote from Peter Brosius’ speech: “We are all storytellers. And that’s an exciting statement to make, because stories have power. Whose story we’re telling matters. The point of view through which we tell [...]

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2014 TCG National Conference Day 1

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 8, 2014 National Conference
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(Photo by Michal Daniel. Pictured: Naomi Iizuka, Kristoffer Diaz, Peter C. Brosius, Matika Wilbur, Sarah Bellamy) At last! The first day of the conference was finally here! I knew the work we had ahead of us would be rigorous and require deep engagement. I knew that folks were ready to see how a year of [...]

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2014 Diversity and Inclusion Institute

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 3, 2014 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) (photo by Michal Daniel) The Arrival On Tuesday, I arrived in beautiful, sunny San Diego for the 2014 TCG National Conference: Crossing Borders.  I flew in from Baltimore by way [...]

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TCG Fall Forum Blog: Capitalization and Diversity

by Jacqueline E. Lawton March 6, 2014 Fall Forum
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(Photo by Isaiah Tanenbaum.) It’s been several months since the 2013 TCG Fall Forum on Governance: Investing in Vitality took place, but I’m still charged, motivated, inspired, and encouraged by the experience. The enthusiasm for this year’s topics were palpable as close to 200 theatre administrators, trustees and funders gathered from across the nation. Over the course [...]

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#Trayvon: The Artist Response, Role and Responsibility

by Jacqueline E. Lawton August 7, 2013 Activism
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(Ed. Note: The following blog salon series will focus on how theatre artists are responding to Trayvon Martin’s death, the trial and verdict, and the subsequent cultural response to those events. This series grew out of a series of discussion between myself, our Diversity & Inclusion salon curator Jacqueline E. Lawton, The New Black Fest’s [...]

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Defining Identities

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 10, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) When the lovely folks at TCG asked me to curate the conversation around Diversity and Inclusion, I knew that I wanted to [...]

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TCG Diversity and Inclusion Arc Day 3

by Jacqueline E. Lawton July 8, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) Day Three of the conference is one that I’ll never forget. It was a hard day. I was taken to a deep, [...]

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TCG Diversity and Inclusion Arc Day 2

by Jacqueline E. Lawton June 19, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) Day Two of the conference was powerful, spirited and eye-opening. I was so energized from the day before and so I was [...]

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TCG Diversity and Inclusion Arc Day 1

by Jacqueline E. Lawton June 11, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) I left the Diversity and Inclusion Institute completely exhausted, but in the most exhilarating and inspiring way. I was excited for the [...]

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Diversity Institute

by Jacqueline E. Lawton June 8, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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(This post is a part of the Diversity & Inclusion blog salon led by Online Curator Jacqueline E. Lawton for the 2013 TCG National Conference: Learn Do Teach in Dallas. Check out further Diversity & Inclusion interviews on Jacqueline’s blog.) TCG launched its first ever Leading the Charge: Diversity and Inclusion Institute. It was extraordinary! As soon as we walked in the [...]

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Diversity and Inclusion Arc Blog Introduction

by Jacqueline E. Lawton April 16, 2013 Diversity & Inclusion
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“Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence!” — Carl Sagan As a Texas raised African American female playwright born to a working class military family, I think about diversity and inclusion all the time. I think about it in terms of absence. What stories aren’t being told? Whose voices aren’t being honored or shared? [...]

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