Cal Shakes’ Civic Dialogue Series seeks to explore the intersections between theater and civic practice. Through facilitated dialogues with community organizations and presentations of work by community-based artists, we hope to demonstrate how theater can be a tool for highlighting voices of marginalized communities and for igniting change. This year’s Dialogues will explore four different themes related to our 2016 Season.
On Monday, May 16, Cal Shakes and Berkeley Repertory Theatre hosted Breaking the Binary: Building a Trans*/Gender Non-Conforming/Non-Binary Inclusive Theatre. The event was conceived and hosted by Cal Shakes’ Associate Director of Artistic Engagement Lisa Evans and Berkeley Rep Visiting Artistic Associate (and Cal Shakes Artist-Investigator) SK Kerastas.
Breaking the Binary featured a panel of Trans artists and arts administrators, break out sessions for participants to develop strategies for trans inclusion and staged readings of plays by Ariel Zetina, Nick Mwaluko, and Ty Defoe. For more information and to watch the archived livestream, see this post on Howlround.
Future Civic Dialogues:
The construction of gender: Actualizing Women’s Empowerment
July 11, 6-9pm at Impact Hub Oakland
This event will explore season wide representations of women, societal expectations of the role of women (particularly within the family structure) and the importance of self determination in creating depictions of women that better explore the intersections of gender and race.
The construction of gender: The Impact of Toxic Masculinity in Society
September 2016 at Cal Shakes Bruns Amphitheater
This event will explore season wide representations of manhood, the construction of masculinity in our society and the ways in which we can alternative forms of manhood that actively confront gender violence.
Othered in the America:
a conversation on Xenophobia and Islamaphobia in the US
October 2016, Location TBD
This event will explore representation immigrant communities (with a specific focus on Islamic communities) in the US, the impact of xenophobia and Islamaphobia on public discourse, and the role of arts practitioners in creating more accurate and nuanced depictions of immigrant communities.