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ReCreating the Stage, A Roundtable for Our New Reality

  • Author(s): Lopez Vargas, Jesus
  • Keasberry-Vnuk, Jessica
  • Punzal, Elijah
  • et al.
Creative Commons 'BY' version 4.0 license
Abstract

Recreating the Stage (RCS), a Roundtable for our New Reality was a virtual, nationwide, and free summer program produced & organized by K.B. Theater Company members & collaborators. Hosted over the video conferencing platform Zoom between July 11th, 2020 and August 15th, 2020, this program was predominantly aimed at undergraduate/graduate-level students and young industry professionals in the United States who lost their internships, apprenticeships & summer work opportunities due to the COVID-19 crisis. Our program consisted of 1) industry-focused panels of both up-and-coming & established industry professionals as well as 2) creative workshops centered around the collaborative nature of theater making & storytelling. Our program also aimed to collect qualitative & quantitative research in the areas of inclusivity & accessibility in educational & professional theater institutions by 3) hosting various affinity spaces. These affinity spaces were closed to the general public and open only to 30 applicants who sought to be part of difficult yet paramount conversations regarding various marginalized groups within the American theater community.

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