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WAM offers online workshops on the aesthetics of black theater

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WAM Theater will be offering a workshop on the aesthetics of black theater in connection with our production of Cadillac Crew. These two 90-minute online sessions, which will take place on October 9 and 30, will be led by Tatiana Godfrey, co-artistic director of the Impro Theater Company in Los Angeles and literary manager at the Cincinnati Theater. Members of the community are invited to join Tatiana in deepening their understanding of the aesthetics of black theater and the importance of its representation.

“To see Cadillac Crew and take this workshop is to do work to showcase and elevate black voices,” said teaching artist Tatianna Godfrey (former WAM Theater playwright). “For me, it also goes a long way in helping theatergoers create a more diverse canon of plays they love and support.”

Playwright Suzan Lori Parks asked, “What is a black play?” This two-session workshop will explore excerpts from the texts of contemporary Black American writers, ask them critical questions, and then use our classroom analyzes to frame the cultural heritage of the Cadillac Crew. Students will take away a greater knowledge of Black playwrights, be able to identify recurring themes and motifs in Black aesthetics, and be able to articulate the importance of portraying this aesthetic. Attendees must purchase a Cadillac Crew ticket and attend the pre-show and post-show workshops.

WAM Theater audiences know Tatiana Godfrey as our company’s former playwright (ROE, Kamloopa), but she’s also Co-Artistic Director of the Impro Theater Company in Los Angeles and Literary Director at Cincinnati Theaterwith considerable experience as a theater teacher and performer.

These special 90-minute workshops can be supported by Zoom from the comfort of participants’ homes and are open to everyone, regardless of experience level. Workshops should be full and registration is now open. Visit www.wamtheatre.com/workshops/ to reserve your place or to find out more. Workshops are offered on a Pay-What-You-Can basis, but attendees must also purchase a Cadillac Crew ticket (live or streaming) as part of the workshop experience.

The Black Theater Aesthetics Workshop with Tatiana Godfrey

Sunday, October 9: 2-3:30 p.m. EST (online, via Zoom)

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Sunday, October 30: 2-3:30 p.m. EST (online, via Zoom)

Pay what you can for all participants.

Visit www.wamtheatre.com/workshops/ to reserve your place or to find out more.

Limited space