The 2016 artEquity national facilitator training cohort.

ArtEquity Announces 2017 Facilitator Training

The national facilitator training program will be held in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES: ArtEquity has announced that its third annual national facilitator training program will take place in Los Angeles Sept. 7-10 and Oct. 19-22. The program, supported by the Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, provides tools, resources, and training to support the intersection of art and activism. East West Players and Latino Theater Company/Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) will host.

“We are thrilled that artEquity will be coming to L.A. and to be cohosting with the Los Angeles Theater Company,” said Snehal Desai, artistic director of East West Players, in a statement. “Central to the mission of LATC and East West Players has been social justice and activism through the arts, and we look forward to continuing that conversation with artEquity.”

Carmen Morgan, artEquity’s director and founder, will lead the training program with co-facilitators Ty Defoe, Lydia Garcia, Leslie Ishii, and Michael Robertson. The training program will bring together a national cohort of theatre professionals. Participants will take part in skills-based sessions, analysis-building intensives, and team learning projects.

Another component of the program will be immersion in the Los Angeles theatre community. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience plays and attend seminars that will address issues such as color-conscious casting, gender diversity, accessibility, audience engagement, and other topics that inform equity-based theatremaking.

“We are excited to be collaborating with artEquity this year,” said LATC artistic director José Luis Valenzuela in a statement. “The Latino Theatre Company/Los Angeles Theatre Center’s mission has always been about diversity, inclusion, and equity. It is important to be able to work with another organization to move towards this agenda.”

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