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Offscript Live at the Signature: Best Practices for Diversity

In the inaugural joint event between American Theatre and Signature Theatre Company, a discussion with Bill Rauch, Ralph Peña, Erica Jensen, and Jacob Padrón on successful strategies for making more equitable theatre.

Offscript is a podcast occasionally produced by the editors of American Theatre.

This season, American Theatre is partnering with Off Broadway’s Signature Theatre Company to present three live events at the Signature Center. The first event was held on Nov. 17, in a panel discussion inspired by American Theatre‘s print issue on Best Practices.

In it, four theatre practitioners discussed practical strategies for diversifying theatres, both onstage and offstage. The panelists were Bill Rauch, outgoing artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, incoming artistic director of the New York’s Ronald O. Perelman Center; Ralph Peña, artistic director of Ma-Yi Theatre Company; Jacob Padrón, founder and artistic director of the Sol Project and incoming artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre in Connecticut; and Erica Jensen, partner with Calleri CastingAmerican Theatre senior editor Diep Tran moderated the discussion.

In the hour-long event, the panelists discussed why diversity requires a top-down approach, and why “my audience won’t let me” is not a viable excuse.

The episode can be downloaded here. Subscribe to Offscript via RSSiTunesGoogle Play, or Stitcher to get notifications about new episodes of the podcast (whenever we post them) as well as the other podcasts in American Theatre‘s podcast network. The video from the event is below.

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