Join Cal Shakes for our next Civic Dialogue: Changing the Face of Theater:
Sunday July 23 | 6pm | Bruns Amphitheater (following the 4pm show)
We’re hosting an enthusiastic post-show discussion—between artists from our stage, around the Bay, and you—on the challenges, opportunities, and surprises of emphasizing diversity in making theater. How does the race, gender, sexuality, nationality or physical ability of a story teller (be it actor, playwright, director, or producer) affect those listening to the story? How is casting a new play different than working in the classical canon? What does it mean to audience members to see a wide variety of identities and perspectives represented and who has the right to tell what story?
Come listen and share your own experiences with actors, directors and other theater makers.
This event is free, open to the public and requires no ticket to attend.
Meet the Panelists!
PATTY BERNE is a Co-Founder and Director of Sins Invalid. Berne’s background includes advocacy for immigrants who seek asylum due to war and torture; community organizing within the Haitian diaspora; international support work for the Guatemalan democratic movement; work with incarcerated youth toward alternatives to the criminal legal system; advocating for LGBTQI community and disability rights perspectives within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies; offering mental health support to survivors of violence; and cultural activism to centralize marginalized voices, particularly those of people with disabilities. She is pursuing a Psy.D., focusing on trauma and healing for survivors of interpersonal and state-sponsored violence. In 2008, she had a chapter published in the Routledge Press book, Telling Stories to Change the World, on the work and history of Sins Invalid. She currently chairs the Board of Directors at San Francisco Women Against Rape and is the 2009 recipient of the Empress I Jose Sarria Award for Uncommon Leadership in the field of LGBTQI and disability rights by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
A recent graduate of Boston College with a degree in English, PHOEBE FICO is a poet, playwright, and disability rights activist from New York City. Her poetry deals with the extremely personal topics of race, disability, sexuality, and gender. Her plays deal with similar issues, but with a darkly comic twist. Both her poetry and her plays are tied to her activism, which aims to shift the way society views disability from something to be cured to something to be celebrated.
JON TRACY is a director, playwright, designer, and educator who has worked with many Bay Area theaters including Shotgun Players,The SF Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, and Aurora Theatre. He is currently the Artistic Director of TheatreFirst (theatrefirst.com). A graduate of Solano College Theatre’s Actor Training Program, he is also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, Bay Area Critics Circle Award, and is a grant recipient from Theatre Bay Area and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a proud member of SDC, the union for stage directors and choreographers.
SEAN SAN JOSÉ is part of the new performances group Campo Santo- creating new works for people of color since 1996. (camposantsf.org/) San José has worked with California Shakespeare in many capacities in the past, including on plays with Richard Montoya, Loretta Greco, Jonathan Moscone, Lisa Portes, and others.