Panel Discussion: Productive Discomfort — IDEA in Portland Theater
2020 was a turbulent year for everyone. In the theater community, the Black Lives Matter movement and We See You White American Theater have come into focus and accelerated the demand for diversity and equity onstage and off. In this lively and open conversation, Portland theater makers discuss inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in our collective spaces and on our stages. A panel of artists and administrators that includes Kisha Jarrett, Alec Lugo, Chip Miller, Samson Syharath, and moderator Ruby Joy White will share how their organizations are currently grappling with this work.
This event was produced by PCS's IDEA Team. Learn more about those efforts or share your own experiences here.
About the Panelists:
Kisha Jarrett (She/Her)
Development & Marketing Director, Artists Repertory Theatre
Alec Lugo (He/Him)
Marketing Manager, Bag & Baggage Productions
Chip Miller (They/Them)
Associate Artistic Director, Portland Center Stage
Samson Syharath (He/Him/They/Them)
Managing Artistic Director of Theatre Diaspora, Associate Producer of MediaRites, Core Member of The Accountability Collective EDI Committee Chair for the Portland Area Theatre Alliance
Moderated by Ruby Joy White (Prince/She)
ASL interpretation by Sarika Mehta (She/Her) and Dana Walls (He/Him).
The estimated run time is 75 minutes.
Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).