Truth & Meaning at Play: Faedra Carpenter

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Truth & Meaning at Play: The Work of a Contemporary Dramaturg


Dramaturging the Color Line: A Conversation with Faedra Chatard Carpenter 

Dr. Faedra Chatard Carpenter, an African American theater-maker, begins with a story about re-purposing a classic text with a white cast—and under the direction of a Black female director. Why, in this instance, did the director and dramaturg encounter resistance? The story will serve as a jumping-off point to discuss the unique ways in which a dramaturg must navigate and address all kinds of expectations that are brought to a production—presumptions about value, relevance, authority, and, at times, good intentions gone awry.

In the first conversation in our newest series, Truth & Meaning at Play, Resident Dramaturg Phillipa Kelly speaks with Faedra Carpenter about what it means to be shaping the national discourse of theater in America.


January 29, 2021, 5:30 PST
On Zoom


ASL interpretation in English will be provided. A captioned recording will be available after the event pending speaker approval. If you have other access needs or questions email


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