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Category Archives: The Alchemy of High-Performing Theatres of Color

“Takarazuka!” at East West Players, “Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals” at Theater Mu, and “Dauphin Island” at Detroit Repertory Theatre.

In a time when theatres are facing challenges both precedented and un-, we turn our attention to three theatres that have been doing something right, or at least right enough that they were among the subjects of a study sponsored by the Wallace Foundation, “The Alchemy of High Performing Arts Organizations, Part II: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color,” co-authored by SMU DataArts Director Zannie Voss, Ph.D., and SMU DataArts Research Director Glenn Voss, Ph.D. The study, and these stories, probe the questions: What has been the key to these organizations’ successes? What unique challenges have they faced, and how have they surmounted them? We hope these three portraits are not only informative about these three specific American theatres, but may also be instructive for arts organizations of all sizes and kinds.

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