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To Know & Follow
An ever-expanding list of LGBTQ+ theater artists of color and their social media handles. Keep an eye on these artists and the phenomenal work they're doing on and off the stage.
Token Theatre Friends Podcast
A weekly podcast, along with articles and essays, by journalist/critic/editor Diep Tran and critic Jose Solís about theatre and other forms of art, focusing on "the viewpoints of creators who don’t get enough love in the mainstream."
A Strange Loop by Michael R. Jackson
Usher is a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, queer writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson’s blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head — in an attempt to capture and understand his own strange loop.
Jackson won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Strange Loop.
Off Book: The Black Theatre Podcast
Off Book is a theatre podcast made with black theatre artists’ interests & issues in mind, hosted by Donja R. Love, Amber Iman and Drew Shade and brought to you by Broadway Black. The podcast is currently on hiatus due to the pandemic but past episodes are available to stream.
Who Yo People Is Podcast
Dramatist/artist Sharon Bridgforth speaks with artists whose work is rooted in social justice about their experiences growing up, cultures, and traditions, and how that shapes their artistic practices, vision and community activism.
Playbill: Queer Black Playwrights to Know and Support
"We’ve always needed to uplift these voices and hear these stories, but with the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests intersecting with Pride month, there is a renewed sense of urgency. The queer Black stories are here, the queer Black artists are ready—they’ve been ready—and now is the time for theatre as an institution to truly listen, to practice radical empathy, and to realize that universal lessons can be received from the specificity of these stories."
Playbill has compiled a list of queer Black playwrights who center queerness, Blackness, and queer Blackness in their work, with additional information on their works, their artistic practices, and how you can support them.
We See You, White American Theater
A testimonial letter written by BIPOC theatremakers from across the country about racism and white supremacy within the theater industry.
Pride Plays Digital Playbill
In celebration of Pride month, Playbill helped to present Pride Plays 2020, a festival featuring four primetime live streams of key LGBTQIA+ plays. The festival culminated in Playbill's Pride Spectacular, a musical celebration. Since the festival was virtual, Playbill created a digital playbill with articles about the plays and interviews with the creators. (Note that the digital playbill may not work on Chrome.)
Here are just a few articles and interviews about Black queer theater experiences:
Hadestown Pride Month Roundtable
What does Pride mean to you? Timothy Hughes, T. Oliver Reid, Jessie Shelton, Anthony Chatmon, Ahmad Simmons, Tom Kirdahy, and Cherie B. Tay, all LGBTQIA+ members of the Hadestown Broadway cast and crew, joined together for a virtual Pride roundtable on that question.
"Where Does Your Soul Live?" - Patricia Ione Lloyd
Playwright Patricia Ione Lloyd gave this talk at TEDxBroadway in 2018.
When live theater returns and we return to live theater, here are just a few of many shows to check out:
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